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Lechtaler Alpen, Großes Walsertal
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B Dirt track
C Mule trail
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R53 Schröcken » Buchboden
  |   6h05   |   22.5 km   |   849 m   |   1190 m

After the sheer mountain world of the Allgäu Alps, this stage offers an early foretaste of the lovelier, green hilly landscape of the Große Walsertal valley and the western Lechquellen mountain range. One last rocky bulwark, the Hochkünzelspitze, lines the trail before it leaves the high mountain region.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1263 m
| BC  1.4 km / 0h20
1135 m
| BC  7.5 km / 2h30
1834 m
| C  0.3 km / 0h05
Biberacher Hütte
1846 m
| C  6.5 km / 1h30
1584 m
| B  6.8 km / 1h40
919 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Useful topographic maps
  • Wanderschönes Feldkirch ~ Amt der Stadt Feldkirch (1:25.000)
  • Wandern in Vorarlberg - Walgau-Sonnenseite ~ Amt der Vorarlberger Landesregierung (1:40.000)
  • Wanderkarte Biosphärenpark Großes Walsertal ~ Tourismusvereine u. Gem. des Großen Walsertales (1:40.000)
  • WK 364 Bregenzerwald ~ Freytag&Berndt (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 3, Allgäuer Alpen, Kleinwalsertal ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
  • ÖK 50 112, 113, 142 ~ Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen (1:50.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Großes Walsertal ~ Rother (ISBN )
  • Der Große Walserweg ~ Geocenter Medienvertriebe Stuttgart (ISBN 3-930187-00-0)

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  • Julien Trieste Monaco - 2022-08-28
    Stayed at Biberarcher Hütte. Super scenic. A place you don't want to miss if you like sunset or sunrise. Kind of an old school hut, without hot showers. Very good food tho.
  • Piet Clerinx - 2022-08-07
    An Alternative to stay a little while longer in the higher mountain area, is the track from Biberacherhütte to Faschina via the Hochschere. Only in good weather conditions. From Faschina you can easily reach the Franz-Josefhütte in about three quarters of an hour. Nice and agreabke stay there.
  • POPEYE GG - 2019-02-03
    Samedi 30 juin 2018
    Encore une belle étape bien ensoleillée.
    Après Biberacher Hütte, le chemin est en balcon en travers d'une pente raide, attention à la glissade!
    La descente est longue et commence sur de la route en terre. Il ne faut pas rater le chemin qui coupe et l'évite dans un virage vers l'altitude 1200m, en suivant la pancarte et en quittant la trace GPX du site de la Via Alpina.
    A Buchboden, paysage bucolique depuis la pension Zum Jäger.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Saturday, June 30, 2018 Another beautiful sunny day. After Biberacher Hütte, the path is in a balcony across a steep slope, watch out for the slip! The descent is long and starts on the dirt road. Do not miss the path which cuts and avoids it in a turn towards altitude 1200m, following the sign and leaving the GPX track of the site of Via Alpina. In Buchboden, bucolic landscape from the pension Zum Jäger.
  • Eva - 2017-07-02
    Hiking from Feldkirch to Predjama

    In Schröcken there is a little convenience store (SPAR). Beautiful trail (lost the waymarks here and there, but easy to navigate your way back) once the road turns into a hiking path, loved it!
  • Daniel - 2016-09-26
    From Ober-Überlutalpe to Buchboden there is a short-cut, which will save you from walking down the zig-zagging motorway going down. May be slippery when wet. It is not on the GPS track, but the way is sign-posted -with beautiful Via-Alpina logos! You can't miss it.

    In Buchboden there are just 3 places to stay: Gasthof Kreuz, Pension Jäger and Haus Schönacher. The latter is the first white house in the village. Everything was full, but when I called at Schönacher, the very friendly lady let me in a room that was originally closed for cleaning. €40 B&B. There is a reading table with books about local history and culture.
  • auf-guten-wegen - 2016-07-31
    Von Buchboden in Richtung Schröcken: Auf halbem Weg von der Ober-Überlutalpe zur Biberacher Hütte verzweigt sich der Weg. Nördlich geht es über das Töbelejoch nach Schoppernau, während nach rechts bzw. nach Osten die Via Alpina zur Oberen Iscarneialpe abzweigt. Die Beschilderung folgt leider erst zu spät, d.h. nach der Abzweigung!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    From Buchboden in the direction of Schröcken: Half way from the Ober-Überlutalpe to the Biberacher Hütte, the path branches off. To the north it goes over the Töbelejoch to Schoppernau, while to the right or to the east the Via Alpina branches off to the Upper Iscarneialpe. The signage unfortunately follows too late, ie after the turnoff!
  • tof - 2014-12-27
    Trieste-Monaco le 11/8/14

    Pluie toute la journée. Il est vrai que la descente depuis Schadonapass vers Buchboden est glissante.

    A Buchboden pas de logement à bon prix. Bon chocolat chaud à "l'hôtel des chasseurs". Bivouac plus loin en zone humide sur le chemin de l'étape suivante.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Trieste-Monaco on 11/8/14 rain all day. It is true that the descent from Schadonapass to Buchboden slippery. A Buchboden no cheap housing. Hot chocolate at the hotel "hunters". Bivouac further wetland on the way to the next step.
  • Thierry M - 2014-01-25
    Monaco - Trieste
    Biberacher hutte is a great location to stop overnight.
    At Biberacher hutte, Schrocken is marked 2h30
    Schrocken - Korbalpe is an extra 1h30
  • Mountain Girl - 2013-10-21
    Trail from Biberacher Hut to Oberlutalpe runs along a rather steep slope. Trail is very narrow: not recommended under wet/ poor conditions.
  • Mountain Girl - 2013-10-21
    At Unterboden be sure to stay on RIGHT side of river, following the trail for another ~1.5km until it finally crosses the river on a footbridge and heads steeply uphill.
  • Margy - 2012-02-09
    Biberacher Hutte is so wonderful that we shortened the day and stayed for the night. Beautiful scenery and many close peaks to climb.
Last update : 2019-12-16