High peaks, green Alpine meadows and small mountain villages — the Montafon offers the perfect Alpine idyll. And while this cozy valley on the western edge of Austria offers extraordinary opportunities for photographing the breathtaking panorama, this is more than just a pristine photo-op. Here, in the valleys between Rätikon and Silvrettamassiv, active nature lovers can experience a plethora of Alpine excitement: Awesome mountain tours lead you through remote, high mountain valleys, themed hiking trails bring you closer to the culture of Alpine farming, and Alpine huts enchant you with their homemade mountain cheese. Thanks to the dense network of cable cars, the region is also perfect for hikers of all levels, with everything from solo walkers to families being catered for here in Montafon.
To help you experience the best of this region, we have chosen ten wonderful hikes in the Montafon mountains. Among them are leisurely walks along the lakeshore, enjoyable Alpine hikes and sporty summit tours, so there is something for every Alpine holidaymaker.
No matter which hike you finally decide on, an authentic mountain experience awaits you on all of them. Just browse through our Tours and let the charm of the Montafon enchant you.
The AlpkulTour theme trail is all about the history of alpine farming. At a total of 13 stations you will find works of art by the Montafon artist Roland Haas. He has created sculptures using traditional materials, which bring you closer to individual aspects of life in the mountains. So you meet the myth tree, the cheese harp or the antler tree. Of course, you should not miss a trip to a real alpine hut, because on the Alpe Spora the Montafoner Sura Kees is prepared after centuries-old recipe.From the Latschau reservoir, you can take the gondolas of the Golmerbahn cable car up to the Grüneck. Already at the driveway you can enjoy the magnificent view of the surrounding mountain landscape. Just a few meters from the mountain station of the cable car, you will already meet the first station of the theme trail. At the entrance gate is also a small outline map with information about the individual stations. From there, it's leisurely downhill on leisurely hiking trails. The path runs above the tree line and so you can enjoy the great view of the valley and the surrounding peaks. The path meanders along the hillside and soon you pass small, clear woodland. Halfway along, you will reach the cozy Lindauer Hütte. If you like, you can already take a first break here. Alternatively, you walk a little further, until you meet the Sporaalpe. Here you can also taste the homemade cheese with a hearty snack. Through the idyllic Gauertal you finally hike back to the valley station of the Golmerbahn.
The hike to the Gantakopf is a true-to-life panoramic tour. You wander over rustic mountain paths up to the summit and enjoy a fantastic view of the Montafon mountains from above. The day hike is rounded off by a visit to the Alpe Nova. Here you will be spoiled with homemade delicacies. The best specialty is the Montafoner Sura Kees, which is made on the alpine hut itself. The hike runs along excellently signposted paths and is considered moderate.From St. Gallenkirch you take the chairlift up to the idyllic Almdorf Garfrescha. Here begins your ascent to Gantakopf. First you hike over lush meadows and then follow the path into a dense mountain forest. The path winds steadily uphill on the wide ridge and you quickly gain altitude. Soon you will reach the tree line and in front of you will open a fantastic mountain panorama. The path flattens a bit and after a short, last ascent you are standing on the Gantakopf. If you're sick of the 360-degree view, follow the trail down towards the valley. At the mountain restaurant Nova Stobe, you will meet a wide gravel road that will lead you in wide bends to Alpe Nova. After you have strengthened yourself at the alpine hut, you follow the trail through the wildly romantic Novatal back to Garfrescha. Here you climb back into the lake lift and comfortably descend to St. Gallenkirch.
