SWABIAN ALB Infoguide 7

The keys to the Swabian Alb. .

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discover & explore

Welcome to the 7 keys to the Swabian Alb
The Swabian Alb (or Jura) is a treasure trove of natural recreation and of things to see and do for everyone – untouched countryside, situated centrally in Europe and in the south of Germany, easy to reach, full of exciting legends, loveable people and relaxing peace and quiet. A landscape for you to discover and experience, full of enchantment and surprises, perfect for exciting holidays and for recharging your batteries in untouched countryside. Information and facts, how to get here from wherever you live, seven keys and much more await you on the following pages:

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Experience the holiday routes

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Six holiday routes run through the Swabian Alb. Whether you follow the Swabian Alb Route, the Hohenstaufen Route, the Hohenzollern Route, the German Limes Route, the Neckar-Alb Roman Route or the Upper Swabian Baroque Route – on foot, by bike, on the Alb train or by car – you will everywhere find culture, exciting legends, a diversity of landscapes, informative and interesting facts and, above all, loads of fun.

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The adventure of geology

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Anyone who gets to the bottom of the Swabian Alb will find fantastic testimony to the most varied epochs of the Earth’s history: fossilized marine crocodiles, ammonites and ichthyosaurs from the Lower Jurassic, Middle Jurassic rock strata in the Tiefer Stollen demonstration mine, limestone from the Upper Jurassic epoch, Keuper strata, volcanic vents and meteorite impacts from the Tertiary... to name but a few...

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The fascination of hiking

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The Swabian Alb is perfect for man’s most natural and healthiest way of getting around: hiking. Germany’s largest ramblers’ association, the Schwäbischer Albverein, maintains an intensive network of paths that are systematically signposted and cover more than 14,000 kilometres. And many places offering accommodation will also offer you hiking opportunities, whether with or without packs. Welcome to the Swabian Alb, an El Dorado for hikers.

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Cycling à la carte

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Whether with the whole family, with good friends, or on your own, by simple bike, racing bike or mountain bike – the Swabian Alb is a cyclist’s paradise. While the going is easy on the Alb plateau and in the river valleys, the more adventurous can attempt the climb to the top. Surrounded by juniper scrub, castles, palaces, rivers, woods and friendly hosts: enjoy life, we’ll give you tips for tours.

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Naturally healthy

The wide open spaces and beauty of the Swabian Alb’s varied landscapes are sources of health on their own. But they are complemented by the inexhaustible healing properties of the ground, water and air: thermal and mineral baths, spas, and resorts renowned for their pure air. From a relaxing short break to a spa cure, from traditional remedies to the most modern forms of therapy – let yourself be spoiled back to health.

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Country holidays

The completely natural holiday still exists. In the midst of the untouched Swabian Alb you will again rediscover a holiday feeling reminiscent of the long lost days of childhood: riding on a tractor, helping the farmer in the cow shed, chopping firewood, sniffing meadow flowers, feeling the cooling water of a stream on your feet, enjoying regional specialities cooked on the farm – all this is possible when you stay on the Swabian Alb.

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Town and life

Romantically modern towns that have developed organically over the centuries, with ornately decorated half-timbered houses, magnificent churches, and old and new universities await you on the Swabian Alb. Far away from the everyday world, enchanted and yet somehow intimate. You will quickly feel at home here, and find everything within a small area: museums, theatres, historic monuments, art and gastronomic delights, traditional festivals and places to shop. The liveliness of the Alb’s towns is an inspiration.

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Top events
From January to December, there’s always something on: traditional festivals, children’s festivals, open-air concerts, summer theatre seasons, Christmas markets, ”Fastnacht” carnival celebrations, and, and, and...

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Castles and palaces
Scarcely anywhere can match the Swabian Alb for its many castles and palaces. The Swabian Alb is home to two great ruling dynasties who once ruled Europe and Germany – the Staufer (Hohenstaufen) and the Hohenzollerns.

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The German Danube
The beautiful, often celebrated Danube rises not far from the Swabian Alb, disappears under the Swabian Alb only to reappear again a few kilometres further along, then gnaws its way through the Alb and meanders dreamily along its flank, an outstanding natural spectacle.

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Contact addresses and help with planning
Further contact addresses and brochures about the Swabian Alb and its surroundings.

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KEY INFO

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Schwäbische Alb Tourismusverband Marktplatz 1 D-72574 Bad Urach Tel. +49 (0)7125 / 94 81 06 Fax +49 (0)7125 / 94 81 08 tgsa@schwaebischealb.de www.schwaebischealb.de

GB Amsterdam London Brussels B Frankfurt Paris L Strasbourg Stuttgart Prague CZ SK Vienna Bratislava Salzburg Innsbruck Zurich A CH Budapest H SLO Lubiljana Milan Venice Zagreb HR I Madrid Barcelona Rome E Naples GR NL Cologne D Hamburg Berlin Dresden PL Warsaw

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Close to wherever you live …
The Swabian Alb – the holiday experience in the heart of south Germany, in the centre of Europe. The Swabian Alb is centrally situated and within easy reach of wherever you live. Stuttgart’s airport is one gateway to the Swabian Alb, and is no more than two hour’s flight from anywhere in Europe. In magnificent countryside or romantic towns, your holiday will be an experience with people, countryside and legend(s). Varied, quiet countryside, wonderful hikes, food and drink, relaxation, challenges for sportspersons – they are all here as a matter of course, waiting for you and your imagination to discover them.

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Essen Düsseldorf Leipzig

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Dresden

Köln /Cologne

Erfurt

BELGIEN /BELGIUM

Bonn

Thüringen /Thuringia Hessen /Hesse
Frankfurt Wiesbaden Suhl

Chemnitz

Prag/Prague

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Rhineland-Palatinate Mainz Rheinland-Pfalz Saarland
Saarbrücken Heidelberg

TSCHECHIEN
Würzburg

Nürnberg /Nuremberg

TSCHECHIEN/ CZECH REPUBLIC

Baden-Württemberg
Straßburg/ Strasbourg Stuttgart

Regensburg

Bayern /Bavaria

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FRANKREICH/FRANCE
Freiburg

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Augsburg München /Munich

ÖSTERREICH
Salzburg

Bodensee / Lake Constance

Basel/Basle Zürich/Zurich Bern/ Berne

Innsbruck

SCHWEIZ /SWITZERLAND

ÖSTERREICH/AUSTRIA

And not far from other destinations ...
The Swabian Alb is at the heart of it all, surrounded by many scenic areas and countries. To the west of the Alb lies the Black Forest, steeped in legend, while to the south you will find beautiful Lake Constance, bordered by Germany, Switzerland and Austria. To the north-east of the Alb, directly after the Swabian Forest, you enter Franconia, with its greatly prized wines – which is not to forget the good wines to be found in Baden and Württemberg. ”Bavarian Swabia”, whose principal city is Augsburg, borders on the Alb’s eastern edge. And Alsace (France) is also only a stone’s throw away. The Alb is an ideal base for discovering all these areas.

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KEY INFO
SchleswigHolstein
Rostock Schwerin

MecklenburgVorpommern

North Sea

Bremerhaven Emden

Hamburg

Bremen

700 km
POLEN Niedersachsen
Berlin

Amsterdam

Hannover Magdeburg

Potsdam

Brandenburg

NIEDERLANDE Sachsen-Anhalt Nordrhein-Westfalen
Essen Düsseldorf Leipzig Halle

660 km
Sachsen
Dresden

670 km
Brüssel Köln Bonn Erfurt

Farrenberg, near Mössingen

Thüringen BELGIEN

Chemnitz

600 km

400 km

Hessen
Frankfurt Wiesbaden

Suhl

Prag

250 km 540 km
Würzburg Heidelberg Nürnberg

Mainz

TSCHECHIEN

LUX.

Rheinland-Pfalz Saarland
Saarbrücken

Rothenburg o.d. Tauber

530 km
Regensburg

Baden-Württemberg
Straßburg
Stuttgart

Bayern

190 km
FRANKREICH
Freiburg

240 km
Basel

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Bad Urach

190 km
München

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ÖSTERREICH

290 km
Achalm, Reutlingen
Innsbruck

SCHWEIZ

190 km
SCHWEIZ

Zürich

Frankfurt A7 A3 A5 A 67 A 61 Karlsruhe Heidelberg A 81 A6 Nürnberg A6 A3 A9 Würzburg

Heilbronn A7 Stuttgart A8 Aalen Schw. Gmünd Reutlingen A8 Ulm Tübingen Sigmaringen A 96

Danube gorge near Beuron

A9

A5 A 81

München

Basel

Konstanz Zürich

Switzerland Schweiz

Austria Österreich

How to get there: Stuttgart-Leinfelden airport is approx. 15 km from the middle of the northern edge of the Swabian Alb. There are train connections from here to many Alb destinations. Zurich, Munich and Frankfurt airports also have good train and motorway connections to the Swabian Alb. The best train connections are by ICE bullet train via Stuttgart and Ulm, or by branch lines to your holiday destination. The A8 motorway from Stuttgart to Ulm runs directly over the Swabian Alb, while the north-south A7 motorway crosses the eastern part of the Alb and the A81 motorway runs from north to south to the western edge of the Swabian Alb. For cars and coaches, access roads are good and direct, as is the extensive network of roads on the Swabian Alb itself.

Hölderlin’s tower, Tübingen

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Geographical location: Between the Swiss and the Franconian Jura, the Swabian Jura (Alb) is the central part of a Jura chain stretching right through central Europe. Bordered by the Black Forest and Baar region to the south-west, the upper Neckar valley to the north, the Ries crater to the east and the Danube to the south, the Swabian Alb runs right across Baden-Württemberg over a length of approx. 220 km and at a breadth of up to 80 km. It is a range of secondary mountains rising up from the surrounding countryside, reaching a height of between 700 and 1000 metres above sea level at its northern edge and between 450 and 500 metres above sea level at its southern edge and towards the Danube. Climate: Healthy, moderately to strongly bracing climate throughout the Swabian Alb. Traditional spas, thermal and mineral baths, resorts for convalescence and pure air. Area of natural beauty: As an area of the most diverse natural beauty, the Swabian Alb is without parallel. Gently rolling mountains and soft ranges of hills, cheerful mixed woodlands, meandering valleys, juniper scrub and deep green meadows. Discover the traces of stone-age hunters in underground (dripstone) caves, walk around the ”Blautopf”, one of Germany’s most beautiful river sources, admire the spectacular craggy cliffs overlooking the Danube gorge, climb to the top of a dormant volcano, walk about in a million-year-old meteorite crater, use a hammer to look for fossils. The Swabian Alb is discovery pure, an unforgettable experience. Water courses: ”Water’s struggle on the Swabian Alb” is a fascinating one: here you find the European watershed, the line between the water that flows into the Rhine and the water that flows into the Danube. The courses of its streams and rivers are breathtakingly romantic, their banks dotted with mediaeval castles. The most dramatic scenery is to be found in the upper Danube valley. The springs gurgling out of Jurassic stone, the meandering rivers and almost mystical spring pools (Blautopf, Brenztopf) are unforgettable natural phenomena that make this area so attractive. Flora and fauna: The Swabian Alb is an oasis for man, animals and plants. Its extensive, romantic mixed woods comprise charming, typical steppe heathland with its juniper bushes, beeches, oaks, maples, elms and conifers. The fields, woods and meadows are hemmed with hazel, dog rose, sloe and hawthorn. The rare plants to be found range from carline thistles to orchid species. The diverse fauna and microfauna, with its amphibians, reptiles, insects and birds to be found on the margins of fields and woods, ponds and wetlands, makes you want to (re)discover your environment. Walking along the rivers and streams, you will discover trout, storks and herons. The woods are still home to badgers, foxes, deer, hare and wild boar. History: The early traces of human habitation reach back approx. 35,000 years. The German word ”Alb” comes from the Celtic word alpis, which means a nurturing mountain. ”Swabian” comes from the Germanic Suevi tribe (who settled on the Rhine and Neckar during Julius Caesar’s time). The Romans occupied this area between 15 BC and AD 260, after which the Alemannic tribes appeared. Place names ending in ”-ingen” date from this time (this suffix was added on to the names of famous persons or landowners). As Christianity spread in the 6th century, the area began to be integrated into the Frankish empire. Hohenstaufen, Zähringer, Württemberger and Hohenzollern – great imperial and ruling dynasties – come from the Swabian Alb. Cultural treasures: A journey through the Swabian Alb is always also a journey through vivid, still topical, history and the cultural wealth that is typical of southern Germany. Many of these cultural treasures are to be found on the Swabian Alb, mankind’s oldest artworks (30,000 years old), the world’s highest church steeple (Ulm Cathedral), remains of the Limes, the German frontier wall, Celtic centres of cult worship, churches from every epoch, and towns that have developed over the centuries with their surviving traditions. The Swabian Alb has one of the highest concentrations of castles in Germany and, not least, famous people such as Hölderlin, Uhland, Einstein, Daimler and Hauff were born here, to name but a few.

