From the ‘roof of the Swabian Alb’ down into the ‘grand canyon’ of the Upper Danube Gorge, the Danube Peaks Trail offers spectacular vistas as it makes its way down into the valley.
The Danube Peaks Trail starts off on a high. From the observation tower on Mount Lemberg, at 1,015m the highest elevation in the Baden-Württemberg section of the Swabian Alb, you can see the Alps and the Vosges mountains on a clear day. The path down into the Danube Gorge offers very diverse scenery. Walking along the north-westerly edge of the Swabian Alb you can watch the gliders on the Klippeneck, Germany’s highest gliding field. Be sure to allow some time to look around the medieval upper town of Mühlheim an der Donau. Along the trail you’ll pass Kolbingen cave, regarded as the most impressive dripstone cave on the south-western Alb, as well as the Knopfmacherfelsen (button maker’s cliff) and the dramatic Stiegelesfelsen rock formation.
The trail ends on a high note with the sudden appearance of mighty Beuron Abbey – the Upper Danube valley’s cultural and spiritual centre.
Tip: Danube Gorge, Mühlheim to Beuron
The Danube valley narrows at Mühlheim, the river having carved its way from the Black Forest mountains through the hard limestone of the Swabian Alb. This has resulted in a canyon-like valley with precipitous cliff faces up to 150 metres high.
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