The Donau-Zollernalb-Weg in 10 stages – varied hikes through historic nature
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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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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 the castle ruin Baldenstein you can enjoy a first view of the almost 20 kilometers long river that rises in Burladingen.
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 with fantastic views. On Ochsenberg you can take a little break in the restaurant's garden restaurant. The next climb to the quarry is already waiting.
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 Lemberg to Gosheim, where you will then have access to public transport.