Each mountain hut in Kleinwalsertal is a feast for the eyes. Situated high-up on the side of the seemingly perpendicular valley, the huts rest at the feet of numerous 2000ers, mountains that are 2000 meters (6,500 feet) in height or more. Surrounded by cows and adorned with flowers, these huts are small pockets of paradise within a near-perfect landscape—and it's always a pleasure to drop in on one for a rest after spending some time in the outdoors.
Hungry hikers and bikers alike will be particularly happy to stop by, if only for a moment. Packed full of regional delicacies and seasonal products that are often harvested from their own farms, you're guaranteed to find something that takes your fancy on the menu. And as most innkeepers work closely with other local farmers, hunters and foragers to keep their stores full, you can be sure that the food you're enjoying is the result of sustainable farming practices—which makes it taste all the sweeter.
So, want to go on your own pleasure hut Tour? On this four day adventure, a total of six huts await your visit. If you would like to learn more about the GenussRegion Kleinwalsertal, we recommend the guided hikes and e-bike tours - delicacies included, of course.
The path with refreshments to two pleasure huts invites you to experience nature with all your senses.From the top station of the Walmendingerhornbahn it goes down an initially wide path and later along the slope to the upper Lüchlealp. Only a little later, the path leads around the corner. At the fork in the road, it makes sense to make a short detour to the Inner Stierhof (GenussHütte). Alternatively you follow the right path over the Starzelalp up to the Ochsenhofer Scharte, the gateway to the Schwarzwassertal.First a bit steeper, then very moderate, it goes past the Schwarzwasserhütte, on bogs with considerable orchid stand and further down in the plateau of Galt and Melköde, formed by a post-glacial landslide. The pleasure hut Melköde invites you to stop. Then it goes out of the valley, on an almost flat path, over the high moor Wildmoos to Auenhütte.
The leisurely hike takes you to the Gemsteltal, a side valley of the Kleinwalsertal. On the circular route you will find plenty of rest and refreshments in the midst of the mountain scenery of Elfer, Zwölfer and Small Widderstein.In Bödmen it starts. From here you walk in the quiet valley of the Breitach. You leisurely walk for a while along the rushing Breitach and then along the shady banks of Gemstelbach. You cross the bridge and walk towards Schönebodenalpe. The louder ringing of the cowbells tells you that the GenussHütte Schönebodenalpe is not far away anymore. Refreshing drinks are waiting for you in Naturalpe's natural fridge. From the spacious sun terrace you can enjoy the unique panorama of the Kleine Widderstein, the Bärenkopf and the Walmendingerhorn. To see the valley from the other side, walk ten minutes to Bernhard's Gemstelhütte. Here you have the mountain scenery of Zwölfer, Elfer and Geißhorn in view.On moderately steep gravel paths you walk from the hut along Gemstelbach and past large pastures until you meet again on the path that brings you back to Bödmen.
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From Baad, this easy circular hike leads you to two pleasure huts, where you can relax. The landlords are happy to tell you something about the philosophy of alpine farming: Where the fresh products from meat and milk come from, which is why a close relationship with their producers is important to them and what the distinction means as an Austrian "pleasure hut". And all this with a view of the sensational mountain panorama of the rear Kleinwalsertal.From the car park in Baad you hike over the bridge and follow the Bärguntbach into the Bärgunttal. After a short while you turn left; in front of you is the rock massif of the Bärenkopf. Soon after you reach the Widdersteinalpe, where you can treat yourself to a first break. Freshly strengthened and rested, the dirt road leads you along dense forest slopes to the exposed Bärgun hut, the second rest stop. Here you can treat yourself to home-made and regional dishes.From the hut, you then hike to the left of Bärguntbachs on pram-friendly paths back to Baad.
After the ascent with the Söllereckbahn, the wonderfully laid out lookout path to Riezlern begins. After a few minutes you reach at the Schrattenwangalpe the highest point and shortly after pass the Austrian state border. On the way you have a wonderful view of the imposing summit of the High Ifen (2,230 m) and the Gottesacker plateau.The GenussHütte Mittelalp offers an excellent rest stop. After crossing the Westeggtobel you reach with beautiful views of the valley the village Riezlern. The tour is recommended especially in the afternoon in pleasant sunshine.The ascent is reduced with guest card. The bus on German territory (from Walserschanz) is chargeable.