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Experience the holiday routes
See unparalleled scenery and learn the fascinating story/stories of the Swabian Alb
Six varied and interesting thematic routes, all of them well-signposted, run through the Swabian Alb. Fascinating legends, the history of the great personages of central European (cultural) history, all of it to be experienced at first hand. Excursions through untouched countryside, fascinating landscapes, natural wonders and much more await you on the Swabian Alb Route. Follow in the footsteps of the Romans when you take the Neckar-Alb Roman Route or the German Limes Route. The Hohenstaufen Route leads you to the cradle of the great Hohenstaufen dynasty and the scenes of its undertakings on the Swabian Alb. The Hohenzollern Route takes you to the homeland of the German emperors, that beautiful area known as Hohenzollerische Lande. Finally, the Upper Swabian Baroque Route offers you art history at close quarters. The brochure shown here on the left, and the tourist information offices shown below have more information for you.

Swabian Alb Route

Covering a length of approx. 200 km, the Swabian Alb Route crosses the ”length” of the Swabian Alb from south-west to north-east. It begins on two branches in Tuttlingen and Trossingen, crosses the Alb in a straight east-west direction from Dürbheim to Heidenheim, and ends again on two branches in either Nördlingen or Aalen. The Swabian Alb Route has a variety of attractions, entertainment and special features for hikers, cyclists, convalescents and spa guests, and art lovers: juniper scrub, gently rounded peaks, castles, palaces, maars, healing springs, the ”Danube Seepage” near Tuttlingen, Albstadt-Tailfingen’s textiles museum, the Bärenhöhle and Nebelhöhle caves, the summer toboggan-run at Sonnenbühl-Erpfingen, and much, Schwäbische Alb Tourismusverband Marktplatz 1 much more… 72574 Bad Urach
Tel. +49 (0) 71 25/94 81 06 Fax +49 (0) 71 25/94 81 08 eMail: tgsa@schwaebischealb.de www.schwaebischealb.de

Stages on the Swabian Alb Route (from east to west): Trossingen or Tuttlingen, Dürbheim, Königsheim, Messtetten, Albstadt, Burladingen, Sonnenbühl, Engstingen, St. Johann, Bad Urach, Römerstein, Westerheim, Wiesensteig, Mühlhausen im Täle, Bad Ditzenbach, Bad Überkingen, Geislingen a.d. Steige, Böhmenkirch, Heidenheim a.d. Brenz, Aalen or Nattheim, Dischingen, Neresheim, Nördlingen

Lichtenstein Castle

Stages on the German Limes Route (on the Swabian Alb): Lorch, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Böbingen, Aalen, Hüttlingen, Rainau, Ellwangen

Hohenstaufen Route
Emperor Frederick II

The Hohenstaufen Route is more than 300 km long, and takes in almost all the important sites in the Hohenstaufen heartland that are connected with the history, art, culture and politics of the Hohenstaufen epoch. The outstanding landmark of this area is the conical Hohenstaufen hill, where you will find a room documenting Hohenstaufen history. From about 1079, this was the principal castle and home of the Hohenstaufen. The Hohenstaufen Route guides you through the heartland of the most prominent dynasty of German and European history between the 11th and 13th centuries.
Touristikgemeinschaft Stauferland e. V. Marktplatz 37/1 73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd Tel. 0 71 71 / 6 03 - 42 50 Fax 0 71 71 / 6 03 - 42 99 eMail: info@stauferland.de www.stauferland.de

Stages on the Hohenstaufen Route: Göppingen, Bad Boll, Göppingen Faurndau, Wangen-Oberwälden, Adelberg, Wäschenbeuren, Lorch, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Schwäbisch Gmünd Rechberg, Donzdorf, Bartholomä, Königsbronn, Dischingen, Giengen a.d. Brenz, Sontheim a.d. Brenz, Bissingen ob Lonetal, Herbrechtingen, Heidenheim, Steinheim am Albuch, Geislingen an der Steige, Süßen, Hohenstaufen. Between Lorch and Schwäbisch Gmünd the route runs parallel with the German Limes Route.

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Rainau open air museum

Verein Deutsche Limes-Straße Marktplatz 2 73430 Aalen Tel. +49 (0) 73 61 / 52 23 58 Fax +49 (0) 73 61 / 52 19 07 eMail: touristik-service@aalen.de www.limesstrasse.de

The German Limes Route is some 700 km long, and follows the former Roman frontier wall known as the Upper Germanic or Rhaetian Limes, which ran from the Rhine to the Danube. The route starts in Rheinbrohl/Bad Hönningen on the River Rhine and ends in Regensburg, on the River Danube. Along the way it passes many sites of culturalhistorical importance that bear witness to the Roman past in the Rhineland Palatinate, Hesse, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. The route takes you to Roman monuments, reconstructed sites, museums and excavations along what was once the frontier of the Roman Empire. The Limes is regarded as Germany’s most significant archaeological monument. Between Lorch and Tannhausen on the Swabian Alb, it presents the visitor with especially interesting and varied testimony of Roman history.

German Limes Route

Touristic routes on the Swabian Alb ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Schwäbische Albstraße/Swabian Alb Route Deutsche Limes-Straße/German Limes Route Straße der Staufer/Hohenstaufen Route Hohenzollernstraße/Hohenzollern Route Römerstraße Neckar-Alb/Neckar Alb Roman Route Oberschwäbische Barockstraße/

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Kurverwaltung Glatt Im Schloss 72172 Sulz-Glatt Tel. +49 (0) 74 82 / 316 Fax +49 (0) 74 82 / 72 49

Over a distance of some 230 km, the Hohenzollern Route takes you through the countryside and to the many sights that once made up ”Hohenzollern country”. The route starts from the Neckar valley in the north and runs down almost as far as Lake Constance in the south, traversing the Swabian Alb on the way. Hohenzollern Castle was the cradle of the Hohenzollern dynasty of princes, kings and emperors, a family which still exists today. From their palaces in the residential towns of Haigerloch, Hechingen and Sigmaringen, the Hohenzollerns ruled for centuries over an extensive area between Baden and Württemberg. From the principal castle of this old aristocratic dynasty, Hohenzollern Castle near Bisingen, visitors have a wonderful view of the Swabian Alb and its foothills.

Hohenzollern Route
Hohenzollern Castle

Stages on the Hohenzollern Route: Haigerloch, Hechingen-Stein, Salmendingen, Trochtelfingen, Neufra, Gammertingen, Laucherttal, Sigmaringen, Leibertingen, Hausen im Tal, Beuron monastery, Irndorf, Schwenningen, Meßstetten, Stetten a.k.M. Albstadt, Balingen, Schömberg, Rosenfeld, Sulz-Glattt

Neckar-Alb Roman Route
Villa rustica near Hechingen

The Neckar-Alb Roman Route, opened in 1999, gives visitors a chance to see and re-live the Roman past of the Alb region. The route, which for the time being is approx. 100 km long, follows the traces of old Roman roads, from the former garrison and village of Burladingen, through the Killer valley, via the villa rustica (farm) in Hechingen-Stein, Rottenburg am Neckar (the town known as Sumelocenna in Antiquity) and Nürtingen-Oberensingen (Roman farm) to Köngen (fortress and Vicus Grinario). The route therefore takes in every type of settlement of the Roman era. Between the Neckar and the Swabian Alb, the Roman Route leads the visitor to typical Roman excavations, monuments Römerstraße Neckar-Alb e.V. and (open air) museums – a fascinating voyage of discovery in the Postfach 29 72101 Rottenburg am Neckar Romans’ footsteps.

Stages on the Neckar-Alb Roman Route: Köngen, Nürtingen-Oberensingen, Pliezhausen, Kirchentellinsfurt, Rottenburg am Neckar, Obernau, Bad Niedernau, Hirrlingen/Rangendingen, Hechingen-Stein, Burladingen, Balingen, Geislingen-Hasenbühl, Rosenfeld, Sulz am Neckar, Oberndorf-Bochingen, Rottweil

Tel. 0 74 72 / 1 65-3 51 Fax 0 74 72 / 1 65-3 92 eMail: info@rsna.de www.roemerstrasse-neckar-alb.de

Gebietsgemeinschaft Allgäu-Bodensee-Oberschwaben Postfach 1420 88331 Bad Waldsee Tel. +49 (0) 75 24 / 94 13 - 43 Fax +49 (0) 75 24 / 94 13 - 45 eMail: info@bad-waldsee.de

From the Danube in the north to Lake Constance in the south, the main Upper Swabian Baroque Route and its three side routes take in the entire variety of the Baroque movement in the unique cultural setting of Upper Swabia. The northern part of the route goes from Ulm (the last major church to be built in Upper Swabia, 1714-81) via Blaubeuren (including a Late Gothic abbey with a splendid winged altar and choir stalls) and Ehingen (Late Baroque assembly house, High Baroque manor house, Early Baroque Franciscan St. Mary’s Church) to Zwiefalten (cathedral, one of the best examples of German Rococo), as well as through a charming part of the southern Swabian Alb, taking in a number of Gothic and Baroque gems along its way.

Upper Swabian Baroque Route

Stages on the Upper Swabian Baroque Route: Ulm-Wiblingen, Erbach, Oberdischingen, Blaubeuren, Ehingen/Donau, Munderkingen, Obermarchtal, Zwiefalten, Riedlingen/ Donau

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Zwiefalten abbey

The adventure of geology
The entire Swabian Alb is basically one single geological theme park
Where else in this day and age can you experience 200 million years of the various epochs and phenomena of Earth history so directly and in such variety? In a Hollywood film or a Jules Verne novel, perhaps, but most certainly when you take a trip to the Swabian Alb, that low range of mountains at the heart of Baden-Württemberg and Europe. Just a few kilometres to the south-east of Stuttgart, the state capital, a veritable ”Jurassic Park” opens up for the visitor, where, millions of years ago, real saurians and veritable sea monsters up to 18 metres in length splashed around, together with huge cuttlefish, crocodiles, pterosaurs and colonies of sealilies. Like a speeded-up film, the Swabian Alb gives you at first hand an exciting and intelligible introduction to the evolution of the Earth, from the Triassic to the present day. The brochure shown on the left describes this topic in more detail.

Ichthyosaur, 3 metres long

Swabian Alb – Geological the Earth’s history experienced live Park
Climb to the top of a Swabian volcano, which has been peacefully dormant for millions of years. Make your way through the wild Danube gorge with its craggy cliffs, on foot, by bike, by canoe or on the national park express. Rest in the Bärenhöhle cave like a Stone Age hunter, or make your own Stone Age tools in the Prehistoric Museum in Blaubeuren. Take a trip to the underworld: Wasseralfingen’s demonstration mine, the only subterranean river in Germany open to the public, or the marvellous world of caves. See how the Danube, one of Europe’s mightiest rivers, simply disappears near Immendingen. Look for your own ammonites in Holzmaden, or for a fossilized sponge on the Alb. Discover a sea cliff on dry land, with the holes made by boring clams 60 million years ago.
Jurassic Sea

Lower and saurians Jurassic Sun, sea
Almost 200 million years ago, the area of south Germany that is now dominated by the Swabian Alb was covered by a sea – the Jurassic Sea. With the exception of a few islands, all of Europe was covered by this sea for approx. 50 million years… It was tropically warm. During the Lower Jurassic epoch between 208 and 180 million years ago, dark limestone, clays, marl and oil-shale were deposited on the Alb. Fossils from this period can be seen in Urweltmuseum Hauff and Werkforum Dotternhausen.

