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Alp hiking in the Derratal

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  • Bachbett der Derra in Baad
    Bachbett der Derra in Baad
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This circular hike from Baad takes you into the greenest valley of Kleinwalsertal where you find the Derra alp and the two Spital alps.
Distance 8 km
2:59 h
620 m
591 m
1,813 m
1,222 m
No sun needed for this tour - the fresh green alps are colouring enough! An interesting scene is also when the clouds dance around the Großer Widderstein in the neighbouring Bärgunttal, by the way a completely different view onto the highest peak in Kleinwalsertal! The trail to Derra alp and the two Spital alps are partly alpine, partly they remind you of a jungle path. In midsummer dozens of cows graze on the slopes. When descending a stop at the Mitllere Spitalalpe is recommended, beautifully situated at the slope of the Unspitze peak.

Author’s recommendation

Don't miss to taste milk, cheese or joghurt on the Mittlere Spitalalpe – from their own cattle!
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Update: March 03, 2023
Highest point
1,813 m
Lowest point
1,222 m
Best time of year

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Mittlere Spitalalpe

Safety information


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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?


Baad (1,222 m)
47.309451, 10.121466
47°18'34.0"N 10°07'17.3"E
32T 584766 5240163



Turn-by-turn directions

At the far end of the parking lot in Baad follow the signpost to Derravalley over a small bridge. Past the confluence of Dura and Derrabach. After about 20 minutes ascent the hill and continue below the peaks of Wannenberg and Güntlespitze to Derrenalpe. At the crossroads (left towards Derrenjoch / Güntlespitze) continue straight in direction Baad until you find yourself below the Obere Spitalalpe. From here follow the gravel road in serpentines down to the Mittlere Spitalalpe at the foot of Unspitze. After a shady forest Baad is reached.


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 "Baad".

>>> Timetable Walserbus

By road

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.


Paid parking spaces are located near the starting point. Parking along the main road is not permitted.


47.309451, 10.121466
47°18'34.0"N 10°07'17.3"E
32T 584766 5240163
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.


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

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Ulrike Tenzer 
September 28, 2021 · Community
Tolle Tour in einem sehr grünen, stillen Tal und einer schönen Einkehr auf der bewirtschafteten Hütte. Nicht so überlaufen, wie es andere Touren schon mal sind.
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When did you do this route? August 25, 2021
Nicole Schanno-Reisch
October 21, 2020 · Community
Man kommt erst gar nicht zur Spitalalpe da die Brücke weg ist
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Photo: Nicole Schanno-Reisch, Community
Julia H. 
September 01, 2019 · Community
Die Tour war für uns (Ungeübte) stellenweise durchaus anspruchsvoll, da streckenweise sehr steil. Kurz vor der ersten (unbewirteten) Hütte sahen wir uns mit zentimetertiefem Kuhdung auf dem Weg konfrontiert- aber mit etwas Glück und Verstand haben wir auch das überwunden ;-) Die Aussicht war durchweg genial und wir sind auch nachhaltig beeindruckt.
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When did you do this route? August 30, 2019
Photo: Julia H., Community
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8 km
2:59 h
620 m
591 m
Highest point
1,813 m
Lowest point
1,222 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Refreshment stops available Family-friendly


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