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Hiking tips for Stuben am Arlberg

Welcome to the hiking season in Stuben

Keep yourself moving with easy hikes, Alpine or circular trail hikes

You can experience the Alpine world in all its glory on Schuster's Rappen. Stuben am Arlberg is at the heart of innumerable hiking options. Hiking is good for the body and the soul, particularly if you combine the Alpine and nature experience in Stuben am Arlberg with a relaxed vacation stay. The following is an extract of hiking tips from the brochure “Wanderzeit”, which has been put together by the tourism teams in Stuben and Klösterle am Arlberg.

Hiking in the rain

Circular trail hiking

There are many ways to discover the nature in just a few easy steps even if the weather does not always play ball.

A circular trail hike offers the following in particular: Start at the Albona ticket booth and walk westwards until you reach the river, cross the bridge and then follow the slope. After approx. 20 minutes, you will reach the old road. Follow this into the valley for approx. 200 m, then turn right through the cattle turnstile. After a short climb, you will reach a wide path. Follow this in the direction of Stuben. Just before you reach the main road, a trail leads up to the mountain. Follow this trail. Make sure you always head east and can see Flexenstrasse. Up past Stuben. As soon as you reach the ski lift, walk straight through the meadow down to a further trail. Follow this until you reach the Mondschein Hut, walk past it. Cross the Zürsbach over a small bridge. (It’s worth taking a small side trip to the waterfall directly under the Flexengalerie). Then follow the Flexen trail down into the valley past the swimming pool to Stuben.

Duration: Approx. 2 hours. You can take a shortcut at any time as Stuben is almost always in sight.


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Sonnenkopf- Kristberg

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Ride up to Sonnenkopf in the gondola. From the mountain station of the Sonnenkopf gondola, hike past small streams and Lake Ried, further over flat Alpine areas up to the summit of the Muttjöchle. Descend through the Alpine world to Kristberg. After a short stop in the Knappastoba, the descent to Dalaas begins. A beautiful family hike with a wonderful panoramic view of Klostertal and Arlberg.

Elevation: Ascent 200 m / Descent 1,100 m

Highest point: 2,074 m

 

Walking time: 4 hours

Difficulty level: Easy


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Sonnenkopf Bärenland with the Alpine flower educational trail and “Wildersteig”

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Ride up to Sonnenkopf in the gondola. Bärenland is situated right next to the mountain station and has more than 30 different play stations for your children. On the Sonnenkopf, you can view life-sized, hand-carved sculptures of all the local wild animals, from mountain goats to groundhogs.

Walking time: 30 minutes

Difficulty level: Easy

Leaving the Sonnenkopf mountain restaurant, the Alpine flower educational trail invites you on a comfortable walk. Walking time: 30 minutes.


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Kaltenberg Hut

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One of the most beautiful hikes around Albona, Stuben’s very own mountain. For those who are seeking a unique Alpine experience. There are ways to ascend from Stuben via the Albona Middle station, St. Christoph via the Paul Bantlin trail or via Langen am Arlberg – Bludenz Alpe – Kaltenberg Hut. Return journey also to Stuben, Langen or St. Christoph am Arlberg.

Walking time: 3 to 4 hours

Elevation: 500 m

Highest point: 2,089 m

Difficulty level: Easy/ moderate


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Alpe Nenzigast with showcase cheese factory

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Hike from the Klösterle village center past the picturesque waterfall in the direction of Nenzigastalpe. You can stop for a comfortable bite to eat there and watch the shepherd manufacturing cheese, as well as purchase some treats.

Walking time: Approx. 2 hours

Elevation: 100 m

Highest point: 1,000 m

Difficulty level: Easy

Information: In the local tourism offices

The Alp is managed from mid-June to mid-September. The hiking bus will bring you to the Alp twice a week. With advance reservation, you can enjoy Käsespätzleor a hearty Alpine brunch.


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Ravensburger Hut via the Stierloch

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Take the hiking bus from Lech to Zug. At the valley station, take the Zug mountain railway in the direction of Gstütalpe. Via the Stierloch to the Ravensburger Hut. From there, follow the right bank of Spuller Lake to the bus stop. Take the hiking bus from Spuller Lake back to Lech or over Spuller Lake back to Klösterle or Wald am Arlberg.

Walking time: Approx. 5.5 hours

Highest point: 1,511 m

Difficulty level: Easy – suitable for families.

For experienced hikers, a circular tour from the Ravensburg Hut – Spullersee – Gehrengrat – Steinernes Meer – Freiburg Hut.


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Alpe Formarin – Freiburger Hut

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Take the hiking bus from Lech to “Formarinsee”. Walk along the Güter trail past Formarinsee to the Freiburger Hut – back to Dalaas or jump on the hiking bus to Lech.

Walking time: approx. 2.5 hours

Highest point: 1,918 m

Difficulty level: Easy – suitable for families.

For expert Alpine hikers, take the high trail to the Göppinger Hut or via the Gehrengrat to the Ravensburger Hut.


