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Welcome to the wildest biosphere reserve recognised by UNESCO.

Swabian Alb Biosphere Reserve

The Swabian Alb Biosphere Reserve with its Alb plateau - the Albtrauf - and the Alb foreland is characterised by a very diverse landscape. Different geological conditions, varying climatic conditions and a longstanding form of traditional land use are reasons for this diversity. The characteristic hillside beech forests along the Albtrauf as well as the canyon and block forests obtain special significance in international comparison.

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Tours and activities

THE VARIED LANDSCAPE OF THE BIOSPHERE RESERVE IS EXCELLENTLY SUITABLE FOR HIKING ALONG THE ALBTRAUF AND THROUGH WILD AND ROMANTIC BEECH FORESTS, BICYCLING THROUGH THE HILLY ALB LANDSCAPE AND LABYRINTHINE RIVER VALLEYS, AND FOR MANY OTHER ACTIVITIES.

Meadow orchards, canyon forests and juniper heaths with a species-rich fauna and flora, long since vanished settlements, castles and monasteries, deep caves and various products from a vibrant cultural landscape await you along the way.

If you would like to enjoy some peace away from the hectic pace of everyday life, then a visit to the former military training area in Münsingen is worthwhile. Here you can learn how the landscape looked like over 100 years ago.

Our special tip for you:

You can obtain all necessary information about the Biosphere Reserve as a travel destination at the tourist information offices as well as via the network of information centres.

Enjoy a stop for refreshments

HOTELIERS AND RESTAURATEURS IN AND AROUND THE SWABIAN ALB BIOSPHERE RESERVE HAVE TEAMED UP AS »BIOSPHERE HOSTS« IN ORDER UNDERLINE THEIR SOLIDARITY WITH THIS UNIQUE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE AND THE PASSION FOR THEIR WORK.

»Delectation in Swabian« is a claim that is no mere lip service for the biosphere hosts. They not only employ their ambition in the preservation of culinary tradition, but also in their further creative development. Grazing lambs from the Swabian Alb, game from local forests, wine and meadow orchard fruit from the Alb foreland, escargot from the Lauter Valley, beer from local breweries or cheese specialities from small Alb dairies.

Foodstuffs and luxury foods which are a great pleasure for you as guest emerge in close contact with the producers. The special quality of products is ensured by means of transparency in the production and short transport routes, from which the environment also benefits. Careful handling of natural resources and the use of ecological equipment and constructions materials are also a matter of course for the hotels.

 

Recognised certificates make the high standard visible for the guest. All hosts are continually monitored by independent organisations. They know that only honesty and transparency create trust with a guest.

Our special tip for you:

Our partner company Hotel Post has been a biosphere host right from the start. Stop by and enjoy straightforward and tasty dishes with ingredients from the Biosphere Reserve.

Military training area in Münsingen

THE FORMER MILITARY TRAINING AREA IN MÜNSINGEN WAS PARTIALLY MADE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC IN APRIL 2006. A TOTAL OF 35 KILOMETRES OF MAINLY ASPHALTED ROUTES ARE FREELY ACCESSIBLE BY FOOT, BICYCLE AND POWER-ASSISTED BICYCLE.

Due to munitions pollution and for reasons of nature conservation, certain rules apply on the former military training area in Münsingen. These rules are specified in a legal decree or amendment to a legal decree and the appurtenant map of the area. In general, the following applies: you may not leave the designated routes!

Our special tip for you:

The flyer Reiseziel ehemaliger Truppenübungsplatz (“Travel destination former military training area”) compiled by the »Bundesforst« (Federal Forest Administration) and the City of Münsingen provides concise information about all necessary details and gives you tips for visiting the area formerly used by the military.

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