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Falkenstein Cave and the AlbThermen: Round trip from Bad Urach via Grabenstetten

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From Bad Urach we walk through meadows and forests to Grabenstetten. On the way back, we explore the Falkenstein cave and then relax in Bad Urach's AlbThermen.
moderate
Distance 23.4 km
2:00 h
260 m
295 m
726 m
435 m
The town of Bad Urach on the edge of the Swabian Alb, where our tour begins, is a state-recognised climatic health resort with a spa. Here you will also find the beautiful AlbThermen, in whose hot springs and saunas we can finish our tour in a relaxed way. But before that, we cycle through meadows and forests and take a look at the Falkenstein Cave. It has a huge opening behind which lie about 4 km of explored cave passages  

Author’s recommendation

We can explore the first few metres of the cave with a torch, but beyond that are cave lakes that can only be entered with experienced cavers  
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Author
Andrea Dobinsky
Update: March 23, 2018
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Highest point
726 m
Lowest point
435 m
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Track types

Dirt road 21.59%Forested/wild trail 19.24%Path 1.82%Road 57.32%
Dirt road
5 km
Forested/wild trail
4.5 km
Path
0.4 km
Road
13.4 km
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Guided tour of the Falkenstein Cave

Start

Bad Urach train station (463 m)
Coordinates:
DD
48.491265, 9.396771
DMS
48°29'28.6"N 9°23'48.4"E
UTM
32U 529315 5370980
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Destination

Bad Urach train station

Turn-by-turn directions

Our tour starts at the train station in Bad Urach. We follow the subway in the direction of Wilhelmsplatz and can stock up on provisions from the region at the weekly market held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. From the market square, we turn right onto Pfählerstraße, which meets Neuffener Straße. We follow this to the left and turn into the second street to the right (Ostendstraße). We cycle straight on until we meet a small stream. Here we turn left into Schützenstraße, cycle left along a field path to the Schützenhaus, cross the stream again and finally reach the country road. Here we turn left, branch off to the left after the Pfählhof campsite, finally reach a turn-off to Kaltental and follow the stream running to the left.

We pass two lakes and turn left towards Hülben (Heiligenbergweg). At the Rietenlauhalle, we continue to the left. The path takes us left again and then right to the remains of a Celtic site. Before the Burrenhof, we turn right towards the Celtic burial mounds. We follow the country road to Grabenstetten, turn right in the village itself onto Uracher Straße and after a while we come across the Falkensteiner cave on the left, which we take a closer look at.

Continue on the country road in the direction of Bad Urach. After a while we turn right onto the path that runs parallel to the road and which we already passed on the way there. Again we cycle along Schützenstraße and then Ostendstraße, which meets Neuffener Straße. We continue along Pfählerstraße. At the market square we turn into Kirchstraße, which becomes Graf-Biel-Platz and finally we reach Burgstraße. We follow this to the right and after a while turn right into Bäderstraße, which leads to the street "Bei den Thermen". There you will find the AlbThermen, in whose hot springs we can relax at the end of our tour.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train to Bad Urach

Getting there

A8 to Merklingen exit, continue on the country road in the direction of Heroldstatt/Ennabeuren, finally onto the B28 to Bad Urach.

Parking

Car park at the festival hall

Coordinates

DD
48.491265, 9.396771
DMS
48°29'28.6"N 9°23'48.4"E
UTM
32U 529315 5370980
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Equipment

Food, drink, rain gear if necessary, torch for the Falkenstein Cave

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
23.4 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
260 m
Descent
295 m
Highest point
726 m
Lowest point
435 m
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