tours

tours by car

The hustle and bustle of the city & the peace and quiet of the monastery

Ulm – Wiblingen – Neu-Ulm | approx. 12 km

stadttrubel_klosterstille_webA visit to the twin cities Ulm/Neu-Ulm is a great way to start to your day. You may either book a public guided tour or explore the city on your own. Spend a great morning visiting the Ulm Minster with the world’s highest church tower and strolling through the romantic Fishermen’s and Tanner’s quarter.
Should the weather not play along, the Ulm Museum or the unique Museum of Bread Culture may be a great alternative. Enjoy a traditional Swabian lunch in the old city centre of Ulm and visit the Wiblingen in the afternoon. It is about 15 minutes away from the city centre of Ulm. This where you can visit the very impressive former Benedictine Wiblingen Monastery. The highlights of this visit are the Baroque abbey, the museum in the convention and the library hall that was completed in 1744.
When going back to the city centre of Ulm, you may want to go to the Glacis Park in Neu-Ulm to end the day with a smile on your face. See the impressive walls of the former Bundesfestung fortress, a restaurant and a biergarten as well as Neu-Ulm’s most prominent landmark: its water tower.

  • Bibliothek, Kloster Wiblingen
  • Museum der Brotkultur, Ulm
  • Ulmer Münster
  • Fischerviertel, Ulm
  • Glacis, Neu-Ulm

Attractions and places of interest in Ulm

Ulm Minster, with the world’s highest church tower Fishermen’s and Tanners’ Quarter, the old city centre of Ulm between the Danube and the Blau River, Museum of Bread Culture, the unique theme museum to learn more about the history of bread

Attractions and places of interest in Wiblingen

Wiblingen monastery, an impressive monastery building located outside the city of Ulm

Attractions and places of interest in Neu-Ulm

Glacis Park Neu-Ulm, an integral part of the Regional Horticultural Show in 1980

 

Ice Age art & Napoleon

Ulmer Museum – Oberelchingen – Langenau – Lonetal | approx. 28 km

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This is an exciting tour that provides you with interesting insights into Ice Age art. You can marvel at the graceful ivory figurine of the Lion Man, one of the world’s oldest works of art, and have a look at the WHohlenstein-Stadel” cave in the remote Lonetal valley, where archaeologists made this sensational discovery. There will be brief stopovers at the abbey in Oberelchingen and the city of Langenau to make this trip an unforgettable experience.
We will start our tour at the Ulm Museum at the Marktplatz square. There is an archaelogical permament exhibition in the first floor where the Lion Man and other Ice Age art that was found at the caves of the Swabian Alb are on display. We will then take the road along the banks of the Danube (NU13) to visit the former Benedictine abbey in Oberelchingen. Visitors will discover a masterly ensemble combining rococo and early Classicism inside the abbey. Following Napoleon’s tracks around the abbey, visitors will learn more about his victory over the Austrian army in the historic “Battle of Elchingen” on 14 October 1805.
The city of Langenau is only a stone’s throw away. You may want to explore its great restaurants and excellent shopping facilities. The city’s landmark is the impressive tower of the Protestant St. Martin’s church. Our next stop will be the city of Rammingen, where we turn left to take the Lindauer Weg road to grab a bite to eat at the Lindenau restaurant. This will be followed by a short walk down to the Tal der Lone valley where you will find yourself right in front of the “Hohlenstein-Stadel” cave made of Jurrasic rocks. This is the place where archaelogists discovered the Lion Man in 1939.

  • Klosterkirche, Oberelchingen
  • Hohlenstein, Lonetal
  • Lion Man, Ulm Museum

Attractions and places of interest in Ulm

Ulm museum, Lion Man

Attractions and places of interest in Oberelchingen

Benedictine Abbey

Attractions and places of interest in Langenau

Historic Town Centre with St. Martin’s Church with Cultural Centre Pfleghof

Attractions and places of interest in the Lonetal valley

“Hohlenstein” Stone Age Cave, „Bockstein“ and „Vogelherd“GeoPark Info Desk and “The Cave of the Lion Man” Exhibition” in Lindenau

Patrician families & Premonstratensian monks

Illertissen – Weißenhorn – Roggenburg | approx. 19,5 km

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This extraordinary one-day trip includes the magnificent castles of the Voehlin and Fugger families in Illertissen and Weissenhorn and the impressive Roggenburg monastery built by Premonstratensian monks. They are all situated in the Bavarian district of Neu-Ulm. These three destinations boast great places to eat. So you should allow plenty of time for breaks.

