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From Crater to Crater — 4 stages in the Geopark Ries and across the Swabian Alb

Josef Kaes

From Crater to Crater — 4 stages in the Geopark Ries and across the Swabian Alb

Bike Touring Collection by Von Krater zu Krater

4

Tours

13:04 h

116 mi

5,750 ft

Two huge meteorite craters, wide field and meadow landscapes, wildly romantic forested plateaus of the Swabian Alb and cosy river valleys with inviting bathing lakes await you on your bike tour from crater to crater. In addition to the unique landscape and magnificent nature, charming villages, pretty half-timbered towns, impressive monasteries and castles provide cultural variety.

The cycle path "From crater to crater" runs from Nördlingen through the Nördlinger Ries, the Steinheimer Becken and over the eastern Swabian Alb on a 185-kilometre circuit. Both the Nördlinger Ries with a diameter of 25 kilometres and the Steinheimer Basin with a diameter of four kilometres were created over 14 million years ago by a meteorite impact. These two almost circular craters, which are considered geological sensations, are the main protagonists of the four-day cycle tour.

In Nördlingen, the only German city with a completely intact, walkable city wall, the circuit begins, which is divided into the one-day east round and the three-day west round. The laps can also be driven individually, as they both lead through Nördlingen. You can reach the Bavarian city in the Nördlinger Ries comfortably by train. From there you start your bike tour on the Ostrunde, which leads you through the Geopark Ries. Afterwards you go on the Westrunde, which takes you over the eastern Swabian Alb and the Steinheimer Becken back to Nördlingen.

You can ride the entire route in four pleasant stages. In all stage destinations you will find a good selection of overnight accommodations as well as restaurants and cafés to stop off in. You can also stop again and again along the route and take cosy breaks in rustic inns. As you can see, these are the best conditions to fully enjoy your bike tour from crater to crater through the Geopark Ries and across the eastern Swabian Alb.

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115 mi

5,800 ft

5,800 ft

Last updated: November 29, 2021

Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:40
    35.6 mi
    9.7 mph
    750 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In Nördlingen begins the tour that takes you from crater to crater. In the beautiful Bavarian city, which is the only German city still surrounded by a complete, walkable city wall, you come comfortably by train. From there it goes on the first round through the Nördlinger Ries, a huge crater, which

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  • Difficult
    03:13
    26.2 mi
    8.2 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Starting from Baldingen, you set out today for the Western Tour, which will lead you out of the Nördlinger Ries right at the beginning.

    

    Behind Baldingen you dive right back into the beautiful, open field landscape of the Ries. After a few kilometers, the flat landscape gives way to some hills that form

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  • Intermediate
    02:32
    22.7 mi
    9.0 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The third leg of the Crater Bike Tour takes you today to the Steinheim Basin, another meteorite crater that was probably created at the same time as the Nördlinger Ries.

    

    Behind Oberkochen you cycle through a shallow valley until you reach the Schwarzen Kocher and then along the Ziegelbach. As soon as

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  • Difficult
    03:40
    31.6 mi
    8.6 mph
    1,900 ft
    2,075 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today, the fourth stage of the bike path "From crater to crater", which brings you in regular ups and downs back to the starting point to Nördlingen.

    

    Behind Schnaitheim you climb over wide fields and through beautiful forest on the first hill. A comfortable descent brings you to a small, open plateau

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    4
  • Distance
    116 mi
  • Duration
    13:04 h
  • Elevation
    5,750 ft

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