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Along the Schwarzwasserbach

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  • Schwarzwasserbach
    / Schwarzwasserbach
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  • / Steinmännchenwald auf der Kiesbank
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m 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 1000 900 800 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Parkplatz Ifen Güütschle-Plätzle Bergblick Kessellöcher Güütschle-Plätzle Waldhaus Bank Poncet Naturbrücke Kiesbank an der Breitach
Walser Omgang hike - follow the course of life - summer. A regenerating half-day tour
Distance 12.2 km
3:30 h
275 m
570 m
1,304 m
907 m
On this route you can experience water - the elexir of life - with all its spirit and facets. Waterfalls, water filled rock holes, the natural bridge and finally the entrance to Breitachklamm gorge are the highlights of the tour.

Author’s recommendation

Torchlight hike through Breitachklamm, which is next to Walserschanze (arrival point)
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Update: July 07, 2021
Highest point
1,304 m
Lowest point
907 m
Best time of year

Safety information

140 Alpine Emergencies Austria wide
144 Alpine Emergencies Vorarlberg
112 Euro-Emergencies (works with every mobile network)

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?


Hirschegg (1,276 m)
47.342864, 10.136828
47°20'34.3"N 10°08'12.6"E
32T 585873 5243893



Turn-by-turn directions

First across the Wildmoos valley and along the Schwarzwasserbach back out of the valley over the Kessel holes and waterfalls down to the Au and on to the natural bridge. On the Karolinenweg you pass another waterfall before the path leads over the covered Höflebrücke on the other side of the valley. Along the stream, it goes down to the old Schwende bridge and over the wild and romantic Little Zwing to the forest house and the Walser ski jump.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Leave the car where it is!

The Walserbus is a convenient way to reach your starting point. Line 5 takes you to the district Au. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Ifen". Way back: bus line 1 from "Walserschanz". 

>>> 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.


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


47.342864, 10.136828
47°20'34.3"N 10°08'12.6"E
32T 585873 5243893
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Nature experience map, M 1:12.000 € 3,00; Kleinwalsertal tour map (with hiking guide), M 1:25.000 € 9,90, DAV hiking map, M 1:25.000 € 9,80; Available at the Walserhaus in Hirschegg


Sturdy shoes and hiking poles for steep sections recommended. When necessary, rainproof clothing and head covering.

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)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • 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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Georg K
August 26, 2021 · Community
Sehr abwechslungsreicher Weg. Überschaubare Anzahl Wanderer. Ganz im Gegenteil zu den Bergtouren.
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Jochen Eaglefit
May 22, 2021 · Community
Sehr schön, nicht überlaufen
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When did you do this route? August 03, 2019
Ulrike Tenzer 
August 20, 2017 · Community
Wunderschöne Wanderung entlang des Wassers. Die Kessellöcher, eindrucksvolle Wasserfälle, eine Naturbrücke und ein aufregender Steg über der Breitachschlucht sind wohl die Highlights der Tour. Einkehren kann man zum Ende im Waldhaus, welches am Weg liegt. Da es eine Streckenwanderung ist kann man das Auto an der Walserschanz parken und mit dem Walserbus zur Auenhütte fahren. Top Verbindung - bin begeistert.
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When did you do this route? August 14, 2017
Immer am Wasser entlang
Photo: U.Tenzer, Community
Die Naturbrücke
Photo: U.Tenzer, Community
Steg über der Breitach
Photo: U.Tenzer, Community

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Immer am Wasser entlang
Die Naturbrücke
Steg über der Breitach

12.2 km
3:30 h
275 m
570 m
Highest point
1,304 m
Lowest point
907 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Flora and fauna Linear route


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