Explore the stunning Swabian Alb — cycling in the Esslingen district
In Germany’s Esslingen district, you can cycle along wonderful paths through diverse landscapes. Allow yourself to be whisked into romantic valleys where playful rivers meander, be immersed in rustic forests with majestic redwood trees and enjoy the high plateaus of the Filder and the Swabian Alb with unforgettable views. In between, you'll cycle through pretty towns with historic centres, see charming, half-timbered houses, and find cosy places to stop for a bite to eat.
In this Collection, we show you the beauty of the Esslingen district on six themed Tours, which, together, total over 235 kilometres (146 mi). The varied day rides take you through enchanting valleys such as the Neckar, the Filstal and the Siebenmühlental, and up to the heights of the Filder, the Swabian Alb and the Schurwald. Along the way, you’ll gain fascinating insights into the culture, history and nature of the region.
You can easily reach the starting points of each ride by bus or train. If you prioritise comfort, you can even be chauffeured up to the Alb plateau on Sundays and public holidays between May and October by one of the four cycling and hiking buses. Then, you can start cycling from the top and avoid the ascent. It gets even better: if you stay at a participating hotel, you get the AlbCard included which allows you free use of public transport. For information on the cycling and hiking buses, visit: landkreis-esslingen.de/start/tourismus/test+downloads.html
The round trip to the most beautiful lakes in the region starts in Oberboihingen near the train station. After the first few kilometers, you will reach the idyllic citizen lakes over picturesque fields and through wild and romantic forest.Then you cycle on through the agricultural area and pass picturesque orchards and Limburg, the highest vineyard in Württemberg at over 530 meters.
The beautiful round trip starts in Plochingen at the train station. From here you cycle past the impressive Hundertwasserhaus on the Neckar. You follow it for a while until you see the Fils flowing into the river on the other bank.Now you cross the Neckar and roll through the beautiful Filstal to Reichenbach. After you have crossed the place, a crisp ascent brings you up into the tranquility of the virgin forest.
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The starting point of the tour over the Filder is in Denkendorf. From here you cycle through the picturesque Körschtal, where you will pass the Denkendorf Monastery, the Denkendorf outdoor pool and unbelievably beautiful nature.Then you leave the Körsch and start the gentle ascent to the Filder plain. Here you pass Stuttgart Airport, where you can take a break and watch the planes take off and land.
The promising tour of the Alb plateau starts in Wendlingen. Along the Lauter you cycle gently uphill to Kirchheim unter Teck and on towards Owen. On the way you have great views of the Teckberg and Teck Castle.Behind Oberlenningen, a crisp ascent will bring you to the Alb plateau. Once at the top, you can visit the nature conservation center Schopflocher Alb with an interactive permanent exhibition about the peculiarities of the local nature.