Weekend excursion to the Swabian Alb

Bike Touring Collection by
komoot

Fairy-tale castles and fortresses, rushing streams and raging rivers, blue springs and deep caves, together with beautiful mountains, green forests and steep cliffs make this a unique landscape - the Swabian Alb.

For an unforgettable weekend trip to the Swabian Alb, we have put together a number of tours that you can take individually as day trips or simply combine with each other if you want to stay for two or three days. The highlight of this collection is the three-day tour from Reutlingen to Sigmaringen, just the right thing for a long weekend on the Swabian Alb.

The bike tours take you to the most beautiful corners of the region, which is enchanted not only by its wonderful landscape, but also by the multitude of castles and fortresses that stand on the countless hills, such as Hohenzollern Castle or Lichtenstein Castle.

In order to make your weekend trip as relaxing as possible, we have made sure that you can arrive and depart by train at all the starting and finishing points of the tours and stages. There is also a wide range of accommodations available such as hotels, guesthouses and holiday apartments. So there is nothing standing in the way of a nice weekend on the Swabian Alb. Happy planning!

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Tours

  • Intermediate
    01:23
    37.5 km
    27.0 km/h
    310 m
    310 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The starting point of the Tour is accessible with public transport.

    From Hechingen you drive on this route a circuit to Haigerloch. 37 kilometers will take you through the beautiful landscape of the Swabian Alb past two of the most beautiful castles and fortresses in the region.At the train station in Hechingen, the bike tour starts, so you can comfortably travel by train. Then you drive directly into the beautiful Haigerloch, which enchants with its rock walls, the castle and the upper and lower cities. Haigerloch not only offers some interesting sights such as the Atomic Cellar, but also refreshments.On the way back to Hechingen to the train station, you can enjoy the view of the Hohenzollern Castle, perched high on its conical mountain. If you can still mobilize forces, a visit to the castle is always worthwhile.If you feel like it, you can also combine this circuit with the "3 Days, 3 Castles" tour from Reutlingen to Sigmaringen.

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  • Expert
    02:25
    33.0 km
    13.6 km/h
    570 m
    480 m
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    It starts with the three-day tour over the Swabian Alb, where you will see three fascinating castles. In Reutlingen begins the first stage, where you can easily get on the train.From Reutlingen head south via Pfullingen up to the Swabian Alb. The climb is not without and with a reason why the tour is so demanding. At the top of the hill you not only have a wonderful view of the Swabian Alb, but you can also visit the enchanting Lichtenstein Castle, which looks like it originated from a fairytale.A few kilometers behind the castle, it goes with a nice descent back into the valley to Mössingen, today's stage destination. Here you can either stay overnight to continue the tour the next day or leave by train if you only want to drive this one leg.

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  • Expert
    02:18
    30.5 km
    13.3 km/h
    550 m
    290 m
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to carry your bike. The starting point of the Tour is accessible with public transport.

    Today's tour takes you on 30 kilometers from Mössingen to Ebingen. Along the way, you will again find a few meters of altitude that lead you to one of the most fascinating viewpoints in the Swabian Alb.From Mössingen you drive south. You have a nice view of the castle Hohenzollern. But it gets even better, because you drive to the Zeller Horn. Granted, the climb is very steep and the ground is loose from there, pushing is an option that you can consider here. As soon as you arrive at the top, you can definitely take a break and enjoy the view because it is priceless. From Zeller Horn you have a wonderful view of Hohenzollern Castle and the surrounding countryside.The rest of the bike ride goes on a gentle slope relaxed downhill to Ebingen, today's stage destination. Here you can either stay overnight, to continue cycling the next day, or leave the train station Albstadt-Ebingen.

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  • Intermediate
    02:15
    33.8 km
    15.0 km/h
    370 m
    520 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The starting point of the Tour is accessible with public transport.

    Today is the last stage of the three-day tour over the Swabian Alb. It is 34 kilometers long, not quite as demanding as the two previous ones and leads you from Ebingen to Sigmaringen.Let's start with a pleasant gradient on the track. Behind the first and largest ascent, you can look forward to a magnificent view of the valley. Then the bike path meanders along the Schmeie, where you will always find nice resting places in the countryside. The highlight and grand finale of the tour is the impressive Sigmaringen Castle, perched on a cliff above the city.In Sigmaringen, the three-day tour over the Swabian Alb is over. From here you can easily return home by train.

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  • Intermediate
    03:15
    45.9 km
    14.1 km/h
    260 m
    380 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The starting point of the Tour is accessible with public transport.

    The protagonist of this tour is the Lone, a small river that you follow through its valley. In Amstetten it starts and from there almost 46 kilometers lead you to Hermaringen. Generally it is on the track rather downhill, in between you can still pedal on smaller gradients every now and then.From the station Amstetten (Württ) you drive first to Lonetopf, the source of the Lone. Then you follow its course through the beautiful Lonetal. Here you cycle on good drivable dirt roads and on even better paved bike paths. However, they all have one thing in common: the landscape around it is unique and beautiful.In Hermaringen, the bike tour ends at the train station, so you can easily travel home by train. If you still have not enough, you can also go the circuit around Hermaringen.

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  • Intermediate
    02:29
    37.1 km
    14.9 km/h
    270 m
    270 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The starting point of the Tour is accessible with public transport.

    For example, you can easily get to Hermaringen by train, and at the train station, the 37-kilometer circuit is also open, offering you a few climbs with breathtaking views.From the train station in Hermaringen you cycle northwest through the two villages Giengen an der Brenz and Herbrechtingen. From there you will always drive through nature, past spectacular rocks and over beautiful heights with great views. About half way you will pass the Archäopark Vogelherd, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards the round will take you back to Hermaringen to the train station, from where you can leave.

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  • Intermediate
    03:07
    43.3 km
    13.9 km/h
    350 m
    510 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels. The starting point of the Tour is accessible with public transport.

    This beautiful route takes you on 43 kilometers from Offenhausen to Munderkingen. The largest part of the route along the Lauter leads along until it flows into the Danube. As you follow the river, it tends to go downhill. As is customary for the Swabian Alb, there are several small climbs on the way. So it does not get boring.From the train station in Offenhausen we start. Here you can take the Swabian Alb train (alb-bahn.com). The Lauter following you come first by the world famous for his horse breeding Marbach. Then it goes in the valley of Lauter through beautiful natural landscape along the happy rippling river along. On the way you will come again and again through small places that invite to rest.At the finish of the bike tour in Munderkingen you can easily travel by train to the starting point of the next tour, for example to Blaubeuren or home.

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  • Intermediate
    02:44
    36.9 km
    13.5 km/h
    430 m
    430 m
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride. The starting point of the Tour is accessible with public transport.

    The almost 37-kilometer circuit starts in Blaubeuren, where you can, for example, go by train. As it is for the Swabian Alb, the track has a few vertical meters for you.It starts at the station in Blaubeuren. From there you drive directly to the landmark of the small town, the Blautopf. This source fascinates with its intense blue color, which can change slightly depending on the light. After a crisp rise. Then it continues on the height with smaller and lighter slopes. Above all, you will pass two exciting caves.Finally, you can look forward to a rapid descent back to Blaubeuren, where the circuit ends again at the station.

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