The surrounding area
The area surrounding the Heidehof campsite features a range of varied excursions suitable for any time of the year: Caves, climbing forest, ponds and waterfalls, fortresses and castles, bike and hiking trails, themed walks, ponies and other wildlife, kids’ pools and thermal spas, major shopping destinations, winter sports centres and much more. Young and old alike will love the diverse activities on offer!
Pony farm and fairy tale park
The Mahler family’s pony farm and fairy tale park are only five minutes away on foot from the Heidehof. Susi, Lord, Flocke and many other lovely ponies are waiting on budding young riders to take them out for a walk around the gently rolling landscape of the Swabian alps. The tales of Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Hansel and Gretel and many others will be recounted at 13 different fairy tale houses, featuring lovingly made fairy tale figurines that move at the press of a button.
For more information, visit: www.ponymaerchenpark.de
The Laichinger Tiefenhöhle caves are the deepest public caves and the only shaft caves that can be entered in the whole of Germany. At 86m deep and with a total length of 1,348m, it is one of the most significant karst formations in the Swabian alps. A number of iron steps lead visitors down a 330m-long path, travelling down an impressive 55 metres through shafts and large chambers. The cave museum in the visitors’ centre above the cave will answer all your questions on Karst topography and the field of speleology in general - be prepared for an interesting and entertaining experience.
Photo: Höhlen- und Heimatverein Laichingen e.V.
For more information, visit: www.tiefenhoehle.de
From tree to tree like Tarzan
Swinging from tree to tree, clambering across wobbly bridges and sailing over obstacles along high wires - all of this is on offer at Laichingen climbing forest by the Tiefenhöhle caves. From the net bridge to swaying planks and Tarzan wire - there are a variety of tasks to solve by going from tree to tree and step by step. There are 11 courses featuring 215 elements with increasing levels of difficulty. Even seniors and disabled individuals can try their hand at some of the challenging climbing features.
For more information, visit: www.kletterwald-laichingen.de
Walking and bike trails around the Heidehof
Experience the amazing landscape and natural treasures of the Swabian alps around Laichingen. On foot or bicycle - you are sure to find some beautiful spots along the way to relax. The district has created interactive maps with pictures and route description for a selection of hiking trails.
For more information, visit: www.laichingen.de/de/Tourismus/Rad--und-Wanderwege
Visiting the Blautopf spring in Blaubeuren
Probably the most famous Karst natural spring in Germany and is located on the edge of the old town of Blaubeuren - the Blautopf - designated as a top geological feature by the academy of geo sciences. One glance is enough to see that there is something magical about this location. The blue and green seem almost to flow indistinguishably into each other. The amazingly beautiful setting of Blautopf in the rocky valley, its colour and the depth of the water make it one of the most popular attractions in the Swabian alps. The Blautopf is fed by a widespread, underground cave system.
For more information, visit: www.blaubeuren.de/de/Tourismus/Blautopf
The world’s highest church tower
Ulm Minster, around 30 minutes away by car from the Heidehof, features the world’s tallest spire. Whoever climbs the 768 steps up to the highest viewing platform at 143 metres up will be rewarded with a fantastic view of the city of Ulm in Baden-Württemberg and New Ulm in Bavaria - on clear days the view stretches to the Alps in the far distance.
The following map will show you a selection of further interesting excursions (click on the symbols for more information).