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Hohenurachsteig Bad Urach

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  • Burgruine Hohenurach
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m 800 700 600 500 400 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Hinterer Hanner Felsen Haus Eisele Blick auf Bad Urach Kreuzhütte Ruine Hohenurach
The most prominent landmark of Bad Urach, the ruined castle of Hohenurach, is certainly the highlight of this route, however the stunning views of the cliffs ‘Hanner Felsen’ and the pathways through lush mixed forests complete the hiking experience and are more than worth the effort.
Distance 7.6 km
2:30 h
487 m
487 m
The Hohenurachsteig route takes us on rich path through the fantastic scenery of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of the Swabian Alb. The hike starts with a demanding ascent, up to the Hanner Felsen cliffs. Your efforts however will be rewarded with unique views of Bad Urach and the surrounding landscape of the Swabian Alb. Through narrow forest paths and a meadow we continue to Eppenzillfelsen cliffs where we spy the Urach waterfall and the ruins Hohenurach in the distance. From the highest point of the trek we follow a narrow path along the edge of the slope to Kreuzhütte, a small hiking hut. To get to the landmark Hohenurach, we need to hike the final steep ascent to the 692 meter high ruins. Once within the old Fortress there are numerous niches to be explored and stunning panoramas to enjoy.


Author’s recommendation

After your hike, you are only a short stroll from the historical half-timbered marketplace of Bad Urach, where there are a variety of opportunities to eat well and sample the local Swabian culinary delights.  
Premium route awarded the "Deutsches Wandersiegel"
Highest point
744 m
Lowest point
456 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Flair Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten
Naturfreundehaus Seltbachhaus

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.


Above the Park & Ride car park at the Train Station, Bad Urach. (477 m)
48.491930, 9.393960
48°29'30.9"N 9°23'38.3"E
32U 529107 5371053


Above the Park & Ride car park at the Train Station, Bad Urach

Turn-by-turn directions

The starting point is the Park & ​​Ride car park (P&R8) at the train station in Bad Urach. Follow the signposted trail upwards into the forest in the direction of the Höhenfriebad (outdoor swimming pool). You will find a wayfinding sign complete with map and route and at this point keep left, following the slightly sloping middle path to Tiergartenweg. Continue along until you reach a nature trail branching off to the right. Just before the hairpin curves of the Hanner walkways, take a sharp right onto another curvy path walking uphill to the cliffy headland viewpoint of Hanner Felsen. Here we can enjoy the beautiful view of Bad Urach, which accompanies us along the route. Nestled amid the lush green of mixed forest, the path takes us through some meadows south to Eppenzillfelsen, where we glimpse the Urach waterfall and the ruins of Hohenurach in the distance. At this point we are approaching the highest point of our trek, a narrow path along the edge of the slope to Kreuzhütte (a small hiking hut) and the final ascent to the 692 meter point. Once arrived, enjoy the panoramic vista from the Hohenurach ruins, then follow the steep return path down into the Seltbachtal valley, our destination is the hiking car park (P19) and the Youth hostel. Take a sharp left and walk through the woods back to our starting point at the Park & ​​Ride car park at the train station.


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Public transport


You can take the Ermstalbahn train (RB 22977) direct to Bad Urach. The hiking route starts direct from the Train station. Timetable information can be found under

Getting there

From Reutlingen on the B28 to Bad Urach. From North /East on the A8 to Kirchheim unter Teck and then on the B4465 and then B28 to Bad Urach.


Park&Ride Parking (P&R) at the railway station Bad Urach


48.491930, 9.393960
48°29'30.9"N 9°23'38.3"E
32U 529107 5371053
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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Tobias Rudolph
August 14, 2021 · Community
Super! Ich finde , das die Festung über die Fotos viel zu wenig „rüber kommt“. Absolut lohnenswert und von mir total unterschätzt. Es bietet sich an, zumindest den Wasserfall mitzunehmen. Neben dem Wasserfallsteig einer meiner liebsten Strecken in Bad Urach.
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When did you do this route? August 14, 2021
Susanne Lehmann
November 15, 2020 · Community
Tolle Tour mit traumhafter Aussicht
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When did you do this route? November 12, 2020
Markus Schmauder
November 01, 2020 · Community
Richtig coole Strecke mit fantastisch schönen Aussichtspunkten
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Photo: Markus Schmauder, Community
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7.6 km
2:30 h
487 m
487 m
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