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From Lake Constance to the Alps – Min Weag long-distance hiking trail

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From Lake Constance to the Alps – Min Weag long-distance hiking trail

Hiking Collection by Mareike

31

Tours

151:33 h

252 mi

68,850 ft

“Min Weag” means “my way” in the local dialect. On the Min Weag long-distance hiking trail, you will follow the border of Vorarlberg in Austria. Your journey takes you 250 miles (400 km) from the shore of Lake Constance through rolling hills blanketed in forests to rocky mountains in the high Alps. Setting off at 1,300 feet (400 m), you will hike above the tree line up to 8,200 feet (2,500 m), where icy glaciers lie amongst the rocky landscape. With 65,600 feet (20,000 m) of climbing in total, this route is not for the fainthearted.

In this Collection, you hike along the border of the Austrian state of Vorarlberg with short sections in Germany, Tyrol, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. From Bregenz, the capital of Vorarlberg on Lake Constance, you roam through Bregenz Forest and drop into the Kleinwalsertal (Little Walser Valley). The only way to reach the Vorarlberg Valley from this side is on foot. To drive, you have to come from Germany.

Next, you explore around Warth, Schröcken, Lech and Zürs, beautiful mountainous areas known for skiing. In summer, you find magnificent mountain lakes and unique geology here that will distract you from the altitude difference. You skirt around the stunning Montafon Valley and hike through the Verwall, Silvretta, and Rätikon mountains. When you reach the border to Liechtenstein, you reach the medieval city of Feldkirch, which marks the start of flatter terrain. Here, you find wild gorges and views over the Rhine Valley and the Swiss mountains. After a whole month of hiking, you will reach the shores of Lake Constance once more.

This long-distance trail is divided into 31 stages. If you are fit, you can also combine some of the stages. However, you will most likely need just under a month to complete this adventure across the Vorarlberg’s varied landscapes. The route can also be divided into shorter sections so you complete the Vorarlberg in several visits or just walk a part of it. You can reach Bregenz, Sibratsgfäll, Zeinisjoch, Bielerhöhe, Gargellen, and Brand by bus or train. The last stages between Feldkirch and Bregenz also have possibilities to use public transport. You can hike the path in both directions. For more information about where to stay (in German), visit: vorarlberg.travel/aktivitaet/ihre-gastgeber_innen-auf-min-weag

You hike the first and last stages in the flatter areas during spring or autumn. For the section through the high mountains, however, you should wait until the middle of summer or you may still find snow blocking your way. Research hut opening hours and where you will be staying in advance. The paths in Bregenz Forests are gentle, but otherwise, expect challenging, exciting alpine paths through spectacular scenery.

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Min Weag

254 mi

69,850 ft

69,850 ft

Last updated: November 9, 2021

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  • Intermediate
    02:38
    4.13 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,150 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first stage is the ideal start to your way through Vorarlberg. It is short, cozy and there is a lot to see along the way. So you can take it easy today or go the route on the day of your arrival.

    

    

    You start your long hike at Bregenz train station. In town you can still get supplies for the next few

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  • Difficult
    05:24
    10.4 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,250 ft
    2,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The demands of the way are slowly increasing. On the second stage you have a few kilometers more to go. But the effort is still limited with a moderate amount of altitude and you can extensively enjoy the beautiful views of the day.

    

    

    You walk through the forest and across alpine meadows from the Pfänder

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  • Intermediate
    04:14
    7.70 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,350 ft
    1,625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The first part of the third stage is pretty easy. First you descend from Sulzberg to the picturesque Weißach valley. You cross this without much difference in height. After Riefensbach, the climb towards Hochhäderich begins.

    

    

    The end of the steep ascent marks the Steinerne Tor, through which you can see

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  • Difficult
    05:59
    9.63 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,700 ft
    3,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On the fourth stage of your way through Vorarlberg it gets alpine, although the really high mountains are still a few kilometers away. That is why surefootedness and a head for heights are required today. First you climb to the top of the Hochhäderich. Now you always stay on the ridge of the Nagelfluh

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  • Intermediate
    03:02
    5.39 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,450 ft
    1,700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    After the exciting day yesterday, the path lets you catch your breath today with the best views and delicious alpine food. On the fifth stage you don't have to go far and the altitude is also limited.

    

    

    Shortly after the Lecknersee you start the ascent on the left over the alpine meadows. You hike over

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  • Difficult
    05:07
    9.94 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The sixth stage starts on the valley road to the east. But in Gerisgschwend you say goodbye to civilization again. You hike past the Bibersteinalpe along the south side of the valley floor and then uphill to the Burgl hut. Here you have the option to climb to the right over the Feuerstätterkopf (1,645

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  • Intermediate
    02:22
    4.87 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today you can sleep in peace and take it easy at breakfast, because the seventh stage is short and relatively flat. You hike over roots and rocks on beautiful paths through the picturesque landscape of the Bregenzerwald.

