Infinite hiking – experience the beauty of Kleinwalsertal
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A good 185 kilometers (115 miles) of marked hiking trails lead through the alpine idyll of Kleinwalsertal, taking you up steep mountains and over gentle hills to cozy mountain huts. Whatever that familiar tingling feeling of wanderlust triggers in your feet, you are guaranteed to find what you are looking for on the endless hiking trails in Kleinwalsertal. The route is often affectionately known as the “most beautiful dead-end road in the world,” and for good reason. In this Collection, we’ve put together a few of the varied hikes in the region/
From the Gottsacker Plateau, at the foot of the mighty Ifen, which takes you to challenging high altitudes, to the thunderous Breitachklamm, the deepest rock gorge in Europe – these nine-day hikes have many unexpected surprises.
Life plays out more quietly in the valleys below as you hike beside a stream as it flows towards the peaks which you can even climb later. If you like to take things steady, stop off in a hut en route such as one of the six GenussHütten in Kleinwalsertal. Here you can enjoy the region’s seasonal specialities and tuck into a well-deserved snack with a view.
As if that wasn’t already enough, the routes include highlights carefully-picked for you. If your feet need a cool down midway through the mountains then you can look forward to the four nature Kneipp areas. The nature experience areas are also impressive. You’ll find quiet spots along the hiking trails that showcase the powerful mountains and offer a special insight into nature in the valley. All that’s left to say is pack your hiking gear and set off towards Kleinwalsertal to enjoy some well-deserved time in the outdoors.
You might think that a natural idyll like Kleinwalsertal is hard to reach but the opposite is true. Take the Walserbus from Oberstdorf into the valley. You can find more information, here:
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This tour takes you to the Gottesacker plateau, where a wild, rugged karst landscape awaits. It's not only exciting if you're geologically and botanically interested. But first things first.It starts at the valley station of the Ifenbahn, from where you make your way up towards the Ifenhütte. After only about three kilometers you have reached this and you can replenish your energy storage with delicacies from the region if necessary before continuing. So much can be said: This hut is the only place to stop for refreshments and meals on this demanding tour. Whether you take a break here or not - you should have enough provisions and drinks with you for the remaining kilometers.Shortly after the hut there is another highlight waiting for you: You climb through the Ifenmulde towards Hahnenköpfle and are amazed by the nearby, steeply falling walls of the Ifen plateau. After a short (and promising) breather on the 2,085 meter high Hahnenköpfle you hike on to the Gottesacker plateau - the real highlight of this tour.Then you go back past some natural highlights until you - after a proud 20 kilometers and 1,120 meters of altitude - finally reach your starting point again.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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 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.
The round trip from Bödmen over the Geißhorn and the Kemptner Köpfle is unforgettable in many ways. Over a total length of over 20 kilometers, you have impressive views - with a little luck you can even see one or the other ibex.You start your tour at around 1,200 meters in the Gemstelboden, from where you climb - always along the idyllic Gemstelbach - steadily, but not too steeply at first. In hairpin bends and through mountain pines, past a gorge, one or two alpine pastures and a few places secured with wire rope, you hike there until sooner or later you start the summit on the 2,366 meter high Geißhorn. From up here you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the surrounding mountains Liechelkopf, Angererkopf, Elfer and Zwölfer, the Lechquellen Mountains and the Allgäu main ridge.The next - this time short - climb to the second summit of the day will soon start over the saddle and past the Mindelheimerhütte: the Kemptner Köpfle also gives you a breathtaking view with its proud 2,191 meters. But be careful: here you have to "climb" the last few meters.After the well-deserved breather you start your descent. Over the Kemptner Scharte, curves covered with serpentines lead you down into the Wildental. The narrow path winds through a steeply sloping boulder field, which is why you need to be sure-footed.Finally you reach the Wildental by a wide gravel path, from where you can either get back to Bödmen by bus or on foot.
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.
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.