This circular hike from the Lecknertal over the western Nagelfluhkette to the Hochgrat is characterized by a great variety of wild flowers and magnificent views of the Allgäu Alps.
Distance 16.4 km
Many know the Nagelfluhkette traverse, which runs between the Hochgrat and Mittag. Its “western neighbor” starts at Hoher Häderich above Hittisau (Bregenz Forest) and leads along the idyllic Lecknertal valley. This route promises impressive views: on our way towards Hochgrat, we look to the left at the Allgäu foothills, and to the right, the view sweeps over the Alpine peaks. If we look back, we can even see the Säntis in good weather. The day-long tour runs on easy to moderately difficult paths from the Lecknertal up to the Hohen Häderich (1565 m), further over the Falken (1561 m), the Eineguntkopf (1639 m) and the Hohenfluhalpkopf (1636 m) finally to the Seelekopf (1663 m). Before the descent, a stop at the Staufner Haus is a must. Finally, we descend over alpine pastures to the emerald green Lecknersee.
A hearty stop at the Staufnerhaus on the Hochgrat - after that you just have to descend.
The ridge between the Hoher Häderich and the Hochgrat is quite rocky, especially at the beginning. Wire ropes and steps are present in tricky places.
Hiking parking lot in Leckner (Wanderparkplatz Leckner) (982 m)
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Hiking parking lot in Leckner (Wanderparkplatz Leckner)
Our tour begins at the Leckner See hikers’ parking lot behind the small toll road. Immediately we can orient ourselves by the signs in the direction of Hochhäderich. We walk on asphalt in the direction of the lake, but shortly before we turn left. Across alpine pastures, meadows and short forest sections we go uphill in a few curves. Before a small piece of forest, we keep a sharp left and walk parallel to the slope until we reach the Schwarzberger Plattealpe. Now we don't go right up the slope but keep straight on, again “losing” some altitude meters. But shortly afterward we take the path to the right again, which leads us uphill on a meadow with numerous flowers in the direction of the Hochhäderich mountain inn. There we treat ourselves to a little refreshment and then tackle the first summit. Since the way, there is very short (10 min), we soon continue hiking, now we are on the ridge of the Nagelfluhkette. Partly the path here is quite stony, but wire ropes give us support when necessary. We now hike further and further along the ridge until we have reached the next summit with the Eineguntkopf. It now goes downhill again for a bit; here we also cross the border from Vorarlberg (Austria) to Bavaria again. On the height of the Hohenfluhalpkopf is a nice place to enjoy our snack. With good visibility, the view reaches Lake Constance, which we can see in all its dimensions. We continue along the ridge until we reach the last peak for today, the Seelekopf. Here we enjoy the view of the mighty Hochgrat and also catch a glimpse of the Staufnerhaus, where an apple strudel or another treat awaits us. So we hike on - in front of us we see the mountain station of the Hochgratbahn - and finally descend to the left, a path leads directly to the terrace of the Staufnerhaus. From there, we finally take the same path back up to the crossroads. Here, we now orient ourselves in the direction of Leckner See and look forward to an hour of descent through lovely alpine meadows. We pass the southern Lauch-Alpe and then continue to descend through the forest. Soon we cross the Obergelchenwanger Tobelbach and pass some alpine pastures before we cross the border to Austria again. The Höfle inn is still on our way, then we can already see the Leckner Lake shimmering green. If you like, you can treat yourself to a footbath before returning to the parking lot on the asphalt road.
all notes on protected areas
By train to Bregenz, continue by bus via Hittisau to the bus stop in Reute, continue on foot to the starting point
B205 to Hittisau, first in the direction of the Hoher Häderich ski area, then turn off to the Leckner See lake. After a small toll road, there is a parking lot on the left.
Day hiking backpack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover, sturdy and comfortable shoes, weather appropriate and durable clothing in multiple layers, telescopic poles if necessary, sun and rain protection, provisions and drinking water, first aid kit, cell phone, headlamp if necessary.
Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes
Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
Layered, moisture wicking clothing
Rucksack (with rain cover)
Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
First aid kit
Bivy / survival bag
Navigation equipment / map and compass
Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes
Climbing helmet as required
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