The Albtraufgaenger long-distance hiking trail will take you to unique viewpoints, historic castle ruins and picturesque scenery. You will hike along the imposing rocky ridge that separates the mighty plateau from the gentle foothills of the Alb. The varied landscape, with its typical juniper heaths and rugged rock formations, is a paradise for hikers. On well-maintained hiking trails, the route leads through wonderful nature in six stages.
The circular hike starts and ends in Wiesensteig. You will hike 115 kilometers (71 miles) over undulating terrain, experiencing the beauty of the Albtrauf up close. Taste the mountain air on top of 800-meter-high (2,600 feet) peaks, such as the Bossler. Find peace and quiet in unspoiled valleys like the Felsental or the Autal nature reserve. The Albtrauf is known for its countless lookout points, from which you can enjoy the ever-changing landscape. Thanks to the numerous historical sites en route, culture lovers will also enjoy this circular walk. You can visit the ruins of Reußenstein, the Oedenturm and the pilgrimage church Ave Maria.
The individual stages end at rustic accommodation or in historic towns with beautiful half-timbered houses. You don’t need alpine experience to climb the Albtraufgaenger, just wear good footwear and bring a basic fitness level to the mountains. The paths are all easy to follow and well signposted. The Albtraufgaenger combines nature, history and culinary delights which is a real treat for body and soul.
Since Gingen an der Fils and Geislingen an der Steige have a connection to the VVS network, you can easily hike one part of the Albtraufgaenger at a time. You can take the bus to all other villages, such as Wiesensteig,. You can find more information here: vvs.de
The Albtraufsteiger starts in the center of Wiesensteig, which is known for its historic half-timbered houses. You follow the Fils westwards to the paper mill and cross the babbling brook there. You will soon reach the picturesque Fils origin, the source of the Fils.The path winds through the quiet forest up to the Schertels cave. Where the Jura Sea once covered the Albtrauf, you can now explore fascinating stalactite caves. Back on the surface, we continue north. You hike on soft forest paths and can enjoy the fresh air.The absolute highlight of this stage is the ruin of Reussenstein, which is often referred to as the "jewel of the Swabian Jura". Here you can enjoy a wonderful view and explore the centuries-old remains of the castle. At the Hofgut Reußenstein you step out of the forest and can take a break in the restaurant.After a well-deserved stop, the route continues to the summit of the Boßler. On the way there you will always pass beautiful viewpoints. From the 800-meter-high Boßler you descend to the German House, your today's destination.
At almost 24 kilometers, this stage is the longest of the Albtrauffer, but offers you fantastic views and many highlights. The beautiful nature leads to the Aichelberg, the shape of its truncated cone reminiscent of its volcanic origin. You take turns walking through idyllic forests, small towns and across vast meadows.From Bad Boll you march up a high path to the so-called Tempele. From the pavilion built in 1824 - formerly known as the Belvedere - you have a wonderful view of the Lower Filstal and the three imperial mountains Rechberg, Stuifen and Hohenstaufen. Then the route runs through the Boller Heide to the fruit trail, where you can see a sea of flowers in spring. Ripe apples are waiting for you in late summer.You hike relaxed through the hilly landscape over forested peaks and through calm valleys. From the fox corner you can enjoy a wonderful panorama and the further route meanders along the edge of the forest with great views. The Wasserberghaus of the Albverein awaits you with regional delicacies and is your destination today.
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After a restful night in the Wasserberghaus, the third stage begins with a quiet section through the forest. You pass a small lake and cross several streams. Through the idyllic region of the Swabian Albtrauf you hike to Grünenberg, an Aussiedlerhof with an inn.We continue to the first impressive lookout point of the day, the Burren. A wonderful panorama awaits you on the 690 meter high mountain and your gaze wanders to the three Kaiserbergen mountains.From Burren the route continues into the Upper Filstal, past the Tennenberg, to the nature reserve Kuchberg and through the forest to the top mountain. The trees open again and again and offer you beautiful views.From the top mountain you hike down a serpentine into the valley and reach your destination Gingen an der Fils. The picturesque town is also called "Pearl of the Fils Valley" because of its half-timbered houses and idyllic location. In Gingen you will find a good selection of accommodation options.
From Gingen an der Fils you climb the sometimes steep path to Hämmelplatz. On a promising path it goes past the Hohenstein and Klepperfels to the Kuhfels. There you can expect a wonderful view of Geislingen on the trail and cake.
Then the Albtraufsteiger route leads you down to the Eybtal, where you cross Heidenheimer Straße. At the edge of the forest you hike towards Eybach and then turn right into the idyllic rock valley. The nature reserve is known for its interesting rock formations and caves, which are worth a closer look.
From the Felsental it goes up to the Alb plateau, where you can climb the Ödenturm outside the village of Weiler. From the 36 meter high observation tower you can enjoy an even more impressive view of the varied landscape. The tower is a bit off the main route - we have included the side trip. You should plan around one kilometer for the outward and return journey.Before you descend to Geislingen, the path takes you to the Helfenstein ruins. Here you can dive deep into the history of the region and take a break in the castle tavern. The route ends at the stage destination in the historic old town of Geislingen.
At the beginning of the fifth stage of the Albtraufganger you hike from Geislingen to the Sentinel with the imposing Ostlandkreuz. From the 665 meter high elevation you have a beautiful view of the highlights of the previous day, such as the Helfenstein ruins and the Ödenturm.
The route takes you along the Albkante, where one dreamlike vantage point follows the next. The Kahlenstein offers an impressive panorama and a cave is hidden below the lookout rock. Then it goes down through a juniper heath towards Bad Überkingen and soon you will reach the Autal nature reserve. In the natural valley, the Autal waterfalls and the well climbing cave are waiting for you.
You walk on curved forest paths to the pilgrimage church Ave Maria near Deggingen. The church is known for its artistic interior and beautiful wall paintings. After a short stop in the pilgrimage church, the path continues over the Oberberg through the hilly landscape to the Hiltenburg ruins. The castle ruin is the official stage destination, you can spend the night in either Gosbach or Bad Ditzenbach.
The first section of the final stage leads you through the village of Gosbach in Hiltental. From there the demanding ascent to the Leimberg begins, which rewards you with a panoramic view from the small Kreuzkapelle to the Upper Filstal. On the back of the church, wooden benches invite you to take a break from shopping.
On easy-to-walk forest trails you hike down to Mühlhausen in the Tale, centrally located in the beautiful Goissatale. The “Goißa”, ie goats, gave the valley its name. At the Hotel Höhenblick the path of the Albtraufufer meanders up the mountain on the other side of the valley.
Alternating it goes through juniper heaths and quiet mixed forest. The last piece has another slope ready for you, because you are marching up to the Kreuzkapelle above Wiesensteig. From here you can enjoy a beautiful view of the valley and your destination Wiesensteig. The varied Albtraufsteiger ends where it started, namely at the historic Residenzschloss von Wiesensteig.