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Water hike around Rankweil

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  • Ausgangspunkt Marktplatz Rankweil, Bushaltestelle
    / Ausgangspunkt Marktplatz Rankweil, Bushaltestelle
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  • / kostenfreie Parkplätze stehen beim Gasthof Sternbräu zur Verfügung
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  • / Bildschöner Weg zum Pfarrschrofen
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  • / Blick vom Pfarrschrofen auf die Basilika
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  • / Die Nafla von Tufers kommend in ihrem engen Korsett, die in der Vergangenheit Mühlen angetrieben hat.
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  • / Schöne Aussicht von der Gastra über Rankweil
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  • / gut gepflegter Weg entlang der Kalkwände zum Egelsee
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  • / Der Egelsee mit den wunderschön blühenden Seerosen
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  • / die etwas versteckte Abzweigung von der Straße hinunter zur Frutz
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  • / die schön restaurierten Einlaufbauwerke in die Kiesgewinnung der Triftanlage
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  • / Es ist eine Freude, dass sich Menschen für diese historische Triftanlage engagieren und sie der Nachwelt erhalten.
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  • / An heißen Tagen ist die Abkühlung in der Frutz nicht nur bei den Kindern beliebt. Das nennt man Naherholung.
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  • / Der Zusammenfluss von Frödisch und Frutz
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  • / Der Holzplatz. Hier wurde das getriftete Holz gestaut und entnommen
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  • / schöne gedeckte Radbrücke über die Frutz als Teil eines tollen Radwegenetzes in Vorarlberg
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  • / Die alte Bahnbrücke knapp oberhalb der Eisenbahn wird heute als Radbrücke verwendet
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  • / hier verlassen wir den markierten Wanderweg und gehen über die "Schaufel" direkt oberhalb der Bahnlinie ins Dorf
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  • / Die weit sichtbare Basilika hilft uns auch bei der Orientierung
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  • / an dieser Stelle biegen wir rechts ab und steigen auf den St. Peter Bühel
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  • / herrlicher Blick vom St. Peter Bühel auf die Anlage der Basilika und den Ort
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  • / nach dem Abstieg treffen wir auf den historischen Mühlbach mit seinen vielseitigen Nutzungen
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  • / eines der mehreren liebevoll restaurierten Kraftwerke am Mühlbach
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  • / das alte Waschhaus am Mühlbach zeigt eine weitere Nutzung des Wassers
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  • / gleich danach wird das Wasser schon wieder gestaut ....
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  • / .... und für das nächste Kraftwerk genutzt, aber auch für den Spielplatz unterhalb des Marktplatzes verwendet.
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Interesting round trip, where the topic of water and its use become the centre of attention for a while.
7.9 km
3:00 h
115 m
115 m
The use of water has a long history in Rankweil. From drinking water to the rafting of timber on the Frutz to using the energy of the Mühlbach millstream  and having fun barbecuing and swimming in the Frutz. The route leads across Pfarrschrofen to Lake Egelsee. This small habitat with its beautifully blossoming water lilies in the middle of the forest is also home to amphibians and dragonflies. But unfortunately someone released goldfish here that now pose a serious threat to the protected amphibians.

The route then continues back down to the Frutz and runs parallel to the road for a short while. It crosses the parking lot in the business park before reaching the partly beautifully restored and well preserved drifting grounds. Information boards provide information about the old tradition of drifting along the drift route to the wood yard. The route continues along the left side of the Frutz, mostly through alluvial forests that have been preserved. People seek out the clean waters of the Frutz to take a cool dip on hot summer days. The route turns left from the railway bridge and continues through the village and crosses the St. Peter Bühel to the Mühlbach (millstream) and its previous uses (water power, wash house) and back to the starting point. User
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Updated: September 20, 2019

Highest point
Egelsee, 574 m
Lowest point
alte Bahnbrücke, 460 m
Best time of year

Safety information

The route is very well signposted. Only the section from the wayside shrine at the railway underpass through the village to the St. Peter Bühel is not signposted. Please follow the directions.


Standard hiking gear.

Don’t forget your sun screen and headgear when it’s sunny because the part of the route that leads through the village doesn’t offer much shade.

Tips, hints and links

If you would like to enjoy your first trip in the company of a hiking guide, simply contact us at Hiking guides are able to take visitors off the beaten track and away from busy routes. Detailed information about the landscape and natural and cultural landscapes maximises the enjoyment of nature.


Rankweil Marktplatz (466 m)
47.270847, 9.641646
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Rankweil Marktplatz

Turn-by-turn directions

The route starts at the Rankweil-Marktplatz bus stop and continues across Marktplatz past the parish church of St. Peter to Gasthof Sternbräu. It then briefly follows the Nafla (stream) before it takes a left into the street towards Pfarrschrofen. The signposts lead to the Pfarrschrofen vantage point from where the route continues towards the Gastrawand viewpoint until the next signpost but one points the way to Lake Egelsee. The route descends from Lake Egelsee towards the business park, then follows alongside the Übersaxnerstraße for a good 100 metres until a narrow path branches off to the right into the forest that leads to the business park’s parking lot. It crosses the road here and follows the sign ‘Triftweg’ (rafting route) across the rafting yard on the left side of the Frutz to the wood yard. After a short left-right bend, it continues through the alluvial forest staying with the Frutz, past the cycle bridge to the old railway bridge. It takes a left here before it reaches the railway line, past a riding stable to the wayside shrine on the road. It then leaves the signed hiking trail and takes a left and an immediate right again along the ‘In der Schaufel’ street towards the centre of the village. It turns right after 800 metres, passes two roundabouts to ‘Sümmerle’s Schenke’, before it takes a right on to St. Peters Bühel with beautiful view of the Liebfrauenkirche and the village. It then keeps left, descends the paved stairs to the millstream and follows the millstream past the power station in the bend, the old wash house and takes a left at the next weir left across the millstream directly to Marktplatz.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Take the train to Rankweil, then towards Bahnhofstraße (300m) to the Marktplatz.

Getting there

Leave the Rheintalautobahn (A14 – Rhine Valley Motorway) at the Feldkirch exit. Then follow the signs for Rankweil. After the underpass, just before the centre, turn right in a sharp left bend towards Göfis and after 200 metres there are free parking lots before and after Gasthof Sternbräu. The hike starts at Gasthof Sternbräu.


Free parking before and after Gasthof Sternbräu.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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7.9 km
115 m
115 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available Family friendly Cultural/historical value


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