Hiking

The Bregenzerwald offers endless possibilities for magnificent walks, hikes and tours. Many are within easy reach of public transport and cable cars that swiftly bring you to the sunny mountain tops. Holders of the Bregenzerwald Gäste-CARD can use cable cars, buses and outdoor swimming pool facilities free of charge from May to October. Guests who stay a minimum of 3 nights or more receive a free Bregenzerwald CARD.

Our hiking trails are clearly marked and posted according to the guidelines of the Vorarlberg hiking trail concept. This allows clearly legible and simple orientation. You will easily find every location without having to consult a special hiking map. The trail posts are mounted in walking direction and show all major destinations and walking times.

Nevertheless we still recommend using our practical new hiking maps (Scale 1:32000) which offer numerous hiking suggestions. This map can be purchased from the various tourist offices at the price of € 14.90

Therme Trail

Natural wonder trail Auer Ried WALKING TIME: 2,5 H ALTITUDE: 260 M
Auer Ried
Water power, geology, nature conservation and old cultural landscapes, the mighty Kanisfluh as with the forces of nature and their influences form the themes and stations of the approximately 3 hour long gentle walk for families and nature enthusiasts.

The walk starts from the village centre in Au/local government office down to the river Bregenzerach along the Reute meadow to the Damüls road and to the cool of the Argenschlucht. Here you will see the old Vorarlberger power station, which is over 100 years old, built in the year 1900 as a private power station for "Simma, Natter & Co". The vertical 100 m high limestone walls are of natural scientific importance and accompany you along the "Ludwigsweg" through the Argenschlucht almost to the waterfall (pushchair accessible to this point). The man-made forest path climbs to the Damüls road and leads to the nature reserve of Auer Ried.

Over 50 rare plants are to be found here. The damp rough pasture and mulchy hillsides with plenty of characteristic old hay huts are pervaded by waterways, picturesque forests, landslides and damp habitats. There are continually openings along the way, which show us the wonderful and wild south side of the mighty Kanisfluh, over the settlements of Au, to the Diedamskopf and to Üntschenspitze. Via the village district of Lisse with it’s decorative old and new houses you will find your way back to the centre of the village.

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"alpgang" the alp trail WALKING TIME: 2 H ALTITUDE: 350 M
alpgang museum

The area between Au-Rehmen and the Obere Sattelalpe offers hikers a unique insight into alpine agriculture in the Bregenzerwald. Farmers continue to cultivate mountain properties, farmsteads, and alpine pastures along the trail. As you walk along the Alpgang you become aware of how the landscape and everyday culture have been transformed over recent decades and centuries. The references to alpine architecture, the diverse elements of the cultivated landscape, wildlife habitats teeming with different species and literary locales testify to the thousands of years over which people have left their mark on the area.

On the Alpgang the hiker gains an enduring knowledge of the use and development of the five stages of transhumance in the Alps: from valley farming in Rehmen and the nearby communal pastures to the historic Geißerweg all the way to the mountain property of Berngat. The route leads you uphill from the Berbigen mountain pasture to the Obere and Untere Sattelalpe, and between the two the Liegstein offers breathtaking views which call to mind Franz Michael Felder, the great social reformer. Then onwards from the Sattelegg Alpe past the wild hay pastures below the Diedamskopf to the hay huts in the Wika. Between Wika and the Berngater Ried the adventurous path known as the Heuzieherweg also offers itself to “cross-country” folk on the Alpgang. Finally, the route takes you back from Wika via Holand to the starting point on the valley floor. Powerful impressions of the countryside accompany this encounter with the area, its time and the people on the Alpgang: all of a sudden, the landscape becomes legible. Two old trails were reactivated for this purpose. The Geißerweg and Kohloweg trails link Berngat to the Wika. Guided hikes of the area take place in summer. A small brochure helps the interested hiker to get the most out of his tour of discovery.

Detailed information and descriptions of routes are available from the tourism offices in Au-Schoppernau.


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Franz Michael Felder Route WALKING TIME: 3 H ALTITUDE: 150 M
Hinterhopfreben
Along the way from Schoppernau – beginning at the Franz Michael Felder Museum - after Hinterhopfreben you will find panels explaining the life and work of F. M. Felder, the most important social reformer, author and farmer from Schoppernau, who was active in the first half of the 19th century. He founded the first agricultural cooperative in the Bregenzerwald and stood in stark conflict with Gallus Moosbrugger, the rich and mighty "Cheese Lord" ...

Detailed information and route descriptions are to be obtained at the tourist offices in Au-Schoppernau.
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Umgang Au WALKING TIME: 3 H ALTITUDE: 250 M
Umgang Au

The way people in the Bregenzerwald deal with their environment is the subject of specially marked paths through the villages of the region. Take these paths and, by observing selected objects, experience how people here have shaped their lives, and continue to shape them.

On each walk, information columns draw attention to a building, to the special features of the cultural landscape, to artisanal or ecological details, to facets of artistic, culinary or touristic works.
Please press the button on the information column.

 
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Umgang Schoppernau WALKING TIME: 1,5 H ALTITUDE: 50 M
Umgang Schoppernau

The way people in the Bregenzerwald deal with their environment is the subject of specially marked paths through the villages of the region. Take these paths and, by observing selected objects, experience how people here have shaped their lives, and continue to shape them.

On each walk, information columns draw attention to a building, to the special features of the cultural landscape, to artisanal or ecological details, to facets of artistic, culinary or touristic works.
Please press the button on the information column.

 
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