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.
Erlebnisregion Schwäbischer Albtrauf e.V.
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- Ostlandkreuz, Geislingen/Steige
- Viewpoint Kahlenstein
- Thermal baths in Überkingen
- Autal waterfalls, Bad Überkingen
- Spring snowflake-blossom, Bad Überkingen
- Ave Maria monastery church, Deggingen
- Buschelkapelle vantage point
- Viewpoint Oberbergfelsen
- Castle ruins Hiltenburg, Bad Ditzenbach
From Geislingen the walk continues towards Türkheimer Steige (“Türkheimer climb”) up to Schildwacht mountain where the impressive Ostlandkreuz, a memorial cross, is situated. From here you can enjoy superb views across Geislingen, Helfenstein Castle Ruin and Ödenturm (lit. “isolated tower”).
The Albtraufgänger route crosses Türkheimer Steige and continues along the Alb edge to the viewing point Kahlenstein located within a unique landscape. Visiting the thermal bath and the salt cave in Bad Überkingen, for a rest from walking and some relaxation, is highly recommended.
The walk carries on through the nature reserve passing by just beside the water falls up to the Alb highlands. Just before Aufhausen, the route takes you to Ave Maria Monastery Church in Deggingen. The church is a popular pilgrimage and is decorated with fascinating Late Baroque artwork. Visiting the monastery church is definitely a must-do.
After that, the Albtraufgänger route leads you up to where Berneck Castle once was. There you find the Buschelkapelle, a chapel well worth visiting. On the plateau the walk continues and passes Oberbergfels before reaching Schonterhöhe.
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.