Blautopf, Blaubeuren

Where water and stones disappear
Karstification is the name for the chemical weathering of pervious limestone: rainwater absorbs CO2, becomes acid and dissolves the limestone, cracks and fissures develop, surface water seeps away and drains away underground. This led and leads to the formation of extensive networks of caves inside the Swabian Alb, or means that the Danube simply disappears near Immendingen…

Karstification

During the Middle Jurassic, between 180 and 159 million years ago, fine-grained clays Demonstration mine were deposited, with intermediate layers of limestone and iron oolites. Iron ore has been quarried near Aalen and Geislingen/Steige. Ulm Cathedral was built using Middle Jurassic stone.
Juniper scrub near Lochenstein

Sea coast and

Upper Jurassic juniper scrub

After 50 million years, the Jurassic Sea receded, and the Alb became emerged land. Only a few traces from the Cretaceous and early Tertiary have been preserved. However, the volcanic eruptions that can still be recognized in the region’s physical geography occurred during this time. Within an approx. 40 km radius of Kirchheim and Bad Urach, there are 350 volcanic vents. Cave bear

The strata of the Upper Jurassic, formed between 159 and 144 million years ago, are mainly white limestone. The picturesque cliffs on the Alb slopes originate from this epoch, made up of countless remains of shells and lime secretions from sponges, seaweed and corals.

Roughly 700,000 years ago, homo sapiens appeared on the Alb. Some of the caves inhabited by Stone Age dwellers can be visited near Blaubeuren, in the valleys leading to the Danube and in the Danube valley itself. A sculpture more than 30,000 years old was discovered here, the world’s oldest work of art.

Quaternary hunters reindeer

Of mammoth ivory and

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Randeck maar, volcanic

Tertiary Volcanoes erupt, meteorites strike Middle Jurassic
The Alb’s feet of clay

Geological highlights
Aalen: ”Tiefer Stollen” demonstration mine Bad Boll: Teufelsloch Bad Urach: Urach waterfall & Güterstein waterfall Bad Urach – Kirchheim-Teck: ”Swabian volcano” Bärenthal: tufaceous limestone quarry Blaubeuren: Blautopf Burg Teck: Jusi Donzdorf: Donzdorf sandstone Im Hegau: source of the Aach Heldenfingen: Heldenfinger Kliff Immendingen, Fridingen, Tuttlingen: ”Danube Seepage” Königsbronn: Brenztopf Mössingen: Mössinger Bergrutsch Upper Danube national park: Danube valley Schopfloch: Randeck maar and Schopfloch peat bog Steinheim a. Albuch: Steinheimer Becken (crater) Untermarchtal: lime-kiln museum Unterschneidheim, Wössingen, Unterwiflingen und Zipplingen: geological outcrops (suevite) ”Zeugenberge”: Hohenzollern, Achalm, 3 Kaiserberge Near Zwiefalten: ”Gauing marble”
Dripstone cave „bizarre underworld“

Geological museums and collections

Aalen

Urweltmuseum f. Geologie u. Paläontologie Museum im Kräuterkasten Kurhaus Heimatmuseum in der Zehntscheuer Urgeschichtliches Museum

Reichstädter Str. 1, Tue. - Sun. 10-12 a.m. - noon + 2-5 p.m, Tel. +49 (0) 73 61 / 52 22 31 OT Ebingen, Im Hof 19, prehistory and early history of the Ebingen Alb. May-Oct.: Wed, Sat, Sun, public holidays: 2-5 p.m., Nov.- Apr.: Wed: 2.30-7 p.m.+ every 1st Sun in the month: 2-5 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 74 31/160 14 65 Permanent exhibition: ”Journey into the Past – Prehistoric Finds from Bad Boll”, daily 9 a.m. – noon and 2 – 6 p.m., guided tours on request, Tel. +49 (0) 71 64/8 10 Tue.-Sun.: 2-5 p.m., admission free, guided tours by arrangement, Tel. +49 (0) 74 33/1 68 10 + 17 02 61 Karlstr. 21, opening times on request, Tel. +49 (0) 73 44/92 10 30 Spitalplatz 1, Apr.-Oct.: Tue.-Fri: 2-4 p.m., Sa t.+ Su.+ public holidays: 2-5 p.m., Nov.-Mar: Sat.+ Sun.: 2-5 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 73 62/38 55 + 801-0 Dormettinger Str. 23, Tue., Wed., Thu.: 1-5 p.m.; Sun.+ public holidays: 1 a.m.-5 p.m., closed from 1 Dec. 6 Jan. Guided tour at 6 p.m. every 1st Tue. in the month. Tel. +49 (0) 74 27/7 92 11 Sun.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed.: 10 a.m. noon and 2-6 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 7 37 91/7 50 64 Sun. and public holidays: 10 a.m. - noon and 1- 5 p.m., guided tours by arrangement, Tel. +49 (0) 73 24/54 45 Jebenhausen, Boller Str. 102, mid-Apr. - mid-Nov.: Wed., Sat., Sun., public holidays: 10 a.m. - noon + 2-5 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 71 61/47 42 + 97 95 21 Aichelberger Str. 90, Tue. - Sun. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed Mon., Tel. +49 (0) 70 23/28 73 Hindenburgstr. 2, May - Sept., every 1st Mon. in the month: 2-4 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 74 62/240 Museum für Höhlenkunde, Schallenau 1, from Easter holidays to end of autumn holidays: daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 73 33/55 86 Fleinheimer Str. 2, opening hours by arrangement, Bürgermeisteramt Nattheim: Tel. +49 (0) 73 21/9 78 40 Eugene-Shoemaker-Platz 1, Tue. - Sun. 10 a.m. - noon + 1.30-4.30 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 90 81/2 73 82 20 Am Weibermarkt 4, Tue., Wed., Fri., Sat. + Sun.: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thu. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 71 21/3 03 20 22 Spitalgasse 6, every 1st Sun. in the month: 10 a.m. - noon and 2-4 p.m., guided tours by arrangement, Tel. +49 (0) 73 94/28 76 Im Prediger, Tue. - Fri.: 2-5 p.m.; Sat. + Sun.: 10 a.m. - noon and 2-5 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 71 71/57 37 Hochfeldweg 4, Tue. - Sun.: 10 a.m. - noon and 1.30-4.30 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 73 29/73 70 Museum am Löwentor, Rosenstein 1, Tue. - Fri.: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sat., Sun. and public holidays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 7 11/8 93 60 Geologische Sammlung, Apr. - 6 Jan.: Sun.: 2-5 p.m., by arrangement, Tel. +49 (0) 74 25/2 77 03 Sigwartstr. 10, Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed on public holidays, opening hours possibly restricted during university vacation, Tel. +49 (0) 70 71/297-7 75 61 + (7 69 89) + (7 24 89) Donaustr. 50, Sat. + Sun. 2-5 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 74 61 / 77 01 84 Ulm, Tue. - Sun. 10 a.m. - noon and 2-5 p.m. , Tel. +49 (0) 7 31/1 61 47 42

Albstadt Bad Boll Balingen

Blaubeuren Bopfingen

Museum im Seelhaus Fossilienmuseum im Werkforum Stadtmuseum Stadtmuseum

Dotternhausen

Ehingen an der Donau Giengen an der Brenz Göppingen Holzmaden Laichingen Nattheim Nördlingen

Naturkundliches Museum Urweltmuseum Hauff Heimatmuseum

Immendingen

Museum für Höhlenkunde

Korallen- und Heimatmuseum Riesenkrater-Museum

Reutlingen Naturkundemuseum Schelklingen Heimatmuseum Schwäbisch Gmünd Stuttgart Tübingen
Museum f. Natur u. Stadtkultur Meteorkrater-Museum

Steinheim am Albuch Trossingen Tuttlingen

Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Heimatmuseum Trossingen

Geologisch-Paläontologisches Museum Geologische Sammlung im Fruchtkasten Naturkundl. Sammlungen der Stadt

Ulm/Neu-Ulm

Linkenboldshöhle

Albstadt, Schwäb. Albverein, OG Onstmettingen, Tel.+49 (0) 74 32/2 25 69 + 2 15 21, opening hours on request Bad Überkingen, on prior application , Tel. +49 (0) 73 31/6 66 60 (Mr. Dohmke) Giengen Hürben, Apr. - Oct.: 8.30-11.30 a.m. + 1.30-4.30 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 73 24/72 96 u. 13 91 Hayingen, Apr. - Oct.: 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m., Nov. Mar. on request, Tel. +49 (0) 73 73/28 13 (Gasthaus zur Friedrichshöhle) Heroldstatt, May - Oct.: Sat.: 2-6 p.m., Sun.: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., on request, Höhlenverein, Tel. +49 (0) 7 38 9/6 82 Laichingen, from Easter to 1 Nov.: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Höhlen- u. Heimatverein, Tel. +49 (0) 73 33/55 86

Olgahöhle Schertelshöhle Hohler Fels Bärenhöhle Nebelhöhle Kolbinger Höhle

Lichtenstein Honau, Apr. - Nov.: every 1st Sun. in the month: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 7129/5179 Römerstein, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sundays, from Palm Sunday to 15 Nov., working days: 15 May - 30 Sept., Tel.+49 (0) 73 82/93980 Schelklingen, on prior application, Tel. +49 (0) 73 94/21 30 (Mr. Bauer), 23 40 (Mr. Weyler), 16 40 (Mr. Blumentritt) Sonnenbühl-Erpfingen, Apr. - Oct.: 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m., Nov. + Mar.: Sun. and public holidays 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 71 28/6 96 + 635 Sonnenbühl-Genkingen, Apr. - Oct.: 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m., Nov. + Mar.: Sun. and public holidays 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m., Tel. +49 (0) 71 28/6 05 + 6 82 Kolbingen, Mar. - Oct.: Sat. 1-5 p.m. + Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Groups during the week on prior applic., Bürgermeisteramt (Mayor’s office): +49 (0) 7463/97083

C a v e s

Kahlensteinhöhle Charlottenhöhle Friedrichshöhle/ Wimsener Höhle Sontheimer Höhle Laichinger Tiefenhöhle

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The fascination of hiking
Hike with the seasons: walk back to happiness in the Swabian Alb’s marvellous hiking country
With its hills that can be both craggy and gentle, its atmosphere of magnificent views and wonderful valleys, the Swabian Alb is a tantalizing prospect for any hiker, inducing him to drop everything and savour pure contentment: walking is an almost automatic state here. The walk to the top is always also a journey to one’s inner self; hiking brings you back to basics and gives your thoughts time to roam. The brochure Faszination Wandern (”The Fascination of Hiking”) gives you a rough idea of the many destinations that hikers can reach in this wonderful hiking country on the Swabian Alb. You will also find tips for tours and further details about the Swabian Alb’s marvellous hiking country.
The ”stone virgins” in Eselsburg valley

The Swabian Alb: one huge geological theme park for the hiker
Experience the Earth’s history live, hike to a dripstone cave, to one of the 350 vents of the Swabian volcano between Kirchheim and Bad Urach – the biggest are Jusi and Randeck maar – or to the Steinheim basin, the site of a meteorite impact in the Albuch area 15 million years ago.
Historic steam train

So many fascinating things to see: discover the countryside and its people
Eduard Mörike called it a surviving ”savage paradise”: meadows and forests give way to idyllic settlements, friendly hosts invite you to sit down and rest. Travelling on the Swabian railway and slowly roaming the romantic countryside by nostalgic railbus – that's what the Swabian Alb is about.
Roman Festival in Aalen

History at every turn: Celts, Romans, Alemannians
Hike per pedes, as the Romans would say, to the remains and partial reconstruction of a villa rustica – a Roman farm – near Hechingen-Stein, to the Heuneburg Celtic settlement near Herbertingen or to the Limes museum in Aalen. Let the past come alive and fascinate you.
Lichtenstein Castle

Castles, palaces and ruins: real film sets wherever you look
You will find more than 100 castles, palaces and ruins on the Swabian Alb –whether in the middle of town, as in the case of Göppingen, or high on a mountain like Lichtenstein or Hohenzollern castles. In other words, there are more than 100 hikes that can have these ”high spots” as their destination.
Emperor Barbarossa, the ”Cappenberg bust”

At the peak of power: emperors and kings from the Swabian Alb
Two great dynasties originated on the Swabian Alb. From Hohenstaufen castle, the eponymous dynasty began its rise to become rulers of Europe. Hohenzollern castle is the home of the last German emperors and was rebuilt at the command of Frederick William IV of Prussia from 1850.
Neresheim monastery church, Härtsfeld

The marvel of churches and monasteries: silent paths to the heart
On the Swabian Alb,youwill find enchanting churches, monasteries and buildings from the Romanesque,Gothic,Renaissance, Baroque and Jugendstil (art nouveau) periods. To hike to these sites and discover them as places of introspection, as places to come to an understanding of art, of faith, or indeed of oneself, is a uniquely valuable experience.
Tübingen, on the River Neckar

