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Germany / Austria
Allgäuer Alpen
Natur 2000
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B39 Holzgau » Kemptner Hütte
  |   3h35   |   9 km   |   888 m   |   149 m

Once again, you will be crossing country borders. Follow the course of the Hohenbach stream from Holzgau past the raging Simms waterfall, and cross the border between Austria and Germany at the Mädelejoch pass.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1099 m
| B  2.5 km / 0h45
Café Uta
1236 m
| B  2.3 km / 0h40
Unt. Roßgumpenalm
1378 m
| D  2 km / 1h05
Ob. Roßgumpenalm
1743 m
| D  1.2 km / 0h50
1968 m
| D  1 km / 0h15
Kemptner Hütte
1839 m
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Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
Useful topographic maps
  • 2/1 Allgäuer - Lechtaler Alpen, West ~ Oesterreichischer Alpenverein (1:25.000)
  • WK 351 Lechtaler Alpen, Allgäuer Alpen ~ Freytag & Berndt (1:50.000)
  • ÖK 50 113, 114 ~ Bundesamt für Eich-und Vermessungswesen (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 24 Lechtaler Alpen, Hornbachkette ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
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  • frankie9594 - 2018-05-18
    Monaco- Trieste

    Easy stage, many E5 hikers that congest the trail. Worth it to take an alternate path to walk over the floating bridge.
  • Jean-Louis Giraud - 2014-03-24
    Faute de place à Kemptner Hutte et pressé par de trés mauvaises prévisions météorologiques, j’ai parcouru dans le brouillard et sous la pluie les étapes 39 et 40 dans la journée…Malgré cette pluie forte, j’ai croisé de nombreux et importants groupes de randonneurs parcourant l’E5. A noter que beaucoup utilisent les taxis pour réduire les marches d'approche dans les vallées et les téléphériques de service pour éviter le portage des sacs...!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Lack of space to Kemptner Hut and pressed by very bad weather forecast, I traveled in the fog and rain stages 39 and 40 in the day ... Despite the heavy rain, I met many important groups hikers on the E5. Note that many use taxis to reduce the steps of approach in the valleys and cable service to avoid carrying bags ...!
  • Thierry M - 2014-01-25
    Monaco - Trieste
    Kemptner Hutte - Holzgau is less than 2h, going down
  • Mauerläufer - 2010-04-23
    Was spricht denn hier gegen den Weg erst Richtung Krottenkopf, dann Richtung Jöchlspitze, über sie hinweg oder östlich zum Lachenkopf und botanisch herausragend zur Bergstation des Sesselliftes, bevor man nach Holzgau absteigt?
    Automatic translation [Google]
    What speaks against this the only way Krottenkopf direction, then the direction Jöchlspitze, over them, or head east to laugh and botanical outstanding to the top station of the chairlift before descending to Holzgau?
Last update : 2011-06-28