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The „Donaubergland” – hikes around the Swabian Grand Canyon

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The „Donaubergland” – hikes around the Swabian Grand Canyon

Hiking Collection by Donaubergland

10

Tours

43:51 h

90.5 mi

13,000 ft

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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Tours & Highlights

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    Donauberglandweg Etappe 1: Lemberg bis Spaichingen – Region der „10 Tausender”

    Difficult
    05:49
    11.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,700 ft
    2,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    At 1,015 meters, Lviv is the highest mountain in the Swabian Alb. On the first stage of the four-day Donauberglandweg you will climb this highlight right at the beginning and you can get an overview of this beautiful region. Start of the almost 20-kilometer stage is in Gosheim, at the foot of Lviv.

    

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  • Difficult
    06:35
    14.2 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Day two on the Donauberglandweg starts immediately with a crisp climb, but then you have the demanding part of the stage behind you. From Spaichingen you walk up to the Trinity Mountain, which you already know from the first stage.

    

    After a good eight kilometers you have reached the Old Mountain, another

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  • Intermediate
    04:24
    8.94 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With new energy you start in stage three of the Donauberglandweg. The 14-kilometer tour is back with tons of great viewpoints - you quickly understand why the Danube valley is also called the Swabian Grand Canyon. To enjoy the unique views, it goes from Mühlheim an der Donau once in a crisp climb uphill

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  • Intermediate
    04:36
    8.20 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The fourth and last stage on the Donauberglandweg will let you fully enjoy the Upper Danube Valley once again. The 13 kilometer hike starts in Fridingen on the Danube. The wonderfully dramatic landscape with water and rocks shows itself from its most beautiful side - riddled with ruins and castles, which

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  • Intermediate
    03:41
    7.94 mi
    2.2 mph
    975 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    04:37
    9.68 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike lives up to the title Danube Wave: In a beautiful up and down you hike through the unique landscape of the breakthrough valley of the Danube. You can expect beautiful views of the river, the green forest and the bright rocks. You will quickly understand why the area is also called the Swabian

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  • Intermediate
    03:42
    8.16 mi
    2.2 mph
    900 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this route you will experience something unique in the world: between Immendingen and Möhringen, the Danube simply disappears from the surface. At about 155 days a year - in spring and autumn - the river sinks completely and you can walk dry through the riverbed. The water seeps away, flows southward

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  • Intermediate
    04:22
    8.70 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,725 ft
    1,700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    02:49
    5.68 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,025 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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

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  • Intermediate
    03:17
    7.05 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This moderate hike takes you through a virtually untouched natural landscape on the plateau of the Swabian Alb via a side valley of the Danube. You expect along the eleven kilometers long route only a few meters, but pure nature in the highlands above the Upper Danube.

    

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    90.5 mi
  • Duration
    43:51 h
  • Elevation
    13,000 ft

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