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D-72574 Bad Urach
Telefon 0 71 25 / 94 81 06


Deutscher Wanderverband
Wilhelmshöher Allee 157-159
D-34121 Kassel

Tel.: +49 (0)561-93873-0

Schwäbische Alb-Nordrandweg

Length, Start/End
365km, Donauwörth - Tuttlingen
Highest elevation: 1,015m

Altitude profile
Schwäbische Alb-Nordrandweg


1. Donauwörth - Schloss Harburg 16,5 km
2. Schloss Harburg - Mönchsdeggingen 9,7 km
3. Mönchsdeggingen - Bopfingen 28,1 km
4. Bopfingen - Schloss Kapfenburg 13,8 km
5. Schloss Kapfenburg - Unterkochen 16,2 km
6. Unterkochen - Volkmarsberg 7,8 km
7. Volkmarsberg - Heubach 14,5 km
8. Heubach - Weißenstein 13,5 km
9. Weißenstein - Gingen 16,1 km
10. Gingen - Wasserberg 7,7 km
11. Wasserberg - Boßler 14,6 km
12. Boßler - Breitenstein 17 km
13. Breitenstein - Burg Teck 6,8 km
14. Burg Teck - Owen 3,7 km
15. Owen - Burg Hohenneuffen 10,3 km
16. Burg Hohenneuffen - Bad Urach 11,5 km
17. Bad Urach - Hohe Warte 8,2 km
18. Hohe Warte - Schloss Lichtenstein 21,2 km
19. Schloss Lichtenstein - Roßberg 13 km
20. Roßberg - Dreifürstenstein 17,5 km
21. Dreifürstenstein - Raichberg 20,8 km
22. Raichberg - Laufen 8,5 km
23. Laufen - Lochenstein 8,5 km
24. Lochenstein - Lettenberg 5,0 km
25. Lettenberg - Lemberg 13,4 km
26. Lemberg - Klippeneck 8,2 km
27. Klippeneck - Tuttlingen 21,7 km

The Swabian Alb is especially beautiful in early autumn when the beech forests are resplendent in shades of brown and gold, the clear skies grant views as far as the Alps and the sun is still warm enough to bask on the grass.

Along the edge of the Swabian Alb

The Schwäbische Alb Nordrandweg (HW1) offers walking of richly varied appeal along a stunning cuesta landscape: the north-westerly edge of the Swabian Alb, where fabulous views and ancient rock formations follow one after another, not to mention all the castles, ruins and caves. 365 kilometres and never a dull moment.

Swabian Alb from start to finish
On its western edge, the cave-pocked Swabian Alb plateau falls more than 300 metres to the foreland below and the Neckar river. A near vertical drop that gives rise to a spectacular landscape of sheer rock walls and steep forested slopes. Walkers have so much to look forward to, from mighty castles perched on narrow spurs to views that reach all the way to the Black Forest across the Neckar river. A rich variety of flora thrives in the chalky soil, while the dramatic scenery continues on the edge of the plateau. The trail follows the Swabian Alb throughout from Tuttlingen to Donauwörth.

Cultural attractions, historical sites, glorious natural features and panoramic views. This is what you can expect from the Swabian Alb. Your route runs along the north, north-western and western rim of the escarpment over wooded hilltops and the gently rolling, forest-clad terrain of the Härtsfeld plateau, before descending into the Kocher valley. Continuing past Aalen, you climb the densely wooded Albuch peak on all-natural paths along the edge of the plateau, where the stunning views follow in quick succession. Myth-enshrouded Rosenstein hill, Randecker maar and the Urach waterfall show nature at its best, while castles Teck, Weissenstein and Lichtenstein add a historical element to the mix.

Quality-certified trail

Travel Information

Public transport: The Hohenzollernbahn railway runs services right across the Swabian Alb between Sigmaringen and Hechingen. Trains also follow the Danube from Donaueschingen to Ulm. Extensive bus routes are operated by the Swabian Alb-Lake Constance network.


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