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  • Am Walmendingerhorn
    Am Walmendingerhorn
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m 2200 2000 1800 1600 1400 1200 10 8 6 4 2 km Alpe Melköde (GenussHütte) Walmendinger Horn Schwarzwasserhütte Obere Lüchlealpe Estavelle Herzsee
Tour on passable routes from the backyard mountain of Mittelberg down to the wild and romantic Schwarzwassertal.
Distance 10.5 km
3:54 h
239 m
900 m
1,936 m
1,275 m
Leaving the cable car behind you can enjoy sights on the incomparable mountain panorama of the Kleinwalsertal – and hike with little effort. As you descend into the Schwarzwassertal you can admire the Ifenplateau and will probably be surprised by the relatively lush vegetation. Several alps invite you to stop while you walk down to the valley.

Author’s recommendation

Take down the panoramic elevator at the mountain station of the Walmendingehorn cable car and start your tour from here.
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Update: August 01, 2022
Highest point
1,936 m
Lowest point
1,275 m
Best time of year

Track types

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Rest stops

Gipfelstuba Walmendingerhorn
Obere Lüchlealpe
Innerer Stierhof
Alp Melköde - Gourmet hut
Alpin Lodge Auenhütte Alpine comfort on the Ifen

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 (1,935 m)
47.325603, 10.128506
47°19'32.2"N 10°07'42.6"E
32T 585272 5241965
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Turn-by-turn directions

Ascent with the Walmendingerhornbahn (on foot about 1 hour ascent to the junction). At the junction turn left to Obere Lüchle-Alpe and straight past the Äußere Stierhofalpe. Shortly after, follow the way up to the Ochsenhofer Scharte (wind gap). From here follow the path north side down to Schwarzwasser Hütte. The trail leads you down into Schwarzwassertal past the Alpe Melköde to the Ifen chair lift at Auenhütte.


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 Mittelberg. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Mittelberg". Way back: bus line 5 from "Ifen".

>>> 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.


47.325603, 10.128506
47°19'32.2"N 10°07'42.6"E
32T 585272 5241965
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. Weather-proof clothing recommended.

Questions and answers

Question from Roger Visschers · September 04, 2020 · Community
Ist diese tour gut zu laufen? Muss man schwindelfrei sein? Sind die wege breit oder sehr schmal?
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Answered by Philipp E. · September 04, 2020 · Community
Am Walmendingerhorn sind die Wege zunächst noch breit, aber steil. Bis zur Scharte, wo man die Bergseite wechselt, geht es dann teils über Steine (siehe Foto 1, an manchen Stellen muss man etwas klettern, womit ich meine, dass man sich mal mit den Händen abstützen muss um die großen Höhenunterschiede zwischen den Steinen zu überwinden, aber ohne Absturzgefahr, kein Abhang oder so). Direkt hinter der Scharte geht es ein ganz kurzes Stück sehr steil bergab (siehe Foto 2 und 3). Es gibt aber ein Stahlseil zum Festhalten. Anschließend geht es erneut etwas steinig zur Hütte runter und ab da ist der Weg ziemlich gut zu laufen. Schwindelfrei muss man, denke ich, nicht unbedingt sein. Es geht außer an der Scharte nicht dicht am Abhang entlang.
Photo: Philipp E., Community
Photo: Philipp E., Community
Photo: Philipp E., Community


Adam Loch 
August 27, 2017 · Community
Haben eine Rundtour in zwei Tagen daraus gemacht. Von Auenhütte zur Schwarzwasserhütte. Am zweiten Tag weiter zum Walmendinger Horn und dann weiter über die Walmendingenalpe zur Auenhütte zurück.
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When did you do this route? August 23, 2015
Adrian Friemel
August 09, 2016 · Community
Sehr schöne Tour, wird gerne wieder gemacht.
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When did you do this route? September 10, 2014

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10.5 km
3:54 h
239 m
900 m
Highest point
1,936 m
Lowest point
1,275 m
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