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The Donau-Zollernalb-Weg in 10 stages – varied hikes through historic nature

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The Donau-Zollernalb-Weg in 10 stages – varied hikes through historic nature

Hiking Collection by Schwäbische Alb

7-16

days

3-6 h

/ day

103 mi

13,825 ft

12,525 ft

You can look forward to more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of hiking trails leading through unique landscapes on the Danube Zollernalb Way. Starting in the heart of the Danube Valley in Beuron, the long-distance trail showcases dramatic views of the Danube meandering through white limestone cliffs.

Thee leads you through the picturesque Laucherttal and continues along the Albtrauf, passing numerous viewpoints along the way. Sometimes, the best things come to those who wait. To crown the final stage, you will conquer the highest mountain in the Swabian Jura, the Lemberg, which stands at over 1,000 meters (3,280 feet). Divided into ten stages, this adventure will take you on a journey to caves, palaces, castles, idyllic villages and lively cities, where you can enjoy hearty Swabian cuisine.

The trail begins at the monastery in Beuron which you can easily reach by train. The end point in the municipality of Gosheim near Lviv is also well-connected by public transport. If you don't have ten days to spare, you can chop up the hike conveniently. To make sure you aren’t left stranded, consider splitting it as follows: Beuron to Sigmaringen, Sigmaringen to Albstadt-Ebingen or Albstadt-Ebingen to Lemberg. Or you can pick your favorite route for a day trip.

On every stage, you will always find a place to stop for refreshments. If you prefer to eat your own snack, then there are plenty of shops to fill your backpack with provisions to eat at a picturesque spot. Accommodation at some of the stage destinations is limited so it’s a good idea to reserve in advance.

Let yourself be enchanted by the beauty and uniqueness of the region on your hike through the Swabian Jura. What makes the Jura so special? The low mountain range developed during the Jurassic period at the bottom of an ocean that once covered large parts of Europe around 200 to 150 million years ago. On this special soil, wonderful nature has developed. On your hike, you may even still discover fossils of marine dinosaurs, snails or plants that once lived here, who knows.

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Der Donau-Zollernalb-Weg

98.7 mi

13,525 ft

12,275 ft

Last updated: August 6, 2022

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    Etappe 1: Von Beuron nach Hausen im Tal – Donau-Zollernalb-Weg

    Difficult
    06:02
    12.2 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The 160-kilometer Danube-Zollernalb-Weg starts in Beuron. Your hike could hardly start better: Beuron is the heart of the Danube Valley. The Beuron Monastery is surrounded by bizarre limestone cliffs. Before you start your hiking adventure, it is definitely worth taking a look at the monastery church

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  • Intermediate
    04:29
    9.42 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    As promising as the first stage on the Donau-Zollernalb-Weg ended, so it continues on stage 2. On your almost 16-kilometer route from Hausen im Tal to Gutenstein you will always enjoy great views of the unique Danube Valley.

    

    At the beginning you hike a little along the banks of the Danube until you turn

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  • Intermediate
    03:29
    7.62 mi
    2.2 mph
    875 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today's stage from Gutenstein to Sigmaringen is one of the most spectacular sections of the Danube-Zollernalb-Weg. On the twelve-kilometer hike, wonderful views, beautiful nature and historical highlights await you.

    

    You leave Gutenstein and first hike a bit uphill. The effort is rewarded with a great

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  • Intermediate
    04:30
    10.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    875 ft
    675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fourth stage on the Donau-Zollernalb-Weg leads you through the idyllic Laucherttal. You say goodbye to Sigmaringen and the Danube with a last look at the beautiful castle from the Mühlberg. Then you leave the city, walk through the forest and soon meet the Lauchert. From the Nägelesfels you have

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  • Intermediate
    03:43
    8.18 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,000 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You start the fifth stage on the Donau-Zollernalb-Weg in the center of Veringenstadt. The first part of the 16 km long hike leads you relaxed on a flat route along the Lauchert. On a narrow path you follow the course of the river to Hermentingen.

    

    The Alemannic settlement originated around 500 to 600 AD

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  • Intermediate
    04:16
    9.84 mi
    2.3 mph
    825 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Day six on the Donau-Zollernalb-Weg shows you the wild and romantic False Valley and the stony high plateaus. From the center of Gammertingen you walk back on the actual long-distance hiking trail. You hike a short distance uphill and leave the Lauchert valley. You will soon meet the Fehla valley. From

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  • Intermediate
    04:49
    10.4 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    It continues with stage 7 on the Donau-Zollernalb-Weg. The almost 18 kilometers long route takes you in a varied up and down from Winterlingen to Albstadt-Ebingen. Most of the hike is along the steeply sloping Albtrauf.

    

    You leave Winterlingen and hike through the Mühltal to Straßberg. There you can treat

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  • Difficult
    05:14
    10.6 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,000 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The eighth stage on the Donau-Zollernalb-Weg begins to warm up with a crisp climb on the Schnecklesfelsen. At Albstadt's heights, you will continue on your way to Meßstetten, one of the highest cities in Germany.

    

    You leave Albstadt-Ebingen and hike uphill straight to Albstadt's heights. You will be rewarded

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  • Difficult
    07:59
    17.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,025 ft
    2,800 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The ninth stage on the Danube-Zollernalb-Weg is a real panoramic tour: along the 27 km long route, one hundred percent Alb awaits you with gentle hills, juniper landscapes, blooming meadows, mystical forests and rugged rocks along the Albtrauf. You can enjoy unique views from Gräbelesberg, Hörnle, Lochstein

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  • Intermediate
    03:35
    7.43 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,500 ft
    325 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The last stage of the Donau-Zollernalb-Weg takes you high up to the highest mountain in the Swabian Jura. With its 1,015 meters in height, Lviv is the front runner and the culmination of the long-distance hiking trail. With its 12 km route you can take the hike relaxed. But still plan the route from

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    103 mi
  • Duration
    48:07 h
  • Elevation
    13,825 ft12,525 ft

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