An incredible journey: of fairytales, myths and more
Uhland and Hegel, Mörike and Hauff are the rule rather than the exception, part of every child’s primary school education here on the Swabian Alb. Follow the traces of our poets and philosophers, to the scenes of their stories, to the Blautopf, to Hölderlin’s tower, and many more…

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along the European watershed
This 52-page brochure provides detailed descriptions of 17 ”flexibly hikeable” routes that can be booked in advance, together with background information about the course taken by the European watershed on each particular route, tips on places to eat, sights, and much more. You can book individual sections of the route in advance, or put more substantial tours together. Reading this brochure alone is enough to make you want to set out to trace this geological topic and to get to know it better at first hand. For a free brochure and bookings, contact: Schwäbische Alb Tourismusverband, Marktplatz 1, 72574 Bad Urach, Tel. +49 (0) 71 25 / 94 81 06, Fax 94 81 08, eMail: tgsa@ schwaebischealb.de, www.schwaebischealb.de
Cascade, Bad Urach

Hike without packs

TV Schwäbische Alb Ries-Ostalb Gastliches Härtsfeld Schwäbische Ostalb Heidenheim Stauferland Lorch Geislingen a. d. Steige Göppingen Adelberg
Bad Boll, Bad Ditzenbach, Bad Überkingen Erlebnisregion

Bädergemeinschaft

Alb-Donau-Kreis

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Esslingen Schmiechtal Beuren Münsinger Alb Teck-Neuffen Westerheim Reutlingen/Mythos Schwalb St. Johann Rottenburg am Neckar Burladingen Hohenzollern Sigmaringen Zollernalbkreis Oberes Schlichemtal ”Region der 10 Tausender” Donau-Heuberg Landkreis Tuttlingen Naturpark Obere Donau Schwenningen/Heuberg Großes Lautertal
Erlebniskreis

H i k i n g

Schwäbische Alb Tourismusverband, Marktplatz 1, 72574 Bad Urach, Tel. +49 (0) 71 25 / 94 81 06, Fax +49 (0) 71 25 / 94 81 08, www.schwaebischealb.de, tgsa@scwaebischealb.de Fremdenverkehrsverein Ries-Ostalb, Marktplatz 1, 73441 Bopfingen, Tel. +49 (0) 73 62 / 8 01 21, Fax +49 (0) 73 62 / 8 01 50 www.bopfingen.de, Stadt@Bopfingen.de Verkehrsverband Gastliches Härtsfeld e.V., Hauptstr. 21, 73450 Neresheim, Tel. +49 (0) 73 26 / 81 49, Fax +49 (0) 73 26 / 81 46, www.neresheim.de, tourist@neresheim.de Erlebnisregion Schwäbische Ostalb, Spitalstr. 4, 73479 Ellwangen, Tel. +49 (0) 79 61 / 8 43 03, Fax +49 (0) 79 61 / 5 52 67, www.aalen.de, touristik-service@aalen.de, www.ellwangen.de, info@ellwangen.de Tourist-Info Heidenheim, Hauptstr. 34, 89522 Heidenheim, Tel. +49 (0) 73 21 / 32 73 40, Fax +49 (0) 73 21 / 32 76 87 www.heidenheim.de, tourist-information@heidenheim.de Touristik-Gemeinschaft Stauferland, Marktplatz 37/1, 73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd, Tel. +49 (0) 71 71 / 6 03 42 50, Fax 6 03 42 99 www.stauferland.de, info@stauferland.de Verkehrsamt Lorch, Hauptstr. 19, 73547 Lorch, Tel. +49 (0) 71 72 / 18 01 19, Fax +49 (0) 71 72 / 18 01 59, www.stadt-lorch.de, info@stadt-lorch.de Touristik- und Kulturbüro, Schillerstr. 2, 73312 Geislingen an der Steige, Tel. +49 (0) 73 31 / 2 43 62 oder 2 42 66, Fax 2 43 76 www.geislingen.de, info@geislingen.de Tourist-Info Göppingen, Hauptstr. 1, 73033 Göppingen, Tel. +49 (0) 71 61 / 65 02 92, Fax 65 02 99 · www.goeppingen.de, touristinfo@Goeppingen.de Klosterpark Adelberg, Sport- und Erholungszentrum, 73099 Adelberg, Tel. +49 (0) 71 66 / 9 12 10 - 0, Fax 9 12 10 - 29 www.adelberg.de, klosterpark@adelberg.de Geschäftsstelle der Bädergemeinschaft, Bad Boll-Info, Hauptstr. 81, 73087 Bad Boll, Tel. +49 (0) 71 64 / 8 08 28, Fax 90 23 09 www.bad-boll.de, info@verkehrsamt-bad-boll.de, www.badditzenbach.de, touristinfo@badditzenbach.de, www.badueberkingen.de, info@badueberkingen.de Alb-Donau-Kreis Tourismusförderung, Schillerstr. 30, 89070 Ulm, Tel. +49 (0) 7 31 / 1850, Fax +49 (0) 7 31 / 1 85 13 04 www.alb-donau-kreis.de, wirtschaft@alb-donau-kreis.de Esslinger Stadtmarketing u. Tourismus GmbH, Marktplatz 16, 73728 Esslingen/Neckar, Tel. +49 (0) 7 11 / 39 69 39 69, Fax 39 69 39 39 www.esslingen-tourist.de, info@esslingen-tourist.de Stadtverwaltung, Marktplatz 15, 89601 Schelklingen, Tel. +49 (0) 73 94 / 24 80, Fax +49 (0) 73 94 / 2 48 50, www.schelklingen.de, info@schelklingen.de Kurverwaltung, Am Thermalbad 5, 72660 Beuren Tel. +49 (0) 70 25 / 91 04 00, Fax +49 (0) 70 25 / 9 10 30 10, www.beuren.de, beuren@beuren.de Tourist-Informationsbüro im Rathaus, Bachwiesenstr. 7, 72525 Münsingen, Tel. +49 (0) 73 81 / 18 21 45, Fax 18 21 01, www.muensingen.de, touristinfo@muensingen.de Verkehrsverein Teck-Neuffen e.V., Max-Eyth-Str. 15, 73230 Kirchheim unter Teck, Tel. +49 (0) 70 21 / 30 27, Fax 48 05 38, www.albtrauf.de, tourist@kirchheim-teck.de Fremdenverkehrsbüro, Kirchenplatz 16, 72589 Westerheim, Tel. +49 (0) 73 33 / 96 66 12, Fax +49 (0) 73 33 / 96 66 20, www.westerheim.de, info@westerheim.de Städtische Kurverwaltung, Bei den Thermen 4, 72574 Bad Urach, Tel. +49 (0) 71 25 / 9 43 20, Fax +49 (0) 71 25 / 94 32 22, www.mythosschwalb.de, kbu@badurach.de Touristik-Gemeinschaft St. Johann, Kirchstr. 1, 72813 St. Johann-Upfingen, Tel. +49 (0) 71 22 / 92 31, Fax +49 (0) 71 22 / 36 79, www.st-johann.de, Touristik-St.Johann@t-online.de WTG Rottenburg, Marktplatz 18, 72108 Rottenburg am Neckar, Tel. +49 (0) 74 72 / 91 62 36, Fax +49 (0) 74 72 / 91 62 33, www.rottenburg.de, stadt@rottenburg.de BMA, Hauptstr. 49, 72393 Burladingen, Tel. +49 (0) 74 75 / 89 20, Fax +49 (0) 74 75 / 89 21 55, www.burladingen.de, info@burladingen.de Kurverwaltung Glatt im Schloss, 72172 Sulz-Glatt, Tel. 0 74 82 / 3 16, Tel. + Fax 0 74 82 / 72 48, www.burg-hohenzollern.de, verwaltung@burg-hohenzollern.com Tourist-Info Sigmaringen, Schwabstr. 1, 72488 Sigmaringen, Tel. +49 (0) 75 71 / 106-223, Fax 106-177, www.landkreis-sigmaringen.de, tourismus@lrasig.de Zollern-Alb Tourist-Info, Hirschbergstr. 29, 72336 Balingen, Tel. +49 (0) 74 33 / 92 13 92 oder 92 11 39, Fax 92 16 10, www.zollernalbkreis.de, tourismus@zollernalbkreis.de Touristikgemeinschaft Oberes Schlichemtal, Schillerstr. 29, 72355 Schömberg Tel. +49 (0) 74 27 / 94 98-0, Fax 94 98-30, www.oberes-schlichemtal.de, gvv@oberes-schlichemtal.de Büro Ulrike Schätzle, Im Dörfle 14, Postfach 46, 78586 Deilingen, Tel. +49 (0) 74 26 / 5 10 36, Fax +49 (0) 74 26 / 91 22 06, www.region-der-zehn-tausender.de, Ulrike.Schaetzle@t-online.de Verkehrsamt im Rathaus, Kirchplatz 2, 78567 Fridingen/Donau, Tel. +49 (0) 74 63 / 83 70, Fax 83750, www.donau-heuberg.de, verkehrsamt@donau-heuberg.de Touristik- u. Verkehrsbüro, Hermann-Leiber-Str. 4, 78532 Tuttlingen-Möhringen, Tel. +49 (0) 74 61 / 3 40 oder 94 82 20, Fax 75 72, www.tuttlingen.de, info@tuttlingen.de Naturpark Obere Donau e.V., Geschäftsstelle, 88631 Beuron, Tel. +49 (0) 74 66 / 92 80-14, Fax 9280 23, www.naturparkobere-donau.de, Kontakt@Naturpark-Obere-Donau.de BMA Schwenningen, Alte Pfarrstr. 9, 72477 Schwenningen, Tel. +49 (0) 75 79 / 92 12 12, Fax +49 (0) 75 79 / 92 12 50, www.schwenningen.de, info.schwenningen@t-online.de Tourist-Informationsbüro im Rathaus, Bachwiesenstr. 7, 72525 Münsingen, Tel. +49 (0) 73 81 / 18 21 45, Fax +49 (0) 73 81 / 18 21 01, www.grosses-lautertal.de, touristinfo@muensingen.de

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Cycling à la carte
Leave stress behind you: rediscover time on the Swabian Alb
On the Swabian Alb, cyclists will find the hills and valleys that will allow fitness, health and contentment to be restored to their natural state. Whether with the whole family, with good friends, or on your own, by simple bike, racing bike or mountain bike. Simply get going and enjoy the healthy air, sun and wind, or discover cultural sights and geological highlights by bike – that’s what the Swabian Alb is about. The brochures shown here put together some of the finest tours for you. The altitude profiles given for each individual tour give you an idea of the hills you will have to climb on your way. Leave stress behind you and experience time anew: let the good times roll.

