A comfortable hike across a picturesque alpine landscape. The Gemsteltal is a naturalist valley surrounded by an impressive mountain and rock landscape.
Presented by: Themenwege Vorarlberg,
Difficulty: leicht Technique: Condition: Experience: Landscape: Altitude: Best season: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Equipment:
Festes Schuhwerk und entsprechende Wanderausrüstung sind notwendig.
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Walser alp farming
In the 13th and 14th centuries, the Walser people settled some high-lying areas of Vorarlberg, including the Kleinwalsertal. They originated from the Swiss canton of Wallis and were seasoned farmers who fared well in mountainous regions. Amongst other things, they introduced the three-tier system of farming alpine pastures which is still practiced today in Vorarlberg. To fully exploit all supplies of cattle feed, animals, kith and kin move several times a year. They spend the summer on high-lying alps where fresh alp grass and fine herbs give a wonderful taste to the milk. On many alps, milk is being processed into alp and mountain cheese. In early and late summer, the cattle grazes on intermediate alps called maisaess or vorsaess. Having returned to their stables for winter, they feed on the grass and hey of these pastures in the cold season.
Start Mittelberg – Bödmen bus station
Geogr. 47.31492 N 10.14488 E
Destination Mittelberg, Bödmen