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Summer on the alp

Young cowherd Magnus on the Bärgunt high alp in the Kleinwalsertal

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Summer months on the alp

Magnus Huber

Wolfgang Ott, with young cowherd Magnus. The two of them look after the cattle on the Bärgunt high alp in the Kleinwalsertal during the summer months.

Magnus Huber is 12 years old. Like all kids, he loves the summer holidays. This is when he heads off up the mountains. Magnus then spends a few weeks in the role of a young cowherd on the Bärgunt high alp, at an altitude of almost 2,000 metres. In good company: another couple of lads, experienced cowherd Wolfgang Ott and 240 young cattle, 12 horses and two cows.

Hirten, Magnus, Bärguntalpe Kleinwalsertal (c) Dietmar Denger / Vorarlberg Tourismus
Bärguntalpe, Kleinwalsertal (c) Dietmar Denger / Vorarlberg Tourismus
Bärguntalpe, Alphütte, Kleinwalsertal Hirten, Magnus, Bärguntalpe Kleinwalsertal (c) Dietmar Denger / Vorarlberg Tourismus
Kuh auf der Bärguntalpe (c) Vorarlberg Tourismus

Wolfgang and Magnus with one of their heads of cattle

The Bärgunt high alp in Kleinwalsertal

On the way to the alp

I have been coming up here for 27 years now and can never get enough of the beautiful countryside.

Wolfgang Ott, Cowherd

Life on the alp is very simple, without a television or the Internet, but Magnus doesn’t appear to be missing anything. He is already a good help, checking fences, doing the milking, clearing the perennial plants in order to make way for grazing areas, and looking after sick animals. All this is in a day’s work. So what does he want to do when he grows up? “Maybe I’ll be a cowherd,” he says. “We’ll see.”

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    • Widderstein

      Round the Widderstein

      Walser Omgang hike - Recognize yourself - summer. An activating day tour

      • 15,6 km

      • 06:30 h

      • schwer

      Round the Widderstein
      Round the Widderstein
      Round the Widderstein
      Difficulty: schwer
      Distance: 15,6 km
      Ascent: 949 m
      Descent: 949 m
      Duration: 06:30 h
      Deepest point: 1156 m
      Highest point: 2039 m
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      Round the Widderstein

      Walser Omgang hike - Recognize yourself - summer. An activating day tour

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      Description

      This hike is a sporting challenge, even though it does not lead to the peak of the Widderstein. This can of course still be unertaken, but it is only recommended for experienced hikers. If you don’t set yourself a geographic goal on this Walser Omgang hike, you can take the time to focus yourself on your innermost core. The orange Walser Omgang symbol accompanies this day hike. Its activating character is meant to stimulate the…

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Kleinwalsertal

36 mountain peaks encircle this idyllic valley, which is only accessible by road from Germany. Hikers, mountain bikers and winter sports enthusiasts appreciate the intact, largely untouched mountains where there are plenty of wonderful ways to relax and unwind.

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