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Schwäbische Alb

Schwäbische Alb (Swabian Alb)

The Schwäbische Alb region is a 200-kilometer-long low mountain range in the south of Germany. It is rich of beautiful landscape as well as conurbation and economy. Large areas of untouched nature are spread all over the region and attract many visitors. Visitors can discover the hiking paradise on a route of 640 kilometers in total. The hiking paths range from the famous Alb-track to the “Donauberg-country-path”. Visitors can chose between theme-, distance- or circular paths. No matter what route you select, you will always find stunning views that will amaze you. Every tour is unique and leads through mountains, romantic valleys, forests and meadows of the Schwäbische Alb.

Beside great hiking opportunities, the Schwäbische Alb also offers a very good regional cuisine and is a perfect destination for gourmets. The biosphere region forms the basis for the local specialties. Qualitative products from the region are the main element of the food and give visitors an understanding of the importance of cultural landscapes. Numerous hoteliers and restaurant owners of the biosphere region Schwäbische Alb have aligned to offer visitors a huge variety of culinary delicacy.

Another highlight of the Schwäbische Alb is the variety of beautiful towns. Ulm and Tübingen are the most popular ones and attract thousands of visitors every year. The town of Reutlingen with its fascinating contrasts, a mixture of medieval half-timber art and modern architecture, make the city-scape a unique setting. If you want to follow the historic tracks of the old Romans and Celts, pay a visit to the Roman- and bishop town Rottenburg and stroll through the old narrow alleys with medieval flair. Another worth-seeing place is the town of Sigmaringen, located in the Donau-valley. Many cultural sights, like the town’s symbol, the princely Residence-castle Sigmaringen, create a nice atmosphere and attract many visitors.

Places of interest in the Schwäbische Alb region

Beside urban highlights, the Schwäbische Alb also offers a great cultural variety. There is a wide offer of activities, so that every visitor has an individual holiday experience, no matter if you are interested in architecture, museums or natural sights. For those interested in ancient buildings, the castles Hohenzollern and Lichtenstein are worth a visit. The headquarters of the German emperor of Hohenzollern offer a stunning view of the landscape surrounding the towns of Hechingen and Bisingen. The castle Lichtenstein is a tourist magnet and is the most famous fairytale castle in the state of Baden Württemberg. In 2009 the castle had served as location for the movie “Dornröschen”.

There are a number of interesting museums which are a good way to spend your leisure time in the Schwäbische Alb region. If you want to learn something about the historic characteristics of the area, the Limesmuseum in the town of Aalen and the Stud-Museum in Offenhausen are good places. Lovers of nature will appreciate the countless forests, waterfalls, caves and grottos that invite to discovery tours. The most beautiful nature spectacles are the Urach waterfalls and the Karls- and Bären-caves in Sonnenbühl. The Schwäbische Alb is a holiday region for the whole family. For relaxation during your stay, many thermal-baths offer pleasant wellness-treatments.