The Ice Age Valleys Cycle Route leads through the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Caves and Ice Age Art of the Swabian Alb". It winds through the picturesque landscapes and unspoiled nature in the Ach and Lone valleys near Ulm. Experience pure cycling pleasure and discover the unique sites and the fascinating world of the Ice Age artists!
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The focus of this tour is the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Caves and Ice Age Art of the Swabian Jura". The route connects the two valleys where the Ice Age caves are located: the Ach Valley and the Lone Valley. 40,000 years ago, our ancestors already lived there and created the first musical instruments and the first figurative art in the world!
On the varied tour, cyclists can explore the unique Hohle Fels, Sirgenstein and Geißenklösterle sites in the Ach Valley. Finally, the Bockstein, Hohlenstein-Stadel and Vogelherd sites await in the Lone Valley.
The 75 km long Ice Age Valleys Cycle Route leads from Schelklingen via Blaubeuren and Ulm to Niederstotzingen. The route is signposted in both directions and can also be started in Niederstotzingen. If you want to take a little more time to explore the caves and Ice Age art, you can easily split the tour into two stages.
The original, worldwide unique finds from the caves can be seen in the Museum of Prehistory in Blaubeuren, in the Museum in Ulm and in the Archaeopark in Niederstotzingen.
On the Ice Age Valleys Cycle Route, you also pass another World Heritage Site: the Stone Age village of Ehrenstein in Blaustein-Ehrenstein. The Stone Age village is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Prehistoric Pile Dwellings around the Alps".
From the train station in Schelklingen, the Ice Age Valley Cycle Path leads to Ulm via Blaubeuren and Blaustein. From Ulm, the route continues in a northerly direction via Jungingen and Bernstadt into the Lone Valley. After a total of 75 km of adventure cycling, you finally reach the train station in Niederstotzingen.
The bike route is also ideal for e-bikes. The stage between Schelklingen and Ulm is asphalted throughout and therefore also barrier-free.
Sturdy shoes and jacket or sweater are recommended for the cave visits.
40,000 years ago, Ice Age artists in the caves of the Ach and Lone valleys in the Swabian Jura created mankind's first figurative works of art and musical instruments. Nowhere else in the world, older comparable art objects and musical instruments have been found. In July 2017, UNESCO awarded the six caves and the surrounding landscapes in the Ach and Lone valleys the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site "Caves and Ice Age Art of the Swabian Jura".
The caves in the valleys are largely accessible to visitors.