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Allgäuer Alpen

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Bank / cash dispenser
Open automobile access

A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

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B40 Kemptner Hütte » Oberstdorf
Trail crossing
  |   3h50   |   15.7 km   |   53 m   |   1063 m

The trail from the Kemptner hut is quite steep at the start. It leads downwards through the wood until you finally reach the valley floor. This is followed by a leisurely ramble to Oberstdorf.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Kemptner Hütte
1839 m
| C  7.8 km / 2h00
989 m
| B  2.5 km / 0h35
925 m
| B  2.9 km / 0h40
868 m
| A  2.5 km / 0h35
824 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
Detour to Gerstruben: through the Hölltobel waterfall park in approx. 45min, to the mountain village that benefits from monument protection. Consists in 5 houses and a chapel (17th century Chapel of St. Mary), historical saw mill. Oder: near Gottenried to the other side of the Trettach peak around the nearby Christlessee lake. E5
Useful topographic maps
  • WK 351 Lechtaler Alpen, Allgäuer Alpen ~ Freytag & Berndt (1:50.000)
  • 2/1 Allgäuer - Lechtaler Alpen, West ~ Oesterreichischer Alpenverein (1:25.000)
  • Nr. 24 Lechtaler Alpen, Hornbachkette ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
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  • frankie9594 - 2018-05-18
    Monaco- Trieste

    "Campingplatz Oberstdorf" is a good option to stay the night. A long walk from the city center however. Trail follows the road for most of the stage. Possible to take the bus from Oberstdorf to bypass this part. Trail is easy to follow up to Kemptner Hutte. Can be slippery for some parts when it is raining.
  • tof - 2014-12-26
    Trieste-Monaco le 7/8/14 (B39+B40)

    Départ de Bach, petit déjeuner à la boulangerie d'Holzgau. Passage à Kemptnerhutte et descente sur Oberstdorf. La fin de parcours est en fond de vallée sur route goudronnée. Encore une ! Navette à Christlesee.
    Possibilité de prendre la navette pour Oberstdorf depuis Spielmannsau.

    A Oberstdorf, 2 campings au nord de la ville (2kms). Bus depuis la gare. Oberstdorf est une jolie ville.
    Camping municipal sans épicerie et vraiment plein. toujours possibilité de mettre une tente malgré cela. C'est un plus. Le second camping à 200m était "complet".

    Automatic translation [Google]
    Trieste-Monaco on 08/07/14 (B39 + B40) Departure from Bach, breakfast at the bakery of Holzgau. Kemptnerhütte passage and down on Oberstdorf. The end of course is in the valley on asphalt road. Again! Shuttle Christlesee. Opportunity to take the shuttle to Oberstdorf since Spielmannsau. A Oberstdorf, 2 campsites north of the city (2kms). Bus from the station. Oberstdorf is a pretty town. Municipal campsite without groceries and really full. always possible to put a tent in spite of this. This is a plus. The second camp at 200m was "complete".
  • Jean-Louis Giraud - 2014-03-24
    Oberstdorf dispose de réelles capacités hôtelières. Pour autant, il n’est pas vraiment simple de trouver une chambre dans ce gros bourg de Bavière, peu disposé à recevoir des randonneurs « au long cours «,mais ville-étape pour trois itinéraires de la Via Alpina !
    Hébergement à Oberstdorf avec petit déjeuner *** (52 €uro)
    1 Prinzenstrass
    Tel 0049 08322 96560
    Email :
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Oberstdorf has real hotel capacity. However, it is not really easy to find a room in this large village of Bavaria, unwilling to receive hikers "long-term", but a stage town for three routes of the Via Alpina! Oberstdorf accommodation with breakfast *** (52 € uro) Kurparkhotel 1 Prinzenstrass Tel 0049 08322 96560 Email:
  • Thierry M - 2014-01-25
    Monaco - Trieste
    Plenty of restaurants until Spielmannsau on the way up to Kemptner hutte. Via Alpina yellow and red trail meets here. Also E5 hikers starts from Oberstdorf, expect crowd during season. Kemptner hutte can accomodate 300 hikers...10euros for a bed
    Oberstdorf has 2 campingplatz little bit off town. A Youth hostel also available but 4km off town.
Last update : 2014-04-03