Above valleys, on top of mountains and on Schiller's nose
Two unequal neighbors tower above Bludenz. As part of an impressive round trip from Bürserberg, the summits of Mondspitze and of the "little" two-thousander Schillerkopf promise to experience moments of happiness twice
An alpine town lying virtually at the feet of the two summits, directly above the point where five valleys converge, and a 360-degree panorama: Could a panoramic hike offer even more? The highlights of the peak round trip, beginning on the quaint Tschengla high plateau, past alpine pastures, across saddles and through charming meadows and forests, are indeed hard to top. And there are also one or two challenges awaiting the hikers. Especially the approach from Klampera Sättele through the north(east) mountain flank of the Mondspitze up the peak (1967 m) makes alpine hikers’ hearts beat faster.
One could also call this hike a five-valley-tour. Every meter which we climb higher reveals that the Mondspitze and the Schillerkopf do not only tower above the alpine town of Bludenz but at the same time are located at the place where Klostertal, Montafon, Brandnertal, Walgau and Großes Walsertal meet. One does not really become aware of this cornucopia of valleys until having passed the Furklaalpe, from where we have an imposing view into the Rhine valley.
Immediately afterwards, the panorama is surpassed on the peak of the Mondspitze, where, among others, Tyrolean and Swiss mountains appear in the panoramic image. This view accompanies us further along the way to the Schillerkopf, where nature awaits us with an encore just below the peak: Vorarlberg’s greatest gypsum doline with a depth of 100 m and a width of 200 m.
Regarding its shape, the Mondspitze does not take its name from the Earth's moon. The Schillerkopf, however, cannot deny its resemblance to the famous German poet, even if it tried. Seen from the Klostertal, it seems indeed as if one looked at Friedrich Schiller's petrified face profile. Ironically, the summit cross is even placed on the nose of the prince of poets.
140 Alpine emergencies throughout Austria
144 Alpine emergencies Vorarlberg
112 Euro-emergency call (works with any cell phone/phone network)
Refreshment stops: Alpe Rona, various possibilities on the Tschengla
Take the Rheintalautobahn A14 until exit Bludenz or S16 from Arlberg to Bludenz. Then take the L82 to Brandnertal and branch off towards Tschengla at Bürserberg. Past the parking area of the bikepark, you arrive at the parking area Tschengla.
Parking area Tschengla