Hiking in and around St. Anton am Arlberg
With a hiking network of over 300 kilometres, holidaymakers can explore this Tyrolean mountain world on extensive walks in healing mountain air. Expert hikers are able to take advantage of meandering trails that transcend provincial borders, while nature lovers marvel at Mount Rendl, which is ablaze with flowers, and families sharpen not only their sense of smell along Senn's WunderWanderWeg (WonderHikingTrail). Those who prefer walking in company, can join one of the guided tours offered by the mountain hiking school in St. Anton am Arlberg (free with the Summer Card. All tour tips can be found on www.stantonamarlberg.com
Since time immemorial and for everyone
The “Mutspuren - Feel the Courage” Panorama Trail on Galzig at 2,000 metres above sea level is effortlessly accessible via cable car, where the whole family can learn about Arlberg’s fascinating history at the lovingly designed “Erlebniswelt - Adventure World”. Another trail in Schann entitled “Faith and History”, is dedicated to various themes such as the Swabian Children, alpine farming and the ”Golden City“. From June 2019, visitors will be able to experience the turbulent past of the former “Gand” mining industry for the first time on a 750-metre circular hiking trail in the St. Anton district of St. Jakob. The famous Way of St. James also traverses St. Anton am Arlberg: the historic Arlberg Hospiz Hotel in St. Christoph offered protection and shelter to traveling pilgrims in the14th Century - and its doors are still open today. Coincidentally, the “Eagle Walk”, Tyrol’s most spectacular long distance hiking route, also begins (or ends) here. This hike is presently around 300 kilometres in length (over 24 stages) and leads hikers past alpine peaks, refuge huts, mountain lakes and flower-filled meadows, through the Karwendel and Rofan mountains to St. Johann am Wilden Kaiser.
The mountain “is on fire” along the “Alpenrosenweg - Alpine Rose Trail”
Hikers encounter a “red sea” on the southern slopes of Mount Rendl in St. Anton am Arlberg, especially during the months of June and July. This is due to the many alpine roses blooming there, which give the impression of a floral fire. The trail starts behind the top terminal of the Rendlbahn cable car (accessible on foot or by gondola) with a playground and fabulous views of the Lechtal Alps and Verwallgruppe Mountains. The trail then heads down to the Rendlalm, where experienced tourers can extend the route to include an ascent of the Zwölferkopf (2,558 metres).
Duration: around 4 hours (6 hours without the cable car), level of difficulty: moderate, refreshments available: Rendl cable car top terminal (2,030 m), Rendlalm (1,791 m)
Feast and be amazed along the Stöcklweg Trail in Pettnau
This meadow and forest tour extends from Pettneu am Arlberg to Nessler Alm Farm, which is also home to goats, chickens, pigs and 60 cows. The Stöcklweg trail is around 7.5 kilometres in length (with 414 metres in elevation gain) and takes walkers past Gridlonbach, Pleißereck and the old Nessler Alm Farm, where time appears to have stood still in the in-house museum. Historic copper kettles, butter churns and dairy equipment bear witness to the history of the Stanzertal Valley, which dates back to the 12th century. After enjoying a hearty snack, or one of the “spinach and cheese dumpling” house specialties, holidaymakers can walk back down via “Kalvarienberg”, known by many as a place of reflection and home to a listed chapel.
Duration: approx. 3.5 hours, level of difficulty: easy to moderate, refreshments available: Nessler Alm (1,610 m)
Berggeistweg (Mountain Spirit Trail) between Tirol und Vorarlberg
The cross-border ascent to Kaltenberg Hut begins in the St. Christoph sub-district of St. Anton, where the Arlberg Pass reaches its zenith. To the rear of Gasthof Valluga, hikers enter the Berggeistweg Trail and follow its many winding bends, through alpine meadows and the Maroiseen Lakes, until stopping for a break in Vorarlberg. The mountain inn with its characteristic red shutters and stunning views of the surrounding mountains is nestled at the intersection between Klostertal and Verwall. The return route leads along the Paul-Bantlin-Weg Trail, past the Albonaseen Lakes. The round walk is 15 kilometres long with 675 metres in altitude difference.
Duration: approx. 6 hours, level of difficulty: moderate to difficult, refreshments available: Kaltenberg Hut (2,089 m), further refreshments available in St. Christoph (1,800 m).
Senn's WunderWanderWeg (WonderWalkingTrail) for all the senses
Hiking with all your senses it what it is all about at Senn‘s WunderWanderWeg high above St. Anton am Arlberg This adventure trail designed especially for children begins at Lake Maiensee in St. Christoph. The Alpine Flower and Herb Trail encircles the Sennhütte and entrances families with around one thousand different plants to smell, touch, taste and admire, including the largest edelweiss of the Alps, with over 100,000 blooms. “Herbal bread baking” and “healthy Kneipp foot-bathing” also feature on the Sennhütte weekly programme. The 8th Arlberg Herb Festival will also take place there on 15th August 2019.
Duration: approx. 1.5 hours, level of difficulty: easy, refreshments available: Sennhütte (ca. 1,500 m)