In the Blinde Rot valley, Abtsgmünd 12 tips for cycle tours

Mountainbike special Map pages in ”Cycling à la carte”: 6/7/10 Tour 12 Seen und Römern

These 12 selected tours offer you recreation, relaxation and excitement, as well as the finest destinations on the Swabian Alb. The altitude profiles (see the example on the right) give you an idea of the highs and lows of each tour, and are an ideal aid to planning a route, as are the small outline maps showing the most important towns and villages for easy orientation.
1) 2) With these and your cyclist’s map 3) 4) (see below) you will be ideally equipped for fun and sport on the 5) 6) Swabian Alb. The individual 7) 8) tours are as follows: 9) 10)

Schweighausen Orrotsee ● ● ● Kalkhöfe/Fischbachsee Hohenberg ● ● Rindelbach Hinderbrand ●

Ramsenstrut ●

● Ellwangen Leinenfirst ● Schrezheim ● ● Saverwang Bronnen ● ● Schwabsberg Buch ● Abtsgmünd ● ● ● Waiblingen Hüttlingen

To lakes and Roman sites around Ellwangen From Härtsfeld to the Ries Around the Albuch area Brenz, Blau and the bleak Alb Hohenstaufen country From Fils to Erms Through the Lauter, Danube and Lauchert valleys ”Von dr Alb ra” to the countryside at the foot of the Alb Enjoy the Sonnenalb area Breathtaking gorges and open spaces (Upper Danube national park) 11) Hohenzollern country 12) Heuberg, the highest part of the Alb
Tour 12 Rund um Ellwangen Höhenprofil
Hohenzollern Castle

Tour 1 Altitude profile

600
Burghardsmühle 400 m Bucher Stausee 430 m

600 550
Ellwangen 450 m Hohenberg 520 m

550
Hüttenhof 500 m Ellwangen 450 m Gaishardt 485 m

Abtsgmünd 380 m

Hüttlingen 415 m

500 450 400 350 300 0

500 450 400 350 300 50

15 %

5

Total distance 50 km; total ascent/descent 380 m

10 15 20 25 30 35 40 Entfernung in Kilometern insgesamt 50 km; Höhenmeter insgesamt: 380 m

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Offizieller

Radwanderführer

”Cycling à la carte” cycle tour guide
On 35 pages of detailed maps and 80 pages full of information, ”Cycling à la carte” tells you everything you need to know if you are planning a cycling holiday on the Alb: 1:100,000 scale maps, a basic network of cycle routes (for the first time, all the Swabian Alb in one book), supplementary cycle routes, practical spiral binding, tourist routes on the Swabian Alb, descriptions of places, addresses for information. practical tips (cycle hire, cycle repairs, camp sites, youth hostels), what to see, useful facts. (price: € 12–, can be ordered direct from Schwäbische Alb Tourismusverband, Marktplatz 1, 72574 Bad Urach, Tel. +49 (0) 71 25 / 94 81 06, Fax +49 (0) 71 25 / 94 81 08, tgsa@schwaebischealb.de, www.schwaebischealb.de).

für den Bereich Schwäbische Alb Tourismusverband

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Height above sealevel

650

650

Baden-Württemberg state cycle routes
Discover Baden-Württemberg by bike. Seven of the 16 signposted state cycle routes that cross Baden-Württemberg run through the cycling centre that is the Swabian Alb: · Neckar Valley Cycle Path · Swabian Alb Cycle Path · Alb-Danube Cycle Path · Alb-Neckar Cycle Path · Hohenzollern Cycle Path · Hohenlohe Cycle Path · Kocher-Jagst Cycle Path For more details contact: TMBW GmbH, Esslinger Str. 8, 70182 Stuttgart Tel. +49 (0) 7 11 / 2 38 58-0 Fax 2 38 58-99 info@tourismus-baden-wuerttemberg.de www.tourismus-baden-wuerttemberg.de

Bichishausen. Großes Lautertal

Swabian Alb – tips for tours and fantastic scenery
Ries-Ostalb
Touristik-Büro, Marktplatz 1, 73441 Bopfingen, Tel. +49 (0) 73 62 / 80 10, Fax +49 (0) 73 62 / 8 01 50, www.bopfingen.de, Stadt@Bopfingen.de Verkehrsverband Gastliches Härtsfeld, 73450 Neresheim, Tel. +49 (0) 73 26 / 8149, Fax +49 (0) 73 26 / 8146, www.neresheim.de, tourist@neresheim.de

Gastliches Härtsfeld

Erlebnisregion Schwäbische Ostalb Spitalstr. 4, 73479 Ellwangen, Tel. +49 (0) 79 61 / 84-303, Fax +49 (0) 79 61 / 55267, www.ellwangen.de, info@ellwangen.de oder
Markplatz 2, 73430 Aalen, Tel. +49 (0) 73 61 / 52-23 60, Fax +49 (0) 73 61 / 52-19 07, www.aalen.de, touristik-service@aalen.de

Heidenheim Tourist-Info Heidenheim, Hauptstr. 34, 89522 Heidenheim, Tel. +49 (0) 73 21 / 32 73 40, Fax 32 76 87www.heidenheim.de, tourist-information@heidenheim.de Stauferland Touristik-Gemeinschaft, marktplatz 37/1, 73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd, Tel. +49 (0) 71 71 / 603-42 50, Fax 603-42 99, www.stauferland.de, info@stauferland.de Filstal-Route Touristik- und Kulturbüro, Schillerstr. 2, 73312 Geislingen an der Steige, Tel. +49 (0) 73 31/ 42-362 oder 24-266, Fax 2 43 76, www.geislingen.de, info@geislingen.de Adelberg Klosterpark, Sport- und Erholungszentrum, 73099 Adelberg, Tel. +49 (0) 71 66 / 9 12 10-0, Fax 9 12 10-29, www.adelberg.de, klosterpark@adelberg.de Alb-Donau-Kreis Tourismusförderung, Schillerstr 30, 89077 Ulm, Tel. +49 (0) 7 31 / 18 50, Fax 1 85 13 04, www.alb-donau-kreis.de, wirtschaft@alb-donau-kreis.de Ulm/Neu-Ulm
Tourist-Information, Münsterplatz 50 (Stadthaus), 89073 Ulm/Donau, Tel. +49 (0) 7 31 / 161-28 30, Fax 161-16 41, www.tourismus.ulm.de

Westerheim Verkehrsbüro, 72589 Westerheim, Tel. 0 73 33 / 96 66 12, Fax 0 73 33 / 96 66 20, www.westerheim.de, info@westerheim.de Esslingen, Stadt und Landkreis
Pulverwiesen 11, 73726 Esslingen a.N., Tel. +49 (0) 7 11 / 39 02, Fax 39 02 10 30, www.esslingen.de, Stadt.Esslingen@esslingen.de oder

Esslinger Stadtmarketing u. Tourismus GmbH, Marktplatz 16, 73728 Esslingen a. Neckar, Tel. +49 (0) 7 11 / 39 69 39 69, Fax 39 69 39 39, info@esslingen-tourist.de

Münsinger Alb mountain-bike tours, information from: Helmut Schneiderhahn, Grundstr. 1, 72525 Münsingen, Tel. +49 (0) 73 81 / 20 89, Fax +49 (0) 73 81 / 47 28 Teck-Neuffen Fremdenverkehrsverein, Max-Eyth-Str. 15, 73230 Kirchheim u. Teck, Tel. +49 (0) 70 21 / 30 27, Fax 48 05 38, www.albtrauf.de, tourist@kirchheim-teck.de LKR Reutlingen/Mythos Schwalb Postfach 11 09, 72562 Bad Urach, Tel. +49 (0) 71 25 / 9 43 20, Fax 94 32 22, www.mythosschwalb.de, kbu@badurach.de St. Johann Touristikgemeinschaft, Kirchstr. 1, 72813 St.-Johann-Upfingen, Tel. +49 (0) 71 22 / 9231, Fax 36 79, www.st-johann.de, Touristik-St.Johann@t-online.de Erlebniskreis Sigmaringen
Tourismusreferat Landratsamt Sigmaringen, Leopoldstr. 4, 72488 Sigmaringen, Tel. +49 (0) 75 71 / 102-358, Fax 75 71 / 102-439,

www.landkreis-sigmaringen.de, tourismus@lrasig.de

Zollernalb Tourist-Info, Hirschbergstr. 29, 72336 Balingen, Tel. +49 (0) 74 33 / 92 13 92 oder 92 11 39, Fax 961666, www.zollernalbkreis.de, wfg@zollernalbkreis.de Oberes Schlichemtal Touristik-Gemeinschaft, Schillerstr. 29, 72355 Schömberg, Tel. +49 (0) 74 27 / 94 98-0, Fax 94 98-30 www.oberes-schlichemtal.de, gvv@oberes-schlichemtal.de Hohenzollern Kurverwaltung Glatt, Im Schloß, 72172 Sulz-Glatt, Tel. +49 (0) 74 82/316 oder 913433, Fax 7249, www.burg-hohenzollern.de, verwaltung@burg-hohenzollern.com Donau-Heuberg
Verkehrsamt, Kirchplatz 2, 78567 Fridingen a.d. Donau, Tel. +49 (0) 74 63 / 837-0, Fax 837-50, www.donau-heuberg.de, verkehrsamt@donau-heuberg.de

Tuttlingen Touristik- u. Verkehrsbüro, Hermann-Leiber-Str. 4, 78532 Tuttlingen-Möhringen, Tel. +49 (0) 74 62 / 340 u. 94 82-20, Fax 75 72, www.tuttlingen.de, info@tuttlingen.de Naturpark Obere Donau Geschäftsstelle, 88631 Beuron, Tel. +49 (0) 74 66 / 92 80-14, Fax 92 80-23, www.naturpark-obere-donau.de, Kontakt@Naturpark-Obere-Donau.de ARGE-Deutsche Donau Platz der Deutschen Einheit 1, 86633 Neuburg a.d. Donau, Tel. +49 (0) 84 31 / 5 72 37, Fax 5 72 05, www.deutsche-donau.de, info@deutsche-donau.de Großes Lautertal
Tourist-Informationsbüro, Bachwiesenstr. 7, 72525 Münsingen, Tel. +49 (0) 73 81 / 18 21 45, Fax 18 21 01, www.grosses-lautertal.de,touristinfo@muensingen.de

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Naturally healthy!
Completely in your element: the spas and health resorts of the Swabian Alb
On the Swabian Alb you will find every way and means of restoring the balance between body and soul. The health resorts on the Swabian Alb have first class spa facilities and many different types of spa cure to offer, allowing you to regain health, contentment and energy. They are open to all kinds of guests, whether inpatients or outpatients, as a preventative measure or for rehabilitation and supplementary treatment, for private patients or patients in statutory health insurance schemes. According to holistic principles, a comprehensive treatment method combines physical and psychological aspects with the natural remedies found in the ground, water and air, and tailors them to the individual patient. And it does you good! Reinforce your health and harmony, or regain them again after illness or an accident. For further details, consult the brochure shown on the left. ● Medicinal mineral water comes from pure sources. Its physical or chemical properties makes it suitable as a medicine ● Hot springs from the depths of the earth bestow a feeling of well-being, and are ideal for kinesitherapy. ● Mineral water has seeped through various rock strata, absorbing many minerals that are essential for us: drink yourself back to health! ● Sulphurated water is excellent for the treatment of skin conditions, rheumatism and arthrosis ● Fango is mineral mud of volcanic origin, excellent for relieving many conditions ● Curative mine gallery air: the extremely pure air mixture to be found deep inside a mountain is excellent for treating respiratory and skin conditions, as well as allergies ● Climatotherapy: constantly pure air and a mildly bracing climate are the best fresh air spa cure

Our remedies

Bad Überkingen

Classical spa cures

Bad Boll

and their complementary remedies

● Fasting cure: cleansing body and soul. Deposits and waste products in the body are removed. The ideal fast takes place away from everyday life, best of all in a group. ● Homeopathy: a healing method based on the law of similitude. Instead of prescribing drugs that counteract the symptoms of the illness, something similar to the illness is administered in order to activate the body’s self-healing powers. ● Phytotherapy: treatment with purely plant-based medicines. In many cases, the recipes for these tinctures and extracts have been known for centuries. Physicians such as Kneipp modified or refined them. ● Food: Hippocrates knew that food is the best medicine. This is a rule that is especially observed in medicinal

spas and health resorts, and which guests are again made aware of at seminars and in guidelines. ● Oxygen therapy: insufficient oxygen is the cause of many complaints. Inhalation, positive pressure breathing and autohaemotherapy improve the body’s supply of oxygen. ● Neural therapy: acupuncture, electrotherapy, mud packs, CO2 baths, specific pain treatment to treat nervous disorders, rheumatism and slipped disks or as part of follow-up treatment. ● Relaxation: autogenic training or Far Eastern relaxation techniques allow us to preserve the calmness and collectedness we need to survive in our everyday life.

Bad Ditzenbach

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Bad Imnau

Speleotherapy: the air inside caves, such as that to be found inside disused mines or old galleries, is not affected by pollution and is purer than a marine or mountain climate. It aids the healing and relieving process in asthmatic conditions, allergies or chronic inflammation of the skin. Sulphur photo (individually tailored UV phototherapy of the skin in combination with baths in sulphurated water) is ideal for skin conditions, especially chronic eczema, neurodermatitis, psoriasis, rheumatic musculoskeletal disorders.

Beuren

Massages: classical foulage and many varied techniques for the connective tissue, tendons and their insertions. Kinesitherapy: the buoyancy of mineral water baths relaxes the muscles, relieves the joints, relieves the pressure on the intervertebral disks, loosens connective tissue, removes pain not related to inflammation. Baths: medical tub baths from baths to cure colds to relaxation baths. Baths such as CO2 baths draw heat or are thermally neutral, thereby improving blood flow to the skin, slightly increasing respiratory volume and partial oxygen pressure in the tissue.

