Etappe 4: Von Gerstetten nach Steinheim – Albschäferweg
Albschäferweg and Schwäbische Alb planned a hike.
March 26, 2021
On the fourth day you follow the Albschäferweg through picturesque mixed forests and over narrow heather areas. With the Steinheim basin at the end of today's stage, a unique nature experience awaits you.You start in Gerstetten, leave the Egleen Lakes behind you and walk past the water tower. On Sundays you can even go to the viewing platform. From above you get a nice overview of the surrounding landscape.Soon you will leave the open fields behind you and hike along forest and forest paths through extensive mixed forests. Occasionally the trees give a view of meadows and heathland and again and again you have the chance to meet sheep.You pass the small Albdörlein Küpfendorf and after another piece of forest you reach the Steinheimer basin. The path leads you in Sontheim to the Burgstallfelsen and through the nature reserve. Surefootedness is required on the Burgstall. Alternatively, you can stay on the edge of the heather at the bottom. On the next dirt road you will come across the blue sign with the shepherd symbol. From the highest point of the rock, the clearly visible and 15 million year old meteor crater spreads out at your feet. The basin lies well below the surrounding Alb landscape and the crater edges can still be seen today. You continue walking over the edge of the crater, cross the country road and after the Knillberg you reach the Schäfhalde, a beautiful area with wide juniper areas, where you have to be particularly careful to stay on the marked paths. There is a glider airfield on the flat elevation and right next to it you will find the Heiderose excursion restaurant.After a well-deserved rest, it goes around the airfield and down into the Steinheim basin. At Schafhof Smietana you can stock up on sheep sausage for your picnic today or the next day at the Regiomat. In Steinheim, the Ostalb lamb from the Schafhof is on the menu at Kreuz.