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Round the Widderstein

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  • Widderstein
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m 2400 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Obere Gemstelhütte Bärgunthütte (GenussHütte) Hochalpsee Widdersteinhütte Bernhard's Gemstelalp Hintere Gemstelhütte
Walser Omgang hike - Recognize yourself - summer. An activating day tour
Distance 15.6 km
6:30 h
949 m
949 m
2,039 m
1,156 m
This hike is a sporting challenge, even though it does not lead to the peak of the Widderstein. This can of course still be unertaken, but it is only recommended for experienced hikers. If you don't set yourself a geographic goal on this Walser Omgang hike, you can take the time to focus yourself on your innermost core. The orange Walser Omgang symbol accompanies this day hike. Its activating character is meant to stimulate the body. The starting point is either from Baad via Bärgunttal or Bödmen via Gemsteltal. 

Author’s recommendation

Great tour from hut to hut – nevertheless be sure to bring enough water!
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Update: July 07, 2021
Highest point
2,039 m
Lowest point
1,156 m
Best time of year

Track types

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Rest stops

Alpe Widderstein (Gourmet hut)
Bärgunthut (Gourmet hut)
Obere Gemstelhütte
Hintere Gemstelhütte
Bernhard's Gemstelalp

Safety information

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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 (1,222 m)
47.309592, 10.121628
47°18'34.5"N 10°07'17.9"E
32T 584778 5240178
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Turn-by-turn directions

Round the Widderstein. Either from Baad via the Bärgunttal or from Bödmen (Mittelberg) via the Gemsteltal. Activating day trip starting in Baad or Bödmen, Mittelberg. 

The tour around the "guardian" of the valley starts optionally in Baad or in Bödmen – the following starting point is from Baad. The tour starts with a moderate ascent to the Bärgunthütte and then leads to the Hochalppass, pass the Bärgunthochalpe and into the backyard of the Widderstein. Here you have the possibility to climb the summit of the Widderstein.  The ascent is only recommended for experienced mountaineers free from giddiness. Past the Widdersteinhütte a trail on rough rocks leads to the Obere Gemstelalpe. After the last descent a moderate path stretches through the Gemsteltal and later to the left back to Baad – ideal for tapering off.


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 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.


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


47.309592, 10.121628
47°18'34.5"N 10°07'17.9"E
32T 584778 5240178
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


Solid footwear (hiking boots) and hiking sticks. It is highly recommended that you bring/wear Weatherproof clothing. Check the weather forecast before undertaking this tour to avoid any  unpleasent weather surprises.

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Carsten K. 
October 10, 2020 · Community
Ich kann mich meinen Vorrednern anschließen: Eine der schönsten Touren im Kleinwalsertal! Die Wege sind allesamt gut begehbar. Wir hatten in den Hochlagen rund 30cm Neuschnee und waren hier dankbar, dass Wanderer vor uns geeignete Wege bereits durch ihre Spuren gekennzeichnet haben. Aber auch im Schnee definitiv gut und einfach begehbar. Die Aussichten und der Abwechslungsreichtum der Route sind bemerkenswert. Wir kamen stellenweise aus dem Fotografieren gar nicht mehr heraus! Eine Einkehr in der Widdersteinhütte in etwa auf der Hälfte der Strecke bietet sich an. Die Betreiber sind sehr freundlich und die Hütte an sich sehr gemütlich. Fazit: Auch für uns ungeübte Bergwanderer eine machbare Tagestour, die definitiv ihre 5 Sterne verdient hat!
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Florian L
October 13, 2018 · Community
When did you do this route? July 30, 2018
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15.6 km
6:30 h
949 m
949 m
Highest point
2,039 m
Lowest point
1,156 m
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