Back to Nature

With its mountain greenery, getting back to nature is easy. In Upper Swabia, follow part of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrim trail; hike the Swabian Mountains; and walk barefoot along soft Black Forest paths.

Nature with a difference

SouthWest Germany offers endless ways to enjoy the Great Outdoors. Grab a stout stick and follow the Santiago Pilgrimage Trail through Upper Swabia; stroll along the special Barefoot Path in Dornstetten (good for the feet) or, for a novel techie experience, hike round the Sternberg mountain using a GPS and mini-PC.

Follow the Santiago Pilgrimage Trail

You don’t have to be religious to follow in the footsteps of pilgrims. SouthWest Germany is crossed by the famous route that runs through Switzerland and France on its way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Hike this scenic trail across Upper Swabia and up to Lake Constance, or follow the scallop shell logo from walled town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber to the city of Ulm, on the Danube River.

Hi-tech way to hike!

Decidedly different and great fun: that is hiking with an AlbEntdecker, a gadget that is a combination of GPS and pocket-sized computer. As you hike, the screen gives information about the past as well as the present. So, near Gomadingen, as you pass the Sternberg mountain, rock walls, caves and open heath land, the computer pops up with stories about the Romans and Stone Age people who used to live here, as well as the geology of volcanoes and ancient oceans.

Get in touch with Nature: in bare feet!

Take your shoes and socks off and feel the earth under your feet. On specially-designed paths in SouthWest Germany, the barefoot experience is another way to re-connect with Nature. Some paths are soft, stony or sandy. Others, such as the special 1.5-mile/2.4-km path in Dornstetten are created out of wooden boards, smooth stones, wood chips, grass or clay. It’s both a new idea, and as old as the hills.