The 4th day's stage leads from Gingen an der Fils to Geislingen an der Steige. The Albtraufgänger consists of a total of 113 kilometers and 6 daily stages.
The stage impresses with a vantage point at the Kuhfelsen, the Felsental in Geislingen, the Helfenstein castle ruins, the Ödenturm and the historic old town of Geislingen.
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Scenic / Geological highlights / Cultural highlihts
Explore the unique Albtrauf Region with its magnificent landscapes. Juniper heathlands, meadows of orchids and striking cliffs give the Swabian Albtrauf its extraordinary beauty. Discover splendid hill tops, valleys and health-enhancing springs. Pass through small villages and get to know Swabian history, art and traditional foods at their finest. The Albtraufgänger Route offers you the opportunity to experience the region’s outstanding diversity and provides you with a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure.
The Albtraufgänger route continues above the town of Kuchen, with its historic housing settlement for the working class, built by a textile factory during the height of the cotton industry in the 19th century. It had different facilities such as baths, a school and a library and was therefore very much ahead of its time.
Next the walk takes you up to the viewing point Kuhfelsen, where you can enjoy magnificent views on Teck Castle and the Fils Valley. The trail then carries on to the city of Geislingen, the connecting point of five valleys, into Eybtal valley. In Eybach you enter the Felsental valley, a nature reserve with interesting rock formations, before the Albtraufgänger route reaches the Alb highlands and continues on to Weiler, across Helfenstein car park to Helfenstein Ruin. The ruin offers a splendid view across great parts of the Fils Valley and Geislinger Steige (“Geislinger climb”).
The walk leads to the Old City of Geislingen which represents the end of this stage. Geislingen’s factory outlets run by popular firms are the city’s top attraction.
sturdy shoes, weatherproof clothing
The climbs require a head for heights, a good level of fitness and sure-footedness, especially when it is wet.
Respectful cooperation in the district of Göppingen.
Code of Conduct:
Please respect path-blockings and quiet zones.
Please do not leave any rubbish, animal excrements, … e.g.
Please act foresightful and considerate. Adapt your behaviour to the current situation. Safety comes first.
Please respect other hikers.
Please be considerate of animals and nature
Please plan your trips ahead. Plan your trips during daytime and try to avoid dawn and dusk.
Please consider entry bans of agricultural areas during vegetation period.
Please stay on marked paths and avoid forest borders so wildlife can get used to humans.