A DonauWellen is a delicious traditional German cake with cherries and chocolate icing, but it’s also the same name given to the hiking trails in the Donaubergland region. The DonauWellen translates as DanubeWaves, referring to the constant ups and downs of the landscape. On both sides of the Danube River, the white limestone rocks stand out against the green surrounding forest. Where the trees thin out, you look down into idyllic valleys, small towns and, of course, the flowing Danube.
In this Collection, we present all six DonauWelle hiking routes, which take you across magnificent Alb plateaus and to the so-called Swabian Grand Canyon. In some places, you look down on the river from more than 100 metres (328 ft) before descending close to the water’s edge again. This makes sure the hikes are varied. Along the way, you can try a delicious DonauWelle cake at one of the traditional inns.
In the Lippach Valley, a side valley of the Danube, you follow old shepherds’ paths past small springs and wells that would once have served as drinking spots for sheep. The unique landscape here is peppered with magnificent vantage points and fairytale castles. The rock faces drop steeply down to the river, creating a stunning canyon. Cycling along the Danube reveals this unique natural spectacle. In spring and summer, the river completely ebbs away so you can walk along the riverbed and keep your feet dry.
With its rugged rocks and winding paths, the Eichfelsen panoramic loop takes you into the heart of the Upper Danube Nature Park. The Klippeneck trail offers you ever-changing views over the Danube Valley, the Alb Ridge and the Black Forest. On the Kraftstein circular, you explore fragrant heaths and overgrown ruins that are wonderful places to rest and enjoy the scenery.
As nature also needs a break sometimes, the Donaubergland’s premium and quality trails are closed from November to April. Walking on the trails in wet, snowy and icy conditions is strongly discouraged for safety reasons. The information boards at the relevant hiking car parks are taken down and the trails are not maintained in winter.
This nearly 13-kilometer hike takes you along the Old Shepherd's Path through a side valley of the Danube. Several springs and fountains are bubbling in the area, which makes the otherwise barren landscape wonderfully fertile. In the past, the shepherds used the springs as a drinking stop for their flocks…
This hike lives up to its title "Donauwelle": In a beautiful up and down you hike through the unique landscape of the breakthrough valley of the Danube. Beautiful views of the river, the green forest and the bright rocks await you. You will quickly understand why the area is also called the Swabian Grand…
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On this route you will experience something unique in the world: the Danube simply disappears from the surface between Immendingen and Möhringen. On around 155 days a year - in spring and autumn - the river sinks completely and you can walk through the river bed with dry feet.
The water seeps away, flows…
This circular walk takes you on winding paths and wonderful panoramic paths through the heart of the Upper Danube Nature Park. Starting point of the hike is at the impressive monastery Beuron. The visit of the monastery church can be saved as a highlight for the completion of your tour. First, it is…
On this almost ten-kilometer hike, the focus is on the Albtrauf - and from different perspectives. You will run below the steep edge and enjoy a little later the magnificent view from the edge of the hill to the Black Forest. Even the way itself offers variety: Sometimes you walk on green meadows, sometimes…
This moderate hike takes you through a virtually untouched natural landscape on the plateau of the Swabian Alb via a side valley of the Danube. You expect along the eleven kilometers long route only a few meters, but pure nature in the highlands above the Upper Danube.
The starting point of the circular…
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