Day tour for persistent hikers crossing a fascinating, though barren karst landscape.
The tour takes you through the wild, rugged karst landscape of the Gottesacker plateau – for anyone interested in geological and botanical phenomenons an absolute must! Another highlight are the nearby steep walls of the Ifen plateau during the ascent through the Ifenmulde. Provide sufficient drinks and food for this long tour – there are no refreshment stops or catering facilities after the Ifenhütte.
Check the webcam before you start the tour – in foggy weather you risk loosing the orientation on the Gottesacker plateau.
Sturdy shoes and hiking poles. Weather-proof clothing recommended.
Tips, hints and links
Hiking trails, huts and attractions can also be found in the nature adventure map, which can be purchased at the tourist office in Hirschegg.
Hirschegg (1268 m)
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Starting point of the tour is left of the Ifenbahn. After an hour through thick forest the area opens at the Ifenhütte / mountain station. From here, a moderately steep path leads in serpentine up to the Ifenmulde. We keep right and follow the signs to Hahnenköpfle. The ascent is a washed-out path on the right edge of the Ifenmulde. After some time the Gottesacker plateau and the mountain station of the Hahnenköpflebahn (closed in summer) already comes into sight. 10 minutes later the peak of Hahnenköpfle is reached. Here the rocky landscape of the Gottesacker plateau begins, where you stick to the labeled rocks in northeastern direction. At the junction at the abondoned Gottesacker Alpe we continue straight ahead. After climbing to the peak of the Sonnenberg we follow the path downhill to the Upper Gottesackerwände. Before the Lower Gottesackerwände are reached, we turn right onto the road that brings us down to Mahdtalhaus.
The tour can be short cut in several ways: Option 1: Let the Ifenbahn take you to the height of the Ifenhütte (1600m). Saving of time about 1 hour. Option 2: At the abondoned Gottesacker Alpe descent through the Kürental. Time saving 2 hours.
Wildlife protection area Höfle: November 01 - May 15
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Public transport friendly
Leave the car where it is!
The Walserbus is a convenient way to reach your starting point. Line 5 takes you to the village Hirschegg. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Ifen". Way back: bus line 2 from "Mahdtalhaus".
Most routes from Germany lead to Ulm before carrying on along the A7. Take the Allgäu junction over a section of the A980 to the Waltenhofen junction, then take the 4- lane B19 via Sonthofen and Oberstdorf to Kleinwalsertal. From Austria (Vorarlberg) and Switzerland you reach the Kleinwalsertal via the Bregenzerwald (Hittisau) – Riedbergpass – Fischen – Oberstdorf. From Tyrol the fastest route is over the A7 to Kempten carrying on along the B19 direction Oberstdorf. A motorway vignette is not required to reach the valley.
A parking area (fee required) is located directly by the starting point.