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Eichstätt Quarry Challenge

· 3 reviews · Hiking Trail · Altmühltal
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m 600 550 500 450 400 350 4 3 2 1 km Panorama View Point Urlaubkapelle Quarry / Fossils 1. Rest place Freibad Eichstätt Tourist-Info Marktplatz
Short but intense tour to the top of Eichstätt that rewards your efforts with a scenic panorama of the city and its surrounding landscape.
moderate
Distance 4.7 km
3:00 h
162 m
162 m
550 m
385 m
The tour starts at the Tourist Information and leads you through the historic city center. You will leave the city behind you end enter a path into the forest. It will be a steep way up but on your way there is a spot where you can get a short rest before you continue the walk uphill. Once you are leaving the forest, there is a chapel on the left side if you are interested. From here you may go across a field (depends on season) or take the path around it - your choice! The most difficult but also fun and adventurous part of the hike starts: You enter a decommissioned quarry with the iconic geology of the altmühl valley. Millions of rocks and stone sheets are covering the path. Watch your step! Some of the stones show fossil inclusions from the jurassic period. To remember your adventure, pick a prize in form of an indvidual piece. Follow the route a bit more and you will come to the best spot! Enjoy the remarkable panorama view over the city and its surrounding landscape. Take a rest and relax. Once you are ready to continue the direction is downhill. Take good care, the way is very steep and slippery due to all the little rocks and gravel, take your time. When you see the first building, you are back in the civilization. Grab an ice-cone at Mr.Ice to get a refreshment and reward your self.

Author’s recommendation

Its recommended to bring a snack or even a small lunch in order to enjoy the best picknick site on top of Eichstätt. You may even pack a couple beers, but don't exaggerate and underestimate the steep way down!
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Author
Benjamin Gatzer
Update: January 24, 2018
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
Panorama view point, 550 m
Lowest point
Starting Point, 385 m
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Rest stops

Marktplatz

Safety information

This trip is intensive and has some tricky sections. We would not recommend to bring children under 12 years, unless you turn around at the highest spot and walk your way back. The steep way down from the panorama view requires a good sense of balance and good physical conditions.

Tips and hints

Check points of interest along the hike and check out the beautiful city of Eichstätt.

No official WC along the hike.

Start

Tourist Information Eichstätt (386 m)
Coordinates:
DD
48.892226, 11.182741
DMS
48°53'32.0"N 11°10'57.9"E
UTM
32U 659990 5417771
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Destination

Tourist Information Eichstätt

Turn-by-turn directions

follow the map and your instincts ;-)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Train station is close by, possibilties to arrive by bus

Getting there

Exit B13 in Eichstätt (McDonalds Restaurant is next to the Parking)

Parking

parking is available next to the train station (e.g. Freiwasser parking lot 1,00€/per day) within walking distance

Coordinates

DD
48.892226, 11.182741
DMS
48°53'32.0"N 11°10'57.9"E
UTM
32U 659990 5417771
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Equipment

Sturdy shoes or at least sport shoes are required. Shoes might get muddy (depends on weather), dusty and dirty.

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Rating

3.7
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Jonas Gmelch
February 17, 2021 · Community
Wunderbare Tour, auch bei Schnee. Man sollte nur drauf achten die tour nicht an einem Werktag zu machen, da es sich um einen aktiven Steinbruch handelt. Und feste Schuhe sind Pflicht, da der Abstieg aus dem Steinbruch nicht ohne ist, aber dafür sehr lohnenswert.
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When did you do this route? January 31, 2021
Heiko Paschen
October 24, 2017 · Community
Korrekt ist die Schilderung, dass man während der Tour sehr schöne Ausblicke auf Eichstätt hat, die man jedoch dem Premiumwanderweg folgend auch erlangen kann. Zu erwähnen ist allerdings, dass man sich in einem Steinbruch bewegt, bei dem eigentlich der Zutritt verboten ist. Siehe Foto. Der Abstieg aus dem Steinbruch ist dann wirklich sehr sportlich und fordert wahrscheinlich eine bessere Ausrüstung als man sie für eine Wandertour vorrätig hat. Fraglich ist auch, ob man die Schwierigkeit und Gefährlichkeit in dem Kalkschieferberg richtig beurteilen kann. Wir sind aus Sicherheitsgründen wieder umgedreht und weil wir die Kleidung bei dem nötigen Bodenkontakt nicht mit dem Kalkschiefer verschmutzen wollten. Als Klettertour für Kundige mag die Tour reizvoll sein, als Wandertour ist sie zu gefährlich und somit nicht richtig deklariert. Deshalb nur einen Stern.
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Elkhan Alizada
June 25, 2017 · KU Eichstätt

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
4.7 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
162 m
Descent
162 m
Highest point
550 m
Lowest point
385 m
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