Fixed rope route recommended route

2-country sport via ferrata

Fixed rope route · Kleinwalsertal
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  • Speicherteich Kanzelwand
    Speicherteich Kanzelwand
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Demanding via ferrata with a few vertical passages. Scenic landscape along the Austrian-German border.
Distance 4 km
2:05 h
373 m
373 m
2,059 m
1,708 m
The via ferrata, built in 2007, is a classy, short via ferrata of the modern kind. The sport via ferrata (difficulty C to D - medium to difficult) offers for experienced climbers and mountaineers, over a length of 500 meters, steep upswings, cross passages, a rope bridge and demanding climbing passages.

Requirements are surefootedness, a head for heights and equipment.

Author’s recommendation

On the descent you can take the 26 m long Burmabridge with you as a highlight, which is located on the Walser via ferrata.
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Update: February 21, 2023
C/D difficult
Highest point
2,059 m
Lowest point
1,708 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 32.09%Forested/wild trail 0.05%Path 57%Via ferrata 9.26%Unknown 1.59%
Dirt road
1.3 km
Forested/wild trail
0 km
2.3 km
Via ferrata
0.4 km
0.1 km
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Rest stops

Kanzelwand panorama restaurant

Safety information

Alpine experience as well as absolute surefootedness and a head for heights required! Unsuitable for beginners and inexperienced users. No escape or emergency exit.

There is a danger to life in thunderstorms on via ferrata. Risk of falling rocks from people ahead. Commit at your own risk!



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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?


Riezlern (1,949 m)
47.337859, 10.201290
47°20'16.3"N 10°12'04.6"E
32T 590750 5243409



Turn-by-turn directions


Our tour starts at the mountain station of the Kanzelwandbahn. First we follow the ridge hiking trail to the crossroads & go down to the left. Past the reservoir, head right towards the valley station of the two-country chairlift. Via the hiking trail to the Fiderepasshütte, after approx. 20 minutes we reach the junction of the approach, shortly afterwards follow the climbing lanes up to the foot of the wall and to the start of the two-country via ferrata on the Kanzelwand.

The via ferrata is rope insured throughout, so we can follow the rope to the summit. After a short rest or a short detour to the summit cross, it goes down again.

We either follow the normal hiking trail in the direction of the Kanzelwandbahn or take the "Walser Klettersteig" with us as a highlight.


Walser via ferrata:

Immediately to the right, follow the "Walsersteig" and descend via the path known as the "adventure via ferrata", after a short traverse over a beautiful (Burma) rope bridge and descend until you reach the normal route to the Kanzelwand summit.

Public transport


Leave the car where it is!

The Walserbus is a convenient way to reach your starting point. Line 1 takes you to the village Baad. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Riezlern - Kanzelwandbahn".

>>> Timetable Walserbus

By road

When arriving by car, form car pools.

Most routes from Germany meet in Ulm and continue on the A7. At the Allgäu motorway triangle via the section of the A980 to the Waltenhofen junction and on the four-lane B19 via Sonthofen and Oberstdorf into the Kleinwalsertal.

From Austria (Vorarlberg) and Switzerland you can reach the Kleinwalsertal via the Bregenzerwald (Hittisau) - Riedbergpass - Fischen - Oberstdorf.

Coming from Tyrol, the quickest route is via the A7 to Kempten and further on the B19 towards Oberstdorf. You do not need a motorway vignette to drive into the valley.


There are chargeable parking spaces near the starting point. 

Parking along the main road is not permitted.


47.337859, 10.201290
47°20'16.3"N 10°12'04.6"E
32T 590750 5243409
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Nature experience map, scale 1:12,000; Kleinwalsertal tour map (with hiking guide), scale 1:25,000; DAV hiking map, scale 1:25,000; the respective cards are available for a fee in the Walserhaus Hirschegg.


Complete via ferrata equipment (climbing harness, via ferrata set, helmet), sturdy shoes, provision & weatherproof clothing.

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C/D difficult
4 km
2:05 h
373 m
373 m
Highest point
2,059 m
Lowest point
1,708 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent Summit route sport via ferrata


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