Arrive, take a deep breath — and enjoy your hiking holiday in the Kleinwalsertal. In the most beautiful dead end of the Alps there is a lot to discover! Whether you prefer a leisurely hike from hut to hut into the side valley or a mountain tour to the summit: you decide where you want to go!
No matter whether you decide for an easy Alpine hike or for a 4-day hut tour, we promise you one thing: when hiking in the Kleinwalsertal, fantastic views and enjoyment for all senses are guaranteed! After all, every hike is always followed by a good snack, and only in the Kleinwalsertal do you have the opportunity to stop off at one of the six GenussHütten, in addition to numerous other Alpine huts.
Guaranteed regional and seasonal products, often from their own farm, are served at the excellent GenussHütten: from spicy mountain cheese to smoked sausage to freshly baked bread - you won't forget the taste of summer up here. Would you like to find out more about the GenussRegion Kleinwalsertal, Austrias GenussRegion of the year 2019? Then why not try one of our guided hikes — all inclusive, 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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This easy circular hike takes you from Baad to two gourmet huts, where you can stop off comfortably. On this occasion, the hut owners will be happy to tell you something about the philosophy of alpine farming: where the fresh products from meat and milk come from, why a close relationship with their producers is important to them and what the award as an Austrian “pleasure hut” means. 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 time you turn left, in front of you is the rock massif of the bear's head. Soon you will reach the Widdersteinalpe, where you can treat yourself to a first break. Freshly strengthened and rested, the gravel path then leads you along dense forest slopes to the exposed Bärgunthütte, the second resting place. Here you can spoil yourself with homemade and regional dishes.From the hut you hike back to Baad on the pram-friendly paths to the left of the Bärguntbach.
After the Söllereckbahn ascent, the wonderfully laid out view path to Riezlern begins. After a few minutes' walk you will reach the highest point at Schrattenwangalpe and shortly afterwards you will cross the Austrian state border. On the way you have a wonderful view of the imposing summit of the Hohen Ifen (2,230 meters) and the Gottesacker plateau.The GenussHütte Mittelalp is an excellent place to stop for a bite to eat. After crossing the Westeggtobels you reach the village center of Riezlern with a beautiful view of the valley. The tour is especially recommended in the afternoon with pleasant sunshine.The ascent is reduced with a guest card. The bus in German territory (from Walserschanz) is chargeable.
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.
This circular tour takes you from Mittelberg into the idyllic side valley of the Kleinwalsertal valley to the Fluchtalpe. For connoisseurs there are some places to stop and rest along the way.From the Alpenrose stop in Mittelberg, follow the main road in the direction of Hirschegg to the turn into Höflerweg at the drugstore. From here it goes quickly on the asphalt road down to the stream and into nature. With the sound of the Breitach in your ear and with the Schafalp heads at the end of the valley in view, you hike into the Wildental. On a beautiful forest root path it is somewhat steep uphill. Soon the view of the picturesque valley opens up in front of you. Completely surrounded by cattle pastures and flower-strewn meadows, you hike to the Inner Wiesalpe (Upper Wiesalpe). From the terrace you can let the view work on you with a cheese plate or apple pie. Then you hike along a bubbling brook to the Fluchtalpe, where you can treat yourself to another break.Rested, it goes down the same way back to the Upper Wiesalpe. You can enjoy a wonderful panorama from the Walmendingerhorn over parts of Mittelberg to the Gottesacker plateau. You hike downhill past the Untere Wiesalpe, with a beautiful view of the Hintere Kleinwalsertal near Baad. Through a small forest you walk back to Mittelberg. By the way, there are opportunities to relax everywhere, thanks to many shady or sunny wooden benches.
This circular walk from Baad takes you into the greenest valley of the Kleinwalsertal and to the Derrenalpe and the Spitalalpen.At the far end of the parking lot in Baad the hike starts. You walk over a small bridge and past the confluence of Dura- and Derrabach. Via partly jungle-like, partly alpine paths you climb the slope, go along the slope of the Wannenberg and the Güntlespitze and on to the Derrenalpe. From here, go straight on towards Baad. Below the upper Spitalalpe you then follow the gravel road at the foot of the Unspitze in Kehren down to the Mittlerer Spitalalpe. Here you have the opportunity to take a leisurely break and stop off. Here you can watch the happy cows grazing in the summer to dozens on the alpine meadows.Strengthened, you will hike through a shady forest back to Baad.
This pleasantly fresh hike takes you from the beautiful Riezlern along the wild and romantic Breitach to the Walser ski jump. At the end of the tour, you have the opportunity to make the Breitach Gorge, which of course is the icing on the cake of the hike.On the way along the Breitach you dive deep into the beautiful nature: Around you, the water trickles down from the rock, splashing in small streams on the trail and in the Breitach. It seems as if one can watch as the Breitach unites here with its many smaller and larger tributaries to thunder a few meters through the gorge. Occasionally you can go down from the trail to the gravel bed of the Breitach and drink a sip of cool water, build cairns from the pebbles or stretch your feet in the clear water. At the end of the tour is definitely a visit to the Breitachklamm recommended. There you are close at hand, when the previously leisurely rippling water tumbles untamed between narrow rock walls.
From Walmendingerhorn on this promising tightrope walk across the Starzeljoch down to the densely wooded Duratal. You need sure-footedness for the tour.The popular ski tour mountain Grünhorn is an insider tip in summer. The Grünhorn does not bear its name for nothing: the short ascent to the Grasberg over the Südgrat is steep, but worth it - from an altitude of 2,039 meters you can see across to the Bregenz Forest and the Lake Constance region. With good visibility, the big Swiss summits are getting closer.The Walmendingerhornbahn takes you to the mountain of the same name. A short descent below the panoramic lift leads you onto the ridge. With light up and down, you will reach the mostly spacious ridge of Muttelbergkopf and Ochsenhofer Köpfe. At the Ochsenhofer Scharte crosses the path that leads from the Schwarzwassertal up into the gap. Via the short south ridge, you climb up to the Grünhorn summit. From here you walk to the Starzeljoch, past the uncultivated Starzelalpe and finally down in narrow serpentines into the densely wooded Duratal. The goal of the tour is Baad.
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.
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.
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 Fiderepass hut via a rough path up to the Fiderepassscharte, where there are rope insurances at the exposed points. From the top you have a nice view back to the Fiderepass hut. Afterwards, a rocky, initially downhill descent awaits you via the Saubuckel in the direction of the Taufersbergalpe.Here you hike on the Krumbacher Höhenweg below the Mindelheim via ferrata through rocky terrain to the Mindelheimer Hütte at 2,103 meters, which only requires a moderate ascent. At the hut you can take an extensive break and let yourself be pampered with delicious food while enjoying the best panoramic view.Freshly strengthened, it continues on the high path over the Geißhornjoch and the Gemstelpass. With a little luck, you can spot ibexes along the way. From the Glemstal Pass 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.