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Cycling Lake Constance in 7 stages – the Swabian Alb Cycle Path

Bernhard Uihlein

Cycling Lake Constance in 7 stages – the Swabian Alb Cycle Path

Bike Touring Collection by Johanna

4-7

days

3-5 h

/ day

197 mi

12,375 ft

12,525 ft

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 (316 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.

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    Difficult
    03:13
    27.1 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The starting point of the Swabian Alb cycle path is in Nördlingen. You can easily get there by regional train from Donauwörth or Aalen.Before you start cycling, it is worth visiting the old town of Nördlingen, which is surrounded by a well-preserved city wall. Then you swing on your bike and set off.You leave Nördlingen through one of …

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  • Difficult
    03:21
    31.5 mi
    9.4 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the second stage you drive from Aalen to Essingen and on the way enjoy wonderful views from the bike path that leads you past colorful fields. After Essingen, a short, crisp climb awaits you, followed by a long descent with a few counter-climbs. So you cycle via Heubach to Schwäbisch Gmünd.In the city on the Rems you have …

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  • Difficult
    03:32
    28.7 mi
    8.1 mph
    2,875 ft
    1,450 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    Behind Süßen you drive through the beautiful Schlater Wald at the beginning of the third stage. With the rustling of the leaves in your ears, you can enjoy being close to nature. In moderate ups and downs you then cycle over an open field and meadow landscape, which is broken up here and there by small wooded areas and villages.

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  • Difficult
    02:55
    23.0 mi
    7.9 mph
    1,775 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Donnstetten you cycle to the start of the fourth stage without major inclines on the plateau of the Swabian Alb past wide fields and picturesque meadows. Isolated, shady forest areas provide variety and refreshment. You can strengthen yourself on the way in Böhringen or Grabenstetten.Shortly after the village, a long descent begins, which takes you surrounded by beautiful …

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  • Intermediate
    02:44
    25.6 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Right at the beginning of the fifth stage, a steep ascent awaits you behind Münsingen, which is followed by a long and rapid descent. At the lowest point of the stage you will reach Buttenhausen, where you can take a first break.Then you cycle through the valley of the Große Lauter. Always close to the river, the cycle path …

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  • Intermediate
    03:17
    30.9 mi
    9.4 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,650 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, on the sixth stage of the Swabian Alb Cycle Path, it is mostly downhill, but enough counter-climbs ensure that you don't get bored.From Trochtelfingen you roll through the Seckachtal to Mägerkingen. Behind the place you reach the Lauchertsee, where you can take a nice break. A barbecue area and a kiosk offer you various opportunities to strengthen yourself.

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  • Intermediate
    03:01
    29.7 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,975 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today is the last stage on the Swabian Alb Cycle Path, on which you will enjoy some excellent 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 bank and cycle south. A few pedal strokes are …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    197 mi
  • Duration
    22:04 h
  • Elevation
    12,375 ft12,525 ft

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