Winter hiking recommended route

Bärgunttal circular route

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  • Stall im Bärgunttal
    / Stall im Bärgunttal
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  • / Bärgunthütte
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  • / Bärguntbach
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  • / Großer Widderstein
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  • / Winterwanderweg im Bärgunttal
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  • / Bärguntbach
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  • / Winterwanderweg im Bärgunttal
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  • / Winterwanderweg im Bärgunttal
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  • / Respektiere Deine Grenzen
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m 1400 1300 1200 4 3 2 1 km Parkplatz Baad … Bärgunttal Parkplatz Baad - Cafe Baad Grund Bärgunthütte Parkplatz Baad … Bärgunttal
From the bus stop in Baad on the circular walk to Bärgunttal to Bärgunthütte and on the circular route back to the valley.
easy
Distance 4.7 km
1:45 h
187 m
187 m
It is hard to imagine today that in the Stone Age hunters roamed the rearmost Kleinwalsertal, which even boasts a major find of stone implements and weaponry of the time. When in the late Middle Ages the Walser immigrated from the Tannberg to the Breitach valley, the Bärgunttal valley was presumedly their main access. Via Hochalp pass they were connected with the assizes in Tannberg up until 1563. It is only recently that this route to the Bärgunttal has become negotiable on convenient hiking paths also during the winter time.

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the view on the Bärgun hut and let your mind wander.
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Update: June 14, 2021
Difficulty
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Highest point
1,404 m
Lowest point
1,223 m
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Rest Stop

Bärgunthütte

Safety information

EMERGENCY: 
140 Alpine Emergencies Austria wide 
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www.vorarlberg.travel/sicherheitstipps

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?

Start

Baad (1,222 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.309550, 10.121530
DMS
47°18'34.4"N 10°07'17.5"E
UTM
32T 584770 5240174
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Destination

Baad

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Baad bus stop, a compacted snow trail near the Bärguntbach creek runs to the high-lying valley along an alpine road. In winter, the creek is a spectacle in its own right. While the watercourse is mostly hidden under a snow cover, the towering snow caps on the boulders attract the attention of the beholder. The welcoming Bärgunthütte hut lies in sun-exposed alpine terrain close to the inhospitable high north-west flank of the Widderstein. From here, scenically enchanting views of the valley end with the craggy peaks of Höferspitze, Weisser Schrofen and Heiterberg unfold. To catch even better views of the valley head, choose the panorama trail to return, which first runs gently downhill to the bridge over the Bärguntbach creek only to mount for a short while on the opposite side of the valley.
At Innere Widdersteinalpe you reach woodless terrain with views of the south-exposed slopes of the Kleinwalsertal and of Walmendinger Horn. Below Äussere Widdersteinalpe you reach the very same trail which you used for the ascent, and from there it is only a couple of steps to Baad.  

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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.

Parking

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

Coordinates

DD
47.309550, 10.121530
DMS
47°18'34.4"N 10°07'17.5"E
UTM
32T 584770 5240174
w3w 
///bobsled.paused.oysters
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

NatureExperience Map, M 1:12.000 € 3,00; Available in the Walserhaus in Hirschegg

Equipment

Sturdy shoes and hiking poles for steep sections recommended. When necessary, rainproof clothing and head covering.

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Rating

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O. S
December 22, 2018 · Community
Eine der schönsten Wanderungen im Kleinwalsertal. Mit der urigen Bärgunthütte und einer Hüttenwirtin, die weiss was Wanderer mögen.
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When did you do this route? January 23, 2018
Kleinwalsertal-Bärgunthütte.
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Ursula B
December 28, 2017 · Community
im Schnee einfach nur schön
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Kleinwalsertal-Bärgunthütte.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
4.7 km
Duration
1:45 h
Ascent
187 m
Descent
187 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Dog-friendly Groomed snow

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