The Maria Bildstein pilgrimage destination is considered one of the most beautiful vantage points in Vorarlberg with views across the Rhine Valley that extend as far as the Swiss Alps. The walk through Doppelmayr Zoo to Bildstein is an ideal way for families to spend time together while enjoying nature. Hikers and walkers can reward themselves with refreshing drinks and a breathtaking view at the end.
Distance 2.2 km
Maria Bildstein – which is a place of pilgrimage – presents a panoramic view from Lake Constance across the Rhine Valley to the Swiss Alps. This route starts in Wolfurt at the Rickenbach bus stop and continues with a visit to the Doppelmayr Zoo and can also be combined with a hike to Bildstein. The route takes hikers through Doppelmayr Zoo uphill into the forest. The shady path is a blessing – particularly on hot and sunny days. The Basilica of Maria Bildstein, one of the most famous pilgrimage churches in the Lake Constance region, presents itself on arrival at the top. The route leads from the basilica to the Panoramaplatz and opens up a breathtaking view across the Bodensee-Vorarlberg region.
Hikers are recommended to take a short break on the short pilgrimage route to the Marien-Erscheinigungskapelle (Chapel of the Apparition of the Virgin Mary) that also passes the Zwergengarten (Dwarf Garden).
There’s a book box at the children’s playground behind the building yard.
Regional specialities are available from the OXA Lädele.
Update: April 30, 2021
Safety information112 Emergency
Tips and hintswww.maria-bildstein.at
Getting thereLeave the A14 Rhine Valley motorway at the Dornbirn Nord exit. Then follow the L200 towards Bregenzerwald until you reach the Schwarzach turn-off before the Achrain Tunnel. From there follow the brown sign to the ‘Barockkirche Bildstein’ (baroque church).
ParkingParking is available where the Bildsteiner Straße starts near Doppelmayr Zoo or at the Rickenbach Chapel.
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EquipmentSturdy shoes recommended
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Kit para bolhas
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.
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