Hochbergsteig - Hiking Trail - Swabian Alb

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Hochbergsteig

(9) Hiking Trail • Swabian Alb
  • auf Erkundungstour in der Wassersteinhöhle
    / auf Erkundungstour in der Wassersteinhöhle
    Photo: Bad Urach Tourismus
  • Blick vom Kunstmühlefels
    / Blick vom Kunstmühlefels
    Photo: Bad Urach Tourismus
  • Wassersteinhöhle
    / Wassersteinhöhle
    Photo: Bad Urach Tourismus
  • Verschnaufspause im Grünen
    / Verschnaufspause im Grünen
    Photo: Bad Urach Tourismus
  • Michelskäppele
    / Michelskäppele
    Photo: Bad Urach Tourismus
  • Blick vom Kunstmühlefels
    / Blick vom Kunstmühlefels
    Photo: Bad Urach Tourismus
  • Picknick in der Zittelstatt
    / Picknick in der Zittelstatt
    Photo: Bad Urach Tourismus
  • Michelskäppele
    / Michelskäppele
    Photo: Bad Urach Tourismus
  • Schöne Aussicht I
    / Schöne Aussicht I
    Photo: daniel francis, Community
  • Auch dieser Grafensteig perfekt ausgeschildert.
    / Auch dieser Grafensteig perfekt ausgeschildert.
    Photo: Gerd Ohnsorg, Community
  • Aussichtspunkt
    / Aussichtspunkt
    Photo: Gerd Ohnsorg, Community
  • Wassersteinhöhle
    / Wassersteinhöhle
    Photo: Gerd Ohnsorg, Community
  • /
    Photo: Jean-luc Gilbart, Community
Map / Hochbergsteig
300 450 600 750 900 m km 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Parkplatz Zittelstatt P 18 Sportplatz Zittelstatt Ausblicke ins Wiesental Wassersteinhöhle Kunstmühlefelsen Michelskäppele
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Premium route awarded the
First pure nature, taking in forests, cave and rock formations and ending with a fabulous view over the town of Bad Urach.
moderate
7.7 km
2:30 h
337 m
337 m
The Hochbergsteig is one of our five Premium hiking tours (Grafensteige) which showcase the beautiful landscape of the Biosphere region of the Swabian Alb.

From the scenic viewpoint, Michelskäppele to the dramatic rock formations at Kunstmühlefelsen, the route offers fantastic panoramas over the town and the Seeburg valley. Follow the forest pathway between the various lookout points and take a rest along the way on our relaxing wooden recliners, ideally situated to take in the view.

Author's recommendation

See the lovely old town of Bad Urach: visit the marketplace with its half-timbered houses of the 17th Century!

Premium route awarded the Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Difficulty
moderate
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Altitude
727 m
472 m
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Rest Stop

Gasthaus Pfählhof
Flair Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten
Biosphärenhotel Graf Eberhard
Maisentalstüble
Café am Rosengarten - Hotel Graf Eberhard
Schmids Albbeizle
Haus Eisele

Safety information

Please note, the Grafensteigen routes are hikes and not strolls! Sturdy footwear and surefootedness is recommended for all tours. In particular, please be cautious during and after rainfall as the limestone rock and soil, especially on an incline, can be very slippery.

 

In an emergency dial 112. Where necessary, make the emergency services aware that the injured persons are located in inaccessible terrain, so that the mountain rescue Bad Urach can be alerted and there is no loss of time needed in the rescue.

 

All along the signposted routes you will find plaques with your exact location number on them. These numbers are known in the emergency control center and will help to speed up rescue times, please reference them when making an emergency call.

Equipment

Sturdy footwear and surefootedness is recommended for this tour.

Start

Sports ground, Zittelstatt (P18) (472 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
48.494105 N 9.410839 E
UTM
32U 530352 5371301

Destination

Sports ground, Zittelstatt (P18)

Turn-by-turn directions

At the Car Park (P18) you will find a wayfinding sign complete with map and route outline, this is the start of the hike. Going past the sports club the walk begins through the lovely Wiesental valley. Take a sharp right and the path starts to go steep uphill in the forest, then parallel to the slope, in the direction of Wassersteinhöhle (Water Cave). The last meters of the forest path up to the cave are quite steep, much like the following curving pathway which leads to a clearing. From here we take a field path and walk along the edge of the forest, briefly changing onto a service road off to the right. Continue left on the Alb plateau, before descending in the woods to the Kunstmühlenfels. From here we enjoy the beautiful view over the Seeburg valley and surrounding rock formations. Following a narrow pathway northwards across the Hochberg, we pass the cliffs of the same name and are rewarded along the way with splendid views of Bad Urach. Our next target is the viewingpoint Michelskäppele, where a wooden pavilion offers hikers stunning views with a little shelter. The return descent back to the sports field requires some surefootedness but within a short time the end is in sight. Along a natural grandstand we walk back to the car park, Zittelstatt which was our starting point.

Public transport

You can take the train to the Ermstalbahn stop at Bad Urach and from the train station walk on the Ulmer road towards Ulm / Römerstein. Timetable information available from  www.naldo.de

Getting there

From Reutlingen on the B28 to Bad Urach. From north / east take the A8 to Kirchheim unter Teck and then on the B465 and the B28 to Bad Urach. Once in Bad Urach take the  Ulmerstraße to reach the sports grounds of TSV Bad Urach and park at the car park Zittelstadt (P18).

Parking

Car park, Zittelstatt (P18)
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Order the brochure containing all five premium trails in Bad Urach (in german) through: http://www.badurach-tourismus.de/Praktische-Infos/Prospekte.

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Matthias Digel
2017-11-01
Mittwoch, 1. November 2017 11:54:14
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Hundi Tours
2017-09-21
Kleiner Nachtrag: Die Wege waren heute (Sept. 2017) in einem super gepflegten Zustand. Herzlichen Dank an die Leute, die sich um die Wege und auch um die neuen und gemütlichen Bänke und Raststellen kümmern.

Hundi Tours
2017-09-21
Die Tour hat Spaß gemacht. Es bieten sich schöne Ausblicke. Wenn man aus dem Wald kommt und an der großen Wiese "Hirschplatz" entlangwandert, befindet sich fast am Ende der Wiese ein schöner Rastplatz! Zu empfehlen sind bei feuchter Witterung Wanderstöcke, damit man auf den schmalen Pfaden mit den glitschigen Steinen guten Halt hat. Wer gerne danach noch etwas Kultur möchte: Ein Stück weiter in Münsingen gibt es das Albmaler-Museum (www.albmaler.de).
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
7.7 km
Duration
2:30 h
Ascent
337 m
Descent
337 m
Round tour Nice views Geological highlights With refreshment stops Healthy climate

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