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Historic landscapes & panoramic views – 10 hikes through the Swabian Jura

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Historic landscapes & panoramic views – 10 hikes through the Swabian Jura

Hiking Collection by Schwäbische Alb

10

Tours

23:55 h

48.0 mi

5,100 ft

With beautiful and varied landscapes, the Swabian Jura in southern Germany is a paradise for hikers. Thousands of years ago, waves would once have crashed against the rocks here when the region lay under the sea. Today, lush vegetation and stunning mountains have replaced water. In this Collection, we’ve put together ten beautiful hikes that take you to different corners of the Jura, revealing the area’s fascinating history and magnificent panoramas.

Walk in the footsteps of the Lion Man through imposing rocky landscapes; explore dilapidated castle ruins; discover idyllic valleys; stroll through juniper heaths; feel the sun’s warmth on your face as you hike across the Jura plateau; and admire the wonderful views. The walks in this Collection vary in length and difficulty from challenging long distance hikes to short day trips. On the way, you will find places to stop for snacks, especially on the Beer Hike in Ehingen. But, we also recommend packing your own picnic to enjoy at one of the scenic resting places, many of which have wooden deckchairs. Lunch tastes even better after hiking through these wonderful landscapes!

Each of the ten circular routes follows a themed path. The Swabian Jura has a fantastic network of trails, many of which are award-winning. For even more inspiration on hiking through this region, take a look here: komoot.de/user/schwaebischealb.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Easy
    01:02
    2.43 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This relaxed tour is the perfect walking tour for the whole family. The four-kilometer route is also ideal for pushchairs or wheelchairs, since you are only on paved paths and have no slopes to climb. The starting point is at the hiking car park at Filseck Castle.

    

    You hike across the open field to Charlottensee

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  • Intermediate
    01:59
    4.26 mi
    2.2 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Juniper heaths, castle ruins, caves, dense forests and typical rock formations: it is not for nothing that the Lauter Valley, through which the Große Lauter flows, was chosen as Germany's natural wonder in 2019. On the almost seven kilometers long castle rock path you hike through this beautiful piece

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  • 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
    02:28
    3.97 mi
    1.6 mph
    350 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this short circular hike you get to know the picturesque Lauchert Valley. The Lauchert flows on its way to the Danube through the quiet valley on the southern edge of the Swabian Jura. The hike starts at the parking lot at the seven cherry trees.

    

    You will soon reach the Nägelesfelsen, from which you

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  • Intermediate
    01:14
    2.61 mi
    2.1 mph
    400 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The eaves kitchen is the youngest and smallest among the eaves. The premium short hike around the Ebinger Schlossberg promises pure variety and is super fun, especially for little hikers. The starting point of the nearly four-kilometer round tour is at the Waldheim car park in Albstadt-Ebingen.

    

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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 youth, this is the first name of the 4th ruler of Gundelfingen from the 12th century. The "Hochgehswiggert", which is a good six kilometers long, leads you in the footsteps of the ruler through the local recreation area Großes Lautertal. The tour starts at the Heiligental

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  • Intermediate
    01:32
    3.40 mi
    2.2 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Wurmlinger Chapel is enthroned high up on the mountain - the view is accordingly great. You can enjoy this view on the five kilometer long “Wurmlinger Kapellenwegle”. The name also says it all for the fruit eaves: The path leads you along flowering orchards and steep vineyards.

    

    The tour starts at

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  • Intermediate
    03:46
    8.92 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Beer culture is lived in Ehingen, and it is not for nothing that the town on the Danube is nicknamed the Beer Culture City. The best prerequisites for getting to know the local breweries on this 14 km hike. It starts at the Bierkulturstadt signpost on the market square.

    

    At the start of the circular hike

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  • Intermediate
    03:17
    7.04 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Once Donauwelle, completely without calories! But with a lot of enjoyment. On the eleven kilometer long DonauWelle Kraftstein circuit you will get to know the wonderful heath landscape of the nature reserve Kraftstein. The tour starts at the hiking car park "Mittlerer Platz" above the Risiberg in Dürbheim

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  • Intermediate
    03:33
    6.64 mi
    1.9 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This ten kilometer long hike takes you from the idyllic valley of the Schlichen up to the plateau. You then hike along the edge of the eaves to the Hörnle at 956 meters. The tour starts at the Schischemhalle in Meßstetten-Tieringen.

    

    To get going for the hike, you can take a loop through the almost one

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    48.0 mi
  • Duration
    23:55 h
  • Elevation
    5,100 ft

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