Schwäbische Alb

A view over the Swabian Alb – bike Tours around Göppingen

Tobias Fröhner

A view over the Swabian Alb – bike Tours around Göppingen

Bike Touring Collection by Schwäbische Alb

9

Tours

31:04 h

292 mi

13,550 ft

The district of Göppingen, to the northwest of the Swabian Alb, is still relatively undiscovered by bicycle tourists. Here, a unique natural landscape begins that is popularly known as the ‘Swabian Grand Canyon’. Poet Eduard Mörike described it in his poetry as the ‘wondrous blue wall’. The landscape he was referring to is called the Albtrauf. Here, rugged valleys lead in one direction and isolated mountains and plateaus extend in the other. Crowned by castles and ruins from the Staufer dynasty, the region gives you a glimpse into the world gone by.

If you would like to travel back in time through the Alb foothills, then this Collection is for you. We present nine wonderfully varied bike Tours that offer a good mixture of impressive landscapes and interesting history. We kick things off with two completely accessible Tours, ideal for specialist bikes and people with reduced mobility. These routes are also ideal for families with children.

Afterwards, your adventures continue through the orchards and meadows of the Alb foothills. These Tours focus on enjoyment. Along the routes, you can stop off at various farm stores that offer delicious regional products and refreshments. In the land of the Staufers and as you ride over the ridges of the Schurwald wooded mountain range, the Tours become gradually more and more challenging. Here, you cycle over the hills rather than around them. Your extra effort is rewarded with fabulous views over the foothills of the Alb, the Three Kaiser mountains and the Alb ridge.

Two more great Tours await you in the Filstal valley. You’ll clock up kilometres as you follow leisurely paths downhill along the river. It’s worth planning a whole day for these Tours as there’s a lot to discover on the way. The crowning glory is the Albtrauf route which breaks both the 100 kilometre (62 mile) and 1,000 metre (3,280 feet) elevation gain limits.

You can get to the start and finish points of the Tours with public transport. Most of the towns in the region are well connected to the railway network and easy to reach via Stuttgart. During the summer season, the RadWanderBus in Göppingen district also takes you to some remote destinations. You can find more information on arrival and departure times in the Tour descriptions. For RadWanderBus timetables, see: landkreis-goeppingen.de/start/Tourismus/radwanderbus.html

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    01:02
    9.63 mi
    9.3 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This leisurely round from Bad Ditzenbach to Hausenan der Fils and back is perfect as a short bike tour for in between. In addition, it runs completely barrier-free along the Fils without significant gradients and is therefore also accessible with special bikes. Only during the detour to the pilgrimage church Ave Maria does it go up the mountain for a while. Alternatively, you can simply skip this little excursion and stay on the bike path in the valley.

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  • Intermediate
    01:03
    10.4 mi
    9.9 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this gently hilly circuit through the foreland of the Swabian Alb, fantastic views of the Drei Kaiserberge and the eaves of the Swabian Alb await you. The route is …

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  • Intermediate
    02:04
    18.4 mi
    8.9 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This round takes you through the beautiful foothills of the Alb on moderately hilly terrain. You can enjoy views of the Drei Kaiserberge and the Albtrauf, also known as the …

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  • Difficult
    03:27
    31.0 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Orchards are a defining feature of the landscape in this area. The traditionally cultivated meadows and fruit trees appear in many places along the way and plunge the hallway into a veritable sea of flowers in spring. In summer you will find a shady place to rest under the trees and in autumn you can probably pick an apple here and there, so to speak as an energy boost in between.

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  • Difficult
    03:32
    31.7 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This round takes you a little more than 50 kilometers over the ridges of the Schurwald. As the name suggests, this tour mainly goes through beautiful forest. But some culture is also on the program: In the east of Wäschenbeuren, you can look forward to a detour to the laundry castle and in Adelberg you can take a journey through time through the eventful history of the monastery of the same name.

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  • Difficult
    03:55
    36.5 mi
    9.3 mph
    2,250 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Would you like to travel back in time through the epochs of Swabian dukes and Roman-German emperors and kings? On this tour your bike will literally become a time machine …

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  • Intermediate
    04:21
    43.4 mi
    10.0 mph
    625 ft
    2,150 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    70 kilometers from the source to the mouth, and the best - always slightly downhill: the Filstalroute makes it possible! It starts at the so-called Bahnhöfle, a parking lot for hikers on the K 1430 northeast of Schopfloch. You can easily travel here by car. Alternatively, the RadWanderBus of the district of Göppingen takes you to Reußenstein very close to the parking lot.

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  • Intermediate
    04:37
    47.6 mi
    10.3 mph
    925 ft
    2,450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The route of industrial culture is mainly based on the course of the Filstal route and is therefore to be traveled on mostly leisurely paths and without significant gradients despite …

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  • Difficult
    07:03
    62.9 mi
    8.9 mph
    3,825 ft
    3,825 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The full Albtrauf program awaits you on this approximately one hundred kilometer route in the Göppingen district. The start is the city center of Geislingen an der Steige. Here you will either find a parking space at the nearby shopping center or you can travel by train. The local train station is not far from the starting point, about one kilometer southeast of the route.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    292 mi
  • Duration
    31:04 h
  • Elevation
    13,550 ft
Schwäbische Alb

A view over the Swabian Alb – bike Tours around Göppingen