The Donauberglandweg (Danube Peaks) trail – from the edge of the Swabian Jura (Albtrauf) into the Danube Valley in four stages

The Donauberglandweg (Danube Peaks) trail – from the edge of the Swabian Jura (Albtrauf) into the Danube Valley in four stages

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Experience one of Germany’s most beautiful hiking trails over four varied day-long stages. The Donauberglandweg trail runs from the highest mountain in the Swabian Jura to the “Swabian Grand Canyon,” where the “Young Danube” carves its way through the landscape. The daily change of landscapes guarantees a fascinating hiking trip.

The Donauberglandweg (Danube Peaks) trail, first given the Wanderbares Deutschland seal of approval as a high-quality route back in 2008, is like the “father” of all other high-quality trails in the Swabian Jura.

Starting from the Lemberg mountain – at 1,015 meters, the highest elevation in the Swabian Jura – the trail extends over four stages and about 60 kilometers, offering spectacular views on the escarpment at the edge of the uplands between the Klippeneck and Dreifaltigkeitsberg mountains and then runs through a juniper heath, a typical landscape in the Swabian Jura, to the Alter Berg mountain, with its fantastic panoramic view. The trail then goes on to visit other gems of the local landscape, such as the light-flooded Lipbach stream valley and the magical dripstone cave in Kolbing (the Kolbinger Tropfsteinhöhle). From the medieval town of Mühlheim an der Donau, it then follows the young Danube, sometimes on the left and sometimes on the right, before descending to the half-timbered town of Fridingen and then climbing back up to the imposing rock walls and vista points of the Danube Gorge. Winding paths through ruins and among castles and caves finally take hikers to their destination: Beuron, with its famed Benedictine abbey.