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  • Blick ins Wildental mit den drei Schafalpköpfen
    Blick ins Wildental mit den drei Schafalpköpfen
    Photo: Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen, Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen
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A project within the literary festival Kleinwalsertal. Sarah Rinderer's texts invite you to a special reading and hiking pleasure. Your virtual narrative path includes several stations in the Kleinwalsertal. Walk the story on foot or digitally.
Distance 5.4 km
1:44 h
218 m
231 m
1,422 m
1,191 m
Seen from Vorarlberg, the Kleinwalsertal is like an island. I too spent the last six months on an island. Where the mountains are in Kleinwalsertal, I saw the sea in Iceland. In search of points of contact of the two landscapes, I transferred the route from the parking lot near Hveragerði to Reykjadalur in South Iceland to the Kleinwalsertal.Los it is "parking lot" turn off the car right a vintage bus left a SUV tire shoulder high dried mud splash in the rear window weather report on smartphone partly cloudy no storm warning backpack from the passenger seat take the loops of the hiking boots tighter pull back the short flashing of the headlights while closing the car along the road follow up to the Walmendingerhornbahn "where the path begins" an information-board blue-tinted environment cartography in broken lines away four hand widths are esbis zum Rauchtalwo the rise begins a bridge without railing After the hairdresser turn left and go up the "Schützabühl" ... "in the back" scattered snowfields except breathless mixture of color pigment particles still foreign language a taste on the tongue with emphasis on the first syllabary in the course of a lateral line a little ro-sa even upwards, past the small hut ... " and opposite "only the softness of bare slopes, there is no longer a long way here under the zafernalift," after the curve, "with the tips of his shoes up to the narrow canyon rush of a waterfall, the river line runs southward in pale, pale shades, the coastline past the Sonnaalp , "by the river" take care not to slip on wet stones dark green on the edges of the moss on the other side rough gravelthe edges through the thick soles of the hiking shoes feel the We g follow for a while and then "next to the road" HÆTTADANGER a square sign with capital lettersWALKING next red outline drawing of a thermometerFARE 100 ° CPERICOLOWithin front of the Heuberglift, "not far" from the way away it smokes only near the hole in the earth seething volcanic mud in viscous ash gray clay particles from the deep to the Schöntallift, at the valley station left s, the small way "along" at damp rockwood bar steps brightly and only recently relocated slightly click when the boiling water stone touches from inside "under" pastel rust blue brownish mud mud crevasses crust riser zone luke warm steam atmetan the surface tastes the new still moist and a little bit after sulfur a few steps white terist the bridge completely wrapped in white steam can not see where it goes on the Schwarzwassertalstraße, to the boiler holes, to the bridge "very close" as the steam lichtetholzwände dark imprint the memory of a damp bath towel at a few places is the river water with stones to small basin stowing the backpack off the footstep the sanding of the walking shoes looseningmoosoft under bare footsoles cold toes in the wind take off the jacket the pulloverHunter down to the waterfall, to the water, warmly into the river on the skin, small bubbles where the hands touch the ground shining moss of the riverbanner kenassgrün sattorange
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Update: July 07, 2021
Highest point
1,422 m
Lowest point
1,191 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 37.03%Dirt road 33.51%Forested/wild trail 10.08%Path 8.98%Road 10.36%
2 km
Dirt road
1.8 km
Forested/wild trail
0.5 km
0.5 km
0.6 km
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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?


Mittelberg (1,203 m)
47.321500, 10.149852
47°19'17.4"N 10°08'59.5"E
32T 586891 5241533



Turn-by-turn directions

The route leads from the parking lot in the Moosstraße, to Schützabühl and there via a climb to the Upper Trail. Following the Schöntalweg until after the Schöntallift, continue on a footpath on the left. At the next branch on the right you reach the Schwarzwassertalstraße and the Schröflesäge. About a footpath near the bridge to reach the so-called Kessellöcher.Ab the stop "Klettergarten" there is a possibility to return by bus.


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 Riezlern. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Riezlern Post".

>>> 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 close to the starting point.


47.321500, 10.149852
47°19'17.4"N 10°08'59.5"E
32T 586891 5241533
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



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5.4 km
1:44 h
218 m
231 m
Highest point
1,422 m
Lowest point
1,191 m


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