Road trip through Kleinwalsertal in mid-September
We are lucky! For our road trip through Kleinwalsertal In late summer, the weather plays right after the dream summer: the sun is shining - at least most of the time - and it is still so warm in mid-September that we will soon leave our jackets we have brought with us in the car. The Kleinwalsertal in Austria is not big, as we learned on our first visit last year.
It is a kind of dead end in the Alps, although it is in the Austrian state Vorarlberg lies, but which is only accessible via Germany. Shortly after Oberstdorf in Allgäu the road branches off, which leads into this hidden valley. What is all the more surprising for us is that it was populated from the south on the way over the mountains. Because Klein-WALSER-tal means nothing else than the little valley of the Walliser, This refers to a Swiss tribe whose members traveled hundreds of years across the mountains in search of new land. To this day, Kleinwalsertal has its own dialect, which is more reminiscent of the Swiss than of German or Austrian.
Blossom of the mountain meadows
Last time we made a road trip through the Kleinwalsertal - but in June. At that time we were enthusiastic about it Blossom of the mountain meadows, which were littered with dense flowers. This time we are in the valley in mid-September and the only flowers we notice in nature are the autumn timeless people announcing the end of summer. We now want to explore the more remote streets of the valley. We're also curious to see how the valley changes in late summer.
Hiking in the Kleinwalsertal
More people are out and about in the valley than in June last year. Many of them are out and about with backpacks and hiking boots. As soon as we leave the main valley on our road trip through the Kleinwalsertal, however, we meet fewer and fewer people. The valley offers numerous hiking trails of all levels of difficulty, mountains that can be reached by cable car or on foot.
The starting points of many hikes can be reached with the Walserbus, which we can use free of charge with our guest card, which we received from the landlady of our holiday apartment. So everyone will find the right way for them to explore the valley. Our travel blogger colleagues who came with us to Travel blogger WG are invited, even on a guided barefoot hike on the waywhile we cross the valley by car. The use of our car is not cheap, because most of the parking is paid - even in the most remote corners of the valley. However, since only one day is available for our road trip through the Kleinwalsertal, we decide for our own car.
On a branch line to the end of the valley
After a short detour to Mittelberg at the end of the main road through the valley with its imposing parish church of St. Jodok, we turn onto the side route to the end of the valley that leads us to Baad. There the road ends in a roundabout, from which only side streets lead into the village and hiking trails up the mountains. We take a short walk along the Breitach, the river that flows through the main valley and we meet again and again on our road trip through the Kleinwalsertal.
It's fun to run next to the babbling brook with a view of the surrounding mountains. We observe the interplay of colors on the mountain slopes, which is caused by the sun, which repeatedly disappears behind clouds and thus provides a varied picture of the mountain world that surrounds us.
In Café Baad we take a break for a cup of coffee and cake. The plum pretzel announced on a blackboard is still in the oven. So I decide for a piece of fruit cake. Petar prefers a Black Forest cake, which obviously tastes good, as the photo shows.
Trip to the Schwendle
We continue our road trip through the Kleinwalsertal with a detour to the Schwendle, a region that we do not know yet. In Bödmen branches off on the way back to the main road a small side street, which leads past some larger hotels and inns. Behind them it is getting narrower, and it goes uphill. From time to time we have to dodge to give priority to oncoming buses or trucks. There are always rides where this is possible. Some of them we use for short photo stops, because the views of Mittelberg, the Talende and the lower Kleinwalsertal are terrific.
At Schwendle we particularly like the peace and quiet and seclusion from the hustle and bustle that reigns along the main road through the valley. Those who come here will find great views and beautiful hiking trails. Here you can also see the hay barn, which were typical for the BAuernhöfe in the Kleinwalsertal. A perfect place for connoisseurs!
Trip to the Schwarzwassertal
The road to Schwendle is a dead end. So we turn around and continue our road trip through the Kleinwalsertal on the main road that takes us to Riezlern. Shortly before the Breitachbrücke, a road branches off to the left to the Ifen, one of the valley's striking mountains. We were here last year and discovered the lush flower meadows in the Wäldele.
This time we choose the path that continues up the mountain to the left. We have to overcome a 17% incline in the first section - for me a “flat country Tyrolean” first of all a reason to cling to the car door. After a few meters I get used to the steep road and this time again I discover wildflowers: the mountain meadows on the slope are littered with thousands of autumn crocus. Further up the road is less steep, and we make a short detour to Café Walserblick, which is closed today, however. Nevertheless, the stop is worthwhile, because from here we have a beautiful view of the Schwarzwassertal and the surrounding mountains.
The meadow hut
At the end of the road, which ends again in a dead end, is the meadow hut. There are several hiking trails starting here: you have the choice of following the Schwarzwassertal, hiking up the Ifen or choosing the path to the Wäldele. We prefer to look at the cattle, who will enjoy the mountain meadows before they are driven down from the pastures to the valley this coming weekend. Just in time, as we have learned in the meantime. Because only a few days after our visit, the first snow fell in the mountains of the Kleinwalsertal.
View of Riezlern
We drive back to Riezlern, where we drive down another dead end, which gives us beautiful views of the center of Riezlern with its church, which lies below us in the valley. Our road trip through the Kleinwalsertal has shown us the many facets of the valley and makes us curious about the things that can be discovered there. We will tell you what we came across in another place.
This is what you need for a trip to Kleinwalsertal Vorarlberg
- We recommend comfortable walking shoes for a hike in the Kleinwalsertal Vorarlberg.
- Practically for traveling is one backpackin which you drink, Brotzeit, a Jacket and store odds and ends.
- What you need for a picnic - With it you can have a picnic on one of the mountain meadows with a view of the mountains of the Kleinwalsertal in Vorarlberg.
- Binoculars * - On this hike you can watch birds and look for other animals.
- You are well equipped for hiking in Kleinwalsertal Vorarlberg Austria with these Hiking maps * and Hiking guides *.
- Do you have everything? With our Hiking checklist you can easily check that.
- Do you like to travel with the motorhome? There are several campsites in the valley. Our Packing list camper helps that you don't forget anything.
- In winter the Kleinwalsertal offers ski areas for winter sports enthusiasts. Our Packing list winter vacation helps with packing suitcases for the winter vacation ..
Arrival by plane, car, bus and train
The nearest airport is Munich. Arrival by train is also possible. The train goes to Oberstdorf. From there, bus #1 will take you to Kleinwalsertal: Timetable and booking*
Accommodations in the region:
Accommodation for online booking is also available in Kleinwalsertal* via Booking.com.
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Source: own research on site. We would like to thank Kleinwalsertal Tourismus and Berghaus Anna Lisa for their invitation to this trip. Our opinion remains our own.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline