Community
Choose a language
Plan a route here Copy route
Bicycle Ride recommended route

Caves and valleys of the Vordere Alb

Bicycle Ride · Schwäbische Alb
Responsible for this content
Outdooractive Editors Verified partner 
  • Thick tower
    Thick tower
    Photo: Bad Urach Tourismus
m 700 600 500 400 20 15 10 5 km Kaltentalhäuschen Dicker Turm Kohlteichweiher Schutzhütte Dicker Turm Festhalle Festhalle
This rewarding cycle tour takes us through the diverse river valleys of the Vordere Alb. In addition to the outstanding scenic terrain, idyllic ponds, tree-lined hills and - last but not least - one of the most impressive caves in the entire Swabian Alb await us along the way.
moderate
Distance 22.9 km
2:45 h
575 m
575 m
709 m
461 m
We start our journey at Bad Urach railway station, from where we follow the B28 in a north-easterly direction. We pass through the beautiful Webervorstadt, with its interesting building facades and old buildings, the most imposing of which is undoubtedly the Dicke Turm (1). The bulbous colossus rises on a green hill immediately to our left. After a few pedal strokes, we turn left onto Neuffener Straße, which leads north past the Festhalle (2). We keep to the right on the uphill stretch and ride at the foot of the Kälberburen into the Elsachtal. We leave the buildings behind us and pass some nice restaurants before the Pfähler valley splits off from the Marienthal, which we follow strongly uphill to the left. We soon come to the well-known Kaltentalhäuschen (3) with the Kaltenthalweiher (Kaltenthal pond) directly behind it, where the brave may dare to jump into the cool mountain water. Back in the saddle, we continue uphill through the narrow Kaltental valley, where we keep to the right halfway and return to the Kaltenthal pond. The next branch leads us into the Lenninger valley, at the end of which the small Kohlteichweiher (4) awaits, which we circle clockwise and then start the steep climb to the Fuchsberg. We don't go all the way up to the summit, but keep left beforehand on the path to the panoramic plain of Grabenstetten. After the relaxed descent, however, we only touch the town on the edge and immediately turn off onto the Urach road. We pass the "Spitzige Felsle" and continue our leisurely descent over the Lauereck into the Elsachtal valley. Here you will find the well-known Falkenstein Cave (5), which is well worth a detour for those interested in geology. Our route now leads southwest through the Elsachtal, which is lined with dense trees. We follow the country road, which we only leave to the left at the mouth of the Büchelbrunnenbach stream and ride steeply uphill along the rushing water to a refuge (6). Here we can take a break before we start the descent back to the country road, which then leads us left into the Pfähler valley. This brings us back to the route we knew from the outward journey, which we now ride back in the opposite direction. Soon the valley opens up and we reach Bad Urach, where we cover the last few metres to the train station, the starting point of our ride. At the end, we can take a stroll through the charming old town, where we can stop off at one of the numerous cafés and restaurants.
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
709 m
Lowest point
461 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Track types

Show elevation profile

Start

Bad Urach train station (462 m)
Coordinates:
DD
48.490320, 9.398870
DMS
48°29'25.2"N 9°23'55.9"E
UTM
32U 529470 5370876
w3w 
///stairwell.chinos.humility

Turn-by-turn directions

Bad Urach - Grabenstetten - Bad Urach

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

By train to Bad Urach

Getting there

A8, Kirchheim unter Teck exit, on the B465 in the direction of Grabenstetten, then on the country road to Bad Urach.

Parking

Limited parking at the station

Coordinates

DD
48.490320, 9.398870
DMS
48°29'25.2"N 9°23'55.9"E
UTM
32U 529470 5370876
w3w 
///stairwell.chinos.humility
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendations for this region:

Show more

Recommended maps for this region:

Show more

Localization

Parts of this content were machine translated using German as the source language


Questions and answers

Ask the first question

Would you like to the ask the author a question?


Rating

Write your first review

Help others by being the first to add a review.


Photos from others


Difficulty
moderate
Distance
22.9 km
Duration
2:45 h
Ascent
575 m
Descent
575 m
Highest point
709 m
Lowest point
461 m
Circular route Scenic Geological highlights

Statistics

  • Content
  • Show images Hide images
Features
2D 3D
Maps and trails
  • 5 Waypoints
  • 5 Waypoints
Distance  km
Duration : h
Ascent  m
Descent  m
Highest point  m
Lowest point  m
Push the arrows to change the view