Day tour for persistent hikers crossing a fascinating, though barren karst landscape.
The tour takes you through the wild, rugged karst landscape of the Gottesacker plateau – for anyone interested in geological and botanical phenomenons an absolute must! Another highlight are the nearby steep walls of the Ifen plateau during the ascent through the Ifenmulde. Provide sufficient drinks and food for this long tour – there are no refreshment stops or catering facilities after the Ifenhütte.
Check the webcam before you start the tour – in foggy weather you risk loosing the orientation on the Gottesacker plateau.
Natur Erlebnis Karte, M 1:12.000 € 3,00; Tourenkarte Kleinwalsertal (mit Wanderführer), M 1:25.000 € 9,90, DAV-Wanderkarte, M 1:25.000 € 9,80; Erhältlich im Walserhaus in Hirschegg
Presented by: Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen
Author: Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen
Difficulty: schwer Technique: Condition: Experience: Landscape: Altitude: Best season: JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Safety instructions:
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Sturdy shoes and hiking poles. Weather-proof clothing recommended.
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How do you consciously experience nature?
Nature is so much more than the backdrop for unforgettable mountain experiences. It is a habitat for animals and plants. It provides drinking water and supplies us with high quality food. Not only does it provide valuable raw materials such as wood, it also protects against avalanches and mudslides and regulates the climate. It is up to us to support nature in everything that it does for us. One thing is certain, together we can achieve more:
Smart in NATURE
Smart in NATURE
Take a deep breath and recharge your batteries, be outside and feel free. When we enjoy nature, we are guests in the living room of shy animals and rare plants. If you behave smart, they will be happy to share their living space with you in the future too.
Stay on paths and marked routes
If you follow the marked paths and routes, you are sure to come to new favorite places. In this way you also respect protected areas, because many animals and plants need special protection. Especially in winter, any disturbance unnecessarily costs the wild animals the strength they need to survive.
Avoiding twilight times
Standing on a mountain at sunrise is a special experience. The morning and evening hours are also the time when most wild animals are in search of food. If they are disturbed, they get stressed. If it cannot be avoided, please stay on the marked path, do not use a bright headlamp and enjoy the silence.
Stay clean & take rubbish with you
It goes without saying: You take rubbish with you again, on the mountain and in the valley. Please also organic waste, because it is composted much more slowly at altitude. You can dispose of the rubbish properly at home or in your accommodation – please remember that there are no rubbish bins in public spaces in Kleinwalsertal.
On the natural toilet
If you are looking for a quiet place, please be at least 50 m away from water. Bury excrement or cover it with a large stone. Use fallen leaves or recycled toilet paper and put the paper back in the trash bag.
On tour with a dog
Are you always in control of your four-legged partner, even if he gets his nose for marmots, deer or other wild animals? You are both on the safe side on a leash. Keep dogs on a short leash near grazing cattle. If an attack by a grazing animal is foreseeable: leash off immediately. There are numerous dog stations in the valley for the disposal of dog bags. The farmers and alpine farmers thank you because manure in meadows and fields contaminates the feed and makes grazing cattle sick.
CONSCIOUS to each other
Consideration for other athletes and those looking for relaxation
Everyone loves to enjoy a special piece of earth for themselves. But most of the time we are not traveling alone. No problem, because there is enough space. Allow time, open the way in an accommodating manner, provide support when someone needs help and always give a smile. So nothing stands in the way of friendly cooperation and relaxed enjoyment of nature.
Appreciating the preservation of the cultural landscape
Alpine landscapes are touching with their contrast: Imposing peaks and natural forests alternate with gentle valleys, well-tended meadows and pastures. In the Kleinwalsertal too, this delightful landscape at three altitudes is no coincidence, but the result of an interplay of natural and cultural landscapes. Behind this is the work of farmers, alpine and forestry as well as hunters. With their work, they ensure that the attractiveness of the recreation and leisure area and the diversity of species are preserved. We already say thank you if we stay on the marked trails and enjoy regional products.
Safe on tour – for you and others
Whether on a ski or snowshoe tour in winter or on a mountain tour in summer, anyone who is out and about in alpine terrain has to be well prepared. This includes careful information and tour planning as well as the right equipment. Correctly assessing alpine dangers requires a lot of knowledge and experience. Why not learn from professionals and go on tour with one of the experienced guides?
Starting point of the tour is left of the Ifenbahn. After an hour through thick forest the area opens at the Ifenhütte / mountain station. From here, a moderately steep path leads in serpentine up to the Ifenmulde. We keep right and follow the signs to Hahnenköpfle. The ascent is a washed-out path on the right edge of the Ifenmulde. After some time the Gottesacker plateau. 10 minutes later the peak of Hahnenköpfle is reached. Here the rocky landscape of the Gottesacker plateau begins, where you stick to the labeled rocks in northeastern direction. At the junction at the abondoned Gottesacker Alpe we continue straight ahead. After climbing to the peak of the Sonnenberg we follow the path downhill to the Upper Gottesackerwände. Before the Lower Gottesackerwände are reached, we turn right onto the road that brings us down to Mahdtalhaus.
The tour can be short cut in several ways: Option 1: Let the Ifenbahn take you to the height of the Ifenhütte (1600m). Saving of time about 1 hour. Option 2: At the abondoned Gottesacker Alpe descent through the Kürental. Time saving 2 hours.
Geogr. 47.342687 N 10.137789 E
Leave the car where it is!
The Walserbus is a convenient way to reach your starting point. Line 5 takes you to the village Hirschegg. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop “Ifen”. Way back: bus line 2 from “Mahdtalhaus”.
Most routes from Germany lead to Ulm before carrying on along the A7. Take the Allgäu junction over a section of the A980 to the Waltenhofen junction, then take the 4- lane B19 via Sonthofen and Oberstdorf to Kleinwalsertal. From Austria (Vorarlberg) and Switzerland you reach the Kleinwalsertal via the Bregenzerwald (Hittisau) – Riedbergpass – Fischen – Oberstdorf. From Tyrol the fastest route is over the A7 to Kempten carrying on along the B19 direction Oberstdorf. A motorway vignette is not required to reach the valley.
A parking area (fee required) is located directly by the starting point.