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Hiking in the Derra and Dura Valley

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  • Startpunkt in Baad
    Startpunkt in Baad
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m 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 8 6 4 2 km Derrenalpe (unbewirtschaftet) Starzeljoch (1876 m) Hochstarzel (1974 m) Starzelalp (unbewirtschaftet) Mittlere Spitalalpe
Walser Omgang hike - The Nothing. A balancing half-day tour
Distance 9.9 km
4:34 h
759 m
759 m
1,964 m
1,219 m
Tours in the secluded valleys Derra and Dura.
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Update: July 07, 2021
Highest point
1,964 m
Lowest point
1,219 m
Best time of year

Track types

Dirt road 10.51%Path 82.28%Road 7.67%
Dirt road
1 km
8.2 km
0.8 km
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Rest stops

Mittlere Spitalalpe

Safety information

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 safe in the mountains

Tour is not recommended with wet weather.

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?


Baad (1,219 m)
47.309578, 10.121619
47°18'34.5"N 10°07'17.8"E
32T 584777 5240177
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Turn-by-turn directions

We start our hike in Baad. From the roundabout we follow the road upwards, passing the Starzelhaus. Here we walk initially moderately increasing to a forest road until we reach the steep zigzag path leading to the Starzelalp (without restaurant). From here the highlight of the tour is close, the ridge between Starzel- and Derrajoch. The crossing is entertaining, but you should be free from giddiness and bring alpine experience: it brings along many ups and downs with minor climbs in between. We stop on the Hochstarzel for a snack and enjoy the view into the Kleinwalsertal and especially the impressive Große Widderstein. We continue via final exposed area to the Derrajoch. Here our descent begins. At the Derraalpe we turn left. After about 30 minutes we reach the "Mittlere Spitalalp" where we can stop once again before descending the last steeper section after Baad and reach our starting point.


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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 village Baad. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Baad".

>>> 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.


A parking area (fee required) is located directly by the starting point.


47.309578, 10.121619
47°18'34.5"N 10°07'17.8"E
32T 584777 5240177
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.

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Robin Giesen
July 28, 2020 · Community
Very beautiful route. Great views. Moderate difficultly I would say
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When did you do this route? October 13, 2019
Family R.-G.
July 09, 2018 · Community
An einem wunderschönen Tag die Tour gemacht. Etwas anstrengender Anstieg, aber man wird belohnt mit der tollen Flora und Fauna und den schönen Ausblicken in die Täler. Die Gratwanderung ist genial, aber für nicht Schwindelfreie ungeeignet, da es an manchen Stellen nur mit Seilen weiter geht (kleiner Klettersteig) im mittleren Teil des Gratwanderung, liegen die Seile auf der Seite, doch dort ist es unserer Meinung nach, ungefährlich weiter zulaufen. Der Abstieg zur Spitalalpe klappt gut und ist unproblematisch. Dort haben wir eine Brotzeit gegessen, sie war gut.
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When did you do this route? July 09, 2018
Anfang der Tour zur inneren Turaalpe, Blick zum Tal
Photo: Family R.-G., Community
Auf weg zum Starzeljoch
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Panoramabild am Starzeljochgrat
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Lena Wiesler
October 16, 2017 · Outdooractive Editors
Klasse Herbst-Tour mit wunderschönen Blicken ins Kleinewalsertal und den Bregenzer Wald
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9.9 km
4:34 h
759 m
759 m
Highest point
1,964 m
Lowest point
1,219 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Summit route Exposed sections Ridge traverse Secured passages


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