Summits, lakes & pleasure — hiking in the Tannheimer Valley
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Directly on the German border in Tyrol at an altitude of 1,100 metres lies a picturesque high valley: the Tannheimer Tal. On three sides, the valley is framed by striking mountain ranges, all of which have their own character. In the northeast, the rugged peaks of the Rote Flüh and Gimpel rise up, in the south, you will find the Vilsalpsee mountains with their steep mountain slopes, and in the north, Einstein and Aggenstein with their rocky peak pyramids mark the edge of the valley.
In the middle of the mountains lies a wide valley floor with idyllic small towns and villages. From there, various cable cars lead up to the airy heights and countless hiking trails wind their way through the valley, over mountain meadows and up to the peaks. The excellent hiking trails and the careful signposting have even been awarded the Tyrolean Mountain Trail seal of approval. You always have the choice between the three hiking levels of the Tannheimer Valley: On the first level you stroll along flat paths through the picturesque valley and enjoy the view of the mountains. The gondola lift and chairlift take you up to the second level, where you hike from hut to hut along marked hiking trails with a magnificent view. If you prefer a more sporting experience, then the third level is just right for you: The routes take you on exciting climbs up to the highest peaks in the Tannheimer Tal.
We have chosen our 13 favourites from the numerous hiking trails. Whether it's a leisurely walk on the mountain pastures, a visit to one of the romantic mountain lakes, a panoramic high-level trail or an exciting ascent to the summit - you will always find your dream tour here.
Friendly mountain pastures, mountain inns and mountain huts await you along the magnificent hiking trails. Here you can take a break and enjoy the surrounding mountain world with fantastic views and regional cuisine.
Lake Visalpsee is a wonderful lake above Tannheim. This tour will take you on well-walked paths to the lake and then on to the impressive mountain waterfall. The hiking trail is well developed and you have to overcome only a few meters to the lake. This makes the tour perfect for families or to recover from your other mountain adventures.You start your tour at the parking lot of the Tannheimer Bergbahnen. First, the signposted trail follows the road towards Vilsalpsee, but soon it goes into a light forest. On your hiking trail you will meet the Vils, which rises in the Vilsalpsee and flows down to Tannheim. You continue upriver until you reach the picturesque Vilsalpsee.The trail leads you past the west bank to the Vilsalpe. There you can either take a break now or after your visit to the Bergacht Waterfall.From the Vilsalpe you can expect about 80 meters of ascent, until you reach the impressive waterfall. From the waterfall it goes over the circular path back to the alpine hut. For your way back, follow the same path you took during Ascension.
The rocky northern slope of the Gaishorn towers abruptly above the surrounding mountain meadows. The path to the highest peak of the Tannheimer Tal is challenging, but it does not surprise you with major technical difficulties. Surefootedness, a head for heights and a good condition are, however, a must. On top of the summit you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view and the feeling of being at the highest point above the Tannheimer Tal.You start your tour in Tannheim and follow the signposted hiking trail in the direction of Älpele. At first, the trail climbs moderately through a mountain forest becoming lighter. After about three kilometers, the forest opens and the trail leads you over green mountain meadows on to the alpine pasture Älpele. If you like, you take a rest here before you start the climb.With a great view you walk on the steeper path over wide meadows. The last climb to the summit is via a massive boulder field. In serpentines the path winds upwards and you have to use your hands again and again. With solid hiking boots and good sure-footedness, you're on the safe side. Up on top of the summit you can expect an unforgettable view of the Tannheimer Tal.From the Gaishorn you descend over serpentines to the Vilsalpe. With a view of the Vilsalpsee, it is worth taking a rest before continuing on the western shore of the lake to the bus stop on the northern shore. If you still have enough reserves, you can continue from there the remaining four kilometers to Tannheim. Otherwise, you reward yourself for your climb and take the bus back to the starting point.
