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10 beautiful trails in the Swabian Jura for sporty hikers

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10 beautiful trails in the Swabian Jura for sporty hikers

Hiking Collection by Schwäbische Alb

10

Tours

41:43 h

78.4 mi

12,850 ft

Mother Nature created countless dreamlike places on our planet, but she put in extra effort when making the Swabian Jura. With gentle high plateaus, dense forests, deep river valleys, and striking rocks, this region is one of the most spectacular in Germany. Thanks to its valleys, rocky landscape and steep climb, sporty hikers will find a slice of heaven here.

A hike through the Swabian Jura takes you along the Young Danube River, which shaped the region and along the Albtrauf high plateau with its countless caves. You will hike in the footsteps of humans who have been coming to the wild valleys and rugged plateaus here for over 40,000 years, leaving behind an impressive history.

This Collection takes you on a journey through this history and the most beautiful parts of the Swabian Jura. The themed trails lead to impressive valleys, across extensive juniper heathlands, and through colourful forests. On all of the routes, breathtaking views await as well as a stop for refreshments.

- Explore the fantastic "Lion's territory" and learn about the legendary Staufer Dynasty on your Lion Path route.
- Discover winding river valleys, turquoise springs, fascinating rock formations, and mysterious caves on the Ice Age Trail.
- Wander varied paths and scenic cliffs of the Hohenurach Trail and learn more about the history of the Swabian Jura
- Hike through the rocky landscape of the Danube Valley and enjoy magnificent views on the Danube Felsen Walk.
- Enjoy light-flooded forests, lonely plateaus, and the typical juniper heaths on premium “Traufgänger” hiking trails.
- Find relaxation and pristine nature in the popular high mountains.
- Discover orchard meadows on the fruit route
- Visit the "Swabian Grand Canyon" on the DonauWellen route and enjoy the varied landscape along the high alpine paths.

Whatever it is that you love about hiking, you will find it in the Swabian Jura (and in this Collection).

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Tours & Highlights

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    Geislinger Felsentour – Löwenpfade um Göppingen

    Intermediate
    03:25
    6.75 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The lion trails in the district of Göppingen take you on the trail of the unique lion man. The Geislinger Felsen-Tour lets you experience fantastic views, an impressive rock valley and a bit of history on its almost eleven kilometers.

    

    From the starting point at the SC site in Eybach, you first hike in

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  • Intermediate
    03:17
    6.63 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    As one of the ice age trails, the Blaubeurer Felsenstieg transports you back to an earlier time. Spread over about ten and a half kilometers, it leads you through the dreamlike valley basin of Blaubeuren, over densely wooded steep slopes, past striking rocks and grandiose viewpoints.

    

    It starts near the

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  • Intermediate
    03:59
    8.75 mi
    2.2 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Lauterfelsensteig Ice Age Trail in Blaustein has it all. Sometimes rugged and with grandiose views, sometimes gentle and lovely, it leads you through the Kleine Lautertal and onto the plateau of the Alb. A tour that you will especially like as a sporty hiker. Because it goes up and down in constant

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  • Intermediate
    02:37
    4.97 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Hohenurachsteig is a master at showing hikers the most beautiful sides of the Swabian Alb UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. There are varied paths to go from one promising rock to the next. And in the end a proud piece of history awaits you.

    

    You can prepare yourself for a sporty climb right at the start of

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  • Intermediate
    03:29
    5.24 mi
    1.5 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    It is no coincidence that this tour takes its name. On its almost eight and a half kilometers, countless rocks await you, from which you can let your gaze wander over the Danube. If you want to enjoy every single view to the fullest, you should allow more time for the round - about four instead of the

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  • Difficult
    06:11
    10.6 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Are you a real “eavesdropper”? Then you will like this tour: The Felsenmeersteig - the king's tour under the eaves - lets you experience the Swabian Alb with all its wonderful facets. And all of this spread over an impressive 17 kilometers.

    

    It starts at the gates of Burgfelden, from where you make your

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  • Intermediate
    04:16
    8.29 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Everyone knows the saying: "The best comes at the end". But not this premium hiking trail: It offers you several great highlights at the same time. Right at the beginning, throughout the tour and, yes, at the end too.

    

    To do this, you start at the starting point of the tour, the Hörnle hiking car park

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  • Intermediate
    04:09
    8.22 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Always following the red apple you walk along the “Dreifürstensteig”. The varied tour takes you through orchards to the 854 meter high Dreifürstenstein - its distinctive spur of the Alb eaves. And from the starting point on the so-called “Olgahöhe” you can already see it. First, however, you follow the

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  • Difficult
    05:32
    9.61 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Ready to experience a different kind of surfing? The premium routes DonauWellen all have one thing in common: the visible ups and downs in the Donaubergland. On the one hand, this challenges you, but on the other, it also guarantees a great hike. Especially the Danube rock tour we take you here with

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  • Intermediate
    04:47
    9.35 mi
    2.0 mph
    875 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    We call HochAlbPfade three premium hiking trails around Meßstetten in the Swabian Alb, all of which offer you a very special kind of hiking experience. But convince yourself in the beautiful forests and typical juniper heaths, between promising hilltops and manageable valleys.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    78.4 mi
  • Duration
    41:43 h
  • Elevation
    12,850 ft

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