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The Madrisa is a huge mountain massif on the border of Austria to Switzerland. The ascent to the rocky summit is only for experienced mountain climbers, but the circuit is also a great mountain hike for ambitious hikers. The Madrisa round trip takes you on exciting mountain trails from the Montafon once around the mountain around. You cross the border to Switzerland twice. The narrow paths were formerly used by hawkers and smugglers who secretly sneaked across the borders on the high mountain passes.In Gargellen you get on the Schafbergbahn and take the gondola up to the mountain station. Already here you are at an altitude of 2,000 meters. The vegetation is correspondingly meager and the more fantastic the view. First, you follow a wide dirt road to the reservoir Schafbergsee. Here begins the adventurous part of your hike. On narrow mountain paths you hike up to the Gafierjoch. Once there, you not only stand on the border with Switzerland, you also have a magnificent view of the Madrisa and the impressive Gafierplatten. Through a barren high mountain landscape you continue hiking. At the Rätschenjoch you cross the saddle between Madrisa and Gafierplatten and a little later you have reached the highest point of the tour. From here it is now leisurely downhill. With a beautiful view you follow the mountain path to the Schlappiner Joch, where you cross the border for the second time. About serpentines it goes down quickly. Soon you will meet the Valzifenzbach. Along the stream, you hike on a comfortable dirt road through the peaceful Valzifenztal down to Gargellen.
The Wiegensee is located within a unique moor landscape. The lake and its direct surroundings are today a landscape protection area. On a beautiful circular walk you can discover the lake and moors. The trail leads you over lush alpine meadows and through enchanted mountain forests. In many places you have a fantastic view of the mountains of the Silvretta and the impressive Kops reservoir.From Partenen it goes with the gondolas of the Tafamuntbahn up to the middle station. You follow the trail into a dense mountain forest. The path ascends along the slope and the forest becomes lighter. Soon you will reach the tree line. The path runs over a wide, tree-lined mountain meadow. As you continue your hike, your gaze sweeps over the mountainsides and peaks. The surrounding vegetation is constantly changing. From the lush green mountain meadow is now a wet bog area. The path snakes through the moor and finally you reach the Wiegensee. A little later, the moorland is back and the trail leads you leisurely down to Verbella Alpe. After a well-deserved break, you continue your hike. First, you follow a Schottweg until a narrow trail branches off. Over meadows and with a view of the Kopssee, we continue downhill in the direction of the valley. In a wooded area you meet again on the gravel road. You follow the wide path down to Verbellatal and walk along the stream back to the starting point of your tour.
The Silvretta is an impressive massif on the border between Austria and Switzerland. Many peaks are over 3,000 meters high and numerous glaciers lie in the barren high valleys. The Hohe Rad is part of the summit group and rises to an altitude of 2,934 meters. On the round trip around the Hohe Rad you can also get to know the raw nature of the Silvretta without glacier equipment. Starting from Lake Silvretta, you circle around the Hohe Rad and enjoy the view of the mighty mountain peaks. This mountain hike is classified as moderate.Via the toll road Silvretta-Hochalpenstraße you reach the trail parking lot on the bank of the dam. Along the northern shore you walk in the direction of Hohe Rad. You leave the Uferweg and come across a fork in the road shortly afterwards. Here the ascent route to the Hohen Rad branches off to the right. You follow the trail straight ahead into the wild and romantic Bieltal. Through the barren high mountain valley you continue on and wander past the Radsee. Over the steep slope of the Hohe Rad you cross the Radsattel, the highest point of the hike. From here it is leisurely down to the Wiesbadener hut. Here you take a break and enjoy the dramatic mountain scenery. The trail then leads you through a wide valley down to the Silvretta Reservoir. Above the shore, you hike back to the starting point of your hike.
In the Montafon, minerals and metals were mined as early as the Bronze Age. In the Middle Ages, it eventually became one of the most important mining centers in Europe. The miners were formerly called miners and dismantled iron, copper and silver. The Bergknappenweg leads on the historical path of the miners from Schruns over Bartholomäberg up to the mining zone. Here an old mine was built into a museum mine. If you descend into the tunnels, you can get an insight into the strenuous work of the miners.Your hike on the Bergknappenweg begins in the community Schruns on the banks of the Litz. From the Litzkapelle you follow the narrow streets through the village. Soon you have left the village behind you and continue to walk uphill between farms. Halfway you reach the village Bartholomäberg. The place is also nicknamed the Balcony of the Montafon, because from up here you already have a magnificent view of the valley below you. The path snakes up over alpine meadows and small forest pieces and finally you reach the museum mine. After exploring the museum and the tunnels, you will return to the valley in the same way.
