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Swabian Alb to the power of 5 — stunning hikes around Bad Urach

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Swabian Alb to the power of 5 — stunning hikes around Bad Urach

Hiking Collection by Schwäbische Alb

5

Tours

12:33 h

25.2 mi

4,850 ft

The town of Bad Urach is well known for its picturesque waterfall and quite rightly so. But this tranquil community in the Erms Valley has much more to offer hikers. In this Collection, we show you the five ‘Grafensteige’ trails around Bad Urach, all of which have been designated as premium hiking trails.

The routes lead you through the unique landscape of the Swabian Alb and offer fantastic views, rugged rock formations, stately castles and, of course, an extraordinary waterfall. Look forward to varied circular walks through mixed forests, vibrant orchards and lush juniper heaths. Pure Swabian Alb – to the power of five.

The Grafensteige trails have all the ingredients for excellent hiking: you stay mostly on natural paths, the routes are well signposted and you can expect numerous highlights that make hiking fun for the whole family. None of the hikes are more than 10 kilometres (6 mi) long, so you have plenty of time to enjoy the landscape and the views along the way – ideally with a snack in your rucksack.

The Wasserfallsteig (Waterfall Trail) was named Germany's most beautiful hiking trail in 2016 and includes two phenomenal waterfalls. But the other four Grafensteige trails also impress with their beauty. The Hochbergsteig scores with its magnificent vantage points while rocks, distant views and a fortress await you on the Hohenwittlingensteig. On the Seeburgsteig, you will be accompanied by sheep and goats from time to time while the Hohenurachsteig leads you up to the impressive castle ruins that tower over Bad Urach.

If you plan to spend several days hiking on the Alb, Bad Urach has plenty of accommodation. In the picturesque town with its half-timbered charm, you’ll find everything you need after an active day in the fresh air. You can also travel to and from the town by train.

Put on your hiking boots and head up to the Swabian Alb. You'll soon be immersed in its exquisite hiking trails.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Hochbergsteig – Grafensteige auf der Schwäbischen Alb

    Intermediate
    02:23
    4.78 mi
    2.0 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this eight-kilometer circular hike you can look forward to fantastic views, narrow paths along the Alb edge and cozy wooden loungers to relax. The starting point of the Hochbergsteig, incidentally one of the five premium hiking trails Grafensteige, is at the Zittelstatt sports field in Bad Urach.

    

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  • Intermediate
    01:58
    3.98 mi
    2.0 mph
    625 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A stately fortress, bizarre rock formations and lots of fantastic views of the unique landscape of the Swabian Alb. The six kilometer long Hohenwittlingensteig near Bad Urach leads you on a varied route through the Swabian Alb biosphere area and offers plenty of hiking fun for the whole family.

    

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  • Intermediate
    03:05
    6.34 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The waterfall trail was awarded Germany's most beautiful hiking trail in 2016. Why? You will suddenly become aware of this on this tour. From idyllic valleys it goes up to impressive plateaus. A lot of calm awaits you as well as two rushing waterfalls. All in all, you can prepare yourself for some unforgettable

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  • Intermediate
    02:30
    5.15 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Would you like to enjoy a lot of idyllic Alb in peace? Then the Seeburgsteig is ideal for your next trip to the Swabian Alb. The nine-kilometer premium hiking trail takes you across meadows, pastures and juniper heaths and winds once around the village of Seeburg. The round starts at the parking lot

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  • Intermediate
    02:37
    4.97 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Hohenurachsteig is a master at showing hikers the most beautiful sides of the Swabian Alb UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. There are varied paths to go from one promising rock to the next. And in the end a proud piece of history awaits you.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    25.2 mi
  • Duration
    12:33 h
  • Elevation
    4,850 ft

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