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Hike Albsteig - Swabian Alb

Albsteig - Swabian Alb


Min: 1243 ft
Max: 3330 ft
Uphill: 27034 ft
Downhill: 26247 ft
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last update on Jun 13, 2019
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Distance: 217.48 miles
Min: 1243 ft
Max: 3330 ft
Uphill: 27034 ft
Downhill: 26247 ft

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Trail characteristics

Dirt road
Forest track
Hiking trail

Route description

Hohenzollern Castle
© Schwäbische Alb Tourismusverband e.V. / Achim Mende Hohenzollern Castle

Albsteig trail, also known as HW1 or Swabian Alb Nordrandweg, between Donauwörth and Tuttlingen, follows mainly natural paths at the Albtrauf, the northern slope of the Swabian Alb. The route passes impressive landscapes, geological sensations, proud castles, fairytale palaces, and mysterious dripstole caves. From various viewing balconies, hikers get stunning panoramic views of the surrounding region.


  • Stage 1: From Donauwörth to Mönchsdeggingen
  • Stage 2: From Mönchsdeggingen to Bopfingen
  • Stage 3: From Bopfingen to Aalen-Unterkochen
  • Stage 4: From Aalen-Unterkochen to Heubach
  • Stage 5: From Heubach to Gingen/Fils
  • Stage 6: From Gingen/Fils to Bläsiberg
  • Stage 7: From Bläsiberg to Owen
  • Stage 8: From Owen to Bad Urauch
  • Stage 9: From Bad Urach to Lichtenstein/Stahleck
  • Stage 10: From Stahleck to Genkingen
  • Stage 11: From Genkingen to Talheim
  • Stage 12: From Talheim to Jungingen
  • Stage 13: From Jungingen to Burgfelden
  • Stage 14: From Burgfelden to Gosheim
  • Stage 15: From Gosheim to Tuttlingen
Sturdy shoes necessary
Overnight stay available
Eating options available

Where to eat

There are a few towns and villages along the way, where you can find opportunities to get food. Numerous pubs and hiking inns at or near the path also offer possibilities to grab a bite. Nevertheless, you should always carry sufficient water as well as some provisions.


Albsteig | 02:00

Highlights of the tour

This long-distance trail features beautiful panoramic views. Furthermore, the path leads past highlights such as Castle Teck, Urach waterfall, Lichtenstein Palace, and Nebelhöhle cave.


The 15 stages pointed out here are for ambitious and experienced hikers; unhurried walkers can divide the trail into 20-25 stages.


  • Ankle-high hiking boots
  • Perhaps hiking sticks
  • A map or GPS to use along with the signs on the way
  • Provisions
  • Drinks
  • Rain clothes
  • Stamina and a safe step

Getting here

By car

From Ulm or Günzburg, take motorway A7. From Augsburg, go via A8, and from Ingolstadt use A9. When you leave the motorway, take B16, B2 or B25 to get to Donauwörth.

Public transportation

Donauwörth is well connected to the railway network. Direct trains from Munich, Stuttgart, Regensburg, and other places call here.


Schwäbische Alb Tourismusverband e.V.
Bismarckstraße 21
Bad Urach
Phone+49 (0) 71 25 / 93 930 0
Fax+49 (0) 71 25 / 93 930 99
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