Lake Silvretta lies on the Bielerhöhe, the wide pass between Vorarlberg and Tyrol. The construction of the lake was started in the 1930s and 1951 it was completely dammed for the first time. In the Silvretta Lake, the turquoise waters of the Ill are dammed up, flowing down from the glaciers of the Silvretta group. A comfortable, pushchair-friendly hiking trail leads completely around the lake.On the Silvretta High Alpine Road you drive up to the lake. Here begins your round around the lake. First, you cross the impressive dam wall. From here you have a great view of the Hohe Rad, whose summit on the other side of the lake towers into the sky. You continue hiking below the mountain slopes. On the south bank you soon reach the Klostertaler stream, which flows here as a waterfall through a rocky outcrop and opens into the reservoir. Only a little later it goes over the Ill. Toward the south you can even see the glaciers, from which the river rises high up in the mountains. Below the Hohe Rad, you will hike on the eastern shore back to the starting point of your hike.
The silver valley is traversed by the Litz, which opens at Schruns in the Ill. The valley takes its name from the large silver stands that were mined here during the Middle Ages. Today you can explore the narrow, idyllic valley on a comfortable hiking trail. Our hike takes you from the top station of the Kristbergbahn above the valley to the Wasserstubental, a side valley of the Silbertal. Via the restaurant Hasahüsli you wander through the Silbertal back to the starting point of the tour. The hiking trails on the tour are well developed and therefore perfect for families with prams. The tour is considered an easy hike.From the village of Silbertal you can take the Kristbergbahn up to the top station and save yourself an exhausting ascent. As soon as you step out of the gondola, you have a great view of the Silbertal below you. Without significant differences in altitude you hike on a wide trail through a sparse mountain forest. Between the trees you have always a great view of the surrounding mountain landscape. After you have passed the viewing point Wildried, it goes slowly downhill. The path leads you into Wasserstubental. There you turn sharply to the right and continue on the broad hiking trail to the Alpengasthaus Hasahüsli. After a long break, follow the trail through the picturesque Silbertal to the starting point of your hike.
The Hochjoch is a 2,520 meter high peak in the Verwallgebirge. Below its rocky slopes are two beautiful mountain lakes. A nice hike takes you from the middle station of the Sennigrat Bahn to the Herzsee and on to Schwarzsee. On your way, you will also walk past the reservoir lake Seebligasee. The hike runs above the tree line and thus vision is guaranteed. Since you manage the ascent with the gondola lift and wander on well maintained paths, the Montafon Tour is an easy hike.From Schruns you start with the Hochjoch Bahn and change at the mountain station to the Sennigrat Bahn. Leave this at the middle station and start your hike here. Follow the signposted path to Wormser Hütte. From the quaint DAV hut, it's a bit uphill to Kreuzjoch. Here you can enjoy the view and then hike downhill to the Herzsee. At the Teufelsbach along it goes down to the Schwarzsee. With a wonderful view, you hike from here on a narrow mountain trail in the direction of reservoir pond. You circle the memory pond Seebligasee and now follow a wide dirt road over green mountain meadows. A little later you reach the mountain station of the Hochjoch Bahn. Before you go back to Schruns, you can take a break here in the Alpe Vorderkapell.
The 2,089 meter high Itonskopf is the local mountain of Bartholomäberg. The summit is the highest elevation of a small mountain range between the Silbertal and the Klostertal. So on top of the Itonskopf you have a wonderful 360-degree all-round view. From the village of Bartholomäberg you can climb the summit on a moderately difficult mountain hike.In the small community Bartholomäberg begins your summit tour. On little-used roads you walk along individual farms and wide mountain pastures. After a small forest you already reach the Rellseck. From here you have a fantastic view of the Montafon and the city of Bludenz. In addition, the Alpengasthaus Rellseck invites you to take a break. From here you hike on a mountain trail on towards the summit. The path meanders up the slope. Mountain meadows and sparse woodland alternate on this section. The last part of the way to the summit runs over the broad ridge. Once you have arrived on the Itonskopf, you can treat yourself to a break and enjoy the wonderful panorama of the Montafon, the Silvretta and the Verwall. With fresh energy, you then make the descent on the southern slope of the mountain. First it goes over mountain meadows and then downhill along the edge of a forest. The path becomes a wide dirt road. From the historic mine above Bartholomäberg, follow the old Bergknappen path down to the starting point of your tour.