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Großes Walsertal
Biosphärenpark Großes Walsertal
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Stage point (start or end of stage)
Intermediate accommodation possibility
Town, village
Other locality

Bakery / grocery
Hardware / sports shop
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

Stroll / tourism (broad, non-exposed trail)
Hiking (mountain trail, in places narrow and exposed)
Alpine route (equipped or very exposed section, snow field, blocks)
R54 Buchboden » St. Gerold
  |   3h50   |   15.8 km   |   369 m   |   430 m

The Via Alpina route corresponds fully here to the so-called Walser trail. Follow the course of the Lutz stream mainly downhill over meadows and through mixed mountain forests and flood-plain woods, which are to the greatest possible extent still preserved in their natural condition. The small, idyllic villages and lovely farmhouses invite you in for a rest.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
919 m
| B  5 km / 1h10
784 m
| BC  3.8 km / 0h50
742 m
| BC  4.5 km / 1h15
854 m
| BC  2.5 km / 0h35
St. Gerold
855 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. 33 Arlberg - Nördl. Verwallgruppe; Nr. 2, Bregenzer Wald, Westallgäu ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
  • ÖK 50 141, 142 ~ Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen (1:50.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Großes Walsertal ~ Rother (ISBN )
  • Der Große Walserweg ~ Geocenter Medienservice Stuttgart (ISBN 3-930187-00-0)

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  • Socrate Georgiades - 2019-09-06
    Etape reposante et pas très intéressante si ce n'est pour les fraises de bois et les cerises, à s'en faire éclater le ventre en ce début du mois de juillet! Rencontré absolument personne sur le sentier.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Step resting and not very interesting if not for strawberries and cherries, to burst belly at the beginning of July! Met absolutely no one on the trail.
  • POPEYE GG - 2019-02-04
    Dimanche 1er juillet 2018
    Etape très simple jusqu'à Sonntag, pour lequel nous avons fait un petit détour. Malheureusement, après et jusqu'à St-Gerold, il fut pénible car mal balisé, toujours en montée et descente sur un chemin malaisé et sous la chaleur; de plus, sans grand intérêt sur les paysages rencontrés.
    De plus, aucun hébergement libre, ni sur les villages suivants Thüringenberg, Schnifis, Röns: il a fallu aller jusqu'à Satteins, et encore grâce à un cyclotouriste que nous avons rencontré et qui a téléphoné pour nous réserver à l'hôtel zum Stern à Satteins, soit 10km que nous avons parcourus en 2h!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Sunday, July 1, 2018 Very simple step to Sonntag, for which we made a small detour. Unfortunately, after and up to St-Gerold, it was painful because poorly marked, always uphill and downhill on a path difficult and in the heat; moreover, without much interest on the landscapes encountered. In addition, there is no free accommodation, nor the following villages Thüringenberg, Schnifis, Röns: it was necessary to go to Satteins, and again thanks to a cyclist who we met and who phoned to reserve us at the hotel zum Stern to Satteins, 10km that we traveled in 2h!
  • Eva - 2017-07-02
    Hiking from Feldkirch to Predjama

    I got permission to camp on the football field in Garsella, (the Gasthaus was closed). GPS track between Garsella and Blöns was pretty slippery and a bit overgrown.
  • auf-guten-wegen - 2016-07-31
    Korrektur: Ich meinte selbstverständlich Richtung ONO (nicht WNW)...
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Correction: Of course I meant direction ONO (not WNW) ...
  • auf-guten-wegen - 2016-07-31
    Unterwegs von St. Gerold nach Buchboden: Während der Walserweg bei Blons ins Dorfzentrum ausgeschildert ist, biegt die Via Alpina knapp unterhalb des Dorfs wieder talwärts ab in Richtung Raggal-Stausee. Bis ca. 730 Hm steil abwärts halten (Abzweigung ignorieren), dann wieder nach WNW. Auch unterhalb von Sonntag gab es im Wald kleinere Orientierungsprobleme: Der alte Pfad (gem. GPS-Track) ist zugewachsen, und der neue Fahrweg ist von Garsella her noch nicht markiert. In Buchboden ist die Pension zum Jäger sehr empfehlenswert.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    On the way from St. Gerold to Buchboden: While the Walserweg near Blons is signposted to the village center, the Via Alpina just below the village turns back downhill towards the Raggal reservoir. Keep steeply down to about 730 meters (ignore the turnoff), then back to WNW. Even below Sunday there were minor orientation problems in the forest: The old path (according to GPS track) has grown over, and the new track is not yet marked by Garsella. In Buchboden Pension Jäger is highly recommended.
  • tof - 2014-12-27
    Trieste-Monaco le 12/8/14 (R54 et R55 partiel)

    Pas de ravitaillement sur Blons, Garsella et St Gerold. Tout est fermé. Eau disponible dans les villages.

    A Innerberg au carrefour routier, possibilité de ravitaillement limité à une station service.

    Automatic translation [Google]
    Trieste-Monaco on 12/08/14 (R54 and R55 partial) No refueling on Blons, Garsella and St. Gerold. Everything is closed. Water available in the villages. A Innerberg at crossroads, possibility of limited refueling at a service station.
  • berta - 2014-08-02
    sollten sie in st.gerold nächtigen, empfehle ich die pension burtscher, ist zwar etwas außerhalb des ortes aber direkt am wanderweg der via alpina. freundliche, hilfsbereite besitzer, gute matratzen und leckeres frühstück
    Automatic translation [Google]
    should they spend the night in St.Gerold, I recommend the pension Burtscher, although is just outside the resort but right on the trail via alpina. friendly, helpful owner, good mattresses and delicious breakfast
  • Thierry M. - 2014-01-11
    Monaco - Trieste
    Voralberg county Austria, full of friendly and helpful people. transition stage. Pitch a tent in Blons schoolyard, restaurant, BB also available there
  • Mountain Girl - 2013-10-21
    Be sure to turn R (downhill, toward river) at juncture where signage points to Sterisalpe on left or Sonntag on right. Via Alpina & Walserweg stay on the left bank of the river until Garsella.
Last update : 2019-12-16