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Schwende Crosscountry Trail

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  • Schwende Loipe
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  • / Schwende Loipe
    Photo: Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | @Fotograf: Dominik Berchtold
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    Photo: Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | @Fotograf: Dominik Berchtold
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Medium-difficulty trail  - classic style, one difficult descent, skating section (3 km), practice tracks around Bergblick
Skating, Classic
moderate
Distance 12.1 km
2:54 h
215 m
215 m
Starting in the district Ausserschwende in Riezlern the Schwendeloipe pulls over the Straussberg up to the Gasthof Hörnlepaß and back on Außerwald. At Gasthof Bergblick there are generous exercise loops for classic and free running technique.

Easy to moderately difficult trail - a difficult descent (difference in altitude 150 m)  

You have the following entrances: Riezlern - Ausserschwende (Sonnenburg, mountain view), Außerwald (Hörnlepass).

Author’s recommendation

For the small appetite - right next to the trail: Hotel Bellevue, Genussgasth. Sonnenburg, Alpengasth. Hörnlepass
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Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen
Update: September 17, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,186 m
Lowest point
1,044 m
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Safety information

EMERGENCY: 
140 Alpine Emergencies Austria wide 
144 Alpine Emergencies Vorarlberg 
112 Euro-Emergencies (works with every mobile network) 
     
www.vorarlberg.travel/sicherheitstipps

Tips and hints

How do you consciously experience nature?

 

Nature is so much more than the backdrop for unforgettable mountain experiences. It is a habitat for animals and plants. It provides drinking water and supplies us with high quality food. Not only does it provide valuable raw materials such as wood, it also protects against avalanches and mudslides and regulates the climate. It is up to us to support nature in everything that it does for us. One thing is certain, together we can achieve more:

 

Smart in NATURE

CONSCIOUS together

EXPERIENCE foresight

 

Smart in NATURE

Take a deep breath and recharge your batteries, be outside and feel free. When we enjoy nature, we are guests in the living room of shy animals and rare plants. If you behave smart, they will be happy to share their living space with you in the future too.

 

Stay on paths and marked routes

If you follow the marked paths and routes, you are sure to come to new favorite places. In this way you also respect protected areas, because many animals and plants need special protection. Especially in winter, any disturbance unnecessarily costs the wild animals the strength they need to survive.

 

Avoiding twilight times

Standing on a mountain at sunrise is a special experience. The morning and evening hours are also the time when most wild animals are in search of food. If they are disturbed, they get stressed. If it cannot be avoided, please stay on the marked path, do not use a bright headlamp and enjoy the silence.

 

Stay clean & take rubbish with you

It goes without saying: You take rubbish with you again, on the mountain and in the valley. Please also organic waste, because it is composted much more slowly at altitude. You can dispose of the rubbish properly at home or in your accommodation - please remember that there are no rubbish bins in public spaces in Kleinwalsertal.

 

On the natural toilet

If you are looking for a quiet place, please be at least 50 m away from water. Bury excrement or cover it with a large stone. Use fallen leaves or recycled toilet paper and put the paper back in the trash bag.

 

On tour with a dog

Are you always in control of your four-legged partner, even if he gets his nose for marmots, deer or other wild animals? You are both on the safe side on a leash. Keep dogs on a short leash near grazing cattle. If an attack by a grazing animal is foreseeable: leash off immediately. There are numerous dog stations in the valley for the disposal of dog bags. The farmers and alpine farmers thank you because manure in meadows and fields contaminates the feed and makes grazing cattle sick.

 

CONSCIOUS to each other

 

Consideration for other athletes and those looking for relaxation

Everyone loves to enjoy a special piece of earth for themselves. But most of the time we are not traveling alone. No problem, because there is enough space. Allow time, open the way in an accommodating manner, provide support when someone needs help and always give a smile. So nothing stands in the way of friendly cooperation and relaxed enjoyment of nature.

 

Appreciating the preservation of the cultural landscape

Alpine landscapes are touching with their contrast: Imposing peaks and natural forests alternate with gentle valleys, well-tended meadows and pastures. In the Kleinwalsertal too, this delightful landscape at three altitudes is no coincidence, but the result of an interplay of natural and cultural landscapes. Behind this is the work of farmers, alpine and forestry as well as hunters. With their work, they ensure that the attractiveness of the recreation and leisure area and the diversity of species are preserved. We already say thank you if we stay on the marked trails and enjoy regional products.

