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The great nature explorer adventure: Wild animals

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Our marmot friends Burmi and Burmi were born in Kleinwalsertal, but they are young and therefore there is still a lot to discover and research in their home country.
Distance 5.6 km
1:50 h
170 m
173 m
1,295 m
1,150 m
Attention naturalists! Our marmot friends Burmi and Burmina go on a discovery tour in Kleinwalsertal.

They both want to thoroughly explore and explore nature and its inhabitants - this is of course only possible with appropriate research expeditions.

A researcher book with tricky tasks accompanies the themed trail.

Info columns and an exciting radio play provide helpful information for solving research tasks.

The natural scientist adventure "Wild Animals" provides information about wild animals in the Gemsteltal in a playful way. Which animals and which tracks belong together? In half a day there is a lot to explore on the 5.5 km long tour. Now it's time to pick up the research kit (€ 8 per family) at the tourist office in Hirschegg and off you go!

Author’s recommendation

For this expedition you need the researcher book (available in the Walserhaus Hirschegg including colored pencils and adhesive tape) and a smartphone for the radio play.
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Update: March 02, 2023
Highest point
1,295 m
Lowest point
1,150 m
Best time of year

Track types

Asphalt 6.90%Dirt road 73.32%Forested/wild trail 16.95%Path 0.81%Road 1.99%
0.4 km
Dirt road
4.1 km
Forested/wild trail
0.9 km
0 km
0.1 km
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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?


Mittelberg (1,163 m)
47.315132, 10.145751
47°18'54.5"N 10°08'44.7"E
32T 586592 5240821



Turn-by-turn directions

The start of the naturalist adventure is only about 500 meters from the Gemse bus stop or the Weiher car park. Via the Gemstelweg you reach station 1. It is located at the entrance of the Gemsteltal behind the bridge over the Breitach. The other stations can be found along the circular route & only a few meters away from each other. In addition to each station, an exciting radio play provides you with valuable information, the original voices of many animals and guides you through the Gemsteltal.


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 "Gemse".

>>> 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 at the end of the Bödmerstraße direction Baad.


47.315132, 10.145751
47°18'54.5"N 10°08'44.7"E
32T 586592 5240821
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Author’s map recommendations

The researcher set (1 researcher book, 1 pen set, 1 adhesive tape) costs € 8.00 & is available in the Walserhaus in Hirschegg.


Binoculars would be useful, otherwise you have to rely on your sharp eyes! Along the way, information pillars support you in solving the tasks! With the tips of the stations you can solve the various puzzles.

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5.6 km
1:50 h
170 m
173 m
Highest point
1,295 m
Lowest point
1,150 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Dog-friendly Suitable for strollers


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