Situated to the south of Stuttgart, the Swabian Alb offers some of Germany's most striking scenery. On its north-western edge, the Swabian Alb rises steeply from the plain. This sharp incline with its remarkable wooded slopes and gorges is known as the Albtrauf. The Swabian Alb North Rim Trail starts in Donauwörth and heads along the Albtrauf past bizarre rock formations rising suddenly from the forest. Some of them are topped with palaces, castles and ruins that you can visit en route. This fascinating trail also passes wildlife enclosures, springs, streams, conservation areas and dripstone caves. A multitude of vantage points, including from towers and viewing platforms, provide magnificent panoramas far across the Swabian Alb. On its southern edge, the Alb plateau stretches as far as the Danube. The Swabian Alb North Rim Trail takes you down into the valley of the Upper Danube, where it ends in the small town of Tuttlingen. Parts of the trail are on steep inclines and narrow paths. For seasoned walkers, the North Rim Trail offers lots of enjoyment and adventure.
Perched at the top of a sheer rock face above the Echaz valley, romantic Lichtenstein Castle was built in 1842 for King Wilhelm of Württemberg. The armoury, taproom and chapel with its altar panels are well worth a visit. The royal living quarters and banqueting hall can be found on the upper floors.
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