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Allgäuer Alpen

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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
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R51 Oberstdorf » Mindelheimerhütte
Trail crossing
  |   7h00   |   21.8 km   |   1436 m   |   254 m

A long stage, but which starts at a very comfortable pace: from Oberstdorf southwards past the Loretto chapel to the Schiflugschanze, one of the biggest ski-jump complexes in the world. The trail only becomes steeper on reaching Birgsau and then arrives at the beautiful Guggersee lake, which reflects the surrounding mountains.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
824 m
| B  1.5 km / 0h20
Kapelle St. Loretto
811 m
| B  6 km / 1h35
955 m
| B  1.9 km / 0h25
917 m
| B  2.3 km / 0h35
950 m
| C  3.6 km / 2h15
1700 m
| C  3.5 km / 1h00
1864 m
| C  3 km / 0h50
2012 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
From Faistenoy, take the Fellhornbahn lift to the Schlappoldsee station. First head along the nature theme trail in the direction of Grundsattel and continue past the Fiederpass Hut to the Mindelheimer Hut.
Useful topographic maps
  • WK 351 Lechtaler Alpen - Allgäuer Alpen ~ Freytag & Berndt (1:50.000)
  • Allgäuer Alpen ~ Topographische Karte (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 3, Allgäuer Alpen, Kleinwalsertal ~ Kompass (1.50.000)
  • Nr. 2/1 Allgäuer - Lechtaler Alpen, West ~ Oesterreichischer Alpenverein (1:25.000)
  • Ök 50 113 ~ Bundesamt f. Eich- u. Vermessungswesen (1:50.000)

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  • Jürgen - 2019-07-30
    Im Bereich "Natur- und Kulturerbe" steht: ... die "Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze"... eine der vier Schanzen der "Vier-Schanzen-Tournee"....

    Dies ist falsch. Die Schattenbergschanze in Oberstdorf ist Teil der Vier-Schanzen-Tournee. Die Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze ist Austragungsort für Skiflugveranstaltungen (Weltcup, Weltmeisterschaften)
    Automatic translation [Google]
    In the area of "natural and cultural heritage" stands: ... the "Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze" ... one of the four hills of the "Four-Hills-Tournament" .... This is wrong. The Schattenbergschanze in Oberstdorf is part of the Four Hills Tournament. The Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze is the venue for ski flying events (World Cup, World Championships)
  • POPEYE GG - 2019-02-03
    Jeudi 28 juin 2018
    Belle étape, notamment depuis le petit lac Guggersee; malheureusement, une grande partie sous un temps gris voire pluvieux.
    Le refuge fut le bienvenu!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Thursday, June 28, 2018 Beautiful stage, especially since the small lake Guggersee; unfortunately, much of it in gray or rainy weather. The refuge was welcome!
  • Eva - 2017-07-21
    The hiking/biking path through the valley is not bad at all, I enjoyed the easy stroll. Path towards Mindelheimer Hütte was extremely muddy.
  • Daniel - 2016-09-26
    The time from Guggersee to the Hut is much longer then the mentioned 1h50. My time was over 3 hours.
  • Frank Wartenweiler - 2016-08-26
    Die direkte Telefonnummer zur Mindelheimerhütte (R51/52) lautet +49 8378 7238.
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    The direct telephone number to Mindelheimerhütte (R51 / 52) is +49 8378 7238.
  • tof - 2014-12-27
    Trieste-Monaco le 9/8/14

    Longue marche à plat jusqu'à Birgsau. De là départ vers le refuge. J'ai loupé l'itinéraire via Guggersee. Ai suivi un itinéraire commun avec les vélos le long de plusieurs huttes, en fond de vallée, avant une ascension finale raide pour le refuge. Itinéraire peu intéressant.

    Refuge de Mindelheimerhutte. Encore une fois des comportements de chambrée pas habitués au besoin de calme d'un refuge.
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    Trieste-Monaco on 08/09/14 Long walk flat until Birgsau. From there start to the refuge. I missed the route via Guggersee. Have followed a common route with bicycles along several huts in the valley, before a steep final climb to the shelter. Route unattractive. Refuge Mindelheimerhutte. Again behaviors chambered not used to need a quiet refuge.
  • Thierry M - 2014-01-25
    Monaco - Trieste
    Possible to take on Greisshorn peak (40min off the via alpina trail) before Mindelheimerhutte. Challenging variante trail called Mindelheimer Klettersteig possible from Mindelheimer hutte (170beds there 10euros for a bed, fast, friendly and efficient staff, home made food is served)
    Trail is smooth and quite long between Mindelheimerhutte and Birgsau (took me 2h30 down)
    Birgsau - Oberstdorf 2h by the road..Via Alpina goes around but hard to find trail
    Possible to bypass Oberstdorf from Mindelheimerhutte to reach Kemptnerhutte and avoiding getting down very low (Oberstdorf 824m)
  • Margy - 2012-02-09
    Took the bus to Bergsau instead of walking on the road. Mindelheimer Hutte has excellent food! Fresh pasta.
Last update : 2019-12-16