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, Debbie (with Thomas), Fi and Mary.
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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; but our personal favourite might be Erika at Lingenau, and everywhere you will be served in a dirndl (the waitresses, not you…)
Lake Constance and the foothills of the Alps
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