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21 high mountain walks — hiking in the Swabian Alb

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21 high mountain walks — hiking in the Swabian Alb

Hiking Collection by Schwäbische Alb

21

Tours

57:53 h

109 mi

14,175 ft

There’s nothing quite like high mountain walking. Exploring in the fresh air and immersing yourself in nature allows you to relax into the landscape from the first step. On these Tours in Germany’s Swabian Alb, the focus is on experiencing nature rather than the sporting challenge. So you can take it easy on these hikes and enjoy the wonderful vistas in this UNESCO designated biosphere reserve.

In this Collection, you’ll discover gorges and valleys, juniper heaths and beech forests, and vineyards and orchards. Striking rocks, peaks and lookout towers along the paths ensure that your gaze can wander into the distance and, on a clear day, sometimes even as far as the Swiss Alb. Particularly impressive are the steep precipices of the Albtrauf, a tremendous northwest-facing escarpment, where you sometimes walk right along the edge.

A number of outstanding sites await you on the way: castles and ruins open a window to the past including the fairytale-like Lichtenstein Castle, the fortified Hohenneuffen Fortress and numerous castle remnants. The view doesn't just go back in time, it also takes you underground: in the Nebelhöhle cave, you can marvel at impressive stalactites and explore the Wimsen cave by boat.

From a gentle stroll of just a few kilometres to an extended hike, there is an excellent diversity of adventures here and a Tour for everyone from the youngest to the most experienced hikers. This Collection consists of circular walks, so you never have the same outward and return journey and can discover even more of the Swabian Alb.

All routes in this Collection are certified by the German Hiking Institute and the German Hiking Association. They use asphalt sparingly and, instead, take you right into nature. The hiking trails are designed in a way that protects the environment and vital habitats for plants and animals.

Producers of regional foods are also geared toward nature conservation and to your personal enjoyment. On your hikes, you’ll pass farm cafés, rustic country inns and organic restaurants. Take a break and let yourself be spoiled with regional delicacies, because as we all know, the way to a hiker’s heart is through their stomach.

To ensure that our traditional cultural landscape in the Swabian Alb is preserved in all its beauty, there is our code of conduct, or ‘hochgehregelt’:

➤ Be mindful of nature
➤ Help to preserve the trails
➤ Respect the wildlife
➤ Travel in an environmentally-friendly way by bus and train
➤ Learn about the local habitats
➤ Support regional, rural agriculture
You can find more information at hochgehberge.de/ruecksichtsvoll-unterwegs (in German).

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    „hochgehadelt“ – HOCHGEHBERGE auf der Schwäbischen Alb

    Intermediate
    04:16
    8.29 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Everyone knows the saying: "The best comes at the end". But not this premium hiking trail: It offers you several great highlights at the same time. Right at the beginning, during the entire tour and, yes, also at the end.

    

    To do this, you start at the starting point of the tour, the Hörnle hiking car park

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  • Intermediate
    02:19
    4.49 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,000 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A castle with great views, exciting rock formations and a picturesque heather landscape await you on this hike near Neuffen. As a treat on top, you can also explore the sun-drenched vineyards. This round along the Albtrauf is aimed at sporty hikers who walk safely on narrow paths.

    

    You can easily get to

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  • Intermediate
    03:32
    5.88 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Spectacular views from a tower and a rock await you on this circular hike south of Pfullingen, which is one of the more sporty of the high mountains. Right at the beginning it is a crisp uphill. The slope then quickly becomes more moderate and you hike up the Schönberg from the west. Then turn south

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  • Intermediate
    02:40
    3.93 mi
    1.5 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    “Swigger” has nothing to do with hip youthful slang, it is the first name of the 4th ruler of Gundelfingen from the 12th century. The six kilometer long “Hochgehswiggert” leads you in the footsteps of the ruler through the great Lautertal recreational area. The tour starts at the Heiligental hiking car

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  • Intermediate
    02:58
    5.94 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This extensive hike between Neuffen and Beuren invites you to spend wonderful hours in nature. All you need is a bit of stamina and surefootedness. Then nothing stands in the way of beautiful views in a varied cultural landscape on this round. On the way you will visit the fortified Hohenneuffen Castle

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  • Difficult
    05:44
    9.04 mi
    1.6 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Feel free like a bird. That is the motto of this hiking trail. With its breathtaking views, for example from the countless viewpoints waiting on the way or the Hohe Warte tower, it will bring you a special kind of high-altitude flights. However, you should still ensure the necessary traction in the form

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  • Intermediate
    03:37
    6.75 mi
    1.9 mph
    650 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A route for daydreamers: this wonderful circular hike leads past a stalactite cave and a fairytale castle; not to mention the fabulous views and the enchanted castle ruins. That's why it's best to plan a whole day so that you have enough time to discover everything on the way. There are also plenty of

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  • Intermediate
    03:06
    5.85 mi
    1.9 mph
    500 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike digs deep into nature's treasure chest: picturesque valleys, imposing rocks and a cave await you that you can discover by water. This region is rightly protected as a UNESCO biosphere reserve. After the hike you can discover the unique Wimsener cave, which you drive through by boat.

