Dreamy views on the foothills of the Swabian Alb offers the Löwentrail “Teufelsloch-Runde” around Bad Boll and Gruibingen. The trail leads past the Kornberg cabin and the Boßlerhaus at the Deutschen Haus, which offers a lovely beer garden from where you can see all the way to the Hohenstaufen Mountain, one of the three emperor mountains. The „Jahrhundertstein“ at Gruibingen meadow encourages to reflect on past events with slightly provocative catchwords.
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The magical symbol of the Swabian Alb –the most historic uplands of Germany – is the unique Löwenmensch figurine, or lion man. The lion is depicted in the crest of Germany’s state Baden-Württemberg and represents power and dignity, pride and strength. Numerous stories exist about the "king of animals" who will make you want to discover the Alb with all its facets.
Not only can the traces of the lion be followed on our hiking trails: the Löwentrails represent mountain biking in diverse nature settings, panoramic views and mysterious places. The three loop biking trails between 16 and 30 kilometres are especially beginner-friendly and show the diversity of the Albtrauf. The trail sections are moderate, therefore the trails do not require technical ability for riding the tracks. In addition to steep climbs and breath-taking landscapes, the focus is above all on having fun with biking.
Enter the lion's territory and make it yours!
On Sundays and public holidays, the "BikeHikingBus" runs from Göppingen and Kirchheim unter Teck to the Reußenstein with additional stops in Gruibingen, Mühlhausen im Täle and Bad Boll.
A short way leads from the starting point at the Sickenbühlhalle through the cozy village over paved roads to Buchsteige, a steep road. From there the path follows at half height below the Burgstall in the direction of Mühlhausen im Täle. Fabolous views of the nearby Fils valley are always present. The tour leads over Mühlhausen im Täle on the foothills of Rufstein back to Gruibingen. After another short stretch through the village, we reach the Kornberg with the Kornberghaus, which is managed on weekends, via a leisurely ascending forest path past the Mähdeles Berg. Coming past juniper heaths and beech forests we reach Kornbergsattel, from where it runs steeply down in the direction of Königshau. The tour follows the forest path at half height through the forest, before moving downhill on narrow paths to Eckwälden. Following that we reach the devil’s hole, from where it goes steeply uphill again. It is recommended to have a short break there for those who need some time to rest. Everyone else can give it all they have got and continue with the ascent in the forest to the Boßlerhaus. This place also offers a good place to rest. The shortly following Gruibingen meadow offers fantastic and well-deserved views. On the Häringer the trail goes down into the Winkelbachtal valley and back to the starting point of the tour.
Mountain bike, bike helmet
Partly the route is also frequented by hikers. Particular caution is therefore required.