Schwäbische Alb

Rivers, forests and cake – hiking the DonauWellen in Germany

© Donaubergland GmbH Fotograf Thomas Bichler

Rivers, forests and cake – hiking the DonauWellen in Germany

Hiking Collection by Schwäbische Alb

6

Tours

22:25 h

47.0 mi

6,975 ft

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.

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    Intermediate
    03:47
    8.14 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This 13-kilometer hike takes you on the Old Shepherd Trail through a side valley of the Danube. Several springs and wells gush in the area, which makes the otherwise rather barren landscape beautifully fertile. In the past, the shepherds used the springs as a drink stop for their flocks of sheep. Today they offer hikers a great place for a refreshing break.

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  • Intermediate
    04:35
    9.59 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike lives up to the title "Danube Waves": You hike in a beautiful up and down through the unique landscape of the breakthrough valley of the Danube. You can …

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  • Intermediate
    03:40
    8.08 mi
    2.2 mph
    875 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this route you will experience something unique in the world: between Immendingen and Möhringen, the Danube simply disappears from the surface. On around 155 days a year - in …

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  • Intermediate
    04:25
    8.79 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This circular hike takes you on winding paths and wonderful panoramic trails through the heart of the Upper Danube Nature Park. The hike starts at the impressive Beuron Monastery. You can save the visit to the monastery church as a highlight at the end of your tour. First of all, 14 kilometers and more than 500 vertical meters have to be mastered.

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  • Intermediate
    02:51
    5.73 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this almost ten kilometer hike, the Albtrauf is the focus - from different angles. You walk below the steep edge and a little later you enjoy the grandiose view from the slope edge to the Black Forest. The path itself also offers you variety: Sometimes you run across green meadows, sometimes you have great views, sometimes you hike on the route of the former Heubergbahn.

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  • Intermediate
    03:09
    6.71 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This moderate hike takes you through several nature reserves on the plateau of the Swabian Alb over a side valley of the Danube. Only a few meters in altitude await …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    47.0 mi
  • Duration
    22:25 h
  • Elevation
    6,975 ft

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