White limestone cliffs rather than red sandstone, the Danube instead of the Colorado River, green and luscious instead of dusty and dry – welcome to the Swabian Grand Canyon in the Upper Danube Valley. Here, the river meanders through the Upper Danube Nature Park, a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. In this Collection, we introduce you to several hikes in this unique landscape: the four-day Donauberglandweg and six day trips. Once you get on the path, you'll quickly understand why the Danube Valley is compared to the Grand Canyon.
The Donauberglandweg takes you 38 miles (about 60 kilometers) from Lemberg to Beuron and gives you a fantastic overview of the region. You will enjoy beautiful views over the Swabian Alb as you gradually wander deeper into the picturesque and wildly romantic Danube Valley. You can also easily separate the Fernwanderweg and choose just to walk one stage. No matter which option you decide on, you will find a choice of accommodation and restaurants in all of the destinations, as well as good public transport connections. As you will find many rest stops along the way, you can also pack light.
Also known as the “DonauWelle”, the six day hikes are another great way to get to know the beautiful region. All routes start at trail car parks and are planned as round trips. Enjoy the the Knopfmacherfelsen’s beautiful panorama, experience the unique natural phenomenon Donauversinkung and wander over the stunning Swabian Alb plateaus. All of the trails are well signposted and in perfect condition.
Late summer is the perfect time of year to explore the Danube valley. Fading trees and colored leaves, separated by rugged limestone rocks, paint a dreamlike landscape with the blue Danube carving leisurely down the valley. It’s simply wonderful, a touch of Indian Summer in the Swabian Grand Canyon.
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This nearly 13-kilometer hike takes you along the Old Shepherd's Path through a side valley of the Danube. Several springs and fountains are bubbling in the area, which makes the otherwise barren landscape wonderfully fertile. In the past, the shepherds used the springs as a drinking stop for their flocks of sheep. Today, they offer hikers a great place for a refreshing break.
This circular walk takes you on winding paths and wonderful panoramic paths through the heart of the Upper Danube Nature Park. Starting point of the hike is at the impressive monastery Beuron. The visit of the monastery church can be saved as a highlight for the completion of your tour. First, it is 14 kilometers and more than 500 meters to master.
On this almost ten-kilometer hike, the focus is on the Albtrauf - and from different perspectives. You will run below the steep edge and enjoy a little later the magnificent view from the edge of the hill to the Black Forest. Even the way itself offers variety: Sometimes you walk on green meadows, sometimes you offer great views, sometimes you walk along the route of the former Heubergbahn.