We will start in Illertissen, the city of the Voehlin family, with its Renaissance castle situated high above the city. When strolling through the city, take a closer look at St. Martin’s Abbey. The altar inside dates back to the era of High Renaissance. It was built by Christoph Rodt, who is one of the greatest southern German altar builder of his time.

The next stop is Weissenhorn, the city of the Fugger family, which has been able to maintain its medieval looks until this very day. The Neuffen castle and the Fugger castle with their decorative Renaissance paintings bear witness to a grand past. We recommend visiting the local Weissenhorn Museum and strolling through the little lanes and alleys. But please note that there should be enough time left to visit the Premonstratensian monastery in Roggenburg. The richly coloured Rococo interior of the prominent Abbey of the Ascension of the Virgin Mary (“Mariä Himmelfahrt”) is absolutely unique.

The museum of the monastery provides valuable information on the history of the monastery itself and its treasures. In the garden of the monastery, you can find more than 100 different medical plants. If you would like to explore the stunning surroundings of the monastery, you can go on a five-kilometre audio-guided tour that is clearly marked with a number of signposts. This walk inlcudes an iPod that can be rented at the Centre for Families, the Environment and the Culture of the Roggenburg Monastery. If you own a smartphone, you can just go to “Bayerisch-Schwaben-Lauschtour” and download your audio guide app.

 

  • Vöhlinschloss, Illertissen
  • Klosterkirche, Roggenburg
  • Schlossbrunnen im Frühjahr, Weißenhorn

Attractions and places of interest in Illertissen

Illertissen Castle of the Voehlin family

Attractions and places of interest in Weissenhorn

Weissenhorn Castles

Attractions and places of interest in Roggenburg

Premonstratension Monastery of Roggenburg

The Danube River & gems of the Baroque period

Ehingen – Munderkingen – Obermarchtal – Mochental | approx. 51 km

donau_perlen_des_barock_webDhis round trip will show you the Danube valley and an abundance of cultural treasures and scenic diversity. You will start in Ehingen and then take the Oberschwaebische Barokstrasse road to Munderkingen, which is a picturesque village close to a meander of the Danube. When strolling through the old city centre with its narrow alleys, you can visit traditional half-timbered houses, fountains, the St. Dionysios abbey or the local museum.

The trip also includes a short visit to Oberstadion. There you will find the widely renowned Crib Museum – a must-see situated right in the historic centre of the city. Then we will return to Munderkingen and go upriver to see the monasteries in Untermarchtal and Obermarchtal. Monastic life in Untermarchtal is still very active. There is, for example, the mother house of the Vincentians. In the Obermarchtal monastery, however, secular life has taken over. The impressive early-Baroque architecture, however, is one of the strongest reminders of the monasteries’ historical stature, their power and their wealth. Just to give you an example: There is a magnificent cathedral with its two towers and finest Wessobrunn stucco as well as a summer refectory lavishly decorated with colourful frescos.

After enjoying the splendid view of the walls of the monastery, we will leave Obermarchtal to see another gem of the Baroque era: the Mochental Castle. The impressive three-winged castle towers over the beautiful landscape. Today, it houses a well-renowned art gallery and a small broom museum. The castle restaurant offers great food. You may want to stop for a cup of coffee, delicious cake or a traditional Swabian snack.

You will then cross the Kirchener Tal valley to go to Ehingen, which is a directorial city that once belonged to Further Austria. You can enjoy many Baroque buildings during the trip. The image of the city is marked by the towers of the churches of Ehingen, the numerous monasteries and manor houses as well as the former hospital, which houses the local museum. Ehingen has also received the “City of Beer Culture” award.

  • Munderkingen
  • Krippenmuseum, Oberstadion
  • Kloster, Obermarchtal
  • Galerie im Schloss Mochental, Ehingen
  • Konviktskirche, Ehingen

Attractions and places of interest in Ehingen

Baroque townscape with churches and historic buildings, Ehinger Museum, Speth’scher Hof urban gallery, cultural centre of the Franciscan monastery, City of Beer Culture

Attractions and places of interest in Munderkingen

Old city centre, St. Dionysios parish church, local museum, Frauenbergkirche church

Attractions and places of interest in Oberstadion

Historic city centre, Crib Museum, St. Martin’s parish church

Attractions and places of interest in Obermarchtal valley

Monastery and Marchtal Museum

Attractions and places of interest in Mochental valley

Baroque castle with art gallery annd Broom Museum

Cave area & biosphere region

Blaubeuren – Schelklingen – Schmiechtal – Laichinger Alb | approx. 53,5 km (incl. Westerheim approx. 65 km)

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This round trip includes caves, springs and the Swabian Alb biosphere region. You will start in the town of Blaubeuren that is very popular for its half-timbered houses. There is also the Blautopf carstic spring, many caves and the world’s oldest works of art. You can visit the Prehistoric Blaubeuren Museum to have a closer look at tiny exhibits dating back to the Ice Age. You will learn more about Stone Age caves and the life of Ice Age artists.