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Picturesque is the Vilsalpsee under the steep cliffs and in the midst of a unique nature reserve. But above the lake there are also two more lakes. The smaller Traualpsee and the pool lie in a wild mountain landscape several hundreds of meters above the Vilsalpsee. On the famous Three Lakes Tour, you can visit and admire all three lakes. Thanks to the cable car to the Neunerköpfle you save a large part of the climb and so can enjoy the nature even more relaxed.After a landslide on the eastern shore of Lake Vilsalp in 2012, the Three Lakes Tour was not complete for several years, but now all damage has been eliminated and you can hike this unique tour back to its full length.With the 8-person gondola lift, you can go straight from Tannheim to the summit of the Neunerköpfle. Already up here you can expect a great panorama, especially the view of the Haldensee is simply breathtaking. Over lush mountain meadows, you hike above the tree line in the direction of Schochenspitze. A short and steep serpentine leads to the summit of Schochenspitze, but the climb is well worth it. Up here, one of the Vilsalpsee lies at your feet and, with the surrounding mountains, provides a fantastic alpine panorama.From Schochenspitze it goes slowly downhill. The first lake on your tour is the pool. The small mountain lake is the highest of the three lakes and surrounded by rugged rocky peaks. On a ridge above the Traualpsee the Landsberger Hütte invites you for a rest. Enjoy a hearty snack in the high mountain scenery before continuing your tour.Past the Traualpsee, you will finally hike over serpentines to the Vilsalpsee. The hiking trail will take you along the eastern shore, where the traces of the rock fall are still visible. From the northern shore of the lake you finally follow the trail out of the valley back to Tannheim.
South of the scenic Haldensee lies the peaceful Strindental. At the top of the valley, with a fantastic view of the Allgäu Alps, you will find the Strindenalm. This hike takes you over comfortable paths from the lake through the idyllic valley up to the alpine hut.You start directly in Haldensee and follow the signposted path towards the Edenbachalpe and the Strindenalm. The dirt road rises slowly and offers you again and again fantastic views of the shimmering lake.Soon after, the path leads you into the lush Strindental. First it goes through a rustic mountain forest, before the trees give way to the green mountain meadows. The trail leads along the Strindenbach, which splashing down into the valley.Halfway you can discover the Edenbachalpe on the green slope. If you like, you can already take a break here before continuing your trek to the Strindenalm.With great views of the towering mountains at the end of the valley, the tour finally leads you in an extensive loop to the Strindenalm. After your well deserved rest, you will hike back to Haldensee on the same way.
The peaks around Rote Flüh and Gimpel are also known as the Tannheimer Dolomiten because of their unique shape. While the ascent to the bullfinch is only for very experienced mountaineers, you can reach the summit of the Rote Flüh with an excellent secured climb. To complete the tour, there are also two beautiful mountain huts along the way.The tour starts at the trail parking lot in Nesselwängle. After leaving the village behind you, the path leads you into a dense mixed forest. On the gravel road, you climb steadily towards the Schneetalalm and when the trees are clear, a first fantastic view awaits you on the mountain peaks in front of you.At the fork to the Schneetalalm you can now decide whether you would like to rest there. But even for a coffee or a cold refreshment worth the trip, because the view from the sun terrace is simply breathtaking.After your rest, the trail takes you without significant gradient past the Tannheimer hut to the Rote Flüh. The summit ascent is excellently developed and secured with wire ropes. Nevertheless, you should not do without sturdy shoes. At the top of the summit you will find a great panorama.When you've had enough, descend to the Gimpelhaus. Here you can reward yourself for the previous tour with a leisurely break before you descend to the starting point in Nesselwängle.
With its huge, rocky north face the Krinnenspitze is a particularly prominent mountain of the Tannheimer valley. There are several ways to climb the summit, but on this tour you can join the summit climb with a visit to two beautiful alpine huts.The tour starts at the trail parking lot between Nesselwängle and Rauth. On a flat path you hike to the small town of Rauth and immediately afterwards the ascent begins via the signposted Enziansteig. First over forest paths and then over alpine meadows, the steeper path leads you slowly upwards. Below the summit you come to a fork in the road. If you like, you can make the detour to the Ödenalpe or alternatively climb directly to the summit.The ascent on the south side takes place over mountain meadows and offers no particular difficulties. After the ascent you will be rewarded with a great view of the Allgäu Alps and the unique Haldensee. The descent in the direction of Krinnenalpe leads you along the ridge, before you descend through sparse woodland and across meadows to the alpine hut.After a rest in the Krinnenalpe, follow the signposted Meranersteig back to Rauth and on to the Wanderparkplatz.
