The Alb Cycle Path meanders from Nördlinger Ries to the shores of Lake Constance. As it travels from a volcanic crater to the Swabian Sea, it passes romantic river valleys, enchanted forests and mysterious gorges. It leads past fairytale castles, through pretty half-timbered towns and quaint villages. It winds its way over the Swabian Alb plateau and reveals beautiful views over Lake Constance.
At 195 miles (314 km) long, the Swabian Alb Cycle Path can be ridden in seven stages between 23 and 31 miles (37 and 50 km) long. You will find a train station at both the starting point in Nördlingen and the finish in Ludwigshafen so you can easily travel to and from your adventure by train. Along the way, you will often find a train station nearby if you want to shorten your route or if the weather turns. Every stage destination has plenty of accommodation and food stops. In some smaller towns, however, it is worth booking in advance as there is not such a big choice.
The route over the Swabian Alb is particularly challenging in the first stages as you will climb many feet in altitude. However, the stages are quite short, allowing you to take it easy and take your time. If that's still too much for you, you can cut the stages in half or switch to the train on the way. No matter how you chose to complete the Swabian Alb Cycle Path you will have a great adventure. If you want to keep adventuring, you can continue on the Lake Constance Cycle Path: komoot.com/collection/41/lake-constance-cycle-way-3-countries-in-5-days.
Starting point of the Swabian Alb cycle path is in Nördlingen. Here you can easily get on the regional train from Donauwörth or Aalen.Before you set off, it is worthwhile to visit the old town of Nördlingen, which is surrounded by a well-preserved city wall. Then you swing on your bike and start driving.You leave Nördlingen through one of the historic gates in the city wall and roll on a flat stretch along the Eger along the Nördlinger Ries. This was created about 14.6 million years ago by a meteorite impact. In Bopfingen you reach the crater rim. In the pretty town you can take a first break and strengthen yourself for the onward journey, because behind Bopfingen you climb in a short but crisp rise the crater rim of the Nördlinger Rieses.Once at the top, you cycle gently up and down over wide fields and through refreshing forests. On the way you come in the rural area again and again through charming villages, where you can take breaks and partially feed you in inns or bakeries.On the last kilometers of the first stage you will enjoy a wonderful descent down to Aalen, the stage destination. Here you have a large selection of accommodation and also connection to the train.
On the second stage, you drive to Essingen at the beginning of Aalen and enjoy wonderful views of the bike path on the way, which leads you past colorful fields. After Essingen, a short, crisp climb awaits you, followed by a long descent with some climbs. So you cycle via Heubach to Schwäbisch Gmünd.In the city on the Rems you have reached the lowest point of the stage and can take a long break. Strolling through the historic old town, you can relax your legs and choose a cozy restaurant or café to stop by.Strengthened, you will start to ascend well on well-maintained bike paths. You pass wide fields, lush meadows and small woodland. Behind Waldstetten then begins the biggest climb of the day, which leads you past the nature reserve Kaltes Feld.After enjoying the magnificent view at the highest point, at over 650 meters, you will roll on a relaxing descent through the picturesque Christian Valley and on through the Lautertal to the finish line Süßen. Here you will find numerous accommodations as well as restaurants, cafés and a train station.
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At the beginning of the third stage, you drive through the beautiful Schlater forest behind the sweeties. With the rustling of the leaves in your ears you can enjoy the closeness to nature. In moderate up and down you then cycle across an open field and meadow landscape, which is broken here and there by small wooded areas and villages.In Bad Boll you can take a first extended break, but also Weilheim an der Teck is suitable for a long break. Then you drive past the nature reserve Limburg, which extends on the mountain of the same name. Incidentally, here is also Württembergs highest vineyard.Continue along the Lindach to Neidlingen. Here you can once again gather strength, before you climb the Neidlinger crest on the Swabian Alb. Once at the top, you can catch a breathtaking view of the opposing Reußenstein massif at the Wanderparkplatz Bahnhöfle.Through magical landscape of meadows, forests and just pure nature you cycle the last few kilometers to the stage destination Donnstetten. In the place you can stay overnight in apartments. There is also a restaurant and a café. In about five kilometers away Westerheim you will find more accommodation and refreshments and a campsite.