 

EXPERIENCE farsighted

 

Safe on tour - for you and others

Whether on a ski or snowshoe tour in winter or on a mountain tour in summer, anyone who is out and about in alpine terrain has to be well prepared. This includes careful information and tour planning as well as the right equipment. Correctly assessing alpine dangers requires a lot of knowledge and experience. Why not learn from professionals and go on tour with one of the experienced guides?

Start

Riezlern (1,064 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.369015, 10.191687
DMS
47°22'08.5"N 10°11'30.1"E
UTM
32T 589972 5246861
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Destination

Riezlern

Turn-by-turn directions

Using the double poling technique, start from Außerschwende on the level before quickly reaching the ascent, which is interrupted at regular intervals with flat sections. The natural surroundings provide the rhythm for your breathing and heartbeat and activate every cell and sense in your body. The effort of reaching Außerwald pales into significance beside the beauty of the snowy natural landscape. Once this was a passage into the Walsertal valley, and today it is the turning point and highest point of the trail beyond the state border. The descent is fun and all thoughts of the tough ascent melt away. The route winds rhythmically towards Straußberg. When you arrive at the starting point, you can feel the activation in your arms and legs as the blood pumps through your body, providing it with energy.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Leave the car where it is!

The Walserbus is a convenient way to reach your starting point. Line 1 takes you to the districs Schwende. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Bellevue".

>>> Timetable Walserbus

Getting there

Most routes from Germany lead to Ulm before carrying on along the A7. Take the Allgäu junction over a section of the A980 to the Waltenhofen junction, then take the 4- lane B19 via Sonthofen and Oberstdorf to Kleinwalsertal. From Austria (Vorarlberg) and Switzerland you reach the Kleinwalsertal via the Bregenzerwald (Hittisau) – Riedbergpass – Fischen – Oberstdorf. From Tyrol the fastest route is over the A7 to Kempten carrying on along the B19 direction Oberstdorf. A motorway vignette is not required to reach the valley.

Parking

A parking area (fee required) is located directly by the starting point.

Coordinates

DD
47.369015, 10.191687
DMS
47°22'08.5"N 10°11'30.1"E
UTM
32T 589972 5246861
w3w 
///costly.nuttier.relaying
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

NatureExperience Map, M 1:12.000 € 3,00 - Available in the Walserhaus in Hirschegg

Equipment

Special running tights, tight trousers, water-repellent and breathable jacket (vest and other jackets as required), close-fitting gloves, cross-country skis, poles and shoes

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Rating

3.7
(3)
Pauline Meyer 
January 29, 2018 · Community
schwendeloipe 1
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Schwendeloipe 2
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Katja Dörnhöfer
February 13, 2016 · Community
Die klassische Spur war bestens präpariert, super Bedingungen. Am Loipeneinstieg gibt es eine schöne Übersichtskarte. Die Rundtour läuft fernab von Straßen und es ist wenig Trubel; man hat viel Natur und tolle Aussichten. Einfach nur schön. Die Anstiege werden mit schönen, langen Abfahrten belohnt. Sehr lecker einkehren kann man im Gasthof 'Hörnlepass'.
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When did you do this route? February 05, 2016
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Torsten Weishaupt
March 27, 2015 · Community
Die Skatingloipe ist nicht nur langweilig sondern so mies und konfus gespurt, dass man an der Kompetenz der Raupenfahrer zweifeln muss. Eine sinnvolle Beschilderung, die ein Mindestmaß an Orientierung bietet, sucht man hier vergeblich. Mangelhafte Qualität findet man seltsamerweise bei allen Skatingloipen im Kleinwalsertal, was sehr verwundert, da ein paar Kilometer weiter im Bereich Oberstdorf, (was zum gleichen Gebiet zählen soll) die Loipen traumhaft sind.
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When did you do this route? March 27, 2015

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crosscountry skiing technique
Skating, Classic
Reviews
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.1 km
Duration
2:54 h
Ascent
215 m
Descent
215 m
Public-transport-friendly Classic Skating Circular route Scenic

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