The Lone River rises in Urspring. We follow the course slightly downhill to the Fohlenhaus, a bizarre rock formation with a cave and resting place. From there, after a short climb into the Danube plain, we reach Langenau.
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Our bike tour through the valleys of the Swabian Alb starts in Amstetten, for more than 150 years "mountain station" and junction of the railroad between Ulm and Stuttgart. From here, the museum trains of the Amstetten-Gerstetten local railroad and the Albbähnle to Oppingen run every Sunday and public holiday between May and October.
Soon the source of the Lone is reached in Urspring. Here, the water that seeped through the karst rock on the Alb emerges again - crystal clear and in colors ranging from turquoise to deep blue. From the source, the Lonetal Cycle Path accompanies us via Lonsee to Westerstetten and leads us through the valley of caves and mammoth hunters. In the beautifully restored train station in Westerstetten, the doors are open for refreshments on Sundays and holidays.
We pass the village of Breitingen with the newly restored Schönrainmühle and Bernstadt. It is worth taking a detour there to visit the former patrician castle from 1549 with its local history collection. Behind Bernstadt we cross one of the most romantic parts of the Lone Valley. At the cave formation "Fohlenhaus" we can take a rest at the shelter with barbecue place and strengthen ourselves for the upcoming short and steep ascent.
Out of the forest Langenau is already in front of us and we enjoy the view into the wide Danube valley. In the imposing town, which is interspersed with springs and streams, we find everything a cyclist's heart desires.
The Albtäler cycle path is signposted with arrow signposts indicating the distance to the next town and the more distant destinations. The logo of the Albtäler-Radweg is inserted at the main signpost locations. Between the main signpost locations, the path is marked by small bike path signs with arrows.