Europe, Food & Drink, Hiking

Experience A Culinary Hike in Bregenzerwald, Austria

July 5, 2016

Spend an unforgettable day in the Austria’s westernmost province of Vorarlberg on a culinary hike in Bregenzerwald from Warth to Schröcken, where you walk from one meal to the next through rolling alpine pastures.

the Culinary hike in Bregenzerwald stunning views

Along the well-marked route, cows graze in fields knee-deep with alpine flowers and quick-footed marmots scurry through the rocky meadows.

Alpine Breakfast at Hochalphütte

After a short ride up the Steffisalp Express chairlift from Warth, follow the alpine track for about thirty minutes to Hochalphütte for a traditional alpine breakfast. Choose from fresh fruit, homemade preserves, alpine cheeses, and assorted baked goods.

breakfast Hochalphutte culinary hike in Bregenzerwald

Lunch at Hotel Körbersee

After fueling up on breakfast, continue for another ninety minutes or so to Hotel Körbersee for lunch. Along the way, you can stop at Saloberkopf (2030 m) and take in the panoramic views before descending through a striking limestone landscape. Along this part of the trail, it seems possible that Bilbo Baggins and friends may appear at any time.

Limestone karst the Culinary hike in Bregenzerwald

Lunch at Hotel Körbersee can be enjoyed outside on a terrace overlooking an alpine lake. From here the views of Braunarlspitze – the highest mountain in Bregenzerwald (2649m) – are impressive.

Hotel Korbersee in Bregenzerwald

A Sweet Ending at Hotel Tannberg

On the trail from Hotel Körbersee, you may have the opportunity to visit the Batzenalpe, an alpine museum – it is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday afternoon. Here you can learn about life in the early days in Austria’s high mountains.

Batzenalp alpine museum Bregenzerwald Austria

After descending through the spruce-scented forest, you arrive at Hotel Tannberg in the tiny village of Schröcken just in time for a mid-afternoon treat. Here you can indulge in a delicious dessert on the final stop on the culinary hike in Bregenzerwald.

Schrocken, Austria view culinary hike in Bregenzerwald

Travel Tips

  • Although the approximately 13 km self-guided hike from Warth to Schröcken takes six to seven hours, the actual hiking time is around three hours. There is a 160 m elevation gain from the Steffisalp Express and an elevation loss of 780 m on the descent to Schröcken.
  • We hiked as a family and everyone enjoyed the experience. Highlights according to the kids – walking along the trail through the limestone karst area where it felt very ‘Lord of the Rings’, chopping wood into shingles using traditional tools at the Batzenalpe (alpine museum), and all of the delicious food.
  • In the summer of 2016, the culinary hike from Warth to Schröcken operates daily (except Wednesday) from July 1st to October 9, 2016. You can book the self-guided culinary hike here.
  • The culinary hike begins with a bus ride from Schröcken (parking is available at Hotel Mohnenfluh) to Warth where you take the Steffisalp Express chairlift to the alpine trail. The restaurants require reservations – Hochalphütte +43 (0)55834250 or +43(0)6643991643, Hotel Körbersee +43(0)5519265, Hotel Tannberg +43(0)5519268.
  •  Contact the Bregenzerwald Tourist Office for more information.

Our recent visit to Vorarlberg, Austria was in collaboration with the Vorarlberg State Tourist Board. Although we were invited to join the culinary hike in Bregenzerwald on a complimentary basis, I would love to repeat the experience on my own. As always, if I don’t enjoy a destination or experience, I won’t recommend it. 

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4 Comments

  • Reply Janice July 6, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    The scenery is so spectacular. It is a good thing that hiking and culinary are combined! Is that both ice cream and whip cream with the strudel? That is decadent❤️

  • Reply Stephen Harris July 15, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Holy, your photos are beautiful! That is a great eating hike!

  • Reply Angela July 15, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Beautiful photography! I love the idea of walking from one meal to the next!

  • Reply Carlie July 17, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    This not only looks amazing, it sounds like it tastes amazing too!

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