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4 days hut-to-hut-tour through Kleinwalsertal

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m 2500 2000 1500 1000 40 30 20 10 km Hahnenköpfle Alpe Ifersgunt Mindelheimer Hütte Hoher Ifen Kanzelwand Widdersteinhütte Bank Poncet
Four days circular hike for trained and persistent hikers across and around the most stunning peaks of Kleinwalsertal.
Distance 46.9 km
21:09 h
2,468 m
3,351 m
2,222 m
1,019 m

From hut to hut the tour takes you around and across the highest peaks in Kleinwalsertal. Each section has unique scenic highlights and is a mountain experience per se: the majestic peaks of the Allgäu Alps are right ahead of you when you hike between Kanzelwand and Mindelheimer hut. The highest peak of the Kleinwalsertal valley, Großer Widderstein, is close by at the highland trail between Gemsteltal and Bärgunttal. After that, the shaded Duratal give some great variety to the route, as well as the crossing of wide alpine meadows until you reach the barren Gottesacker plateau – for many, this is together with the Hoher Ifen the highlight of the last stage.



Fiderepasshütte (DAV) 
Mindelheimer Hütte (DAV)
Widdersteinhütte (privat)
Schwarzwasserhütte (DAV)

Author’s recommendation

Make reservations for each of your hut stay as the beds are quickly filled during the holiday period.
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Update: July 07, 2021
Highest point
2,222 m
Lowest point
1,019 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 0.76%Dirt road 9.27%Nature trail 2.06%Path 85.74%Road 2.16%
0.4 km
Dirt road
4.3 km
Nature trail
1 km
40.2 km
1 km
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Rest stops

Mindelheimer Hütte
Bärgunthut (Gourmet hut)
Alpe Widderstein (Gourmet hut)
Hut Ifersgunt

Safety information

Alpine experience as well as absolute sure-footedness and a head for heights required! Cross the Gottesacker Plateau only in good visibility - danger of getting lost in fog!

Emergency Numbers  EMERGENCY: 
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?


Riezlern (1,949 m)
47.337800, 10.201394
47°20'16.1"N 10°12'05.0"E
32T 590758 5243403
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Turn-by-turn directions

1st day – medium mountain hike (2,5 to 3 resp. 4 to 5 hours):

The first big climb can easily be overcome with the Kanzelwandbahn (paid). From the mountain station, you first reach the Kanzelwand summit (2058 m), then over the German mountain flank with an extensive descent and ascent to Fiderepass hut (2070 m). Overnight on the DAV hut.


2nd day – medium mountain hike (6 to 7 hours):

First a gravel road up to the Fiderepass gap, there you find partly rope belay. Rocky, initially descent downhill over the so-called Saubuckel towards Taufersberg alp. From here you can walk along the Krumbach high path below the climbing route through rocky terrain to the Mindelheimer hut (2013 m), which only requires a moderate ascent. From the hut continue along the high path across the Geisshorn ridge (1982 m) and the Gemstel pass (1971 m). The only noteworthy ascent (200 hm) is just below the Geisshorn. Gentle walk to Widderstein hut (2009 m).


3rd day – medium mountain hike (6 to 7 hours):

Partly very steep descent over the Hochalppass to Bärgunttal. Approximately 45 min. after the Bärgunt hut, you reach Baad (1244 m). In Baad, turn north to Duratal. The path leads you first through shady forests, then rocky terrain over the Starzelalp (1678 m) to the Starzel ridge, then to the Ochsenhofer gap (1850 m). From here descent to Schwarzwasser hut (1620 m).


