Albschäferweg trail is a 157km/97.5mi long circular trail that leads you from Spitalkirche church in Giengingen through the beautiful landscapes of the Swabian Alb. It is particularly easy to follow, as the trail is marked with an easy to recognise shepard on a blue background. The theme of this hike is that of nomadig shepherds in the region. The tour leads you past sheep farms and beautiful pasturages. The trail also goes through idyllic valleys, and provides just the right amount of diversity. The tour is divided into 10 stages.
- Giengen to Stetten ob Lontal
- Stetten to Anhausen
- Anhausen to Gerstetten
- Gerstetten to Steinheim
- Steinheim to Zang
- Zang to Heidenheim
- Heidenheim to Nattheim
- Nattheim to Neresheim
- Neresheim to Ballmertshofen
- Ballmertshofen back to Giengen
Where to eat
All of the stages feature numerous options to get a bite to eat, with culinary offers ranging from country inns to high-brow restaurants.
- With an overall length of 98 miles the hike is among the 10 longest hikes in Germany available on TouriSpo.
- Albschäferweg is among the 3 best rated Hikes in Baden-Württemberg.
- Sturdy hiking boots are recommended on this track. There are places to buy beverages and food along the track. However it’s always recommended to bring enough water and food along with you.
There are numerous variations, and you can combine and divide the stages as you like.
Take motorway A7 and follow the road to the junction Giengen/Herbrechtingen. Continue towards Giengen on B492, which finally yeads you via L1179 to the start of your hike. There are free car parts at the train station in Giengen. At Schlössle underground car park you can park at a fee.
Take a Brenztalbahn train from Ulm-Aalen, which gets you to Giengen railway station.