This varied, alpine round trip takes you to one of the most famous Walser peaks, the Hohe Ifen. For the tour you need a good condition, sure-footedness and a head for heights. For hikers the hike is a pleasant mountain hike.It starts at the Auenhütte. From here you take the Ifen chairlift to Ifenhütte. Alternatively, you can walk in about 50 minutes. On a well-marked path you climb to the Ifenbord and follow the signpost to Ifen in the Ifenmulde. In serpentines, it goes through a rough boulder field and then over rocks on the plateau of the Ifen. Difficult places are insured with tethers.On the plateau, the path to the summit only rises slightly. In spring / early summer, however, there may still be dangerous snow fields.The descent takes place via the Ifersguntalpe and Schwarzwasserhütte with several longer rope-insured passages and over scree fields. After the alp, the trail will be easier, but you should look for damp, loamy spots, because there is a risk of slipping. From the Schwarzwasserhütte then waiting for a nice way to run to the Auenhütte on you. At the end of the pleasant journey, you will have the opportunity to stop off at the Melköde hut and spoil yourself with home-made food.
From Mittelberg, this round trip takes you to the idyllic side valley of the Kleinwalsertal valley and back to the Fluchtalpe. For connoisseurs, there are some rest stops and rest stops along the way.From the Alpenrose stop in Mittelberg, follow the main road in the direction of Hirschegg until the turnoff to Höflerweg by the drugstore. From here, the asphalt road leads quickly down to the stream and into nature. With the sound of the Breitach in your ear and with the Schafalpköpfen at the end of the valley in view, you wander into the Wildental. About a beautiful forest root trail it is reasonably steep uphill. Soon the view opens into the picturesque valley in front of you. Completely surrounded by cattle pastures and flower-covered meadows you walk to the Inner Wiesalpe (Upper Wiesalpe). From the terrace you can enjoy the view over a cheese plate or apple pie. Then you walk along a bubbling stream to the Fluchtalpe, where you can treat yourself to another break.Rested it goes the same way back down to the Upper Wiesalpe. You can enjoy a wonderful panorama of the Walmendingerhorn over parts of Mittelberg to the Gottesackerplateau. At the lower Wiesalpe you hike downhill, while you have a nice view of the Hintere Kleinwalsertal near Baad. Through a small grove you then run back to Mittelberg. Incidentally, there is plenty of opportunity to relax: thanks to many shady or sunny wooden benches.
Along the round trip are perhaps the most beautiful mountain huts in the Kleinwalsertal - you would like to have a drink at all! At the highest point of the hike, at the Fiderepasshütte, you can get a taste of German-Austrian border air and watch climbers from far away on the ascent of the Mindelheimer via ferrata.This hike is especially recommended for advanced hikers with good condition and surefootedness, because the ascent to the Fiderepasshütte and the descent down into the Wildental on narrow trails.
On this tour you will climb along the Austrian-German border over the summits of the three Schafalp heads. You will be rewarded with a fantastic view and a varied route. The via ferrata is very popular, so in high season you have to expect oncoming traffic.The tour starts after a restful night at the Fiderepasshütte. From there you can reach the entrance to the via ferrata after about 30 minutes. For the via ferrata a climbing harness, a helmet, a via ferrata securing set and sturdy shoes are needed in every case. If you have already been in the Alps, have first climbing experiences and good condition and surefootedness, then you will love the via ferrata. Here you will reach places hidden from the hikers in the valley.On the Kammweg four summits are surmounted: the northern, the middle and the southern Schafalpenkopf as well as the Kemptner Köpfle. From there it goes down serpentines in the Kemptner Scharte, where the via ferrata is abandoned. Through green meadows and through sparse forests, you continue on to the Fluchtalpe in the Wildental.After a leisurely and extended rest you follow the comfortable hiking trail down to the valley to Mittelberg.
The Upper Trail is a panoramic path below the Walmendingerhorn with beautiful views of the mountains of the Kleinwalsertal. On the easy hike you will find several rest and rest stops.It starts at the Heubergbahn, with which you drive on the mountain of the same name. Already during the ride in the chairlift the Ifen builds up in front of you in the distance. Once at the top, keep left and head for the panorama path. On the almost flat gravel road you hike in the direction of Zaferna mountain station. After some time you will reach the Sonna Alp at the Zaferna Lift. Continue on the Panoramaweg to Bühlalpe. From the Heuberglift to the Bühlalpe, the spruce and mountain maple forest alternates with colorful flower meadows. It is not for nothing that the Höhenweg is also known as Panoramaweg: You first look at the Kanzelwand, then in the Wildental and Gemsteltal as well as on districts of Mittelberg.Before you descend below the Bühlalpe back to Mittelberg, you can treat yourself to a break and refreshment in the Bühlalpe. Here you can enjoy the view into the rear small Walsertal, if you look towards Baad. Rested, you then make the descent: Below the Alpe runs a paved serpentine path between shady fern forest and freshly mown meadows, which leads you directly to Mittelberg.
