Hiking Highlight (Segment)
The Hungerbrunnen is a karst spring, which flows only irregularly due to the porous stony ground and mostly seeps directly underground. In the Middle Ages, flowing and seeping were considered a bad omen and it was believed that they could predict failures, diseases or famines. Even if the water flows, it will seep away after at least two kilometers. Nevertheless, the long-drawn dry valley is very fertile and it offers a unique natural landscape. This is also where the Albschäfer with their flocks regularly go.
February 12, 2018
The valley and its namesake, the "Hungerbrunnen" lie on the border between the district of Heidenheim and the Alb-Danube district or between Heldenfingen (district of Gerstetten) and Altheim (Alb), Baden-Württemberg- a periodic karst spring
- irregular pouring (= amount of water in volume per time)
- It only carries water in particularly humid years
- popular belief says: "If the spring gushes, this is a bad omen and means crop failure, famine or danger of war"
- protected natural monument
- the surrounding area is a protected landscape area- further information under:
October 2, 2020
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