Etappe 7: Von Heidenheim nach Nattheim – Albschäferweg
Albschäferweg and Schwäbische Alb planned a hike.
March 26, 2021
The seventh stage on the Albschäferweg is quite short with a distance of around nine kilometers. Therefore, the detour to Hellenstein Castle is definitely worthwhile. The detour is already included in the tour and it extends the distance from 9.1 kilometers to 14.5 kilometers. If you want to save yourself the detour, simply delete the detour to the castle in the route planner.To get to the castle, you wander a bit through the streets of Heidenheim. The castle, the symbol of the city, towers visible from afar on a hill above the houses. After a short ascent, you can visit the castle and the museums before continuing your hike on the Albschäferweg.Back there is a short distance through the city before you reach the Brenzpark. This is open from March to October and costs a small entrance fee. Nevertheless, the way through the beautifully designed park is worthwhile. After you have left the Brenzpark, you are back on the Albschäferweg.It goes a bit up the Brenz before you leave the city and hike up in the direction of the disused quarry. You cross a wonderful piece of forest then you reach the Ramenstein cave via a path that is not easy to walk (an alternative is signposted). The cave is barred between November and April to protect the bats, but is otherwise freely accessible.From the cave it is only a short distance to the stage destination in Nattheim at the sheep farm of the Heidenheim city shepherdesses.On this stage you will find a place to stop for refreshments along the way in the Heidenheim city area and on the Moldenberg. Otherwise you will stock up on supplies in Heidenheim before you start your hike. On the Moldenberg you will find a picnic area and benches and nice places to rest again and again.