Around the Krinnenspitze, directly above the Haldensee, a wonderful hiking area awaits you. One of the most beautiful tours takes you around the Krinnenspitze in one go, taking you to three cozy alpine huts. If you cover the entire distance from Nesselwängle, there are almost 800 vertical meters in the ascent and descent on the program. If you like it more comfortable, just cut off one or both directions with the Krinnenalplift. Magnificent panoramic views, cozy huts and well-developed hiking trails have brought this hike the Tyrolean mountain trails seal of quality.The starting point is the car park next to the valley station of the Krinnenalplift. From here, the route takes you in wide bends through quiet mountain forest uphill. You wander here on a wide, comfortable path up to the first refreshment: the Krinnenalpe. A small refreshment drink and a short break later we continue on open mountain pastures. As you walk along the wide path, your gaze wanders over the mountain tops of the Tannheimer Tal.Next stop is the Nesselwängler Edenalpe. Here, too, there is no shortage of views: from the sun terrace you can look out over wooded mountain slopes to the Gaishorn, the highest mountain in the Tannheimer Tal. Only a few minutes later you reach the third station of the tour with the Gräner Ödenalpe. After a refreshment we continue around the Krinnenspitze. The path becomes narrower, but nature is also all the more original. After you have rounded the summit, you are back at the Krinnenalpe. On the ascent route - or with the chairlift - it goes down into the valley.
Quiet and mighty, the three rugged peaks of Bscheisser, Ponten and Rohnenspitze tower above the village of Schattwald. The summit ridge is crossed not only by the German-Austrian border, but also by this fantastic mountain tour. On this route, you climb all three peaks, which can enchant you again and again with their unique view.The tour starts at the valley station in Schattwald. From there you can take the chairlift up to the Jochstadl. So you save a good part of the ascent and have all the reserves to conquer all three summits.Between sparse woodland and over lush meadows, it goes down a little way into Stuibental and then the ascent begins in the direction of Bscheisser. You pass the pastures of the lower and the upper Stuibenalpe and slowly the landscape becomes rougher. As soon as you leave the mountain meadows, the narrow mountain path meanders serpentinely up to the first peak. On top of the Bscheisser, you can take a breather with a fantastic view before you continue on the Güntle, the saddle between Bscheisser and Ponten, to the next summit.The upstream summit cross of the Ponten can be reached easily with short Kraxelei, sturdy shoes is still a prerequisite. Then you hike on the summit ridge and pass the mountain rescue hut on the Zirleseck.From there, the ascent to the Rohnenspitze takes place. Here, too, a bit of clambering is needed, but the most difficult sections to the rocky summit are additionally insured with wire ropes. If you can not believe it, you can also descend directly from the Zirleseck into the valley.From the top of the Rohnenspitze you have a great view of the other two summits, before you make your way down to the valley.On this mountain tour you will not find a refreshment stop along the way. It's best to take care of your food and water before you hike. Then you can just rest on your favorite summit.
South of Schattwald rise three magnificent view summits: the Bscheisser, the Ponten and the Rohnenspitze. The three mountains are almost 2,000 meters high and spoil you with a magnificent panoramic view over the Tannheimer Valley and the Allgäu High Alps. From the mountain station of the Wannenjochbahn an exciting trail leads over all three peaks and then down in serpentines into the valley. The route, the difference in altitude and the nature of the route make this tour a dream hike for experienced mountain hikers - and therefore quite rightly carries the Tyrolean Mountain Path Seal of Approval.The first ascent facilitates you the 3er chairlift of the Wannenjochbahn. Quick and comfortable, you float up to the mountain station, where your walk finally begins. Follow the signs to Bscheisser. On a narrow but easy path you walk across wide alpine meadows until after a while a section of rubble begins. Now it goes up in serpentines to Bscheisser, the first summit of the round.Then the route takes you a little downhill over the pass from the Güntle and then up to the Ponten. The further trail leads you over barren mountain meadows gently downhill to the Zirleseck. Here begins the ascent to the third and last peak of your tour. On a narrow, on the last meters wire insured climb, it goes up to the Rohnenspitze. After enjoying the beautiful view, follow the route down to the valley.
The Aggenstein is a very popular summit in the Tannheimer valley and in the high season many mountain lovers go hiking. No wonder, the view over the surrounding peaks and into the Allgäu is unique. In addition, the summit can easily be reached from the Bad Kissinger Hütte or via the mountain railway to Breitenberg. It is best to start your tour as early as possible, so you have a good chance to enjoy the view from the summit in peace.The tour starts at the trail parking lot in Enge, a district of Grän. It goes past individual houses and you're in nature. The path climbs steadily, after all, it is almost 700 meters to overcome the Aggenstein. The path leads you through sparse mountain forest and then winds its way up to the Bad Kissinger Hütte. Here you have reached the tree line and with a great view, it is still a short distance to the summit. The last ascent to the summit cross you have to scramble a bit, but the route is well insured with wire ropes, which ensure you the necessary grip.After you have enjoyed the panoramic view, it goes past the Bad Kissinger hut in the direction of Gamskopf. The scenic trail meanders through open forests and picturesque mountain meadows. The ascent to the Gamskopf is a bit steeper, but quite short and you will be rewarded with a phenomenal view of the Tannheimer Tal. On the descent you will soon reach the Sonnenalm. This is perfect for a rest before you begin the long but easy descent to the starting point.