Bad Urach

Kneipp cure (hydrotherapy): therapy involving water applications, promoting holistic activation of human powers of self-healing. Taking the waters: regular drinking of untreated medicinal water promotes the reorganization of daily rhythms of digestion and metabolism functions. Heat and cold: alternating applications of hot and cold elements build up the cardiovascular and immunological systems, are anti-inflammatory, relieve pain, stimulate the blood flow, generally tone up, and relax.

Soothing forces in a healthy environment
A silent smile, rather than loud laughter, is what characterizes the Swabian Alb. Come to where even the Romans felt at home, and the purest air can be breathed in even today (Aalen), to a spa surrounded by wild orchards, beech woods and distinctive geological features (Bad Boll), to romantic water courses and juniper scrub with a wealth of carline thistles and orchids, located in the beautiful upper Fils valley (Bad Ditzenbach and Bad Überkingen), to a spa embedded in magnificent natural surroundings and the peace of the Alb foothills, surrounded by rare old trees (Bad Imnau), to a sheltered spot set softly in a valley, in the midst of beech woods (Bad Urach), or to a spa half-way down the slopes of the Alb, in a fertile landscape of vineyards, meadows and orchards (Beuren). Come and enjoy the health-giving treasures of the Swabian Alb.
Limesthermen Aalen

Indications
Aalen Aalen Touristik-Service · Marktplatz 2 · 73430 Aalen · Tel. +49 (0) 73 61 / 52 23 58 · Fax 52 19 07 · touristik-service@aalen.de · www.aalen.de Bad Boll-Info · Hauptstr. 81 · 73087 Bad Boll · Tel. +49 (0) 71 64 / 808-28 · Fax 90 23-09 · info@verkehrsamt-bad-boll.de · www.bad-boll.de Tourismusbüro Haus d. Gastes · Helfensteinstr. 20 · 73342 Bad Ditzenbach · Tel. +49 (0) 73 34/ 69 11 · Fax 92 04 08 · touristinfo@badditzenbach.de · www.badditzenbach.de Stahlbad Imnau Kurverwaltung · Badstr. 64 · 72401 Bad Imnau Tel. +49 (0) 74 74/699-0 · Fax 699-999 Kurverwaltung · Gartenstr. 1 · 73337 Bad Überkingen · Tel. +49 (0) 73 31/ 96 19 19 · Fax 96 19 99 · info@bad-ueberkingen.de · www.bad-ueberkingen.de Tourist Info · Postfach 12 06 · 72563 Bad Urach · Tel. +49 (0) 71 25 / 94 32-0 · Fax 94 32-22 · kbu@badurach.de · www.badurach.de Kurverwaltung in d. Therme · Am Thermalbad 5 · 72660 Beuren Tel. +49 (0) 70 25 / 9 10 40-0 · Fax 9 10 40-10 · beuren@beuren.de · www.beuren.de Tourist-Information · Marktplatz 2 · 72532 Gomadingen Tel. +49 (0) 73 85/ 96 96-33 · Fax 96 96-22 · info@gomadingen.de · www.gomadingen.de Verkehrsamt · Kirchstr. 15 · 72534 Hayingen Tel. +49 (0) 73 8 /97 77 23 Fax 97 77 33 · info@hayingen.de · www.hayingen.de Fremdenverkehrsbüro · Hauptstr. 2 (Rathaus) · 72820 Sonnenbühl-Undingen · Tel. +49 (0) 71 28/925-18 · Fax 925-50 · info@sonnenbuehl.de · www.sonnenbuehl.de Touristik- u. Verkehrsbüro · Herm.-Leiber-Str. 4 · 78532 Tuttlingen-Möhringen · Tel. +49 (0) 74 62/340 + 94 82-20 · Fax 75 72 · info@tuttlingen.de · www.tuttlingen.de Tourismus-Info · Kirchenplatz 16 · 72589 Westerheim · Tel. +49 (0) 73 33 / 96 66-12 · Fax 96 66-20 · info@westerheim.de · www.westerheim.de
Chronic rheumatic disorders, disorders of the locomotor system, asthma, chronic bronchitis, hay fever, chronic sinusitis, neurodermatitis, pseudocroup Rheumatic disorders, spinal or intervertebral disk damage, rehabilitation following accidents or surgery, skin conditions, cardiovascular disorders Cardiovascular disorders, spinal disorders and arthrosis, hip and knee replacement surgery, signs of wear, rheumatic disorders Cardiovascular disorders, circulatory disorders, disturbed metabolism or digestion, rheumatic disorders, post-tumour follow-up Signs of wear (arthrosis, arthritis), metabolic disorders, gastro-intestinal disorders, urinary tract disorders, rheumatic disorders Disorders of the supporting and locomotor apparatus, rheumatic disorders, chronic forms of non-articular rheumatism, post-operative treatment, cardiovascular disorders Rheumatic complaints, signs of wear, sciatica, post-trauma treatment, disorders of the locomotor system pure air health resort

Bad Boll

Bad Ditzenbach Bad Imnau

Bad Überkingen Bad Urach

Beuren

Gomadingen

Hayingen

pure air health resort

Sonnenbühl

pure air health resort

GesundheitsService komplett: www.gek.de

Tuttlingen Möhringen Westerheim

pure air health resort

pure air health resort

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Country holidays
Happy faces and good food are only natural: country holidays on the Swabian Alb.
People on the Swabian Alb look forward to spring, are curious to see what the summer will bring, enjoy the harvest, the festivals, the colours of the autumn leaves, and the silent winter. Still being able to feel the passage of the seasons, to experience it with its sun, rain and wind – here on the Alb this is one of the most beautiful and yet so simple experiences, something that make a visit interesting whatever the season. Sitting comfortably on a bench in front of your house, leaning back, telling stories, talking, laughing. There is a good chance you will rediscover here the peace that gives you time again, and an environment that gets you in the right mood for the really important things in life. The LandFerien (”Country Holidays”) brochure will help you find the right accommodation for yourself, your family and your friends, and provides tips for a super holiday in the country.

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Naturschutzzentrum Schopflocher Alb

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Vogelloch 1, 73252 Lenningen-Schopfloch, Tel. 0 70 26 / 9 50 12-0 , Fax 9 50 12-10 Opening hours: mid-April to mid-Oct.: Tue. to Fri. 2-5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. mid-Oct. to mid-April: Tue. to Fri. 2-5 p.m., 1st Sun. in the month 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Exhibitions about the Swabian Alb and biotopes, slide show, landscape models, children’s playroom, country garden, marble quarry, nature walks for groups, programme of events.

Haus der Natur Obere Donau

Wolterstr. · 88631 Beuron Tel. 0 74 66 / 9 28 00 · Fax 92 80 23h Opening hours: 1 April to 31 Oct.: Tue. to Fri. 9 a.m. - noon, Sat. and Sun. 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 1 November - 31 March: Tue. to Fri. 9 a.m. - noon. Also open during the afternoons all year on request. A permanent exhibition gives the visitor an insight into the diversity of natural habitats, the geological history of the area and the cultural highlights of this national park. Lectures, seminars and excursions provide further insight into various topics. Groups and school classes are welcome, and can book various activities.

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Uniquely delicious

Swabian cuisine
South German culinary art is of a very high quality, and the cuisine of the Swabian Alb occupies a special position within it. It ranges from a simple cold snack to a 5-star gastronomic menu. Whether plain and simple or highly sophisticated, the names of the dishes are a delight in themselves: Linsen mit Saitenwürstle und Spätzle (lentils with sausages and spätzle – a kind of noodle), Maultaschen (a kind of ravioli), either in soup or ”geschmelzt” or ”geröstet” (delicious but untranslatable!), Wurstsalat (finely chopped sausage salad), Käsespätzle (spätzle baked in the oven with cheese and onion): typically Swabian dishes, unique and incomparable.

Fresh, good and healthy

Farm produce
These dishes taste so good because hardly anywhere else can match the Swabian Alb in its great variety of regional suppliers and markets selling vegetables, meat, fruit and other delicious produce of high ecological quality (see the addresses in the LandFerien brochure).

Country holiday associations
Anbietergemeinschaft Östliche Alb Anbietergemeinschaft Östliche Alb Anbietergemeinschaft Mittlere Alb Anbietergemeinschaft im LKR Sigmaringen Gerlinde Gross · Mozartstr. 40/1 · 73453 Abtsgmünd · Tel./Fax +49 (0) 73 66 / 92 05 67 Beate Kottmann · Braunhof 1 · 73550 Waldstetten · Tel./Fax +49 (0) 71 71 / 4 32 62 Anbietergemeinschaft Mittlere Alb Ferienring Schwäbische Alb · Gartenstraße 12 · 72534 HayingenMünzdorf · Tel. +49 (0) 73 86 / 506 Landratsamt Sigmaringen · Tourismusreferat · Leopoldstr. 4 · 72488 Sigmaringen · Tel. +49 (0) 75 71 / 102-358 · Fax 0 75 71 / 102-540

Holiday villages on the Swabian Alb
Feriendorf Gomadingen Feriengebiet Lauterdörfle Ferien- und Erlebnisdorf Sonenmatte Feriendorf Tieringen Feriendorf Tuttlingen-Möhringen Stuttgarter Weg 1 · 72532 Gomadingen · Tel. +49 (0) 73 85 / 96 98-0 72534 Hayingen · Tel. +49 (0) 73 86 / 97 94-0 · Fax +49 (0) 73 86 / 13 38 Sonnenmatte 51/1 · 72820 Sonnenbühl · Tel. +49 (0) 71 28 / 92 99-0 · Fax 92 99-20 · die-sonnenmatte@t-online.de www.schwaben-international.de 72469 Meßstetten · Tel. +49 (0) 74 36 / 92 91-0 · Fax +49 (0) 74 36 / 92 91-20 Touristik- und Verkehrsbüro · Hermann-Leiber-Str. · 78532 Tuttlingen-Möhringen · Tel. +49 (0) 74 62 / 340 oder 94 82-20 · info@tuttlingen.de · www.tuttlingen.de

Alb-Guides and the ”Öko-Regio” tour – fun and new ideas in harmony with nature
Do you want to experience the Alb at close quarters? Then come on an Alb-Guide-Tour around the central Swabian Alb. There are 22 guided tours around Münsingen, the Great Lauter valley and the Alb slopes. Together with an Alb-Guide, you can discover the charming countryside on foot, by bike or by coach, at set times or by individual arrangement. Those who would prefer to see the region on their own are advised to try the ”Öko-Regio” tour, a voyage of discovery for young and old in the Münsingen area, with tips on items of cultural interest, food and drink, outstanding natural features, places to shop and plenty of fresh air and scenery. For information, contact: Tourist-Info Münsingen/Großes Lautertal (Manfred Waßner), Tel. +49 (0) 73 81 / 18 21-45, Fax 18 21-01. Both projects were set up on the initiative of NABU Landesverband Baden-Württemberg (environmental association).

”On the Swabian railway”
The ”Swabian railway” is going through a renaissance. Disused tracks are awaking to new life: nostalgic railbuses and modern shuttle trains are taking holidaymakers, hikers and cyclists to and across the Swabian Alb. All aboard for a truly special rail and scenic experience. On board the ”Ulm Sparrow” and the Cycle Tour Shuttle you can take scenic round trips on outstandingly romantic branch lines. Along the way you will find many places to visit – the Marbach stud farm, the car museum in Engstingen, Lichtenstein Castle, Bärenhöhle caves, the romantic Great Lauter valley. Walk or cycle along the latter with the help of the ”Lauter Leisure Coach”, which can transport up to 30 bikes. For information, contact: Tourist-Info Münsingen, Bachwiesenstr. 7, 72525 Münsingen, Tel. +49 (0) 73 81 / 182145 Fax 182-101, eMail: Touristinfo@Muensingen.de

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Town and life
They have evolved naturally and are as lively today as ever: the towns of the Swabian Alb
Old houses with a life of their own, trees that were planted centuries ago, traditions that are passed down from one generation to the next and shape the towns’ culture and inhabitants – this is what is so astonishing and special about the Alb towns’ cultural inheritance. Lively town centres and magnificent townscapes, intimate and romantic – there is so much urban culture to discover and experience here. Here you will find squares where you will quickly feel at home, and find time to watch time go by. Or perhaps you feel like the hum of activity and surprising cultural events. All of this is here within a small area: shopping, strolling, theatre, culture, art, restaurants. Be ready for natural relaxation and excitement, for life in the towns on the Swabian Alb.

