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9 beautiful day rides in the Swabian Jura in Germany

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9 beautiful day rides in the Swabian Jura in Germany

Bike Touring Collection by Schwäbische Alb

10

Tours

38:37 h

357 mi

19,775 ft

Cycling in the Swabian Jura, you immerse yourself in a magical world where varied landscapes and unique nature await. The day rides in this Collection take you through thick forests and wild valleys, to mysterious caves, bizarre rock formations, and where impressive rivers rise from springs. On the high plateau of the low mountain range in Germany, you can enjoy unforgettable views stretching far into the distance and discover relics from times gone by.

In this Collection, we present the nine most beautiful day tours in the Swabian Jura. The Tours, which are between 30 and 75 kilometres (18 and 46 miles) long, are easily accessible by train. On the way, you conquer a few metres in altitude, which will make you break a sweat. To save your legs, we recommend renting an e-bike. With a little extra help, you’ll float up the mountains. Regardless of which bike you choose, the wonderful viewpoints and cosy refreshment stops are ideal for a break en route.

Our nine routes take you to the most attractive corners of the Swabian Jura. On the way, you discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Caves and Ice Age Art of the Swabian Jura’, enjoy the unique nature of the Swabian Jura Biosphere Reserve, and admire the turquoise blue water of the Blautopf. The Swabian Jura is especially beautiful in autumn when the forests come alive with colours and you have the paths almost to yourself.

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  • Difficult
    03:43
    32.9 mi
    8.9 mph
    2,250 ft
    2,250 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Göppingen it goes on this beautiful round tour over the Drei Kaiserberge. You start near the train station in the pretty old town. From here you cycle along the Fils on a gently rising route and then turn into the picturesque Lautertal.

    

    In Nenningen you leave the Lauter and drive through the Christental

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  • Difficult
    04:09
    37.4 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of this tour is in Langenau at the train station. At the beginning you cycle on a flat route through wonderfully wide fields and meadows. A first ascent leads through a refreshing forest and brings you to the Hohlenstein cave, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage “Caves and Ice

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  • Difficult
    04:42
    44.2 mi
    9.4 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this round tour you will pass a total of nine castles and palaces and you will also cycle through the idyllic Schönbuch Nature Park.

    

    It starts in Rottenburg at the train station. From here you drive near the Neckar over the fields to Tübingen. During a little stroll through the old town you can also

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  • Intermediate
    03:36
    33.7 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    The round trip to the most beautiful lakes in the region starts in Oberboihingen near the train station. After the first few kilometers, you will reach the idyllic citizen lakes over picturesque fields and through wild and romantic forest.

    

    Then you cycle on through the agricultural area and pass picturesque

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  • Difficult
    05:06
    46.9 mi
    9.2 mph
    1,825 ft
    2,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The tour starts in Schelklingen at the train station. From here you cycle straight to the Hohler Fels cave, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage “Caves and Ice Age Art of the Swabian Alb”. Then you drive through the Achtal, past the Sirgenstein and Geißenklösterle caves to Blaubeuren, where you

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  • Difficult
    03:18
    29.1 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the round tour is at the Heidenheim-Schnaitheim train station. Along the Brenz you leave Schnaitheim and descend over a hill into the Steinheim basin, which was created by a meteorite impact. In Steinheim, it is worth making a detour to the Kraterblick mountain hut, from which you

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  • Difficult
    04:04
    34.7 mi
    8.5 mph
    2,650 ft
    2,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The mammoth tour goes over the Zollernalb. You collect a few vertical meters, which is why the tour more than deserves its name.

    

    It starts in Balingen at the train station. After you have left the city, you climb up to Zillhausen. Above the village you can enjoy a fantastic view of Balingen and the mountains

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  • Difficult
    04:19
    36.9 mi
    8.5 mph
    2,350 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The round tour to the pastures and farms of the main and state stud Marbach begins in Marbach at the train station. From here you climb a steep ascent to the Fauserhöhe. On the other side you then roll down into the Lautertal and then turn into the picturesque Pfaffental.

    

    Past meadows and forests it goes

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  • Intermediate
    01:53
    17.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The dry spell is actually not a dry spell, because along the way you have numerous places to stop to refresh yourself and quench your thirst.

    

    It starts in Tuttlingen at the train station. From here you cycle along the Danube, where you can already make the first stop in a cozy beach bar.

    

    Then you leave

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  • Intermediate
    03:47
    43.4 mi
    11.4 mph
    2,375 ft
    2,375 ft
    Intermediate e-bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the linen weaver tour is in Münsingen at the train station. The mobility center is also located here, where you can rent an e-bike. After you have left the city, cycle through the idyllic nature of the former military training area. Here you pass Gruorn and can then take a detour

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    357 mi
  • Duration
    38:37 h
  • Elevation
    19,775 ft

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