Wental mit Felsenmeer

Stone witnesses of a vanished river

The confluence of special geological conditions in the Wental valley has not only formed a spectacular landscape, but also created a variety of habitats that offer rare plants and animals a place of retreat. That is why it is designated as a nature reserve. Please note the marked paths.

The Wental has been formed over a long period of time by successive geological processes. A short journey through earth's history:
The limy deposits of the Jurassic Sea form the basis. After the area became mainland, these began to weather. Karstification and erosion by wind and weather shaped the landscape, and rivers cleared out valleys like the Wental. Since the Jurassic rocks contain softer and harder areas, such as former reef structures, they have been eroded on varying degrees. In some places, the harder areas have previously transformed into an even more resistant rock called dolomite. The flowing water has eroded the softer surrounding rock, gradually exposing the bizarrely shaped dolomite rocks in the Wental.

The river that formed the valley has since vanished. The continuing tilting of the Swabian Alb over millions of years lowered the karst water level. The water was now drained underground through fissures and cave systems. This created a dry valley as it is characteristic of the Alb: the Wental as we know it today.


  • Dolomitfelsen im Wental
    Wental mit Felsenmeer


Geopoint Wental mit Felsenmeer
zwischen Bartholomä, Essingen, Steinheim
(Heidenheim und Ostalbkreis)