The main and state stud Marbach in Baden-Württemberg, with its over 500-year history, is a cultural jewel. The historic stud farms are located in the heart of the UNESCO biosphere area Swabian Alb and form the basis for stud operations, services and events. In the oldest German state stud, historical heritage and innovative perspectives are linked.
One look is enough: there is something magical about this place and the surrounding area. Blue and green flow into one another in an almost incomparable way. Like a shining eye from the depths of the earth, a source of myths, fairy tales and all sorts of wondrous stories. One of the most beautiful is probably the “History of the beautiful Lau”, in which Eduard Mörike tells how a mermaid at the Blautopf learns to laugh again. A stone sculpture on the bank is a reminder of her … and on some days she can still be seen briefly in the depths of the spring funnel.
In the middle of the beautiful Maize Valley on the outskirts of Bad Urach is the Urach waterfall, probably the most beautiful waterfall in the Swabian Alb. Here the karst spring plunges in free fall from a height of 37 m and then runs a further 50 m over a steeply sloping, moss-covered tuff limestone cushion down into the valley.
Panoramic ride on the “Blautopfbähnle” through the cloister courtyard, on through the Ried nature reserve over Blaubeuren’s local mountain, the Rucken with fascinating views of the city and Rusenschloss to Klötzle Blei. Then continue along the panorama path to a lookout point above the old town. Short walk to the lookout point, then drive through the charming old town and through the Gerberviertel (“Little Venice”) to the Blautopf.
The Öchsle is a narrow-gauge railway in Württemberg with a gauge of 750 millimeters between the Upper Swabian cities of Biberach an der Riss and Ochsenhausen. A museum train has been operating on the remaining section from Warthausen to Ochsenhausen since 1985. The route runs along its entire length in the Biberach district. With Warthausen, Maselheim and Ochsenhausen, the area is crossed by three communities. The so-called Öchsle cycle path runs parallel to the railway line.
The classic car factory opened its doors in June 2010. It offers a world in which time was turned back and visitors can indulge in a special passion here: It is the meeting point for old and youngtimer owners, those who will become one or just want to indulge in the past.
In the Zeiss Planetarium you can experience exciting star shows under the artificial sky – regardless of the weather and time of day. In regular alternation, we offer entertainment and information on all aspects of astronomy and space travel in our 360 ° multimedia shows.
In the observatory you can take an optical walk through the sky. Target the sun or immerse yourself in the wonders of the Milky Way.
For more than 45 years, the name “Tress” has been synonymous with home-made pasta and spaetzle. At our only location in Münsingen – in the middle of the Swabian Alb biosphere region – we produce a variety of pasta specialties according to traditional craftsmanship. With great innovative strength and many years of experience, we have decisively shaped the pasta market. Today Tress is one of the leading pasta manufacturers in Germany with over 90 employees.
The Gaggli NudelHaus is now one of the most important and well-known addresses for information about pasta, leisure and experiences in Upper Swabia. The modern building with lots of glass and its 5 experience areas pasta shop, pasta tours, pasta kitchen, pasta events and pasta environment offers the right attraction for every visitor.
The ALB-GOLD customer center on the Swabian Alb offers you various areas of experience relating to nutrition. As a food manufacturer, we focus on transparency and sustainability. We invite you to experience a varied and impressive day in the customer center. Get to know the production of our spaetzle and noodles on a tour of the Transparent Production. Enjoy the world of herbs with the wonderful scents and colors of over 1,000 plants and medicinal herbs. In the herb market you will find decorative items, seasonal fruit and vegetables and useful things for your garden. Culinary delicacies from predominantly regional production are available in the Landmarkt, where you will also find over 150 types of pasta.
For almost two decades, the customer center of the pasta manufacturer ALB-GOLD in Trochtelfingen has offered a wide range of options for young and old. It all started with a chicken farm and over time has developed into one of the highlight excursion destinations on the Swabian Alb. It’s no longer just about the egg, but about (noodle) enjoyment with all your senses. Here, the marketplace for everything to do with conscious nutrition, you can spend a varied day: Discover the natural garden on playful paths – whether on your own (free of charge) or with a guide. In the natural market you will find a selection of floral, decorative ideas as well as fruit and vegetables – some of them from our own cultivation! Children especially like the adventure playground. During the film screening, it is possible to take a look behind the scenes of the pasta production. Anyone who is hungry can then have a good time in the SONNE restaurant and enjoy spaetzle and pasta of all kinds. And those who have not had enough of pasta at the end of the day are cordially invited to meet their pasta needs and culinary specialties from the region in the Landmarkt to shop.
Thus, the customer center offers a diverse and varied program for the whole family. Please note the information on www.alb-gold.de
What does a cocoa tree look like? How is a cocoa bean made into a chocolate bar? How does the yogurt filling get in? And why is RITTER SPORT square at all? Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling you can reveal all the secrets of the “food of the gods” here. And discover the world of chocolate in a playful way.
The Botanical Garden of the University of Ulm was founded in 1981 and, with an area of 28 hectares, is one of the largest university gardens in Germany.
The greenhouse facility is located near the clinic area on Obere Eselsberg. There the visitor can get to know a variety of tropical useful, medicinal and ornamental plants. On the way to the Lehrer Tal, the visitor walks through various themed gardens such as the Apothekergarten, Tagliniengarten, Farntal.
The path leads through shady forests and colorful meadows to the southern part of the garden with a rosarium, cottage garden, biological department, orchard and three-field farming. About 700 different trees are planted in the arboretum.
At the Blautopf there is a hammer mill that is powered by the water from the spring.
In 1804, the blacksmith and armorer Abraham Friedrich received from the city of Blaubeuren the approval for a hammer forge with a grinding shop. The hammer forge was operated in its original way until 1889. It was then converted into a mechanical workshop, which was functional until 1956. After that, the Blautopfhaus was only a storage room for the city of Blaubeuren. At the beginning of the 1960s, the tradition of the blue pot house was remembered and the intention was to make it attractive. The search for a hammer forge found a suitable facility in Bad Oberdorf (Allgäu). After the expansion of the Blautopfhaus, the hammer forge was built in over a period of two years. Since the mid-1960s it can be viewed again in its original function.
The main information center of the Swabian Alb biosphere area. The Swabian Alb Biosphere Center opened its doors for the first time in October 2010 and has been welcoming visitors to two stylishly renovated buildings in the old camp in Münsingen ever since. On an exhibition area of around 450 square meters, you can learn more about the biosphere reserves worldwide, the adjacent Münsingen military training area, the local forests, beekeeping, grazing and urban-rural relationships in the region. The interactive exhibition invites young and old to linger. See for yourself and visit the Swabian Alb Biosphere Center!
Welcome to the flower island of Mainau, your destination on Lake Constance – castle park, botanical garden and children’s paradise.
Reichenau (Alemannic: Riichenau) is an inhabited island in the district of Konstanz in Baden-Württemberg and the largest island in Lake Constance. The Reichenau Monastery has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2000. According to UNESCO in its justification, the island is an outstanding testimony to the religious and cultural role of a large Benedictine monastery in the Middle Ages.
Idyllically located at the confluence of the Blau and the Danube, the fishing and tanning district is Ulm’s most important old town. The visitor can expect an abundance of alleys, bridges and, of course, an abundance of half-timbered houses.
Once the home of the craftsmen, restaurants, galleries and small specialist shops with some unusual offers have now established themselves in the picturesque, restored quarter.
And if you want to know what the most crooked hotel in the world according to the Guinness Book looks like – your curiosity will also be satisfied here in the fishing district.