Mountainbiking recommended route

Over Heuberg into the Schwarzwassertal

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  • A mountain bike tour to the Alpe Melköde
    / A mountain bike tour to the Alpe Melköde
    Photo: Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Fotograf @Oliver Farys, Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen
  • / A mountain bike tour to the Alpe Melköde
    Photo: Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Fotograf @Oliver Farys, Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen
  • / A mountain bike tour to the Alpe Melköde
    Photo: Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Fotograf @Oliver Farys, Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen
  • / A mountain bike tour to the Alpe Melköde
    Photo: Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Fotograf @Oliver Farys, Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen
  • / A mountain bike tour to the Alpe Melköde
    Photo: Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Fotograf @Oliver Farys, Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen
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Mountain bike tour from Hirschegg over Heuberg to the beautiful Schwarzwassertal.
Distance 16.7 km
5:04 h
366 m
366 m
1,349 m
1,120 m
The tour connects the center of Hirschegg via Heuberg with its stunning views, to the natural jewel Schwarzwassertal. There are several places to stop for a relaxing break. Tip: let your mind wander at the NaturErlebnis-Platz on the Rohrweg!
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Update: July 07, 2021
Highest point
1,349 m
Lowest point
1,120 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Alp Melköde - Gourmet hut
War memorial

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?


Hirschegg (1,119 m)
47.342976, 10.167212
47°20'34.7"N 10°10'02.0"E
32T 588168 5243939



Turn-by-turn directions

From the Walserhaus in Hirschegg, the route leads along the Walserstraße towards Mittelberg. After about one kilometer, we turn right into the Rohrweg, which leads us past the reservoir to the top station of the Parsennbahn. Follow the Schwarzwassertalstraße to the Auenhütte at the valley station of the Ifen lift and further towards Melköde. The view of the beautifully situated Herzsee will soon open up. The further route leads us through the wild and romantic nature reserve Rüche. On both sides of the path there are huge boulders in a tangled mess - witnesses of a huge rock fall that went down centuries ago. The highest point is reached at the left-hand shrine and we continue on the path on the right to the Alpe Melköde, whose ancient settlement was inhabited all year round according to documents in 1612. The Alpe was recognized as a gourmet hut. The way back is to Herzsee. There we choose the right path and get back to the Schwarzwassertalstraße and the same route as on the way back over the Heuberg to Hirschegg.


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 Hirschegg. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Walserhaus".

>>> 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.


47.342976, 10.167212
47°20'34.7"N 10°10'02.0"E
32T 588168 5243939
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. Weatherproof clothing is recommended. Something to drink!

Basic Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Cycling helmet
  • Cycling gloves
  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass

Technical Equipment for Mountain Biking

  • Air pump or CO2 pump including cartridges
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Replacement inner tube
  • Tire levers
  • Chain tool
  • Hex keys
  • Phone / device holder as required  
  • Bike lock as required
  • Where applicable, the bike must meet requirements for road use by having a bell, front and rear lamps and spoke reflectors
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Questions and answers

Question from Thorsten Heinzerling · July 05, 2021 · Community
kann mann die Strecke auch mit einem Tourenrad fahren?
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Hallo Herr Heinzerling, wir empfehlen ein Mountainbike (muss kein Fully sein). Es handelt sich um eine Forststraße, der Zustand des Weges kann daher Witterungsbedingt ganz verschieden sein. Beste Grüße Ihr Team der Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen
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16.7 km
5:04 h
366 m
366 m
Highest point
1,349 m
Lowest point
1,120 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Out and back Scenic Geological highlights


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