Embark on a journey of discovery by bicycle along the Fils - from the source to where it flows into the Neckar.
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The Filstal route forms the connecting element between the landscape parks Albtrauf and Fils, which unite history and present, nature and culture with each other. With a total length of 68 kilometers, it leads from its starting point at the so-called Bahnhöfle, from the heights of the Swabian Alb near the ruins of Reußenstein Castle comfortably down into the Hasental valley, past the gray stone and further into the Upper Filstal valley. The tour makes it possible to experience in a special way the change from an agricultural cultural landscape through the various intermediate stages of industrial development into the core area of the Stuttgart metropolitan region. Of course, the route also unfolds its special charms in the opposite direction upstream.
The bike tour starts at the train station above Wiesensteig, near the ruins of Reußenstein. Right at the beginning you leave the Alb plateau and ride comfortably through the Hasental downhill into the Upper Filstal. On the way, you pass the Filsursprung with a cozy rest area. The section in the Upper Filstal begins with the historic old town of Wiesensteig and then follows the river towards Mühlhausen, Gosbach and Bad Ditzenbach. In the middle of the double Albtrauf, juniper heaths and the striking Hausener rock face can be viewed. The upper Filstal ends with the town of Geislingen and the bike tour also turns westward further along the Fils. In the further course more and more the condensed industrial area of the middle Filstal begins. The path runs between Süßen and Göppingen mostly on the northern side of the Fils along the Stuttgart-Ulm railroad line. Göppingen is crossed on the main road through the middle of the marketplace. Passing the towns of Uhingen and Ebersbach, you leave the district of Göppingen in the direction of the Neckar River. The tour ends after the confluence of the Fils at the train station in Plochingen. Here there is a good connection to the public transport. The bike tour is also easily navigable in the opposite direction and is signposted.