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Bürser Schlucht | Bürs

Bürser Gorge
Information boards in the Bürser Gorge
Entrance to the Bürser Gorge
Bürser Gorge
Numerous footbridges lead through the gorge
Bürser Gorge
Larch meadow
View over Bludenz
Hiking trails concept Vorarlberg


Difficulty: mittel
Distance: 4.98 km
Ascent: 219 m
Descent: 217 m
Duration: 2 h
Deepest point: 567 m
Highest point: 786 m



  • Höhenprofil

    The Bürser Gorge offers extremely rare insights into the recent history of the earth and is also considered one of the most scenic gorges in the Alps with an almost primeval forest-like tree population.

    The path through the natural monument “Bürser Schlucht” takes about 2 hours via the “Kuhloch” back to Bürs.

    The “Bürser Konglomerat”, through which the Alvierbach has carved the front part of the Bürser Gorge since the end of the last ice age, has become a geological technical term because of the occurrence so typical here. This rock form mainly occurs in the southern side valleys of the Rätikon. The “Stelleschroffen”, which rises behind the church tower in Bürs, was formed by the bedload of the Alvierbach from the already ice-free Alvier valley – todays Brandnertal – into a marginal lake of the Ill glacier.

    Through lime-like binders, the round-grained gravel solidified into conglomerate and remained as a rock face after the recession of the main glacier. Gneiss blocks, originating from the Ill glacier, were washed free by the Alvierbach stream at the bottom of the deposits. Moraines and gneiss blocks also lie on the plateaus of the “Schaß” (formerly Zerschaß – on the rock) and the “Spial”, which were formed after the deposits. They are reliable witnesses of the interglacial formation of this landscape, which is extremely rare in the Alps.

    The Bürser Schlucht is a popular destination and ideal for family excursions. From the center of the village, the natural gorge trail leads through huge conglomerate blocks into the valley along the Alvierbach stream. Alternately, it goes back and forth over narrow bridges several times. The path turns and leads steeply up to the right, to the highest point of the tour. Here an ascent to Bürserberg would be possible (25 min). Downhill you reach a larch meadow via a wide path. As you continue, the path passes ripped open crevices in the ground. Finally, you reach the Kuhloch, a dry gorge dug into coarse gravel. Via a small forest path you return to Bürs.

    You can find out more exciting details on the guided gorge hike. All dates at Bürser Gorge folder and DVD available from Bürs or Brandnertal Tourismus.

    Presented by: Alpenregion Bludenz Tourismus GmbH
    Author: Melanie Fleisch

  • Difficulty: mittel



    Altitude: 786 m 567 m Best season:
    Safety instructions:

    Note: Due to the possibility of falling rocks, the use of the path is only allowed at your own risk and because of the nearby shooting range of the shooting guild, you should not leave the marked paths.

    140 Alpine emergencies Austria-wide
    144 Alpine emergencies Vorarlberg
    112 Euro-emergency call (works with any mobile phone/network)


    Ankle hight mountain boots, warm clothing, rain and sun protection and hiking poles are recommended. Cell phone for emergencies.

  • Directions

    Village center – Bürser Schlucht – turnoff to Bürserberg – Lärchenwiese – Kuhloch – village center

    Start Bürs, village center
    Geogr. 47.150712 N 9.802584 E
    Destination Bürs, village center


  • Public transportation:

    Bus line 580, stop “Bürs Dorfmitte” or “Bürserberg Gemeindeamt”.

    Timetable enquiry online at


    Route Planner


    At the start in Bürs: Elektrizitätswerk Lug, Bürs
    At the start in Bürserberg: Municipal office, Bürserberg