From Ulm to Ellwangen. Albtrauf and Bavarian Swabia

Last Updated on 19/04/2024

Let’s see what is interesting in the Swabian hinterland. Swabians live both in Bavaria (Bavarian Swabia region) and in most of Baden-Württemberg. On this map, it will be an extension of the Swabian Alb – an upland that abruptly breaks off towards Stuttgart – and its spur Albtrauf, passing into the Danube valley.

Maps nearby:
southwest – Swabian Alb,
southeast – What to do in Allgäu map
east – Attractions around Munich
north – Romantic Franconia,
Trains in Germany

Swabia Albtrauf map
enlarge Map data ©OpenStreetMap

Everything important that you can see in the region – with notes and links.

  • 1 – top
  • 2 – very good, although not so well known
  • 3 – good for a short vacation or a layover. Several medium-level interesting places
  • 4 – local or specific, not for everyone

Marks without brackets – I was there (there are links to the posts). With brackets – I wasn’t there. Of course, the notes are subjective

Swabian Alb

1. Blaubeuren, Ulm

Read more on a separate page – Ulm and Blaubeuren.

Ulm – Gothic cathedral of the 14th century with the highest tower, the remains of the old center.

Wiblingen – a monastery with a baroque church and a rococo library.

Blaubeuren – blue lakes, monastery.

How to get: train

Bavarian Swabia

2. Günzburg

Old town, Frauenkirche.

Amusement park Legoland. Link

How to get there: to Günzburg by train, then by shuttle. The bus schedule is available on the park’s website under Besuch planen / Anreise.

3. Lauingen

Old town
Excavations and reconstruction of an ancient Roman temple Apollo-Grannus.

How to get: train

Sontheim – Renaissance castle Brenz and romanesque church 12th century Galluskirche.

4. Dillingen

Old town, churches

How to get: train

5. Dischingen, Neresheim

Burg Katzenstein castle (Link)

the historic railway Härtsfeld Museumbahn to the city of Neresheim (runs once a month during the warm season). In Neresheim – a monastery with a baroque church by the architect Balthasar Neumann (Link)

How to get: train to Heidenheim, then bus.

6. Giengen

How to get: train

Steiff Toy Museum (plush toys, bears) with outlet (Link)

Charlottenhöhle cave (Link).


7. Heidenheim

How to get: train
To Wental – bus to Steinheim

Castle Hellenstein (Link), archaeological park Vogelherd (Link),

Small zoo Wildpark Eichert, thermal pool.


Königsbronn – source of the Brenz River – Brenzsprung (lovely small blue lake and rocks)

Wental – rocky valley (Felsenmeer)

8. Amstetten

How to get: train

There is a small museum of agricultural machinery here.
In addition, old trains depart from here: option 1, option 2

9. Lauterstein

How to get: bus

This small town can be interesting for Weißenstein Castle, which houses a microphotography museum. (

10. Göppingen

How to get: train

Мini-railway museum Marklin Erlebniswelt (

thermal pool (,
zoo (

11. Schorndorf, Welzheim

How to get: train

Steam locomotive railway from Schorndorf to Weizheim, passing through a picturesque area. There are also hiking trails along the railway.
It differs from many locomotive routes in that trains run regularly, and not a couple of times a year. However, be sure to check the timetable and current booking policies. Link

archaeological park Ostkastell (restored piece of the ancient Roman wall Limes, separating the Roman part from the non-Roman, with a gate) Link My son’s Latin class was disappointed with the trip – very little to see.
Park Eins & Alles Link (I still don’t know if the site is worth a visit or not).

Amusement park Schwaben Park Link
The age ranges from approximately 3 to 12 years, and for those who are older, less than for the little ones. Overall, it needs updating.

12. Lorch

How to get: train

Old town
former monastery on the mountain (birds of prey center, museum)., Link

Schelmenklinge – trail with models of mills on a stream (exhibited in summer)

13. Schwäbisch Gmünd

How to get: train
Himmelsgarten and Weleda – bus 6

More about Schwäbisch Gmünd and Aalen

Old town. A part of the wall with towers of the 14-15th century has been preserved. Johanniskirche (late Romanesque basilica), gothic cathedral.
Museum of Factory of silver products (Silberwarenmuseum) Link
cultural and historical museum im Prediger in the building of a former Dominican monastery Link

Zeiselberg – small hill near old town with an observation deck and slides for children.

Family park Himmelsgarten: adventure golf (Link), rope park, archery, playgrounds, dinosaur garden, small animal paddock, view tower

Weleda Erlebniszentrum Link

well-preserved Hohenrechberg Castle (restaurant, events, views, viewing of parts not used for events). Link
Mount Rosenstein near Heubach: ruins, rocks and caves

14. Aalen

How to get: train

More about Schwäbisch Gmünd and Aalen

Old town
interesting Roman museum (Limesmuseum), Roman themed events. Link
Archaeological Museum (Urweltmuseum)
small science museum Exporhino. Link

Thermal pool

Schaubergwerk Tiefer Stollen mine. Link

15. Ellwangen

How to get: train

On a hill outside the historic center, Ellwangen Palace (Schloss ob Ellwangen) contains princely apartments, religious art, decorative arts and other exhibits illustrating the culture and history of the region.

Old town, Romanesque Basilica of St. Vitus 12th century (within Baroque).
The city is very small. Without the palace a visit will take no more than an hour.
The short heyday of the city is associated with the monastery, whose abbots became princes, but quickly transferred ownership to the Vogts. Therefore, the church is huge, the palace is large, but the city itself has not developed.

The horse market on the Day of the Magi has a thousand-year tradition.

Thermal pool
Horse-drawn carriages around the city and to neighboring Dinkelbühl in season

Near the city is the pilgrimage basilica Schönenberg of the 17th century.

pilgrimage church of St. Jacob (19th century, neo-romanticism) on a hill (about 500 meters, there is even a ski lift),
stained glass windows by the priest-artist Sieger Köder. The art center named after him is also nearby (museum, biblical garden).

16. Bopfingen

How to get: train

Small old town
Baldern castle – castle 13th century in the baroque edition of the 18th century, one of the biggest collection of weapons. Link

17. Nördlingen

How to get: train

The old city, surrounded by a completely preserved and uninterrupted fortification wall of the 14th century, which can be walked along.
Bavarian Railway Museum with steam locomotives. Link

Nördlingen belongs to the Romantic Road route

Brot- und Tanzhaus 15th century


How to get: train

Old city with city walls.
Baroque residence – excursions, also for children, concerts. Link Court Garden.
Storks – a route along buildings with nests.

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