Schwäbish Gmünd’s Rococo Palace

Ulm-Wiblingen monastery library

History Pure romanticism

At the heart of things Celebrate, naturally Simply enjoy

”Becher” dance

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Every Swabian Alb town has a unique atmosphere of its own, a special history whose repercussions can still be felt today. The first Swabian university was founded in Tübingen in 1477. You will also find homes to the intellect in Reutlingen and Nürtingen with their renowned technical colleges. Schwäbisch Gmünd, the oldest Hohenstaufen city and former imperial city, is famous for its jewellery and design industry The Hohenstaufen city Göppingen was influenced by Emperor Barbarossa and more recently by model railways, Giengen an der Brenz was founded by the Hohenstaufens and is now famous for teddy bears, and Gottlieb Daimler was born in the Hohenstaufen town Schorndorf. And although Aalen received its charter from the Hohenstaufens, it was a Roman metropolis as early as 150 BC, as was Heidenheim. Ellwangen, Rottenburg and Blaubeuren have been shaped by a centuries-old spiritual tradition. The former imperial free city of Ulm developed into a great trading centre from the 11th century on. And the former imperial city of Esslingen, as well as the city of Plochingen, were early pioneers in the industrialization of the mid-Neckar region. Industries that have developed out of centuries-old craft trades in combination with new, creative products: this is also typical of the ”textile towns” such as Albstadt, Münsingen and Metzingen. Tuttlingen is famous for medical equipment, while Geislingen (with its five valleys) and Kirchheim unter Teck are renowned for metal goods, and Trossingen, the harmonica town, for musical instruments. With their palaces and castles, residential seats such as Hechingen, Balingen, Haigerloch or Sigmaringen are testimony to former rulers, especially the Hohenzollerns. Bad Urach, which today is one of the most frequented health resorts in Germany, was for decades the residence of the Counts of Württemberg, and an important Alemannic settlement long before that. And the history of Ehingen on the Danube, once a Lower Austrian town, or of the Württemberg country town Pfullingen, reaches back to earliest Alemannic times. Diversity, history, tradition and modernity, festivals and celebration – the towns of the Swabian Alb have a lively mixture for you.

Reutlingen

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Dive in and come alive

Swimming pools
Fun for all the family, and especially for children. That’s what the swimming pools on the Swabian Alb offer. Swim in sea-like waves, slide down huge chutes, play with sea monsters, lie on sunbeds, or relax outside or inside. There are also jacuzzis, restaurants, cafés, saunas, play areas, and much, much more. Enjoy!
Aalen Limes Thermen Tel. +49 (0) 73 61 / 9 49 30 Adelberg Wellenbad Klosterpark Tel. +49 (0) 7166 / 311 Albstadt badkap Tel. +49 (0) 74 31 / 7 20 72 Bad Urach Aquadrom Tel. +49 (0) 71 25 / 16 66 Blaustein Bad Blau Tel. +49 (0) 73 04 / 802-62/64 Ellwangen Wellenbad Tel. +49 (0) 79 61 / 5 22 80 Heidenheim Aquarena Tel. +49 (0) 73 21 / 32 81 30 Ulm Atlantis Tel. +49 (0) 7 31 / 98 59 90
”badkap”, Albstadt

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Aalen Albstadt Bad Urach Balingen

Touristik-Service Aalen · Marktplatz 2 · 73430 Aalen · Tel. +49 (0) 73 61 /52-23 58 · Fax 52-19 07 · touristik-service@aalen.de · www.aalen.de Tourist-Information · Marktstr. 35 · 72458 Albstadt · Tel. +49 (0) 74 31 / 160-12 04 · Fax 160-12 27 · stadtverwaltung@albstadt.de · www.albstadt.de Tourist-Information · Bei den Thermen 4 · 72574 Bad Urach · Tel. +49 (0) 71 25 / 94 32-0 · Fax 94 32-22 · kbu@badurach.de · www.badurach.de Tourist-Information · Neue Straße 33 · 72336 Balingen · Tel. +49 (0) 74 33 / 170-26 · Fax 170-127 · stadt@balingen.de · www.balingen.de Tourist-Information · Auf dem Graben 15 · 89143 Blaubeuren · Tel. +49 (0) 73 44 / 92 10 25 · Fax 96 69 36 · info@blaubeuren.de · www.blaubeuren.de Tourist-Information · Marktplatz 1 (Rathaus) · 89584 Ehingen (Donau) · Tel. +49 (0) 73 91 / 503-0 · Fax 503-222 · info@ehingen.de · www.ehingen.de Tourist-Information · Spitalstraße 4 · 73479 Ellwangen (Jagst) · Tel. +49 (0) 79 61 / 84-303 · Fax 5 52 67 · info@ellwangen.de · www.ellwangen.de Stadtinformation · Marktplatz 2 · 73728 Esslingen · Tel. +49 (0) 7 11 / 35 12 33 30 · Fax 35 12 33 31 · info@esslingen-touristik.de · www.esslingen.de Touristik- und Kulturbüro · Schillerstr. 2 · 73301 Geislingen · Tel. +49 (0) 73 31 / 24-362 / -266 · Fax 24-376 · info@geislingen.de · www.geislingen.de Tourist-Information · Im Schlössle 11 · 89537 Giengen an der Brenz · Tel. +49 (0) 73 22 / 952-292 · Fax 952-264 · info@giengen.de · www.giengen.de Tourist-Information · Hauptstr. 1 · 73033 Göppingen · Tel. +49 (0) 71 61 / 650-292 · Fax 650-299 · touristinfo@goeppingen.de · www.goeppingen.de Tourist-Information · Oberstadtstraße 11 · 72072 Haigerloch · Tel. +49 (0) 74 74 / 697-0 · Fax 697-725 · verkehrsamt@haigerloch.de · www.haigerloch.de Tourist-Information · Marktplatz 11 · 72379 Hechingen · Tel. +49 (0) 74 71 / 940-114 · Fax 940-108 · tourist-info@hechingen.de · www.hechingen.de Tourist-Information · Hauptstraße 34 · 89522 Heidenheim · Tel. +49 (0) 73 21 / 327-340 · Fax 327-687 · rathaus@heidenheim.de · www.heidenheim.de Verkehrsamt · Max-Eyth-Straße 15 · 73230 Kirchheim u. Teck · Tel. +49 (0) 70 21 / 30 27 · Fax 48 05 38 · tourist@kirchheim-teck.de · www.kirchheim-teck.de Stadt Metzingen · Stuttgarter Str. 2-4 · 72555 Metzingen · Tel. +49 (0) 71 23 / 925-0 · Fax 925-210 · metzingen.de@t-online.de · www.metzingen.de Tourist-Information · Bachwiesenstr. 7 · 72525 Münsingen · Tel. +49 (0) 73 81 / 182-0 · Fax 182-101 · touristinfo@muensingen.de · www.muensingen.de Information · Marktstraße 7 · 72622 Nürtingen · Tel. +49 (0) 70 22 / 75-381 · Fax 0 70 22 / 75-380 · stadt@nuertingen.de · www.nuertingen.de Tourist-Information · Marktplatz 5 · 72793 Pfullingen · Tel. +49 (0) 71 21 / 703-0 · Fax 703-213 · info@pfullingen.de · www.pfullingen.de Kulturamt Plochingen · Schulstraße 7 · 73207 Plochingen · Tel. +49 (0) 71 53 / 70 05-0 · Fax 70 05-199 · krepela@plochingen.de · www.plochingen.de Tourist-Information · Listplatz 1 · 72764 Reutlingen · Tel. +49 (0) 71 21 / 303-26 22 · Fax 33 95 90 · webmaster@reutlingen.de · www.reutlingen.de Info-Center · Marktplatz 18 · 72108 Rottenburg · Tel. +49 (0) 74 72 / 91 62 36 · Fax 91 62 33 · rottenburg@gmx.de · www.rottenburg.de Bürgermeisteramt · Öffentlichkeitsarbeit · Marktplatz 1 · 73614 Schorndorf · Tel. +49 (0) 71 81 / 602-103 · Fax 602-160 · melanie.wischkony@schorndorf.de

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Göppingen Haigerloch Hechingen Heidenheim Kirchheim
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Metzingen Münsingen Nürtingen Pfullingen Plochingen Reutlingen Rottenburg Schorndorf

Schwäbisch I-Punkt · Marktplatz 37/1 · 73525 Schwäbisch Gmünd · Tel. +49 (0) 71 71 / 603-42 50 · Fax 603-42 99 · tourist-info@schwaebisch-gmuend.de · www.schwaebisch-gmuend.de Gmünd Sigmaringen Trossingen Tübingen
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Aalen
Roman Festival – every even year: on the last weekend in September. Europe's largest meeting of Romans on the fortress site and in the Limes Museum

Albstadt

Air day at Degerfeld: on the last weekend in August every year. There is always room in the sky: balloon trips, gliding, air show and much more

Bad Urach

Urach Shepherds’ Race: in June/July every odd year. Grand historical and traditional festival, originally the meeting of the shepherds’ guild

Balingen

Blaubeuren

Art exhibitions in the municipal hall: from June to Sept. every odd year. International exhibitions have featured Picasso, Chagall and Klee

Theme-based hiking day: always on 1 May. New topic each year, such as: ”How does water get onto the Alb?”

Ehingen

Ehingen Jazz Festival: every year, on the second weekend in October. Exciting program for jazz and blues fans, on 10 stages

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Ellwangen

Kalter Markt: begins every year on the Monday after Epiphany. Has been one of Baden-Württemberg’s major horse markets since 1353.

Esslingen

Onion Festival: end of July/beginning of August every year. Onions versus the Devil. A magnificent festival with wine and Swabian specialities.

Geislingen

Children’s Festival and procession: always on the Monday before the summer holidays. One of the bestknown and oldest German festivals.

Giengen

International Vintage Teddy Bear Rally: always on the 3rd Sunday in August. Bears for the ladies, gleaming vintage cars for the men.

Göppingen May Days Festival, from
Friday to Monday: in May/June, Göppingen always celebrates the withdrawal of troops from the undestroyed town in 1650.

Haigerloch

Haigerloch Palace Concert Festival: annual concert series – Baden-Württemberg Intern. Festival: always from Ascension Day to the end of July.

Hechingen Christmas market in

Hohenzollern Castle: always on the first weekend in Advent. Unadulterated Christmas market romanticism against a historically unique backdrop.

Heidenheim

Opera Festival at Heidenheim Palace: World-renowned artists in a musical ”stronghold”. A fine overture to the open-air season.

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VENTS
Kirchheim
Haft und Hekafescht: always on the last weekend in June. Traditional town festival. Visitors are invited to join in the fun. Open air concerts. Seven Winepresses Grape Harvest Festival: always in the third week in October. The town winepress becomes a pub. pure Swabian enjoyment.

Metzingen

Münsingen

Town Festival: always on the last weekend before the summer holidays. Entertainment, hustle and bustle, good Swabian food and drink.

Nürtingen

Maientag – traditional festival for schoolchildren: every year in mid-May, Nürtingen’s schoolchildren live it up.

Pfullingen

May Market: always on the first Saturday in May. All the bustle of a traditional fair. Roundabouts, stalls, beer tent …

Reutlingen Mutscheltag: always on the Thursday after Epiphany. All the bakers bake them, and everyone in Reutlingen tries to win them: the golden Mutscheln buns with their wonderful aroma.

Fastnet (carnival): every year, from the Thursday before Ash Wednesday till Ash Wednesday. Uninhibited merrymaking and good cheer.

Rottenburg Swabian-Alemannic

Schorndorf

Schorndorf Wine Market: every year, on the first weekend in September, Schorndorf celebrates its traditional wine market.

Celebrations without end: the towns of the Swabian Alb have exciting events in store for you all the year round. Welcome!

Plochingen

Plochinger Marquardtfest: always on the 2nd weekend in July Plochingen celebrates its town festival to remember his famous medival citizen Marquardt v. Randeck.

Schwäbisch Gmünd

Carnival Music Festival: always two weekends before Ash Wednesday. Cacophony and high spirits.

Sigmaringen

Town Festival in the historical town centre: on the last weekend in June every year. Three days and nights of merrymaking till the old walls shake.

Tübingen

Punt race on the Neckar: always on the second Thursday in June. The Oxford and Cambridge boat race is a dry affair by comparison.

Tuttlingen

Honberg Concert Summer: every year in July, 18 days of outstanding concerts in the courtyard in the castle ruins. A festival under canvass in a unique setting.

