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Hike on Walserweg trail from Raggal to Bludenz

Through the colourful spring meadows

In spring, we recommend this roughly 6-hour stage of the Walserweg trail through the Ludescherberg European Protection Area from Raggal to Bludenz to nature enthusiasts. The nature reserve was created by human use, as without the regular mowing, which is done in late summer, Ludescherberg would be largely forested today. Be honest, would you believe that?
Thanks to the nature-friendly cultivation, the meadows are home to 250 ferns and flowers, including roughly twenty varieties of orchids and nine different gentian varieties. Ten endangered bird species have also already been spotted here in the area.

Alpenanemone auf dem Walserweg von Raggal nach Bludenz (c) Vorarlberg Tourismus
Ludescherberg - Wanderung auf dem Walserweg von Raggal nach Bludenz (c) Vorarlberg Tourismus

The entire area is a mosaic of dry rough pasture and wetter litter meadows. The rough pasture meadows are among Central Europe’s most biodiverse habitats. Some meadows contain over 70 different types of plants on just 20 m2. That is in addition to the many insects, spiders, reptiles and bird species. A unique specimen is the owly sulphur. This rare animal can only be seen on sunny and warm days from May to July. Unrelated to either the dragonflies or butterflies, the species is a member of the neuroptera family.
The diverse flora and fauna is only  possible thanks to nature-kind farming. If you want to know more about this kind of cultivation, you can read up on it in the history of the ‘meadow masters’.
By the way: Maria and Bernhard Walter from Ludesch, who farm a sunny steep slope in the Natura 2000 region of Ludescherberg, were winners in the 2018 ‘Meadow Championship’.

Note:
After the day hike, take Landbus bus 76/78 back to Raggal. The last bus leaves Bludenz railway station at 6.09 pm! Detailed timetable information: Verkehrsverbund Vorarlberg (Vorarlberg Transport Association) timetables (in German)

Hiking route with a route description and map (in German)
  • Blick von Raggal in das hintere Große Walsertal

    Walserweg E 22 – Walserspuren auf Ludescherberg, Laz und…

    Der kulturhistorische Weitwanderweg führt in 25 Etappen in die Geschichte und Gegenwart der Vorarlberger…

    • 16,1 km

    • 05:15 h

    • mittel

    Walserweg E 22 – Walserspuren auf Ludescherberg, Laz und Muttersberg
    Walserweg E 22 – Walserspuren auf Ludescherberg, Laz und Muttersberg
    Walserweg E 22 – Walserspuren auf Ludescherberg, Laz und Muttersberg
    Difficulty:mittel
    Distance:16,1 km
    Ascent:710 m
    Descent:1140 m
    Duration:05:15 h
    Deepest point:559 m
    Highest point:1388 m
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    Walserweg E 22 – Walserspuren auf Ludescherberg, Laz und Muttersberg

    Der kulturhistorische Weitwanderweg führt in 25 Etappen in die Geschichte und Gegenwart der Vorarlberger Walser.

    Start of tour

    Raggal

    End of tour

    Bludenz

    Description

    Aussichtsreiche Bergwanderung. Steiler Anstieg zum Madeisakopf.

    Stationen: Raggal (1015 m) – Luderscherberg (1090 m) – Laz (900 m) – Valkatin (1100 m) – Madeisakopf (1397 m) – Oberes Bild (1040 m) – Tristle (1000 m) – Daneubrücke (661 m) – Bludenz (558 m).

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    All route info
Raggal im Frühling (c) Verena Hetzenauer / Vorarlberg Tourismus
Ludescherberg - Wanderung auf dem Walserweg von Raggal nach Bludenz (c) Vorarlberg Tourismus
Alpenanemone auf dem Walserweg von Raggal nach Bludenz (c) Vorarlberg Tourismus
Ludescherberg - Wanderung auf dem Walserweg von Raggal nach Bludenz (c) Vorarlberg Tourismus
Ludescherberg - Wanderung auf dem Walserweg von Raggal nach Bludenz (c) Vorarlberg Tourismus
Der Ludescherberg wird auch
Himmelschlüssel und andere Frühlingsblumen auf dem Walserweg von Raggal nach Bludenz (c) Vorarlberg Tourismus
Himmelschlüssel und andere Frühlingsblumen auf dem Walserweg von Raggal nach Bludenz (c) Vorarlberg Tourismus
Ludescherberg - Wanderung auf dem Walserweg von Raggal nach Bludenz (c) Vorarlberg Tourismus

The hike starts in the village centre of Raggal in the Großes Walsertal.

The region Großes Walsertal is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, where the natural environment is protected.

Spring flowers are blossoming everywhere along the hike.

The spring hike leads through the Ludescherberg European Protection Area.

Even the horse is happy about the spring meadows.

Ludescherberg is also called the "Terrace of Walgau" - the view covers the region Walgau, you can even see the Alpstein mountains in Switzerland.

Pause and take a deep breath!

The blossoming of the cowslip (primula veris) is a sign of spring.

The cowslip (primula veris) is one of the first flowering plants to bloom in spring.

Even from far away the goal of the hike can bee seen - the town Bludenz.

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