    

    

    From Sibratsgfäl you go down to the Rubach, which you cross to ascend again on the

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  • Difficult
    07:44
    11.4 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,925 ft
    3,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    It's good that you rested yesterday, because today a sporting stage is waiting for you. The best thing to do is to get up early so that you have enough time for breaks on the way. From Schönenbach you go east and have a good kilometer to warm yourself up before the long day's climb begins. Following

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  • Difficult
    04:30
    7.35 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,775 ft
    1,200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The ninth stage starts off very comfortably with the scenic high-altitude trail that leads from Mittelberg on the northern slope of the Kleinwalsertal to the last village in the valley to Baad. The ascent through the picturesque Bärgunttal begins here. How to get closer to the rocky peaks of the Allg

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  • Intermediate
    04:40
    9.41 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today a particularly beautiful stage is waiting for you. You hike most of the route comfortably up and down through a wonderful landscape. It goes past deep blue mountain lakes, in which the rock peaks are reflected, and over picturesque meadows with lots of flowers along the way.

    

    

    First you stay in the

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  • Difficult
    04:46
    6.32 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,600 ft
    825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Rüfikopf, whose summit is your first goal on today's stage, rises in the southeast of Lech. You keep to the right of the mountain railway and first ascend through the forest and then across meadows. The view of the rocky Rüfispitze, which you pass north, is impressive. At a crossroads, you then turn

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  • Difficult
    07:19
    10.2 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,700 ft
    3,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    From stage 12 on your way through Vorarlberg it will finally be alpine. Today and the next few days, the path demands sure-footedness and fitness. From the Stuttgarter Hütte you start south through the beautiful alpine landscape. Then the climb to the east follows to the highest peak in the Arlberg area

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  • Difficult
    05:12
    6.28 mi
    1.2 mph
    2,300 ft
    3,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The thirteenth stage leads you through the beautiful landscape of the Verwall Group. Lovely meadows, which are decorated with colorful flowers, alternate with rugged rocky landscapes. To the south, the path starts relatively leisurely, then the slope soon increases and the path becomes increasingly rocky

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  • Intermediate
    04:51
    9.60 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,100 ft
    1,650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From the Konstanzer Hütte it is leisurely uphill, always along the idyllic Rosanna. After about six and a half kilometers you follow the path to the right, which now leads steeply uphill to the Scheidsee. The Neue Heilbronner Hütte is located here - perfect for a lunch break.

    

    Then it goes slowly downhill

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  • Difficult
    06:03
    8.99 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,650 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Today you hike from the Verwall into the Silvretta and thus go into a mountain range that is even higher and more original. You can marvel at several glaciers high up in the next few days, but today the way up to the Bielerhöhe is pending. To do this, you cross the wall of the Kops Reservoir and climb

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  • Difficult
    03:01
    4.35 mi
    1.4 mph
    1,875 ft
    300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This stage lets you catch your breath with seven kilometers and only 600 meters of altitude. And that's just as well. Because the landscape is breathtaking and you can take a lot of time to enjoy.

    

    

    The path begins to the east on the slope above the pass road. At first the route is still cozy, but soon

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  • Intermediate
    04:32
    6.58 mi
    1.4 mph
    1,900 ft
    2,925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today you descend a bit from the Saarbrücker Hütte on the same path that you came yesterday. Before the path crosses the course of the Kromerbach, however, turn left and walk along the other side of the valley. You hike towards the Vermunt reservoir, but turn a good way to the left before its bank. Here

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  • Intermediate
    04:30
    7.60 mi
    1.7 mph
    950 ft
    3,550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 18 is your last day in the Silvretta. Today it's mainly downhill to the beautiful Montafon valley town of Gargellen. The first one and a half kilometers you stay at the same height and can immigrate comfortably. Then the ascent to the Mittelbergjoch follows and after a short breather the same as

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  • Difficult
    04:38
    6.20 mi
    1.3 mph
    3,350 ft
    750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The mountain calls! One night in civilization must be enough, because today your path leads you into the enchanting landscape of the Rätikon. Over the eastern slopes of the Gargellner valley you penetrate ever higher into the new mountain range.

    

    

    At the Sarotla Pass you cross the border into Switzerland

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  • Intermediate
    02:17
    2.95 mi
    1.3 mph
    550 ft
    2,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Another milestone on your way through Vorarlberg. Today you start your twentieth stage. It is not long, but it makes it all the more beautiful. From the Tilisuna hut it goes briefly uphill to the Schwarze Scharte. With a wonderful view in all directions, you descend from there over the Bilkengrat. Now

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    31
  • Distance
    252 mi
  • Duration
    151:33 h
  • Elevation
    68,850 ft

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