    

    From the

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  • Intermediate
    03:13
    6.92 mi
    2.2 mph
    775 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This wonderful round takes you to enchanted castle ruins and wonderful views in the Lautertal. As an appetizer, the first ascent from the Anhausen hiking car park takes you up to the Maisenburg ruin, which is hidden in the forest and gives you beautiful views over the valley from its old walls.

    

    It continues

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  • Intermediate
    02:24
    5.61 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike near Nürtingen is a relaxing tour with a few meters of altitude on easily accessible paths. Even if it doesn't go high, you can enjoy fantastic views to the southeast on the way, where the Albtrauf stretches along the horizon. When the view is clear, some castles can be seen: Hohenzollern on

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  • Easy
    01:50
    4.13 mi
    2.2 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You can enjoy this hike on many levels: In addition to nature and the views, you can also enjoy regional delicacies. Because you pass where they originate. The basic ingredients for schnapps, cider and gsälz - Swabian jam - grow on cherry and apple trees.

    

    If you want to take a look into the past, you

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  • Intermediate
    01:51
    3.00 mi
    1.6 mph
    725 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This round is a classic ascent to the summit for sure-footed hikers: once up and then down again. On the short route over narrow paths, a few meters in altitude are waiting for you and it is sometimes steep. As a reward, there is a fantastic view over the lovely foothills of the Alb and the striking

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    8.25 mi
    2.2 mph
    975 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike is varied and leads with some ups and downs through the beautiful landscape near Zwiefalten, which is known for its baroque cathedral. On the way you will discover the wonderful Achtal and the Wimsener Höhle and pass numerous refreshment stops.

    

    From the rental hall, the path leads you through

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  • Intermediate
    02:27
    3.79 mi
    1.5 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Most of this hike is actually quite leisurely. Only towards the end is the ascent to Schachenberg really tough: a narrow path leads steeply up the slope and demands a head for heights and surefootedness of its hikers. You can look forward to the fantastic view from above.

    

    The route starts at the Reichartsberg

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  • Intermediate
    01:39
    2.48 mi
    1.5 mph
    375 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The splendid Bürzel viewpoint is located high above the Lautertal near Gundelfingen. Exciting paths above steep slopes await you. Sure-footed feet bring you fantastic views over hills and castle ruins.

    

    You start at the Steighof hiking car park, where there is a barbecue area where you can culinary end

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  • Easy
    01:32
    2.45 mi
    1.6 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A lot of originality on a short route: this circular hike near Münsingen leads on natural paths through the nature reserve on the Beutenlay mountain. You will discover a typical juniper heather that is tended by sheep, the three-field farming and the Hutewald. There are many opportunities to sit down

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  • Intermediate
    02:32
    5.38 mi
    2.1 mph
    750 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This circular hike brings you closer to the animals and plants of the juniper heather. At the highest point, a lookout tower goes up even higher so that you can enjoy the view in all directions.

    

    You can get to this hike easily and comfortably from the train stations in Offenhausen and Gomadingen. If you

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  • Intermediate
    02:19
    4.81 mi
    2.1 mph
    725 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The name of this tour says it all, because it starts high up. The Baßgeige hiking car park is located north of Erkenbrechtsweiler on the Alb plateau. A few meters in altitude come together, however, because you descend once into the valley on the way. Mainly you hike on this round on forest paths that

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  • Easy
    01:33
    3.07 mi
    2.0 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This circular hike on the Alb plateau above Neuffen is particularly relaxing, as there are hardly any vertical meters to overcome. You can recharge your batteries at beautiful vantage points. Directly from the Hochholz parking lot, you can enjoy the first great view of the Neuffen Valley. There is a

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  • Easy
    01:34
    3.59 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This leisurely round leads through the woods southwest of Reutlingen. On the way you will visit a few forest inhabitants at a game reserve and pass the idyllic Breitenbachsee. The route takes its name from the many tall trees that stand here. So take a look upwards.

    

    It starts straight into the forest

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    21
  • Distance
    109 mi
  • Duration
    57:53 h
  • Elevation
    14,175 ft

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