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Swabian Alb

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Swabian Alb

The Swabian Alb and its foothills stretch in a wide curve of about 220 kms in length and 50 kms in width from the Danube between Donaueschingen and Tuttlingen in the southwest to the Ries in the northeast. The course of the Danube forms the southern edge of this low mountain range in the heart of Baden-Württemberg, which evolved in the Jura period about 180 million years ago.  One of the most beautiful sections of the Danube as it flows through Baden-Württemberg is the craggy valley through the Swabian Alb between Fridingen and Sigmaringen. The river winds its way through scenic regions such as Donau-Heuberg, the Upper Danube national park, the floodplains between Riedlingen and Ehingen and the Alb foothills around Ulm. The original course of the Danube to Ehingen and Ulm went through the equally scenic floodplain valley, taking in Schelklingen and Blaubeuren, and flowed right through the Swabian Alb.

Many of the rivers in the Swabian Alb, such as the Bära, the Schmeie, the Lauchert, the Große Lauter, the Blau and the Brenz, meander through ruggedly picturesque tributary valleys from the north towards the Danube.  These valleys, with their extensive, well-signposted bike and hiking trails, offer excellent access to the comprehensive network of bike and hiking trails that cover the Swabian Alb and provide an ideal opportunitiy to explore the unspoilt landscape of this low mountain range north of the Danube.  The Swabian Alb boasts more caves than anywhere else in Germany and the landscape also features more castles and palaces than most other places. The abundance of culture in the region is striking, with numerous places of interest in the characteristic Alb villages and the historical towns.  In the year 2003, the Swabian Alb  became one of six landscapes in Germany to be awarded the title of "National Geological Park" and since 2005  the region has also belonged to the network of European and worldwide UNESCO geological parks.  Details on places to see and things to do along the Danube at the southern edge of the Swabian Alb can be found in the descriptions provided for the towns and districts between Tuttlingen and Ulm.

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Swabian Alb
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Marktplatz 1
72574 Bad Urach

Swabian Alb

Marktplatz 1
72574 Bad Urach