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Rüfikopf – Monzabonsee - Zürs

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Ride up with the Rüfikopf gondola and over the Alpe Monzabon to Trittalpe. From there, head towards Zürs. Well-sealed walkway, perfect for families. You can make a stop at the Rüfikopf mountain restaurant or on the Monzabon Alpe.

Walking time: Approx. 2.5 hours

Highest point: 2,350 m

Difficulty level: Easy – suitable for families.

 


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Purtschakopf

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Ride up to the Sonnenkopf mountain station. Walk to the left of the mountain station, follow the signposted hike to Purtschakopf and then back to your starting point. Ascent to the summit only for experienced climbers. Descent from Purtschasattel also possible over Thüringeralpe into Nenzigasttal. A high-Alpine hike with a glorious panoramic view.

Walking time: 4 hours

Elevation: 500 m

Highest point: 2,244 m

Difficulty level: Intermediate

 


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Göppinger Hut

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Take the hiking bus from Lech to Älpele. You will find the entrance to the hiking trail right next to the Alpine hut. Take the Laubegg (1,900 m) to the Göppinger Hut (2,245 m). Finally, take the same trail to return to Älpele. You will find rest options directly next to the Alpe “Älperle” or at the Göppinger Hut.

Walking time: Approx. 3.5 hours

Highest point: 2,245 m

Difficulty level: Intermediate – suitable for families.

For expert hikers, the Göppinger Hut is the ideal interim station for a hike to the Bieberacher Hut, Freiburger Hut or over the Johannisköpfe to Oberlech.


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Stuben – Stuben Lake – Kaltenberg Hut

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From Stuben (1,407 m), turn right and walk over the bridge into the fields. After 5 minutes on foot, the Alpine path leads down to the left. The initial ascent is very steep. You will reach Lake Stuben in approx. 45 minutes. A little Alpine lake which is a good place for your first pit stop. Finally, the trail leads over colorful Alpine pastures and forests in a large loop up to the Kaltenberg Hut (2,089 m).

Duration: 3.5 hours

Difficulty level: Intermediate

Elevation: 680 m

 


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Klösterle – Spuller Lake – Ravensburger Hut – Spreubach – Wald

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Klösterle, in the direction of the train station. From here, turn to the right and follow the markers over the small bridge which runs under the train line. Follow the Alpine stream to Alpe Grabs. There keep to the right. There is a path from Lake Spuller to the Ravensburger Hut. After a well-earned stop, circle the lake and walk along the banks of the stream back to Wald. When you are at the bottom, turn left and follow the old railway dam until you reach Klösterle.

Duration: Approx. 5.5 hours

Difficulty level: Intermediate

Elevation: 870 m


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Freiburger Hut – Gehrengrat – Ravensburger Hut

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Take the hiking bus from Lech to Formarinalp, and walk along the banks of Lake Formarin unit you reach the Freiburger Hut. Walk further until the „Fensterlewand“ junction. The trail leads straight ahead to Schafjöchle. Then, you will come to the Steinerne Meer. Now, the train leads over the Gehrengrat. After a longer descent, walk over the Schützjöchle to the west bank of Spullersee. You will soon reach the Ravensburger Hut. Take the bus back to Lech. With a stroke of luck, you will be able to see the large mountain goat colony in the Alps.

Walking time: Approx. 6 hours

Elevation: 500 m

Difficulty level: High-alpine


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From the Göppinger Hut to the Freiburger Hut

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From the south side of the Göppinger Hut, the trail winds its way south over cobbles, then later over firm, smooth rock to the foothills of the eastern Johanneskopf. The trail now leads to the rear side of the ridge on the southern slope of the Johanneskopf, very steeply down into the hollows. Be careful when you are crossing the Rinnen as there are often residual snowfields in summer as well. From the hollows, the trail leads west up over the high plateau under the black wall and the Hirschenspitze, then south to the upper Johannesjoch. To Schönbühel south through the hollows of the Klesenzajoch and then the trail descends steeply to the Formarinalpe. From there, the trail ascends gently up to the Freiburger Hut.

Walking time: Approx. 4.5 hours

Elevation: 700 m

Highest point: 2,400 m

Difficulty level: Difficult


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Eisentaler Spitze

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For all those who are looking for a real challenge – a mountain tour to the highest peak of the western Verwall Group, via Langen am Arlberg through the Nenzigasttal to Alpe, from there in the direction of the Reutlinger Hut and then to the summit of the Eisentaler Spitze.

Walking time: Approx. 9 hours (there and back)

Elevation: 1,700 m

Highest point: 2.753 m

Difficulty level: difficult

Restaurant: Alpe Nenzigast


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Oberlech – Göppinger Hut – Älpele

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From Oberlech over the Kriegersattel to Butzensattel and through the Schneetal (valley) to the Göppinger Hut. Descend to Älperle and return with the hiking bus.

Walking time: Approx. 5.5 hours

Highest point: 2,484 m

Difficulty level: Difficult

 


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