A varied mountain bike tour through two countries: via the scenic panorama path, it goes from Riezen to Oberstdorf and then back along the Breitach into Kleinwalsertal.Along the promising sun terrace, it goes over Söllereck to Oberstdorf. Great views of the Allgäu and the Kleinwalsertal are guaranteed here. Then it goes down to Oberstdorf and from there along the Breitach back to the Kleinwalsertal. On the way, cozy alps invite you to stop for a drink.
The four-day round trip takes you over and around the most beautiful Kleinwalsertal peaks. It goes from hut to hut. Each section has unique scenic highlights and is a mountain experience in itself: Between Kanzelwand and Mindelheimer hut the majestic peaks of the Allgäu Alps lie at your feet, on the mountain trail between Gemsteltal and Bärgunttal the highest peak of the Kleinwalsertal, the Großer Widderstein, is within your reach. For a change then the way through the shady Duratal, the crossing of further managed alpine meadows until you reach the barren Gottesackerplateau, which is the highlight of the last stage together with the Hohe Ifen.It starts on the first stage at the mountain station of the Kanzelwandbahn. The big climb up to the mountain you can of course comfortably travel with the gondola. From the mountain station, you first hike to the Kanzelwandgipfel at 2,058 meters. Here you can enjoy a moment the beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Then it continues on the German mountain flank. Expect extensive descents and ascents, exposed and rope insured areas and juicy mountain pastures with peacefully grazing cows. At the end of the first stage you reach the Fiderepasshütte at 2,070 meters, where you spend the night.
On the second stage you hike from the Fiderepasshütte first over a scree path up to the Fiderepassscharte, there are rope insurances at the exposed places. From the top you have a nice view back to the Fiederpasshütte. Afterwards a rocky, initially steep descent on the Saubuckel in the direction of Taufersbergalpe waiting for you.Here you hike on the Krumbacher Höhenweg below the Mindelheimer via ferrata through rocky terrain to the Mindelheimer hut at 2,103 meters altitude, which only requires a moderate climb. At the hut you can take a long break and let yourself be pampered with the best panoramic views with delicious food.Strengthened then it continues on the trail over the Geißhornjoch and the Gemstelpass. With a little luck, you can see ibexes on the way. From the Glemstalpass you hike to the stage destination, the Widdersteinhütte below the summit of the same name.
From the Widdersteinhütte you hike at the beginning of the third stage over the Seekopf to the Hochalppass. Here you can enjoy beautiful views over the green alpine meadows, on the rugged peaks and the lovely wooded valleys. From the pass, a steep ascent leads you into the Bärgunttal, where you can take a first break on the Bärgunthütte.About 45 minutes after the Bärgun hut you will reach Baad, where you can take another break. After Baad you dive into the wild and romantic Duratal and climb up to the Starzeljoch. You walk through shady forests, past rock faces and rushing streams. Rocky terrain leads you then over the Starzelalp up to the Starzeljoch. From here you continue to the Ochsenhofer Scharte at 1,850 meters altitude. A short descent will finally take you to the Schwarzwasserhütte, today's stage destination.
Today, the grand finale is on the last stage: from the Schwarzwasserhütte you hike across the Ifersguntalpe and the Eugen-Köhler-Weg to the unique Ifen Plateau. You pass a few exposed and rope insured jobs. On top of the summit you can let the magnificent view of the Hohe Ifen affect you. Then you leave the plateau in an easterly direction by climbing the rocky descent through the Ifenmauer.Past the mountain station of the Ifen II cable car at 2,020 meters, you will hike over the Gottesacker. Here you should absolutely pay attention to the soil markings and generally only cross the plateau in good visibility. Carefully you go over the rugged rock slabs to the dilapidated upper Gottesackeralpe.Here you turn towards Wäldele / Hirschegg. Through the Gottesackerloch and the wild and romantic Kürenwald you descend and run along the rushing Schwarzwasserbach along to Riezlern.Important: There are no rest stops and water points between Ifersguntalpe and Wäldele, as the mountain station Hahnenköpfle is not farmed in the summer. So take with you enough provisions for the hike.