With the magnificent view, the untouched alpine nature and with two comfortable rest stops, the round hike on the Gräner Höhenweg is one of the most beautiful tours in the entire Tannheimer Tal - no wonder that the tour has been awarded the coveted Tyrolean Mountain Path Seal of Approval. Thanks to well-developed hiking trails, the tour is also suitable for sporty families and pleasure hikers. If the descent is too long for you, you can also take the 8-person gondola down to the valley from the Sonnenbergalm. Also possible: Turn the tour around, shorten the ascent with the gondola lift and hike from Füssener Jöchle towards Bad Kissinger Hütte.The starting point of the tour is the hiking car park "In der Enge". From here you hike on a comfortable hiking trail and then in serpentines steadily uphill to the Bad Kissinger hut. Sporting summiteers can make a detour to the Aggenstein, all others enjoy the beautiful view on the sun terrace.Afterwards you will hike on a signposted and well-developed path over beautiful mountain meadows in the direction of Gamskopf. After enjoying the view from the world's largest Tyrolean hut, the route will take you to the number two stop-off point: the Sonnenbergalm at Füssener Jöchle. Strengthened, you now hike downhill to Grän. From here it is only a short walk to the trail parking lot.
The Einstein with its striking summit pyramid offers you a unique panorama of the Tannheimer valley and the surrounding mountain peaks. Various routes lead to the summit. This round trip starts and ends in Zöblen and leads you over the south side on the Einstein. It requires a good condition, but there are no technical difficulties on the way to the summit. The trail is well developed and well signposted.You start in Zöblen and hike from Westparkplatz up to the Berghotel Zugspitzblick. Up to the inn, the trail leads over an asphalt road and again and again you have fantastic views of the Tannheimer valley. From Zugspitzblick you continue on a gravel road. The path rises only moderately, light woodland and lush pastures alternate.Soon you will reach the Lohmoos, a picturesque high moor with a special flora. In Lohmoos you turn left on the way and follow the signs to Einstein. First on gravel road, then on the trail through the forest, the path leads you under the Einstein. On the ascent to the summit, you will first ascend serpentines, the last piece to the summit will take you almost along the summit ridge. Once at the top, you will be rewarded for the ascent with a phenomenal panoramic view.On the way back, the Schäferhütte is perfect for a break before climbing down to Berg, a district of Tannheim. From there you hike on the comfortable Talwanderweg further to the starting point to Zöblen.
The Reuterwanne is with 1542 meters altitude not a particularly high mountain, however, it is alone upstream of the Allgäu Alps and thus offers an excellent panoramic view. In addition, as the mountain is easy and easy to climb, many mountain lovers visit it.This tour starts in the small community Jungholz. In 1342, Hermann Häselin from Wertach in Bavaria sold the piece of land to Heinz Lochpühler from the Tannheimer Tal. Since then, the municipality is part of Tyrol, although it is completely enclosed by Bavaria. Only at the summit of the Sorgschrofen, the municipal boundaries of Jungholz and the Tannheimer Tal meet. Thus, the small village is an Austrian enclave within the German state territory.The tour starts at the trail parking lot in Jungholzer district Langenschwand. You follow the path a bit towards the center of town, but then turn behind the chapel in the direction of Panoramaweg. With a beautiful view you walk along a pond for snow production and follow the signs to Reuterwanne. The trail meanders across glades and through the forest and leads you across the border to Bavaria.It goes steadily uphill and the gravel road is a convenient trail. After another short section through a forest, you reach the summit cross. Up here you will be rewarded with great all-round visibility for your ascent.You descend over the path in the direction of Stubenalpe and hike over a grassy slope along the Alpe Obere Reuterwanne in the direction of the valley and cross the border back to the Tyrol. Over mountain meadows and through small wooded areas you reach the Stubenalpe, which offers perfect for a cozy rest.Then it goes down on a paved road to Langenschwand and on to the starting point of the hike.