Where today the Swabian Alb rises up to 1000 m high, a tropical sea with coral reefs, extensive beaches, cycads and ginkgo trees surged in prehistoric times. The deposits of Jurassic rock from 200 - 140 million years ago, from which the Swabian Alb is largely built, also date from the time when the area of the Alb was still covered by water. Traces of erosion during the Cretaceous period, volcanic eruptions and a meteor strike shape the landscape today. Each period and each settlement in the region has its own history. Learn more about the geological and contemporary past of the Swabian Alb here.