Geopark Swabian Alb
To help you appreciate whereon you stand.
The Swabian Alb, which is part of the southwestern escarpment, is a superlative geopark. It is the richest region for caves in all Germany, and during the Ice age it provided specialised environments for both animals and humans. It was in this region that such unique ice-age objects of art as the „Lion man“ or the „Venus from Hohle Fels“ were found. The Alb is also a jewel as regards geoscience: geological eras such as the Aalenium or the Pliensbachium are named after locations on the Swabian Alb and the international subdivision of the Jurassic was developed here.
In this Geopark there are world-famous fossil-rich areas such as Holzmaden oder Nusplingen. There is also a meteor crater and about 365 Miocene volcanic chimneys. The karst landscape produces dolines such as the „Blue pot“, and also 2400 caves, of which 12 have been developed as visitor caves. The Geopark Swabian Alb has been a National Geopark since 2002 and a European and Global Geopark since 2004. In 2015 the Geopark Swabian Alb was characterized as a UNESCO Global Geopark.
The Geopark holds different information centres in 10 counties on the Alb. These are integrated in existent public facilities such as visitor caves, museums or natural protection centres.
Be invited to visit geology, fossils or ice age art!