Probably the most striking mountain and landmark of the Kleinwalsertal. The rock formations are very untypical for the Alpine region and are derived from the Helvetian Cretaceous. This type of rock rarely reaches the surface in the Alpine region and explains the layer structure of the Ifens and the Gottesacker Plateau, a protected karst landscape that begins at the foot of the Ifens and is clearly visible from the summit.
September 30, 2016
The High Ifen (also Hochifen) is a 2230 m above sea level. A. or 2229 m above sea level. NHN high mountain in the Allgäu Alps, west of the Kleinwalsertal. In winter it forms the backdrop for a small ski area. It lies on the border between Germany and Austria. The summit represents the highest point of the slightly inclined Ifenplateau. On it the municipal boundaries of Egg, Mittelberg (both Vorarlberg) and Oberstdorf (Schwaben) meet.
Northeast of the Ifenplateau is the Gottesackerplateau, a protected karst landscape with numerous caves and rare mountain plants. The most important caves are the Hölloch in the Mahdtal and the Schneckenlochhöhle near Schönenbach. On the eastern slope of the Bergstock, a Stone Age dwelling was discovered by the amateur archaeologist Detlef Willand in 1998 on the Schneiderkürenalpe at an altitude of about 1,500 m, and was uncovered by the University of Innsbruck.
October 20, 2017
Very nice summit in the Kleinwalsertal. The summit is only accessible on foot. The cable car goes to about 2000 meters. From the top cable car station, accessible via the Ifen 3 train, it is about 1-2 hours walk. Over a large boulder field, the path turns into a well-walked trail on a Plateu. At the tricky places there is stranding. The descent can be done as the ascent, or over the black water hut. Additional walking time, about 5-6 hours.
August 9, 2019
An ideal destination for a day trip in the Kleinwalsertal, the 360-degree panoramic view allows views to Lake Constance and the Arlberg region. As an ascent I recommend the way over Melköde, Schwarzwasserhütte, Ifersguntalpe and the Eugen-Köhler-Weg (about 3-4h). As a descent I chose the way through the Gottesacker over the Ifenhütte. For experienced hikers (stamina, sure-footedness and a little head for heights required)
August 17, 2019
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