From Donnstetten you cycle to the start of the fourth stage without major climbs on the plateau of the Swabian Alb past wide fields and picturesque meadows. For variety and refreshment provide scattered, shady woodland. Strengths can be on the way in Böhringen or Grabenstetten.Shortly after the village begins a long descent, which brings you surrounded by beautiful forest and past picturesque ponds through the cold valley to Bad Urach. Here you have reached the lowest point of the stage and can take a leisurely break. Especially beautiful is the marketplace of the health resort, where you can find various restaurants in the pretty half-timbered houses.With new strength, you will then drive uphill through the narrow Emstal always near the river. Behind Seeburg you turn into the narrow Trailfinger Schlucht, through which the young Ems meanders. Passing the Emsursprung, you cycle on through the deep ravine lined with rock faces and trees.At the end of the gorge, the forest clears and you continue on open fields to Münsingen, today's stage destination. In the village you will find various restaurants and accommodation as well as a train station.
Right at the beginning of the fifth stage, behind Münsingen, a racy climb awaits you, followed by a long and fast descent. At the bottom of the stage you reach Buttenhausen, where you can take a break for the first time.Afterwards you will cycle through the valley of the Great Lakes. Always near the river, the cycle path meanders past meadows, fields and forests and passes through villages such as Marbach, which is known for the main and state stud Marbach, and Gomadingen.In Offenhausen you say goodbye to the Lauterquelle from the river and drive along the railway line to Großengstingen. Here is worth a long break with strengthening, because behind the place expects you sparsely populated country idyll. Through open fields and through romantic forests you cycle in peace through nature. Again and again you can enjoy beautiful views of the extensive landscape from the bike path.After a total of 41 kilometers you reach the stage destination Trochtelfingen. Here you have access to the train and some restaurants and accommodations.
Today, on the sixth stage of the Swabian Alb bike path, it is mainly downhill, but enough counter-attacks ensure that no boredom arises.From Trochtelfingen you roll through the Seckachtal to Mägerkingen. Behind the village you reach the Lauchertsee, where you can take a nice break. A barbecue area and a kiosk offer you various ways to strengthen yourself.Along the Lauchert you cycle past the monastery Mariaberg and on to Gammertingen. On the way you will pass nice resting places and a water playground by the river, where you can fill up your water bottle.You follow the course of the Lauchert, past romantic forests, beautiful meadows and colorful fields. You pass through charming villages that are suitable for rest. Shortly before the finish, in Sigmaringendorf, the Lauchert flows into the Danube.From here you follow the Danube to the stage destination Sigmaringen, where you can visit the castle of the same name at the end of the day. In Sigmaringen you will also find numerous accommodation options and have access to the train service.
Today is the last stage on the Swabian Alb bike path, where you will enjoy some great descents at the end of the tour.On the first kilometers of the stage you follow the banks of the Danube and get fascinating insights into the Danube valley. Finally, you leave the shore and cycle south. Some pedal strokes are needed to get from the Danube valley up to almost 700 meters. Then you cycle on relatively flat roads through magical forests, past wide fields and green meadows. You pass romantic villages and small places where you can also find refreshments if you want to recharge your batteries.In the nature reserve of Sauldorfer Seen you can immerse in beautiful nature, enjoy the tranquility of the forests and the variety of birds in the lakes of the same name. A few kilometers further on, you will enjoy the first downhill runs that will take you from the Swabian Alb down to Lake Constance. The last departure of the tour is fast. First, the route snakes through the forest and then through picturesque vineyards, from which you have a breathtaking view of Lake Constance and the stage destination Ludwigshafen.Once at the bottom, you can look over the water on the shores of Lake Constance and review the varied tour of the Swabian Alb before you start your journey home from the station in Ludwigshafen.