The wide hilltop of the Sternberg is one of the highest elevations of the Alb around Münsingen. The hill is about 100m higher than the Alb plateau and raises the Groß Lautertal valley with almost 200 m. The wandering hut of the Swabian association was constructed at the highest point where you have the possibility to stop for a bite to eat or even to stay overnight.
In the immediate vicinity of the wandering hut you can find the tower of the Sternberg with an excellent panorama into the distance. This lookout tower is the landmark of Gomadingen.
The source of the Lauter is located in the district Offenhausen. It is the beginning of the Big Lauter Valley and on the following 44 km it passes romantic castles, small villages as well as juniper heathlands and finally ends in the Donau. Five sources with altogether 150 l/s bulk volume feeds the Big Lauter in the source in Offenhausen. The characteristic is that the water does not seek away but the geological conditions are such as good that the water remains on the volcanic rock. Directly behind the source of the Lauter (the former convent walls), the river falls 3m into a small hydro-electric power plant. In 1975, the plant has been decommissioned but it provides again current since 2006. Thanks to the association concerning the reactivation of the hydraulic power pump-station in Offenhausen, you are able to visit it.
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