4th day – medium mountain hike with difficult points (6 to 7 hours):

On the Eugen-Köhler-Weg, you cross the Ifersgunt alp up to the Ifen plateau (rope belays on the rock slabs). From the summit of the Hohen Ifen (2229 m) you leave the plateau in the eastern direction with a rocky descent through the Ifen wall. Cross the scree material in the direction of the Hahnenköpfle (do not descent on the serpentine path). Past the mountain station of the Ifen II cable car (2020 m), the path over the Gottesacker begins - here it is absolutely necessary to observe the land markings and cross only with good visibility. Climb over the rugged platelets to the ruines of the Upper Gottesackeralpe (1835 m). Turn right here in the direction of Wäldele / Hirschegg. Descent through the "Gottesacker hole" and the Kürenwald. In Waldele with Walserbus to Riezlern or on foot along the Schwarzwasser brook. Caution: no refreshment facilities and water supply between Ifersgunt alp and Wäldele - Mountainstation restaurant Tafel & Zunder is not open in summer!


Wildlife protection area Hoher Ifen b: December 31 - May 31
all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Leave the car where it is!

Line 1 takes you to the village Riezlern. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Kanzelwand". 

>>> 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.


47.337800, 10.201394
47°20'16.1"N 10°12'05.0"E
32T 590758 5243403
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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. Sufficient drinking vessels and daily provisions for longer passages without refreshment stops. Rainproof clothing and head covering.

Questions and answers

Question from Ethan Major · August 02, 2019 · Community
In the description it states about robe belays on path yet no where else are rope belays is said to be needed, such as equipment and safety. I'm just wondering if to complete this route do you need rope belays?
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Answered by Philippa Edis · July 19, 2022 · Community
No - you don’t need equipment - the belays that the description refers to are cables that are built into the mountain to provide hand rails and foot grips at steep points


Theo Hendriks
August 04, 2020 · Community
We highly recommend this hike to others! The views are amazing and the huts great! Day one was a bit short for us and can be extended going up via an other cablecar more in the direction of germany, or by sleeping in the Mindelheimhuette. Day two (Fiderefasshuette - Widdersteinhuette) is doable in one day and probably the day with the best views in the different valleys. The Mindelheimhuette is a good place for lunch and/or a stayover. We absolutely enjoyed our stay in the Widdersteinhuette. It is a small hut with amazing views, with a good cosy vibe and a great host and lots of games. On day 3, the hike down to Baad is great and relatively easy. If it rains we expect a bit more difficulty on the partly sandy road. Going up to the Schwarzwasserhuette was steep, and although in the forest, tiring in the summer sun. The last hut is also a great place with a nice terras where you overlook the mountains and hear the nearby cows clingle. The first part of the last day is a great, easy hike through the hills. The part that goes up scared us a bit. It is very steep and you have to use the cables to climb up. We would not do that again but others went up easier. We were happy that we could get water in the toilet of the cable car station. The hike over the plateau was harder than we expected because you have to look where you go. The last day took us 9 hours almost without stopping (the other days we were mostly an 1/2 - 1 hour faster than indicated). We suggest considering going down from the top of the cable car after viewing the special structure of the plateau.
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mareike khokale
September 19, 2019 · Community
wir sind die Tour mit Hund gelaufen. in der Schwarzwasser Hütte sind Hunde willkommen. Für alle anderen Hütten hatten wir ein Zelt dabei. Gut ausgeschilderte, anspruchsvolle Tour. Landschaftlichsehr abwechslungsreich. Langer, sehr anstrengender Abstieg über den Gottesacker nach Wäldele.
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When did you do this route? September 16, 2019
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Huggy Wanderstiefel
July 16, 2018 · Community
War eine sehr geile Tour, ich habe Sie auf 5 Tage erweitert und bin zwei Tage in der Schwarzwasserhütte geblieben, von dort aus habe ich schöne Spaziergänge gemacht. Ich kann die Tour sehr empfehlen! Tipp: Parken kostet 6 Euro an der Liftstation.
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When did you do this route? July 08, 2018

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46.9 km
21:09 h
2,468 m
3,351 m
Highest point
2,222 m
Lowest point
1,019 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Multi-stage route Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent Summit route Geological highlights Secured passages Botanical highlights Flora and fauna Exposed sections Scrambling required Ridge traverse


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