You will then cross the Achtal, a primevial Danube valley, to go to Schelklingen. On the left side of the valley, you will find the “Hohle Fels”. This is the place where the oldest artwork in the world, the 40,000-year-old Venus, was found. But there is much more to explore in the little Schelklingen town that is situated in the Achtal valley: castle ruins, the local museum and the wonderful Urspring monastery with its carstic spring. The monastery is situated a bit outside of the town and is a great place to go for a walk.

We will follow the path to the village of Schmiechen, where we turn right to cross the scenic Schmiechtal valley to go to Huetten. This area is part of the Swabian Alb biosphere region. In Huetten, you will turn right into the steep road leading to Justingen. Shortly afterwards, you will arrive at the Alb plateau. After leaving Justingen, you will pass Ingstetten to go to Heroldtstatt and visit the Laiching Alb. If you come here in summer, you should see the show caves. There are three of them: the Sontheim cave close to Heroldstatt, the Schertelshöhle cave close to Westerheim and the Laichingen Tiefenhöhle cave, which is 55 meters deep.
The walkways in the caves are well constructed but you will need sturdy shoes and a jacket or sweater. You will be inspired by the mysterious depths. They are the highlights of your Alb tour. In very close proximity to the Tiefenhoehle, you will find the Laichingen ropes course, where you can have fun and action between spring and autumn. Children also love the pony farm and fairy tale park in Machtolsheim.

You will return to Blaubeuren in the evening with unforgettable memories. Then you can stroll through the old city of Blaubeuren to enjoy the end of a delighful day full of fun and excitement.

 

  • Sontheimer Höhle bei Heroldstatt
  • Schmiechtal
  • Urspring bei Schelklingen
  • Kletterwald, Laichingen
  • Blautopf, Blaubeuren

Attractions and places of interest in Blaubeuren

Blautopf carstic Spring, monastery with a Gothic high altar and a bathing house for monks, historic hammer mill, old city centre with half-timbered houses, Prehistoric Museum, Blautopfbähnle train for round trips, pool, Rusenschloss castle ruins, prehistoric caves in the Ach- und Blautal valley

Attractions and places of interest in Schelklingen

Old city centre with half-timbered houses, local museum, Hohenschelklingen castle ruins, Urspring monastery, Achtopf carstic spring and Urspringquelle spring, Hohle Fels im Achtal

Attractions and places of interest in the Schmiechtal valley

Museum zur Albwasserversorgung im alten Pumpwerk in Teuringshofen, historisches Wasserrad in Talsteußlingen, Infozentrum Biosphärengebiet in Hütten, Hohle Fels cave and Baerentalhoehle Cave close to Hütten

Attractions and places of interest at the Laichinger Alb

Sontheim Cave close to Heroldstatt,  Schertelshoehle Cave close to Westerheim, the deep cave of Laichingen with a Cave Museum, the ropes course in Laichingen, the pony farm and the fairy tale park in Machtolsheim

bicycle tours

Bicycle tours

radfahrenThe Ulm region is a paradise for cyclists. They may choose from a broad range of tours that lead to the most beautiful destinations in and around Ulm. No matter whether you want to climb up the Swabian Alb or down the peaceful river valleys of the Danube and Iller Rivers, you will be delighted by the great scenery. Ride along the Danube or Iller path or other signposted round tours in the region. Many of these cycle tracks in the Ulm region are very well signposted. Special cycling maps and download possibilities help you plan your individual cycling tour.
Bicycle tours in the Alb-Donau-Kreis
Bicycle tours in the district of Neu-Ulm

Bicycle tours in the Alb-Donau-Kreis

Bicycle tours in the district of Neu-Ulm

hiking tours

Hiking tours

Wandern in der Region Ulm

The magnificent landscape of the Swabian Alb, Bavarian Swabia and the Danube is the best place to go hiking. Enjoy the stunning beauty of nature and the plethora of geological and historico-cultural attractions of the region. Use the signposted hiking trails of the GeoPark Swabian Alb. Find inner peace and tranquillity when going on a round trip to the crosses in the fields of Bellenberg and explore Ulm from above when hiking on the Ulm ridgeway.

Hiking tour in the district of Neu-Ulm

Hiking tour in the Alb-Donau-Kreis

The ridgeway of Ulm