Throughout centuries, the trail over the just 1283m high Hörnle pass used to be the main route from the Kleinwalsertal to Bregenz. As it was in desolate condition between Sibratsgfäll and Hittisau for most of the time, people preferred to take a detour. Today’s winter hiking trail to “Hörele”, as the local Walser have nicknamed the pass, is an easy and much-frequented leisurely walk.
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Updated: April 01, 2019
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Sturdy shoes and hiking poles for steep sections 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.
Riezlern (1064 m)
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To reach the start in the hamlet of Schwende, take the link road from Riezlern-Westegg. The compacted winter trail starts where the cross-country trail begins. Off the local mountain road, the trail winds its way across sunny hillsides and groves. In the vicinity of Klausenwald it passes a moor landscape that exudes its charms also in winter. Having mounted for 45 minutes, some hikers content themselves with a stop and a rest at Alpengasthof Hörnlepass. Before heading for the inn, why not continue along the cross-country trail to the scenically enchanting high-lying hollow at Ausserwald and to the Vorarlberg border at Hörnle pass. The groomed winter hiking trail ends at a sun-dazzled slope near an old stable with beautiful views. You will be rewarded for the extra effort by serene vistas of the Oberstdorf peaks of the Allgäu Alps, while pausing on a bench on the sun-exposed face of Stallwand. On your way back, you will see the eastern side of the outer Kleinwalsertal and the White Crest between Söllereck and Fellhorn right to the Kanzelwand face. Above the treeline, you will be able to discern the snow-covered slope terraces of Amannsalpe and Mittelalpe, where the central bridle path led down to the valley right until the 18th century.
Public transport friendly
Leave the car where it is!
The Walserbus is a convenient way to reach your starting point. Line 2 takes you to the district Schwende. For this tour you need to get off at the bus stop "Bellevue".
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.