Route 3: Eilsbrunn- Pielenhofen
Passing the Räuberhöhle through the Naab valley to a monastic destination
- 16,6 km
- 4,5 hrs.
- Eilsbrunn, church
- Pielenhofen, Naab bridge near the Monastery of Pielenhofen
Asecnt gradient: 355,5 m
Descent gradient: 426,6 m
The first part of this route runs along arid, mediterranean-looking slopes which belong to the most beautiful in the whole of the Jura region. The route from Schönhofen to Etterzhausen leads first through a half-open landscape of hedges and meadows, later on across open landscape, and then directly into the wide valley of the Naab. On a narrow trail you reach the "robbers' cave" (Räuberhöhle), which is well worth the detour of about 50 meters. Please take into account that the Räuberhöhle is the habitat of numerous bats which should not be disturbed by noise or fire! After a diversified tour through woods and forests there is a gorgeous view of the Naab valley with its verdant green woods and Jura rocks, before you reach the small village of Penk.
In Penk the Spitzauer inn invites you to a rest. You go on in the direction of Pielenhofen through the idyllic and quiet valley of Penk, which is most charming in early summer with its stretching meadows. For its last few kilometers, the Jurasteig once again follows narrow and woody nature trails, until, suddenly, a view of the impressive Monastery of Pielenhofen appears.