Hiking trail recommended route

Upper high path Hirschegg-Mittelberg

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  • Heubergbahn
    Heubergbahn
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m 1500 1400 1300 1200 4 3 2 1 km Pfarrkirche Hl. Jodok Aussichts-Bänke oberer Höhenweg Max Hütte Bühlalpe Heuberg Sonna-Alp
The Upper high path is a panorama trail below the Walmendingerhorn providing marvelous views on the mountain arena of the Kleinwalsertal. An easy walk with several resting point and refreshment stops.
easy
Distance 5 km
2:00 h
103 m
271 m
1,444 m
1,201 m
Sitting in the chair lift, we watch the Ifen appear in the distance. From the Heuberg lift to the Bühlalpe the spruce and sycamore forest alternates with colorful flower meadows. This is why the trail is also called panorama trail: First we look towards the Kanzelwand, then into the Wildental and Gemsteltal and to parts of Mittelberg. Before we descend below the Bühlalpe and walk back to Mittelberg we are offered splendid views towards Baad and the posterior Kleinwalsertal. If you need a little rest before the return to Mittelberg – stop for a refreshment at the Bühlalpe!

Author’s recommendation

Look out for the educational stations along the trail: Learn interesting things about avalanche safety and mountain flora!
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Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen
Update: September 17, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,444 m
Lowest point
1,201 m
Best time of year
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Rest stops

Bühlalpe
Sonna-Alp
Max Hütte

Safety information

Emergency Numbers 

EMERGENCY: 
140 Alpine Emergencies Austria wide 
144 Alpine Emergencies Vorarlberg 
112 Euro-Emergencies (works with every mobile network) 
     
www.vorarlberg.travel/sicherheitstipps

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?

Start

Hirschegg (1,376 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.342170, 10.156025
DMS
47°20'31.8"N 10°09'21.7"E
UTM
32T 587324 5243837
w3w 
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Destination

Mittelberg

Turn-by-turn directions

At the starting point of the tour we take the chair lift up to the Heuberg. Above we keep left and head out on the panorama trail. On the almost flat gravel road we walk towards the Zaferna mountain station. After about 20 minutes we reach the Sonna-Alp on Zaferna lift. If you want to take a short cut, you can take the chairlift down to Mittelberg. We follow the panorama trail to the Bühlalpe. Below the Alpe runs an asphalt serpentine path between a shady fern forest and freshly mown meadows leading us straight down to Mittelberg. Alternatively we take the less steep path below Bühlalp via Erlenboden. Past the Walmendingerhornbahn we reach the center of Mittelberg at the church.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

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 Hirschegg. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Walserhaus". Way back: bus line 1 from "Mittelberg".

>>> 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.

Parking

A parking area (don't forget to pay!) is located around the Heubergbahn (starting point).

Coordinates

DD
47.342170, 10.156025
DMS
47°20'31.8"N 10°09'21.7"E
UTM
32T 587324 5243837
w3w 
///doubly.driving.expiration
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

Equipment

Sturdy shoes, hats or weather-proof clothing and hiking poles recommended

Questions and answers

Question from Thomas Marx · September 29, 2019 · Community
Kann der Höhenweg mit Kinderwagen befahren werden?
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Answered by Niko H. · September 29, 2019 · Community
Grundsätzlich aufgrund der Beschaffenheit ja. Im besten Fall mit einem Geländebuggy. Normale Kinderwagen dürften etwas überfordert sein. Empfehlen würde ich es nicht, da die ein oder andere stelle doch mal ansteigt und es daher teils echt anstrengend wäre. Würde die Kraxe immer bevorzugen.
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Rating

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Nicole Schanno-Reisch
September 25, 2018 · Community
Tolle Aussicht aber total überlaufen... Wanderer ohne Ende... Bin dann auf den Walser weg abgebogen der unterhalb verläuft und ruhiger ist...
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Dienstag, 25. September 2018 20:19:11
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Ulrike Siller
September 12, 2015 · Community
Ein herrlicher Weg mit Einkehrmöglichkeiten.
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Oliver Wiebeck
August 29, 2015 · Community
Schöne kleine Tour für den Einstieg. Sehr leicht zu gehen und fantastische Ausblicke auf die Berge auf der anderen Seite. Mehrere Einkehrmöglichkeiten. Und vorsicht: Es können Pferde den Weg kreuzen. :)
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When did you do this route? August 24, 2015
Sesselbahn Heuberg
Photo: Oliver Wiebeck, Community
Photo: Oliver Wiebeck, Community
Photo: Oliver Wiebeck, Community

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
5 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
103 m
Descent
271 m
Highest point
1,444 m
Lowest point
1,201 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cableway ascent/descent Linear route

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