Trossingen

Kilbemärt: every year on the last weekend in September. Autumn market and conviviality – three days of unfettered enjoyment.

Ulm Schwörmontag and water

procession: every year on the last but one Monday in July. Ulm’s version of Carnival. On the Danube – good wet fun in the middle of summer.

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CASTLES AN
ON THE
Albstadt – Lautlingen
Staufenberg Palace with the Jehle collection of musical artefacts. Opening hours: Wed., Sat. Sun. and public holidays 2-5 p.m., museum office (Ms. Goebel), Tel. +49 (0) 74 31/ 1 60 14 65 or Tourist-Information Albstadt, Tel. +49 (0) 74 31 / 1 60 12 04

HOHENZOLLERN CASTLE

Aalen

Bad Urach

Fachsenfeld Palace Opening hours: Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. noon, 2-5 p.m., weekdays by arrangement. Palace office: Tel. +49 (0) 73 66 / 27 93

Hohenurach Castle ruins Hohenwittlingen Castle ruins both ruins are accessible to the public. For information, contact: Kurverwaltung Bad Urach, Tel. +49 (0) 71 25 / 94 32-0

Hohenzollern-Bisingen

Hohenzollern Castle 16 Mar. - 15 Oct. daily 9 a.m. - 5.30 p.m., 16 Oct. - 15 Mar. daily 9 a.m. 4.30 p.m. Castle office: Tel. +49 (0) 74 71 / 24 28

Bad Urach

Bad Urach Town Palace Guided tours by arrangement, visits also without guide. Palace office (Mr. Maier), Tel. +49 (0) 71 25 / 15 82 20

Balingen

Zollern Palace Opening hours on request, Stadtarchiv & Museen, Tel. +49 (0) 74 33 / 170-216

Scarcely anywhere can match the Swabian Alb for its many castles.

Bopfingen

Baldern Palace 16 Mar. - 31 Oct. Tue. - Sun. 9 a.m. 5 p.m. Palace office, Tel. +49 (0) 73 62 / 43 22

Dischingen

Katzenstein Castle Bürgermeisteramt Dischingen, Tel. +49 (0) 73 27 / 820

Mochental Palace Art gallery and broom museum. Tue. - Fri. 10 a.m. noon & 2-5 p.m., Sat. 2-5 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Ewald & Dorothea Schrade, Ehingen-Mochental, Tel. +49 (0) 73 75 / 418 + 419

Ehingen

Ellwangen

Ellwangen Palace only Palace museum open to visitors: Tue. - Fri. 2-5 p.m., Sat., Sun. & public holidays 10 a.m. - noon, 2-5 p.m. Grounds open to the public. Tel. +49 (0) 79 61 / 5 43 80 od. Tourist-Information +49 (0) 79 61 / 8 43 03

Geislingen/Steige

Helfenstein Castle ruins open to the public. Tourist information: Verkehrsamt in der MAG, Tel. +49 (0) 73 31 /24 266 Former town palace of the Counts of Helfenstein not open to visitors (council offices)

Göppingen

Hohenstaufen Castle ruins open to the public. Tourist-Information Göppingen, Tel. +49 (0) 71 61 / 65 02-92, -93, Fax -99

Göppingen

Renaissance Palace with vines Mon. - Fri. during District Court opening hours. Tourist-Information Göppingen, Tel. +49 (0) 71 61 / 65 02-92, -93, Fax -99

Haigerloch

Haigerloch Palace with the exception of the gallery, interior not open to visitors (hotel, conference centre). Verkehrsamt Haigerloch, Tel. +49 (0) 74 74 / 69 3-0

Hayingen

Derneck Castle Open to the public. Castle office (Ms Stein), Tel. +49 (0) 73 83 / 12 97

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D PALACES
SWABIAN ALB
LICHTENSTEIN CASTLE
Hellenstein Castle and Palace Hellenstein Palace Museum, opening hours: Easter Sun. to 31 Oct.: Tue. - Sun., 10 a.m. - noon, 2-5 p.m. Carriage and Cart Museum, opening hours: 15 Mar. to 30 Nov.: Tue. - Sun., 10 a.m. - noon, 2-5 p.m. 1 May. to 31 Oct.: Sun. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tourist-Inform.

Heidenheim

Kirchheim unter Teck

Teck Castle Swabian Alb Association hikers’ hostel. Opening hours: daily from 9 a.m., closed Mon. 2 p.m. - Wed. 8 a.m. , Tel. +49 (0) 7021 / 5 52 08

Lichtenstein

Lichtenstein Castle Apr. - Oct.: daily 9 a.m. - noon, 1-5.30 p.m., Sun. and public holidays 9 a.m. 5.30 p.m. Nov., Feb., Mar.: Sat. Sun., public holidays 9 a.m. - noon, 1-5 p.m. Closed Dec. and Jan. Castle office (Mr. Wälder), Tel. +49 (0) 71 29 / 41 02

THE CASTLES OF THE GREAT LAUTER VALLEY

Lauchheim

Kapfenburg Palace by arrangement, grounds open to the public. Mr. Hacker, Tel. +49 (0) 73 63 / 96 18-0

Leibertingen

Wildenstein Castle Tel. +49 (0) 74 66 / 411, Fax 417

Reutlingen

Achalm Castle ruins open to the public, Verkehrsamt Reutlingen, Tel. +49 (0) 71 21 / 3 0325 26 oder 3 03-26 22

Rottenburg (Neckar)

Neuffen Great Lauter valley
Bichishausen Castle ruins, Hohengundelfingen Castle ruins, Niedergundelfingen Castle ruins, Hohenhundersingen Castle ruins all open to the public Tourist-Information Münsingen, Tel. +49 (0) 73 81 / 1 82-145

Hohenneuffen Castle ruins open to the public, Bürgermeisteramt Neuffen, Tel. +49 (0) 70 25 / 106-0

Weitenburg Palace privately owned, grounds, courtyard and palace chapel open to visitors (hotel, conference centre), Schloss Weitenburg, Tel. +49 (0) 74 57 / 9 33-0

Tuttlingen

Honberg Castle ruins open to the public, Touristik- und Verkehrsbüro Tuttlingen-Möhringen, Tel. +49 (0) 74 62 / 340 or 94 82-29

Wiesensteig

Helfenstein Palace by request, Schlossverwaltung, Tel. +49 (0) 73 35 / 27 21

Schwäbisch Gmünd

Rechberg Castle ruins: Wed. – Sun. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closes earlier in inclement weather) Schw. Gmünd, Tel. +49 (0) 71 71 / 6 03-455, Fax -459, tourist-info@schwaebischgmuend.de

Palace of the Princes of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen: May - Oct. 9 a.m. - 4.45 p.m., Nov., Feb. - Apr. daily from 9.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. Palace office, Schlossverwaltung, Tel. +49 (0) 75 71 / 72 90

Sigmaringen

Tübingen

Hohentübingen Palace Visitors can walk around the outside, the palace courtyard and the gateway (museum on request). Verkehrsverein Tübingen, Tel. +49 (0) 71 24 / 41 23

Wiesensteig

Reussenstein Castle ruins open to the public, Verkehrsamt Wiesensteig, Tel. +49 (0) 73 35 / 96 20-0

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THE
SWABIAN ALB
In Donaueschingen, near to the south-western corner of the Swabian Alb, the source of the Danube is to be found in the grounds of the Royal Fürstenberg Palace. At a length of 2,800 km, the Danube is Europe’s second longest river, which, after passing though many different land- Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutsche Donau scapes and countries, Postfach 1540 flows into the Black Sea. 86620 Neuburg a.d. Donau Tel. +49 (0) 84 31 / 5 72 17

GERMA
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Ulm and its cathedral – views as far as the Alps. Ulm is the site of Germany’s second largest Gothic church, which has the world’s highest church steeple (161.5 mtrs). It also has a fascinating historical city centre, with a romantic fishermen’s quarter. Ulm’s museum with its prehistoric collection, the city hall (1370) and the annual Christmas market are also worth a visit.
Ulm Cathedral

Fax +49 (0) 84 31 / 5 73 08 www.deutsche-donau.de info@deutsche-donau.de

Source of the Danube – the start of a fascinating river. The fountain in which the source of the Danube has been set is to be found in the north-western corner of Donaueschingen’s palace grounds. The Royal Fürstenberg Palace with its renowned art gallery and zoological and mineralogical collections, and St. John’s church, built in the Bohemian Baroque style, are also well worth visiting. Donaueschingen itself has many art nouveau buildings. Danube gorge in the Upper Danube national park – picturesque scenery in the midst of nature. After disappearing completely near Tuttlingen (it seeps underground), the Danube then cuts a gorge though the Swabian Alb. The steep craggy cliffs are a breathtaking sight at any time of year. Not far from this natural spectacle, the visitor will find sites of cultural interest: Beuron monastery, Sigmaringen Palace and Heuneberg, a Celtic site near Herbertingen.

DONAUWÖRTH

ULM NEU-ULM
Donauwörth, Reichsstraße

SIGMARINGEN
Source of the Danube Danube gorge near Beuron

TUTTLINGEN

Donauwörth – imposing houses with a story to tell. Reichstrasse is the main street throughDonauwörth.See the C 15th Tanzhaus, the town hall (built betw. the C 13th and 19th), the customs house with its Late Gothic bay window, the Baudrexel, the Fuggerhaus (C 15th/16th).

DONAUESCHINGEN

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N DANUBE
BAVARIA
Regensburg – experience an unspoilt mediaeval metropolis at first hand. Practically untouched by the destruction of war, Regensburg has almost 1500 historic buildings for the visitor. Probably among the most splendid are the Steinerne Brücke bridge, the old town hall, the Porta Praetoria, the History Museum and St. Peter’s Cathedral, where you can hear the world-famous Regensburg Domspatzen choir every Sunday at 9 a.m. INGOLSTADT KELHEIM NEUBURG
Danube gorge near Weltenburg monastery

EASTERN BAVARIA
Regensburg, cathedral and Steinerne Brücke

Walhalla – this monumental Parthenon with the busts of famous Germans was built for Ludwig I of Bavaria between 1830 and 1842.
Walhalla

REGENSBURG

WALHALLA PASSAU

Passau Cathedral

Neuburg Palace

Passau – a 2000-year-old town at the confluence of the Danube, Inn and Ilz. Weltenburg monastery – where the Danube again cuts a picturesque gorge through the mountains. The Benedictine monastery at Weltenburg is one of Bavaria’s oldest monasteries, with the world’s oldest monastery brewery. Set directly on the Danube gorge, the visitor can explore this magnificent scenery – which has won a European award as an area of outstanding natural beauty – by boat. 31 Celtic settlement, Roman fortress, prince-bishopric – Passau’s history is in evidence everywhere in the town. There are the picturesque old town, the town hall chambers, the Roman Museum, Boiotro fortress, Veste Oberhaus Palace, St. Paul’s church, St. Michael’s church, Niederburg abbey with Gisela’s tomb, St. Nicola’s university church, Maria Hilf pilgrimage church and St. Severin’s church, while St. Steven’s Cathedral has the world’s largest organ.

Neuburg on the Danube – a romantic town on a romantic river. Perched on a limestone promontory overlooking the Danube, Neuburg is a picturesque town full of Renaissance and Baroque buildings erected by the enterprising Neuburg princes. The most outstanding reminders of this heyday (from the 15th century on) are the Grünau hunting lodge, the residential palace, Karlsplatz square and the Hofkirche church.

CONTACT ADDRESSES
Schwäbische Alb Tourismusverband Marktplatz 1 D-72574 Bad Urach Tel. +49 (0) 71 25 / 94 81-06 Fax +49 (0) 71 25 / 94 81-08 tgsa@schwaebischealb.de www.schwaebischealb.de Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutsche Donau Postfach 1540 D-86620 Neuburg/Donau Tel. +49 (0) 84 31 / 5 72 17 Fax +49 (0) 84 31 / 5 73 08 info@deutsche-donau.de www.deutsche-donau.de Representative for USA/Canada Jessica Tours & Travel Enterprise Jessica Nagpal Director of Sales & Marketing P.O. Box 3689 New York NY 10163 Tel. 001 718-847-7300 Fax 001 718 441-5949 JjessieN@aol.com

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Published by: Schwäbische Alb Tourismusverband Marktplatz 1 D-72574 Bad Urach Tel. +49 (0) 71 25 / 94 81-06 Fax +49 (0) 71 25 / 94 81-08 tgsa@schwaebischealb.de www.schwaebischealb.de

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