A pleasant walk into the Gemsteltal, a side valley of the Kleinwalsertal. Plenty of resting points and refreshments stops along the way and in the midst of the mountains of Elfer, Zwölfer and Small Widderstein.
Even on hot days, this hike is a refreshment! For a while, we leisurely walk along the rushing Breitach and the shady banks of Gemstelbach. Then the louder ringing of the cow bells tells us: The pleasure hut Schönebodenalpe is not far away anymore. In Naturalpe's natural fridge refreshing drinks are waiting for thirsty hikers. From the spacious sun terrace, we can enjoy the panorama of the Kleiner Widderstein, the Bärenkopf and the Walmendingerhorn. If you prefer to overlook the valley from the other side, walk another 10 minutes to Bernhard's Gemstelhütte or a little further into the back Gemstelhütte. Here you have the mountain scenery of Zwölfer, Elfer and Geißhorn in view. The Gemstelbach right hand, it goes back comfortably to Mittelberg.
Get a sneek peek at the smoker on the Schönesboden alp and taste the result of it afterwards!
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.
Mittelberg (1163 m)
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From the car park or from the bus station in Bödmen (Mittelberg), we turn to the Gemstelweg. Past the farmer's shop Gemstelhof we enter the silent valley crossing the Breitach bridge. After the bridge we keep left, follow the Breitach downriver first, then the Gemstelbach upstream. Follow the signs direction Schönesbodenalpe. The forest / gravel road rises a little but is still suitable for kids buggies. After a shady path section the forest thins out slowly. Nature Alp Schönisboden lies just above the path. Once we crossed the bridge with cattle gate we return on the other side of the creek. After five minutes we reach "Bernhards Gemstelhütte", which is perfect for a stop. We leave the valley, hiking along the already familiar Gemstel creek on moderately steep gravel paths. Left we pass large pastures until at the bridge we are back on the path that takes us to the starting point.
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 village Mittelberg. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Bödmen".
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 at the end of the Bödmerstraße direction Baad.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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