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Weekend excursion to the Swabian Alb

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Weekend excursion to the Swabian Alb

Bike Touring Collection by Johanna

8

Tours

19:35 h

189 mi

10,550 ft

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, I 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, I 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 & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    01:29
    25.0 mi
    17.0 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Hechingen you drive a circuit on this route to Haigerloch. 40 kilometers lead you through the beautiful landscape of the Swabian Alb past two of the most beautiful palaces and castles in the region.

    

    The bike tour starts at the train station in Hechingen so that you can travel comfortably by train

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  • Difficult
    02:26
    20.7 mi
    8.5 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,575 ft
    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, on which you will see three fascinating castles. The first stage begins in Reutlingen, where you can easily get there by train.

    

    From Reutlingen it goes south via Pfullingen up to the Swabian Alb. The ascent is not without and with a reason why the

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  • Difficult
    02:37
    21.0 mi
    8.0 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Today's tour takes you 33 kilometers from Mössingen to Ebingen. On the way, a few meters in altitude are waiting for you, which lead to one of the most fascinating viewpoints of the Swabian Alb.

    

    From Mössingen you drive south. You have a nice view of Hohenzollern Castle. But it gets even better, because

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  • Intermediate
    02:14
    20.9 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today is the last stage of the three-day tour over the Swabian Alb. It is almost 34 kilometers long, not quite as demanding as the two previous ones and takes you from Ebingen to Sigmaringen.

    

    It starts with a pleasant gradient on the route. Behind the first and largest climb, you can look forward to a

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  • Intermediate
    03:10
    28.2 mi
    8.9 mph
    800 ft
    1,225 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The protagonist of this tour is the Lone, a small river that you follow through its valley. It starts in Amstetten and from there almost 46 kilometers lead you to Hermaringen. In general, the route is more downhill, but in between you can still pedal pretty hard on smaller inclines.

    

    From the Amstetten

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  • Intermediate
    02:26
    22.9 mi
    9.4 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    For example, you can easily get to Hermaringen by train and the 37-kilometer circular route starts at the train station, with some inclines and breathtaking views waiting for you.

    

    From the train station in Hermaringen you cycle north-west through the two places Giengen an der Brenz and Herbrechtingen

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  • Intermediate
    02:45
    26.8 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,675 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This pretty route takes you 43 kilometers from Offenhausen to Munderkingen. Most of the route leads along the Lauter until it flows into the Danube. Since you follow the river, it tends to go downhill. As usual for the Swabian Alb, there are a number of small inclines on the way. So it won't be boring

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  • Difficult
    02:29
    23.1 mi
    9.3 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The 37-kilometer circuit starts in Blaubeuren, where you can take the train, for example. As it should be for the Swabian Alb, the route has a few meters of altitude ready for you.

    

    It starts at the train station in Blaubeuren. From there you drive directly to the landmark of the small town, the Blautopf

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    189 mi
  • Duration
    19:35 h
  • Elevation
    10,550 ft

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