Panoramic hike Mondspitze and Schillerkopf
Above valleys, on top of mountains and on Schiller's nose
Two unequal neighbors tower above Bludenz. As part of an impressive round trip from Bürserberg, the summits of Mondspitze and of the "little" two-thousander Schillerkopf promise to experience moments of happiness twice
An alpine town lying virtually at the feet of the two summits, directly above the point where five valleys converge, and a 360-degree panorama: Could a panoramic hike offer even more? The highlights of the peak round trip, beginning on the quaint Tschengla high plateau, past alpine pastures, across saddles and through charming meadows and forests, are indeed hard to top. And there are also one or two challenges awaiting the hikers. Especially the approach from Klampera Sättele through the north(east) mountain flank of the Mondspitze up the peak (1967 m) makes alpine hikers’ hearts beat faster.
One could also call this hike a five-valley-tour. Every meter which we climb higher reveals that the Mondspitze and the Schillerkopf do not only tower above the alpine town of Bludenz but at the same time are located at the place where Klostertal, Montafon, Brandnertal, Walgau and Großes Walsertal meet. One does not really become aware of this cornucopia of valleys until having passed the Furklaalpe, from where we have an imposing view into the Rhine valley.
Immediately afterwards, the panorama is surpassed on the peak of the Mondspitze, where, among others, Tyrolean and Swiss mountains appear in the panoramic image. This view accompanies us further along the way to the Schillerkopf, where nature awaits us with an encore just below the peak: Vorarlberg’s greatest gypsum doline with a depth of 100 m and a width of 200 m.
Regarding its shape, the Mondspitze does not take its name from the Earth's moon. The Schillerkopf, however, cannot deny its resemblance to the famous German poet, even if it tried. Seen from the Klostertal, it seems indeed as if one looked at Friedrich Schiller's petrified face profile. Ironically, the summit cross is even placed on the nose of the prince of poets.
Author: Peter Freiberger
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Refreshment stops: Alpe Rona, various possibilities on the Tschengla
From parking area Rona on the Tschengla, we walk towards the Alpe Rona. Just before the alp, we follow the sign for “Mondspitze”. In about 1300 m, we switch from the carriage path to a steep path (“Mondspitze”). Generally, the route leads gently ascending to the area of the Furklaalpe. At the signpost to “Furklaalpe” (1619 m), we keep towards “Mondspitze” and pass the Almkreuz and the Almhaus on the left. After a few meters, we turn left onto the steep path in the direction of “Mondspitze” and follow the still slightly ascending trail. The steep path runs into a carriage path again on which we continue in the direction of “Mondspitze” to the nearby Klampera Sättele. Here, we turn left (“Mondspitze”) and afterwards, we follow the alpine steep path across sloping terrain climbing up the steep, rocky mountain flank to the peak (surefootedness and head for heights required). From the peak, the route leads – initially descending and ascending, but generally descending – along a broad ridge to the Schillersattel (1847 m). This is where the steep path to the Schillerkopf begins. The final climb bypassing the doline (short downward passage) is made from the west. At the very end, the route climbs very steeply upwards (surefootedness and head for heights required). From the peak, we go back to the Schillersattel where we continue towards “Tschengla”. Over long distances, the steep path leads quite straightly and gently downwards and crosses a carriage path here and there (always towards “Tschengla”, stay along the path). Often over meadows, partly through light forests, the trail leads us comfortably (apart from one steeper section) down to the Tschengla and into the initial route just before the parking lot.
Start Bürserberg, parking area Rona on the Tschengla
Geogr. 47.14921 N 9.75636 E
Destination Bürserberg, parking area Rona
From Bludenz: bus line 580 (Bludenz – Brand), bus stop Bürserberg Museum or Gemeindeamt www.vmobil.at
Take the Rheintalautobahn A14 until exit Bludenz or S16 from Arlberg to Bludenz. Then take the L82 to Brandnertal and branch off towards Tschengla at Bürserberg. Past the parking area of the bikepark, you arrive at the parking area Tschengla.
Parking area Tschengla