Nördlinger Ries, Breitachklamm, Nebelhorn, Lake Constance and six other nature experiences in the Allgäu and Bavarian Swabia that you should have visited once
10 Outdoor highligths in the Allgäu/Bavaria Swabia
On educational trails, at viewpoints, on guided tours and in the Geopark information centre and information points, visitors can discover all manner of interesting facts about the formation, geology and history of the Ries crater.
The Breitachklamm Gorge between Oberstdorf and the Kleinwalsertal valley is the deepest and one of the most beautiful ravines in Central Europe.
Nagelfluhkette Nature Park
The mountains of the Gebirgszug are formed from rounded stones, which were pressed together with sediment to form a conglomerate known as the “Nagelfluh”. It provides a habitat for rare and endangered flora and fauna, such as golden eagles, black and wood grouse and numerous types of gentian and orchid - a genuine walker’s paradise.
nagelfluhkette.info | hoernerdoerfer.de (only in German)
Viewing platform on the Breitenberg
The spectacular viewing platform that extends out over the edge of the rocks provides superb views across the Pfronten valley and its surrounding mountains. It can be reached along hiking trails or via the Breitenbergbahn mountain railway, and there are three huts where hikers can stop for refreshments.
breitenbergbahn.de (only in German)
Swabian Danube Valley
In one of Germany’s largest expanses of alluvial forest, nature lovers can discover a unique landscape of lakes.
donautal-touren.de (only in German)
Nature Park Augsburg – Western Woods
Almost half of the 1,200 square kilometre area is covered with forest. In Central Swabia, the area is bordered by four rivers: The Wertach and Schmutter in the east, the Mindel in the west and the Danube in the north.
This peak is known as the Guardian of the Allgäu. From its 1,738 metre summit, it is possible to see from the Alpine foothills to the high mountains of the Allgäu. On clear days you can even glimpse the Säntis in Switzerland and the Zugspitze. There are various huts where it is possible to take a break.
The Nebelhorn is 2,224 metres high and can be reached from Oberstdorf via the Allgäu’s highest cable car, the Nebelhornbahn. The summit is a popular viewpoint with a panoramic view of 400 other peaks far across to the Alpine massif.
Lake Constance consists of the large Obersee, or Upper Lake, which is home to Lindau and the Austrian shoreline, and the smaller Untersee, or Lower Lake, which lies on the border between Switzerland and Baden-Württemberg. Of the 273 kilometres of shoreline, 18 kilometres fall within the district of Lindau.
Mountain meadows rich in species are a rare form of habitat, as they have to be mown by hand, a laborious task. Over 70 different herbs and medicinal plants are found in the hay that is gathered there, at a minimum of 900 metres in altitude: Common plantain, sorrel, St. John’s wort and many more.