ROUTE 11: Holnstein - Dietfurt a.d. Altmühl
A tour abounding in water, with buffalo and aconite ("Eisenhut") to the Siebentälerstadt (Seven Valleys' Town)
- 15,8 km
- 4,0 hrs.
- Holnstein, pedestrian bridge across the Weisse Laber, junction Reymotusstraße – Am Felsen – Am Höglberg (below the Regens-Wagner-Komplex)
- Dietfurt an der Altmühl, town center, town hall/market square
Ascent gradient: 255,0 m
Descent gradient: 306,0 m
The multitude of natural fountains which spring from the rocks in the area round Holnstein suggest that the name Holnstein derives from "hollow stone". On such a rock the Regens-Wagner-Komplex is set. This is an inclusive institution for people with handicaps. Further down the hiker may meet free-ranging cattle which sometimes may take a bath in the river. From Holnstein you walk up to the high Jura plain through shadowy beech woods and further on along the slopes of the Staufersbuch hill in the direction of Erbmühle.
It sounds incredible, but it is true that the hiker may meet Indian water buffalo there. The culinary question at the Erbmühle is thus: buffalo or trout? You walk further on along the softly gurgling waters of the Weisse Laber until you reach Unterbürg. At its entrance, a stone masonry work of art depicting the fountains welcomes its guests. Two kilometers further on, the Jurasteig crosses to the other side of the charming valley over a picturesque little bridge made of natural stones. On level paths, you walk on until shortly before Dietfurt. The last kilometer takes the hiker across a sloping wood into the worthwhile Seven Valleys' town of Dietfurt.