Day 4 - Schönenbach (Caroline and Ifor Philips)
Day 4 - Schönenbach (Caroline and Ifor Philips) 
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£910.00 (2017)
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7 nights B&B, 6 evening meals, luggage transfers between hotels
4 - 5¼ hrs per day
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Lake Constance and the foothills of the Alps
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A self-guided hike from Lake Constance to Damüls (Damuels) through the Bregenzerwald, visiting Bregenz, Lingenau, Schwarzenberg, Bezau, Schönenbach, and Mellau.


Grade: Medium


Green pastures and little mountains

This walk aims to provide a true Austrian experience, but for ordinary walkers rather than the super-fit. The region known as Bregenzerwald is a landscape of meadows, woods and charming villages, some, like famous Schwarzenberg, almost impossibly rich in traditional architecture. Starting by the shores of (normally) placid Lake Constance at Bregenz, it leads quickly into the “Mittelgebirge” or foothills, a countryside of peaceful flower-decked meadows and age-old farming. Judicious use of cable cars (free to our clients) enables not only the exploration of remoter valleys without arduous climbs, but also the final ascent to the “Hochgebirge” of the Damüls bowl, with its 2000m+ peaks for you to bag on your last day (if you wish - it's your choice) and its breathtaking views. Throughout the walk you will be hosted mainly in authentic family-run inns, and eat traditional, hearty, locally-produced food. Note: Weather conditions may close cable lifts etc and force changes to the itinerary. Walked by On Foot staff: Simon and Debbie (with Thomas)


Watch On Foot client Annabel's presentation of her holiday in a rather wet June here, and Paul and Kate Hendy's photo album of their holiday here.


Standard option (as per "itinerary"): 7 nights - but you can add rest days in any hotel, or  extra days in Damüls to do more high walking.


Shorter options

6 nights (miss night 1, and start at Lingenau)

5 nights (miss nights 1 and 5 and 2 days’ walking)

4 nights (stay Lingenau, Bezau x 2, Damüls, walk days 3, 4 and 6)

 or start Bezau

  • Bregenz and Lake Constance
  • Schwarzenberg and its traditional houses
  • Authentic inns in Lingenau and Bezau
  • Lonely Schönenbach and traditional cheesemakers
  • Two nights at Damüls to try a peak or five

WE RECOMMEND: Extra days in Bregenz for a trip on a Lake Constance steamer or to go to the opera in July/August,  and an extra day at the end to do some free walking in these maejstic mountains.


EATING AND DRINKING:  The mountain cuisine of this area (venison and cheese) is hearty enough but our hosts have found a hundred different ways to prepare it.  The Albrecht family at Bezau and the Türtscher family at Damüls are good; our personal favourite might be Erika at Lingenau, and everywhere you will be served in a dirndl (the waitresses, not you...)

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Peter Münch

Peter is a practising architect, living in Neuhäusel, in the Rhineland, with his family, in a woodland house he built himself. He is one of nature's wanderers, never happy unless exploring new countries, new paths, and finding out about new cultures.