Route 1 - Ice Age Art and Geotope Management
The cradle of human culture stands on the Swabian Alb! With an age of around 40,000 years, finds such as the lion man, the little mammoth or Venus from Hohle Fels are the oldest works of art in the world. They were found in six caves that are a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2017. We will visit the two valleys where the finds were made and you will be able to admire some original sculptures.
In a quarry near Blaubeuren we will visit a unique nature conservation project which is known under the name “prehistoric pasture”. Semi-wild taurus cattle and conik horses keep a quarry open by grazing and thus promote biodiversity. It is a successful example of cooperation between the Geopark and the economy.