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  • auf Erkundungstour in der Wassersteinhöhle
    / auf Erkundungstour in der Wassersteinhöhle
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  • / Michelskäppele
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  • / Schöne Aussicht I
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  • / Auch dieser Grafensteig perfekt ausgeschildert.
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  • / Aussichtspunkt
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  • / Wassersteinhöhle
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m 800 700 600 500 400 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Gästehaus 26/2 Kunstmühlefelsen Sportplatz Zittelstatt Haus Philipp Michelskäppele Wassersteinhöhle
First pure nature, taking in forests, cave and rock formations and ending with a fabulous view over the town of Bad Urach.
Distance 7.7 km
2:30 h
337 m
337 m
The Hochbergsteig is one of our five Premium hiking tours (Grafensteige) which showcase the beautiful landscape of the Biosphere region of the Swabian Alb.

From the scenic viewpoint, Michelskäppele to the dramatic rock formations at Kunstmühlefelsen, the route offers fantastic panoramas over the town and the Seeburg valley. Follow the forest pathway between the various lookout points and take a rest along the way on our relaxing wooden recliners, ideally situated to take in the view.

Author’s recommendation

See the lovely old town of Bad Urach: visit the marketplace with its half-timbered houses of the 17th Century!
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
727 m
Lowest point
472 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Flair Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten
Biosphärenhotel Graf Eberhard
Café Barbara
Haus Eisele

Safety information

Please note, the Grafensteigen routes are hikes and not strolls! Sturdy footwear and surefootedness is recommended for all tours. In particular, please be cautious during and after rainfall as the limestone rock and soil, especially on an incline, can be very slippery.


In an emergency dial 112. Where necessary, make the emergency services aware that the injured persons are located in inaccessible terrain, so that the mountain rescue Bad Urach can be alerted and there is no loss of time needed in the rescue.


All along the signposted routes you will find plaques with your exact location number on them. These numbers are known in the emergency control center and will help to speed up rescue times, please reference them when making an emergency call.


Sports ground, Zittelstatt (P18) (472 m)
48.494105, 9.410839
48°29'38.8"N 9°24'39.0"E
32U 530352 5371301


Sports ground, Zittelstatt (P18)

Turn-by-turn directions

At the Car Park (P18) you will find a wayfinding sign complete with map and route outline, this is the start of the hike. Going past the sports club the walk begins through the lovely Wiesental valley. Take a sharp right and the path starts to go steep uphill in the forest, then parallel to the slope, in the direction of Wassersteinhöhle (Water Cave). The last meters of the forest path up to the cave are quite steep, much like the following curving pathway which leads to a clearing. From here we take a field path and walk along the edge of the forest, briefly changing onto a service road off to the right. Continue left on the Alb plateau, before descending in the woods to the Kunstmühlenfels. From here we enjoy the beautiful view over the Seeburg valley and surrounding rock formations. Following a narrow pathway northwards across the Hochberg, we pass the cliffs of the same name and are rewarded along the way with splendid views of Bad Urach. Our next target is the viewingpoint Michelskäppele, where a wooden pavilion offers hikers stunning views with a little shelter. The return descent back to the sports field requires some surefootedness but within a short time the end is in sight. Along a natural grandstand we walk back to the car park, Zittelstatt which was our starting point.


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Public transport

You can take the train to the Ermstalbahn stop at Bad Urach and from the train station walk on the Ulmer road towards Ulm / Römerstein. Timetable information available from

Getting there

From Reutlingen on the B28 to Bad Urach. From north / east take the A8 to Kirchheim unter Teck and then on the B465 and the B28 to Bad Urach. Once in Bad Urach take the  Ulmerstraße to reach the sports grounds of TSV Bad Urach and park at the car park Zittelstadt (P18).


Car park, Zittelstatt (P18)


48.494105, 9.410839
48°29'38.8"N 9°24'39.0"E
32U 530352 5371301
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Sturdy footwear and surefootedness is recommended for this tour.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Michas P 
November 14, 2020 · Community
Toller, abwechslungsreicher Wanderweg von Bad Urach auf die Hochfläche der Schwäbischen Alb.
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Sonja Schnell
May 31, 2020 · Community
Sonntag, 31. Mai 2020, 14:25 Uhr
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Prisca Preyer 
March 14, 2020 · Community
Schöne, abwechslungsreiche Tour, die zumeist auf schönen Waldwurzelwegen verläuft. Die Felsenformation an der Höhle sind für kleine Entdecker toll. Schöne Ausblicke am Albtrauf entlang. Auch im März schön.
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When did you do this route? March 01, 2020
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7.7 km
2:30 h
337 m
337 m
Circular route Scenic Geological highlights Refreshment stops available Healthy climate


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