Bregenz Forest Mountains


View from the foot of the Zafernhornes in Fontanella - Faschina to the highest mountain of the Bregenzerwald Mountains, the Glatthorn ( 2,133 m)

The Bregenzerwald Mountains are a mountain range in the Northern Alps, which are upstream of the Eastern Alps in all their length. The Bregenzerwald mountain range is located entirely in Austria (federal state of Vorarlberg ).

The concept of Bregenzerwald Mountains

The term Bregenzerwald mountain refers to a mountain range of the Alpine Club classification of the Eastern Alps (AVE ), the term Bregenzerwald contrast to a landscape. Therefore Bregenzerwald Mountains and Bregenzerwald not congruent. The Bregenzerwald also includes parts of the Allgäu Alps.

Conversely, the Bregenzerwald Mountains takes something out in the landscapes of the Rhine valley, the Walgau and the Great Walser Valley. It presents itself as geologically inconsistent, also is the name in the Vorarlberg State Geography and Regional Planning not rooted. He is outside the literature of mountaineering rarely used and is one of the most controversial groups of the AVE. After the orographic - hydrologically oriented mountain group breakdown by Trimmel the mountains belong to the group Rhine - Walgau - Bregenzerwald.

Landscape and geology

The Bregenzerwald Mountains are located in a rising in step-like waves from west-northwest direction east-southeast landscape. Dominate mittelgebirgige, covered with meadows and forests mountains, high mountain character is found in the transition to Lechquellengebirge only on the southern edge.

Geologic raises the mountain group is complex, it can be found quite different morphologically distinct rock zones as those of the Molasse ( Vorderwald ), the Helvetic ( Coppice, larger parts of the background forest ) and the flysch. To the east and southeast, the group ends where the Flyschvoralpen interlock scenic ( orographic ) with the Northern Calcareous Alps.


The boundary of the Bregenzerwald mountain range, is formed by the AVE, where she represents the groups # 1 as follows:

  • Northeast: Lake Constance - Bregenz Oh - Subersach ( tributary of the Bregenzerach )
  • Southeast: Beautiful creek ( tributary of the Subersach ) - Osterguntenbach Bach - Stogger saddle - Rehmerbach ( tributary of the Bregenzerach ) - Au - Argenbach ( tributary of the Bregenzerach ) - Jochbach - Faschinajoch - Faschinabach - Lutz ( Great Walser Valley )
  • South: Walsertal away, I'll away to the mouth of the Rhine
  • West: Rhine to Lake Constance - this is also the traditional boundary between the Eastern Alps and the Western Alps

The Faschinajoch connects the Bregenzerwald Mountains with the Lechquellengebirge. The Stogger saddle provides the connection to the Allgäu Alps.

The pledges in Bregenz does not belong to this classification according to the Bregenzerwald Mountains, but the Allgäu Alps. On the other hand, is achieved by the somewhat complicated boundary between Au and the Subersach that mountains like the Winterstaude or Hirschberg at Bizau that are fully surrounded by Bregenzerwälder valleys, also belong to the Bregenzerwald Mountains.

Adjacent Mountain Ranges

The Bregenzerwald Mountains borders the following other mountain groups in the Alps:

  • Allgäu Alps (north and east )
  • Lechquellengebirge ( in the south)
  • Rätikon ( in the southwest )
  • Appenzell Alps ( in the west)


The out-of Alpine Club leaders Bregenzerwald mountain range divides the mountain range into the following subgroups:

  • Mittagfluh and Bizau Hirschberg
  • Hinteregger burr ridge perennials and winter
  • Schneider head and Lorenaberge
  • Hochälpelekopf and Weissenfluh
  • Dornbirner First
  • Schuttannen and Ebniter mountains
  • Ball comb and Hörnlegrat
  • Freschengruppe and Matonagrat
  • Walserkamm and Falbengrat
  • Damülser mountains and Kanisfluh
  • Glatthorn group at Faschinajoch (includes the highest mountain in the Bregenzerwald Mountains )


The ten highest peaks in the Bregenzerwald Mountains:

Other important and well-known peaks of the Bregenzerwald Mountains (in order of height):

  • High light 2,009 m
  • Hochrohkopf 1,975 m
  • Winterstaude 1,877 m
  • Hirschberg ( Bizau ) 1,834 m
  • Mörzelspitze, 1,830 m
  • Lions head, 1,830 m
  • Hang peak 1,746 m
  • Low 1,711 m
  • High ball 1.645 m
  • Baumgarten Alpe 1,624 m
  • Hochälpelekopf, 1,467 m
  • Staufen 1,456 m
  • Renkknie 1,411 m
  • Brüggelekopf 1,182 m
  • Hirschberg ( Langen) 1,095 m
  • Carts 971 m


In the Bregenzerwald Mountains, there are comparatively few huts of the Alpine clubs with the opportunity to stay. The reason for this is that the greater part of the mountain tours can be done as day trips from the valley villages from.

  • Freschenhaus: Height: 1846 m, cultivated summer from mid-June to mid-October, 26 beds and 40 mattresses, winter room with 18 bearings, open valley town: laterns, duration of Bad laterns: 2.5 hours
  • Hochälpelehütte: Height: 1460 m, cultivated summer from June to October, 25 Dormitory, valley town of Black Mountain, duration of Schwarzenberg: 1.75 hours
  • Lustenau hut: Height: 1250 m, cultivated summer from mid-May to mid-November, and winter from Christmas to Easter, 40 Dormitory, valley town of Black Mountain, duration of Schwarzenberg: 2 hours

It is advisable to inquire about the exact opening times and accessibility of the Alpine Club huts or in the valley villages.

Remote / distance trails

The North alpine long-distance trail 01 ( Kalkalpenweg ) runs through the central part of the Bregenz Forest Mountains with the following sections:

  • Part of route 17 runs from Zürs to Damuels

The greater part of this stretch is still in Lechquellengebirge. Only at Faschinajoch the Bregenzerwald Mountains is entered.

  • Part of route 18 runs from Damuels to Bregenz on Alpe Portla, High Freschen, Mörzelspitze, Boedele, Dornbirn.

The Via Alpina, a cross-border long-distance trail with five sub- paths through the whole Alps, runs along the edge of the Bregenzerwald Mountains.

The Red Trail Via Alpina runs with two stages through the Bregenzerwald Mountains as follows:

  • Stage R54 extends from the bottom book to St. Gerold ( only the second half of this stage is located in the Bregenzerwald Mountains)
  • Stage R55 runs from St. Gerold to Feldkirch on Röns, Schnifis and Satteins

Via ferrata

Geology and geography of the Bregenzerwald Mountains are not conducive for the investment of climbing routes. As a via ferrata the simplest level can apply just:

  • Binnelgrat ( north ridge ) at High Freschen
  • Valüragrat ( West Ridge ) at High Freschen

Books / Cards

  • Dieter Seibert: Alpine Club leaders Bregenzerwald and Lechquellengebirge alpine. Bergverlag Rother, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-7633-1095-1
  • Rother Walking Bregenzerwald, ISBN 3-7633-4088-2, Bergverlag Rudolf Rother, Munich
  • Rother Walking Lake Constance to Rätikon, ISBN 3-7633-4197-8, Bergverlag Rudolf Rother, Munich
  • Rother Walking Brandner with Big Valley and Kloster, ISBN 3-7633-4035-1, Bergverlag Rudolf Rother, Munich
  • Hiking compact Bregenzerwald, ISBN 3-7654-3957-6, Bruckmann Verlag GmbH, Munich