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Horizons behind the Swabian Sea

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    Photo: SFH/Archiv Vorarlberg Tourismus, Themenwege Vorarlberg
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  • / Resting place by the summit
    Photo: Othmar Heidegger, Stadt Bregenz
  • / Panorama platform on the Pfänder
    Photo: Othmar Heidegger, Stadt Bregenz
  • / Pfänderbahn
    Photo: Dietmar Walser, WK Vorarlberg - Fachgruppe Seilbahnen
  • / Pfänderbahn
    Photo: Othmar Heidegger, Stadt Bregenz
  • / Vorarlberger Wanderwegekonzept
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"Wandern auf Panoramawegen in Vorarlberg": Vorarlbergs große landschaftliche Vielfalt bringt Ausblicke und Einblicke, Berg-Blicke, Gipfel-Blicke und Tal-Blicke.
easy
Distance 5.7 km
3:00 h
680 m
33 m
Lochau-Wellenhof (412 m) – hamlet of Stein – historic Rhombergstein rock, Haggen – chapel, Altreute/turn-off – Lohorn – Riese – wild game reserve and mountain terminal – Pfänder peak (1062 m).

Descent: on the same trail to Lochau. Alternatives: via Gschlief (steep) or Fluh (Fluh bus to Bregenz) and Gebhardsberg (leisurely) to Bregenz or ride down on the Pfänder cable car (Bregenz).

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Doris Rinke und Hugo Habicher
Update: July 13, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,062 m
Lowest point
411 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Gasthaus Pfänderdohle
Alpengasthof Schwedenschanze
Gasthaus Pfänderspitzhütte
Berghaus Pfänder

Safety information

EMERGENCY NUMBERS:
140 alpine emergencies Austria
144 alpine emergencies Vorarlberg
112 Euro emergency call (if there is no reception at the site of the emergency, first switch off your mobile phone, and when switching it on again, immediately dial 112 or press the SOS button instead of entering the PIN code).
www.vorarlberg.travel/safety

Tips and hints

Pfänder cable car: www.pfaenderbahn.at

Start

Lochau, Wellenhof (410 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.526140, 9.751400
DMS
47°31'34.1"N 9°45'05.0"E
UTM
32T 556562 5263908
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Destination

Lochau or Bregenz, return by bus to Lochau

Turn-by-turn directions

600 metres of elevation and always overlooking Lake Constance. Mounting from Loch to the landmark mountain of Bregenz and Lindau comes close to watching a never-ending movie featuring Europe’s largest inland lake, which stretches over 64 km. Depending on the season and the weather, the lake presents itself in shades of grey and blue, its surface smooth as glass, or ruffled by waves, striped, glittering or foaming between Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

“Almost like molten lead seen through a veil of gold“. These are the words of the Austrian author Horst Wolffram Geissler, describing the lake with its many names: Lake Constance, Swabian Sea, Lacus Grigantinus, the Lake of Bregenz. And by the way, between Bregenz and Constance, the Earth’s curvature is 40 metres, so that you can make out the ti p of the Constance minster with binoculars only when mounting. The lake stretches sheer endlessly, with its western shore hiding behind the far horizons. Finally, having reached the to p, some 200 summits are lined up to form a breathtaking mountain panorama. Look out for the hovering birds of prey, and the children having a good time in the game reserve.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

www.oebb.at

Getting there

Aus Richtung Deutschland: A14 Ausfahrt Lochau auf L1 oder Ausfahrt Lindau auf die B12 bzw. B 190, dann am See entlang Richtung Bregenz.

Aus der Schweiz: Von der Grenze Richtung Bregenz auf die B202, auf der L190 nach Bregenz und entlang am Bodensee und auf der L1 nach Lochau.

Parking

At Gasthof Wellenhof inn (at a fee)

Coordinates

DD
47.526140, 9.751400
DMS
47°31'34.1"N 9°45'05.0"E
UTM
32T 556562 5263908
w3w 
///lame.muddy.shakily
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Rating

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Carina Loritz 
July 23, 2019 · Outdooractive Editors
Sehr schöne Tour und traumhafte Ausblicke über den Bodensee.
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
5.7 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
680 m
Descent
33 m
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