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From Riezlern in Kleinwalsertal to the Gottesacker

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m 2400 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 800 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Jäger- und Hirtenlager der Vorzeit Mahdtal-Alpe Gottesacker-Alpe (verfallen) Hölloch im Mahdtal
The dry regions of the Gottesacker offer a unique flora that is usually only known from a rock garden. The karst plateau can only be found in this form in Germany in the Steinernes Meer in the Berchtesgaden Alps.
On the way, you pass the imposing Hölloch, a cave system with an approx. 77 m deep entrance gorge.
The view to the south is limited by the mighty Ifen wall.
Distance 16.1 km
5:30 h
978 m
951 m
1,961 m
983 m
From the Gottesacker, the view sweeps eastwards over the peaks of the Allgäu Alps. To the south, the view is limited by the striking Ifen wall. To the west, you can make out the mountains in Switzerland if you have the right distant view.
Three steeply rising walls divide the entire area, Untere Gottesackerwände (1,858 m), Obere Gottesackerwände (2,033 m) and Ifenmauer (2,230 m). Many very attractive alpine flowers, as we know them from the rock garden, can be found up here, e.g. gentian and alpine silver mantle. In addition, the light-flooded mixed forests are rich in ferns, especially in the lower part of the Mahdtal valley. Smaller moors are also found in the lower-lying regions. Above, there are extensive mountain pine forests and wide grassy meadows next to the Schrattenkalk. The bizarre rock formations created by the rain, the so-called Schratten, are partly washed out into deep pools. In the Gottesacker area there are also some hut systems. Special caution is advised here when the snow cover is closed.
During the ascent, we pass the 77 m deep entrance gorge of the Hölloch, a cave system that runs underneath the area. The explored and surveyed length is currently between 10 and 11 km. Already at the beginning of the 20th century, the first people were interested in this system of hills.

On the Gottesacker plateau lies the ruined Gottesacker alp. According to legend, this was a beautiful sunny alp with lush pastures. The alpine dairymen did not want anyone to share in their wealth. When an old man asked for a little lard, they gave him dung in disguise. As punishment, the alp sank with all its cattle, leaving behind what is now the Gottesacker plateau. A plaque at the alp informs exactly about this.

The hunter and shepherd camp from prehistoric times, which we pass on the descent at the Schneiderkl;ren-Alpe, points to human settlement in the area as early as 7000 BC (Middle Stone Age). This dwelling was also used in the Neolithic, Broze and Iron Ages.

Author’s recommendation

The unique flora, the geological peculiarities and the partly lonely path passages characterise this very attractive tour.
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Martin Lässig 
Update: August 07, 2013
Highest point
1,961 m
Lowest point
983 m
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Safety information

Game reserve at the Höfle-Alpe with no-entry ban from 1.11. to 15.5. In the Schrattenkalk, deep holes have been washed out in parts, so that special caution is advisable here when the snow cover is closed.


Riezlern Post (1,088 m)
47.359111, 10.190074
47°21'32.8"N 10°11'24.3"E
32T 589867 5245758
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Turn-by-turn directions

From the post office in Riezlern, we follow the main road a little way north until we turn left into Leo-Müller-Straße. Following the signs to the Mahdtalhaus, we slowly descend to the edge of the forest. We catch our first glimpses of the imposing Gottesacker and the Widderstein, the valley head. Here we quickly descend to the Breitach, cross it and reach the Mahdtalhaus along the Schwarzwasser. We follow the road out of the valley for a short while before climbing westwards. Via the forest path we reach the Höfle-Alpe. There is a game reserve here with a ban on entering from 1.11. to 15.5.
We cross the game reserve and then follow the path uphill through mixed forest. After the forest has thinned out somewhat, we reach the imposing entrance gorge of the Hölloch. Shortly afterwards we pass the Mahdtal-Alpe. We leave the forest behind us and follow the trail tracks mostly along the stream into the valley. At the end of the valley, we climb in a few minutes to the Windecksattel. In front of us are the imposing Obere Gottesackerwände. Over grassy paths and slightly sloping terrain, we climb ever more steeply up to the passage. We keep to the west and quickly lose altitude following a long valley. The first Bäume reappear and the mountain pine forests become denser. Shortly afterwards, we reach the Schneiderküren-Alm and the hunting lodge there. Here you will find a hunter and shepherd camp from prehistoric times. Through the forest, we follow the path in a very varied way through gullies, over small moors and clearings down to the Wöldele.

Here we cross the stream and reach the Schwarzwasser again. We master the last ascent and descend across lush meadows to Hirschegg, where we reach the main road at Gasthof Adler.

We return to the main road at Gasthof Adler.

We return by bus to Riezlern.

If we want to reach the starting point on foot, we turn into the Schwarzwasserweg at the Schwarzwasserbrücke and follow this until we meet the ascent path just below the Mahdtalhaus. Follow this trail back to the post office in Riezlern.


Wildlife protection area Höfle: December 01 - May 15
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Public transport

By train to Oberstdorf and continue by bus to Riezlern Post

Getting there

B19 to Oberstdorf and further into Kleinwalsertal to Riezlern


several possibilities in Riezlern


47.359111, 10.190074
47°21'32.8"N 10°11'24.3"E
32T 589867 5245758
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Xaver Dietrich
September 13, 2010 · Community
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When did you do this route? September 12, 2010

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16.1 km
5:30 h
978 m
951 m
Highest point
1,961 m
Lowest point
983 m


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