Etappe 10: Von Ballmertshofen zurück nach Giengen – Albschäferweg
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Albschäferweg and Schwäbische Alb planned a hike.
March 26, 2021
The last stage of the Albschäferweg is also the longest tour of this long-distance hike. So you have enough time before you have to say goodbye to her.You leave Ballmertshofen heading west and you will soon reach the Bavarian border. The Albschäferweg meanders through dense forest and across meadows past the small town of Zöschingen. Above Zöschingen at the small chapel there is a nice resting place with a Kneipp facility. Shortly after the place you will find another at a natural pond. In the following forest you will encounter the giants of wind energy.Again and again today, short pieces of forest alternate with fields and heathland and after nine days you have quickly found your rhythm again. Satisfied and full of energy, you continue hiking and cross the border to Baden-Württemberg again.Soon afterwards you leave the forest completely and the wide meadows and heaths of the Heidenheimer Brenz region spread out in front of you. Enjoy this last section with wide views over the gentle barren hills of the Alb before you now have to say goodbye to it.It goes leisurely with a fantastic view down to Giengen. Before you reach the city center, it is worth making a detour to the pavilion. From the small viewing platform you can take a last look at Margarete Steiff's birthplace.Unfortunately, the last stage does not offer you any refreshments along the way. A detour (there and back about 3 kilometers) to Oggenhausen would be worthwhile. Two establishments offer traditional Swabian dishes at lunchtime. Otherwise, you should stock up on provisions for breakfast in Ballmertshofen.