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Via the Walmendinger Alps to Heuberg

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  • Walmendingerhornbahn bei Sonnenaufgang
    / Walmendingerhornbahn bei Sonnenaufgang
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  • / Sonnenaufgang Walmendingerhorn
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  • / Heuberggrat bei Sonnenaufgang
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  • / Weg vom Walmendingerhorn zur Walmendinger Alpe
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  • / Ifen bei Sonnenaufgang
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  • / Walmendingerhorn von der Walmendinger Alpe aus
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  • / Walmendingeralpe
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  • / Walmendingeralpe
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From the popular excursion mountain, it is only a few steps to the romantic valley between the mountain stations of the two mountains. Moderate hike with some altitude in the descent.
Distance 4.3 km
2:15 h
0 m
562 m
1,937 m
1,375 m
This tour is full of romantic moments: When the first rays of sunshine flash over the Heuberggrat. When the mighty plateau of the High Ifen suddenly comes into view. The Walmendinger Alpe, which is idyllically surrounded by the mountain stream ... Optimal is the tour, if the mountain lift ticket in the guest card is included in the accommodation price - so you can leave out the descent from Heuberg or alternatively to Schwarzwassertal and instead take a seat in the Heuberg chairlift. The mountain tour is recommended in good weather!

Author’s recommendation

Do not miss the sunrise ascent to Walmendingerhorn and experience the sunrise all alone between Horn and Heuberg ridge
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Update: September 14, 2021
Highest point
1,937 m
Lowest point
1,375 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Obere Walmendingeralpe

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?


Mittelberg (1,936 m)
47.325712, 10.128257
47°19'32.6"N 10°07'41.7"E
32T 585253 5241977



Turn-by-turn directions

Take it slow and hop on the cable car Walmendingerhornbahn for ascent. After the cattle gate below the mountain station, a path turns left towards Walmendinger Alpe and Heuberg ridge. In the hollow below the summit slope you walk about 30 minutes down to the Upper Walmendinger Alpe. The path is varied and natural, shorter rocky passages are well feasible with a little surefootedness. At the hut Walmendinger Alpe (open in mid-summer) you enter the forest and  walk further downhill. At the homestead of the Lower Walmendinger Alpe we follow the path towards Heuberg. Alternatively, you can follow the driveway to Schwarzwassertal. The flat forest path tells us that we are getting closer to the Heuberg. Arriving at the broad forest road, we follow the signs to the mountain station Heubergbahn and take the chairlift down to Hirschegg.


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 1 takes you to the valley Mittelberg. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "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.


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


47.325712, 10.128257
47°19'32.6"N 10°07'41.7"E
32T 585253 5241977
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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B B.
September 13, 2021 · Community
Als zwei Mittzwanziger haben wir für diese Strecke ohne Pause 2 Stunden gebraucht. Zwischendurch ist die Strecke sehr angenehm. Aber wir können uns den anderen Bewertungen nur anschließen! Bei uns war der Weg zudem teilweise matschig und rutschig. Teilweise mussten wir gebückt, mit den Händen am Berg den schmalen Weg lang „kriechen“. Zwar ist es mit den Gräsern am Rand leichter schwindelfrei zu bleiben aber unwohl fühlt man sich teilweise schon.
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When did you do this route? September 13, 2021
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Matthias Kunz
September 12, 2020 · Community
Wir haben abgebrochen, weil wir nicht dafür ausgerüstet waren. Alles andere als leicht!
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Volker P.
September 11, 2020 · Community
Tolle Wanderung aber diese als leicht zu bezeichnen ist schon grob fahrlässig. Leicht ist sie für gut geübte Wanderer, Bergziegen oder Einheimische die in den Bergen aufgewachsen sind. Gelegenheitswanderer sind auf der Strecke leicht überfordert und das schon bei stabilem Wetter. Dennoch schöne Tour ohne Kinder, ohne Senioren und ohne ängstliche Partner.
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4.3 km
2:15 h
562 m
Highest point
1,937 m
Lowest point
1,375 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Scenic Linear route Cableway ascent/descent


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