Dillinger Land

Dillinger Land

Endless variety between the Swabian mountains and the Danube

The Danube flows through the entire Dillinger Land area from west to east. Between the foothills of the Swabian Jura mountains in the north and the northernmost foothills of the Alps in the south lie the sparsely populated Donauried area and the fertile Danube Valley. Picturesque cities dot the banks of the Danube like a string of pearls.

It all starts with the garden city of Gundelfingen, with its pair of nesting storks right atop City Hall. Then comes Lauingen, the hometown of scholar Albertus Magnus, which features towers and buildings worth seeing. The urban district of Faimingen, part of Lauingen, was once a Roman settlement and spa site, marking one of the largest Roman temple complexes north of the Alps. These cities are characteristic of the Dillinger Land area, as is the area’s namesake, the city of Dillingen itself, which lies farther downstream along the Danube. The charming historic city center, with its impressive sacred buildings, was once the seat of the bishops of Augsburg, which is why the city is also fondly known as the “Swabian Rome.” And let’s not forget Höchstädt. The fourth city founded by the Hohenstaufen dynasty on the Danube went down in world history. During the War of the Spanish Succession, Bavarian-French troops fought the bloody battle of Höchstädt/Blindheim here against allied forces in 1704. Starting out from here to the Swabian district capital of Augsburg will take you to Wertingen, the fifth city founded by the Hohenstaufen dynasty in the Dillinger Land area. It boasts a romantic historic city center, Baroque city church, and a historic castle, all inviting visitors to linger for a while and enjoy. Cultural delights are also found outside the cities themselves, in idyllic villages and towns. The Rococo church in Unterliezheim, the Maria Medingen convent, and Schloss Haunsheim (Haunsheim Castle) are among the many local gems that are especially worth seeing.

The harmony between the rocky Swabian Jura, the broad Danube Valley, and the rolling foothills of the Alps forms a fascinating sequence of different natural settings. Cycling tours north of the Danube quickly lead up into the Swabian Jura – a true “el dorado” for mountain bikers. South of the Danube, visitors can marvel at the breathtaking expanse of the Danube Valley before climbing into the low foothills, which are almost reminiscent of the uplands of the Alps themselves. This sharp contrast in landscapes takes place over a distance of just under twenty kilometers. Two long-distance hiking trails (the Schwäbische Alb-Südrandweg and the Jakobsweg, part of the German section of the Way of St. James or Camino de Santiago) cross the Dillinger Land area. Various themed routes have now been developed to connect with these trails, leading from the heights of the Swabian Jura down to the Danube plain. So if you would like to enjoy fabulous panoramic views from the foothills of the Swabian Jura (Schwäbische Alb) over the sweeping expanse of the Danube Valley, take a refreshing dip in one of countless lakes open for swimming on the Danube plain, or visit enchanting small towns to discover a wealth of culture, welcome to the Dillinger Land area!