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Discover the power of nature

Herbal hikes in Vorarlberg

Interested participants can learn the secrets of herbs with a botanical healer or an expert in Alchemilla plants. Discover what they taste like or how they’re transformed into valuable natural products.

Tipp: With the different guest cards you get special offers on many herbal hikes. Click here to get an overview about Vorarlberg’s different inclusive cards.

On Thursdays (13 June to 29 August), one of the Alchemilla herbal women from the Grosses Walsertal biosphere reserve will accompany you on a 2.5 hour themed meadow-and-herb walk. On the tour, you will find out about the different herbs and learn what herbs you can eat and how to process them. The price of this tour is EUR 19.

Engels Kräuterstunde in the Klostertal invites you to a stroll through the wild herb labyrinth. This programme is organised on Thursdays (12 July to 23 September). Participation includes a tasting of herbal spreads and herbal lemonade and costs EUR 19 for holders of a Klostertal guest card.

From mid-June to mid-September, a guided stroll to the “Realm of Herbs” is organised once weekly at the nature adventure centre Holdamoos in Au in Bregenzerwald. “Magic mountain huts and magic herbs” is the motto of a once-weekly tour from mid-July to late August.

In Krumbach in Bregenzerwald, a hiking trail invites guests to explore the local moor landscape. A guided hike through the moors of Krumbach takes place every Thursday from 6th June to 26th September.

Commemorating their 10th anniversary in 2019, four local inns have made the moor the theme of culinary excellence, using plants, berries and herbs to refine both food and drinks. In summer (1 June, 6 July, 3 August, 7 September), the four Krumbach moor inns invite guests to join a dawn walk on the moor with a hearty breakfast as a reward. The tour starts at 6:00 in the morning; breakfast is ready from 8:00.

In Kleinwalsertal, Christine Keck, a herbalist and passionate chef, lets interested visitors into the secrets of wild herbs. After foraying the alpine herbal garden at Hörnlepass where some 450 different herbs and medicinal plants thrive, the party will process the harvested goodies into delicious seasonal superfood. Outings to Christine’s herb kitchen are run on Thursdays from 16 May to 31 November. The price is EUR 20 for adults, and 10 EUR for children up to 10 years.

On Tuesdays, Veronika Walch, a professional herb instructor, organises guided herb walks in Lech am Arlberg for holders of the Lech card. Herb women’s days are organised from 13 July to 14 September in the herb workshop where participants prepare a gourmet menu under the guidance of acclaimed gourmet chef Thorsten Probost.

Holdamoos © Markus Gmeiner / Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH

Looking for herbs in the Silvretta Montafon, participants will learn more about alpine herbs and then savour the delicacies prepared with herbs at the Nova Stoba inn.

Every Tuesday participants can explore the flowers and herbs at Maisäss Montiel in St. Gallenkirch, Montafon.

On the themed “Probier Amol” herb trail in Partenen, interested visitors can deep dive into a colourful world of herbs. In several gardens they will be able to smell and taste a variety of different herbs. The gardens are cultivated from June to early September.

Eva Wachter offers a herbal hike for the entire family in Brandnertal. As a learned expert, she enjoys sharing her knowledge and, following an easy tour, she’ll help you to produce your own tee or salve from collected ingredients.

“Many valuable herbs grow at the Tschengla plateau,” says Eva Wachter, who knows more than 500 medicinal plants by name as well as their uses. Every hike is different and one is always discovering new plants.

Once a week from May to September, Eva Wachter runs herbal hikes with families. The programme begins at the Taleu nature hotel in Bürserberg and takes about 2.5 hours. Registration with Brandnertal Tourismus is possible until 9 am on the same day.

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Kräuterwanderung mit Veronika Walch in Lech am Arlberg © Emily Luxton

“Many valuable herbs grow at the Tschengla plateau”

Eva Wachter