Hiking trail

Natural Bridge – Kessellöcher

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  • Blick auf den Ifen
    / Blick auf den Ifen
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  • Kneippbecken Kesselschwand
    / Kneippbecken Kesselschwand
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  • Naturbrücke
    / Naturbrücke
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  • Naturbrücke I
    / Naturbrücke I
  • Leiter zur Naturbrücke
    / Leiter zur Naturbrücke
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  • Schotterweg in die Au
    / Schotterweg in die Au
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  • Wasserfall Schwarzwasserbach
    / Wasserfall Schwarzwasserbach
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  • / Kessellöcher
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  • / Auf dem Rohrweg
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900 1050 1200 1350 1500 m km 1 2 3 4 5 NaturErlebnisplatz am Kesselschwand Naturbrücke Schwarzwasserbach Bank Poncet Kessellöcher

Beautiful tour along the Schwarzwasserbach with many shady passages and several occasions for cooling down. Perfect for hot summer days.
5 km
1:45 h
185 m
153 m
The first highlights of this hike are not long in coming. After a few minutes we reach the natural Kneipp area Kesselschwand and just a few meters later on a root path, the natural bridge. An idyllic, shady place that radiates an almost mystical charm with its turquoise water and the green moss. Next we walk up through woods and meadows into the Au. This opens us a beautiful view of the Ifen and into the Schwarzwassertal. Shortly thereafter, we dive into the nearest forest. (For filling up the batteries, you can stop here for coffee & cake at the Berggasthof Hammerer.) With the Schwarzwasserbach rushing beneath us, we walk on a narrow path for about 15 minutes steep uphill past a beautiful waterfall. Above we reach a fork and go straight ahead towards the "Kessellöcher". Here we walk right along the water and can cool our feet before the next short but intense climb awaits us. It is worthwhile, however, because after a short time we reach a small bridge with a fascinating view of the Kessellöcher – cut by the water masses in thousands of years. In summer you can go canyoning in this place. After another two minutes we reach the road. Here we can take the bus from Schröflesäge back to Riezlern. Alternatively, we walk along the road to the Fuchsfarm, turn right and then left on the Rohrweg. For a second refreshment: Café Walserblick. After a snack we continue on the beautiful high route trail. Here we enjoy the view of Elfer, Zwölfer, Bärenkopf and Widderstein and pass another natural Kneipp area. At the Haus Bergfelder we can turn left and reach Hirschegg. We continue straight to Mittelberg.

Author’s recommendation

Don't miss the root path to the natural bridge and don't forget to take detours to the water. There is a lot to discover down there! User

Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen

Updated: January 25, 2019

Highest point
1253 m
Lowest point
1069 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Emergency Numbers 

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


Sturdy boots and hiking poles for steep passages recommended.

Tips, hints and links

Hiking trails, huts and attractions can also be found in the nature adventure map, which can be purchased at the tourist office in Hirschegg.


Riezlern (1098 m)
47.359236, 10.175840
32T 588792 5245756



Turn-by-turn directions

At the bus stop "Erlebach" we follow the sign left upwards to the natural bridge / Schwarzwasserbachweg. Above, we turn right onto the gravel path and pass the natural Kneipp area Kesselschwand. At the next signpost we turn left onto the small root path. The natural bridge is reached by a steep ladder (with fear of heights or walking difficulties it is recommended to take the steps on the other side.) We cross the natural bridge, take the stairs and turn right then left in the little path that takes us to a larger gravel road. Shortl steep, then moderately rising we are taking up to the district Au in Wädele. We cross the Wäldelestraße and continue straight on, past the football field and the bike park. After about 15 minutes of steeper climbs we reach a fork where we head on to the Kessellöcher. The last ten minutes we are taken on a very steep, narrow paved path back up to the Schwarzwassertalstraße. We can either take the bus right at the Schröflesäge or we turn left and go along the road to the Fuchsfarm. Here we turn right and then cross the parking lot of the Parsenn. Now we are on a larger gravel road, the Rohrweg. At the Haus Bergfelder we can turn left and descend to Hirschegg, where the tour ends. The road continues straight on to Mittelberg.

Public transport

Public transport friendly

Leave the car where it is!

The Walserbus is a convenient way to reach your starting point. Line 2 takes you to the district Egg. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Egg". Way back: busline 1 from "Walserhaus". 

- Bus

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 (don't forget to pay!) is located at the Kanzelwand lift station.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Nicole Schanno-Reisch
September 12, 2016 · Community
Sehr schöne Tour,teils im Schatten und teils sonnig.
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Montag, 12. September 2016 14:21:20
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Oliver Heering
September 01, 2015 · Community
Schöne kleine Tour mit interessanten Fels- und Flussformationen, "Breitachklamm light" könnte man sagen. :-) Nach längerer Trockenzeit ist das Flussbett leider weitestgehend trocken, allerdings erlaubt genau das auch ganz neue Perspektiven.
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5 km
1:45 h
185 m
153 m
Public transport friendly In and out With refreshment stops Family friendly Geological highlights


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