Hiking in the Brand valley
The Brandnertal is the ideal starting point for hikes of any difficulty! Hiking in the Brand valley means: everyone comes here for their own individual mountain experience.
As a guest in one of our apartments you have the possibility to join in with free guided hikes and mountain tours. Experienced hiking guides from the Brand valley region will bring you closer to the country and the people. They know the flowers, the mountains, the streams – even every alpine meadow by name. Luis, Erich and co. also like to tell the legends of the area, handed down over the years. It doesn’t get any more entertaining than that!
The spring flowers in May, on lush, green alpine meadows offer a unique contrast to the glittering white mountains in the Brand valley. You will find a colourful sea of flowers in the fragrant mountain meadows in the summer. In Autumn, the overhelming views and the magnificent deciduous forests will lure in hikers. And in the cold weather, the sparkling snowy landscape will remind you of children’s fairytales.
It’s always peak season for hiking in the Brand valley!
TIP: Circular walk round Lünersee
TIP: The Brandnertal Silvretta Card (A cross-border regional card)
During the Summer season, you can use this card for 3, 5, 7, 10 and 14 consecutive days on mountain railways in the Brandnertal, Walgau, Bludenz, Montafon and the Paznauntal regions.
There are also numerous entrance discounts for other attractions and excursions.
Summit upon summit, snow-capped mountains glistening in the morning sunshine – which brings joy to your heart: Hiking in the Brand valley! The diverse landscapes of the Brandnertal are impressive. Countless hiking trails lead from the valley to the mountains. From easy hiking tours to high-altitude hiking trails or challenging mountain trails, everything is possible here.
From the hiking park (Tschengla) you reach the Rona Alpe in a few minutes. Walk further, partly through wooded areas, partly through alpine meadows, but always towards the Mondspitze. After the Furkla Alpe, turn right to the “Güterweg”, which leads to Klampera Sätteli. From the Sätteli it is a bit rocky and a little harder to reach the summit. At the summit you will enjoy a beautiful view of the 5 valleys. The descent is towards the south west to the Schillersattel. Here, you go down a path on the left and cross the path twice to Klampera Sätteli. Follow it and descend directly across the meadow to Tschengla.
Tip: For all enthusiastic hikers, who don’t mind getting up early, we recommend a sunrise trip to the Mondspitze. Hiking in the Brand valley at its best! Depending on the position of the sun, you may have to start between 3am and 4am at the Tschengla car park to be on time for the sunrise.
Walking time: approximately 5 ½ hours
Starting altitude: 1,220m max
Food & drinks: Alpe Rona, Furkla Alpe Public.
Transportation: bus line 81 (Bludenz – Brand), from Bürserberg – private hiking bus to Tschengla
Parking: Bürserberg hiking park – Tschengla
Information: TB Brandnertal +43 (0) 5559 555
Special features/tips: Viewpoint over Walgau, Klostertal, Montafon and Rheintal
The Bürserschlucht (gorge) offers fantastic insights into the recent history of the earth. The Alvierbach has shaped the present canyon over the last 10,000 years. From the town centre of Bürs, the unspoilt canyon path leads through large blocks in to the valley. The path turns and leads steeply up to the right, past a resting place at the stream, to the highest point of the tour. Here you can climb to Bürserberg if you would like to (25 minutes). Go downhill along a wide path to a larch meadow. Further along the way you will go past wide cracks in the ground. Finally, you arrive at the so-called Kuhloch, a dry gorge, which is buried in coarse gravel. Go via a small forest trail back to Bürs.
Tip: This hike opens up rare insights into recent geological history of the Brand valley. From July to September, gorge tours take place on Wednesdays. Registration and information can be obtained from the tourist office in Bürs on +43 5552 62617.
Walking time: 2 hours
Starting altitude: 570m
Food and drinks: guest houses in Bürs and Bürserberg
Public transport: Landbus line 81 Bludenz – Brand (Bürs Gasthaus Adler bus stop)
Parking: Bürs electricity works
SCHESAPLANA CIRCULAR TOUR with a possible overnight stay at the Mannheimerhütte
The Schesaplana is, at 2,965m, the highest mountain in the Rätikon. The national border between Austria and Switzerland runs above its summit.
From the Palüdbahn, a narrow mountain path leads past the Palüdbach and the Glingabrunnen (a series of springs) which are connected underground to the Brand glacier. The trail continues into the picturesque Zalimtal. Halfway up, the Obere Brüggele Alpe are a great place to rest. The path continues via switchbacks to the Oberzalimhütte. Over the Leiberweg, part of which is a route blasted into the rocks for more experienced, steady and sure-footed hikers, it continues to Mannheimerhütte. From there, you reach the Brand Glacier on the Schesaplana. The glacier is generally easily walkable. Go back down to the Totalphütte on an well-trodden trail (be careful in Spring for snowfields!). Descend to Lünersee and over the Bösen Tritt (or take the Lünerseebahn) to Schattenlaganthütte. From here, you can go back to Brand on a decent footpath or take the bus from the valley station Lünerseebahn to Brand.
Walking time: approximately 9 hours
Starting altitude: 1,000m
Maximum height: 2,965m
Difference in altitude: 1,965m
Food and drinks: Schattenlaganthütte, Douglasshütte, Totalphütte, Mannheimerhütte, Ober-Zalim, Untere-Brüggele Alpe
Public transport: Landbus line 81 Bludenz – Brand (Lünerseebahn car park)
Parking: Palüd car park, Schattenlaganthütte or Lünerseebahn car park
Information: Brand tourist office +43 (0) 5559 555
ZIMBAJOCH – LÜNERSEE
From the centre of Brand, going towards Bludenz take a steep, sweeping path to the right in the Sarotlatal, up to the Sarotlahütte. From there the trail leads over rocky terrain to Zimbajoch (2,387m). A very steep trail zigzags over rocky terrain and scree to the Heinrich Hueter-Hütte. Continue uphill to the Saulajoch over the Saulajochsteig downhill to the Douglasshütte. Continue over the Bösen Tritt (or take the Lünerseebahn) to the Schattenlaganthütte and further on to Brand. From the valley station of the Lünerseebahn take the connection to Brand. This amazing Hiking in the Brand valley leads you through three different valleys.
Walking time: 9 hours
Starting altitude: 990m
Maximum height: 2,387m
Difference in altitude: 1,397m
Food and drinks: Sarotla hut, Heinrich-Hueterhütte, Douglasshütte, Schattenlaganthütte
Public transportation: Landbus line 81 Bludenz – Brand (Lünerseebahn stop)
Parking: Schattenlaganthütte, Lünerseebahn car park, Palüd car park
Information: tourist office in Brand +43 (0) 5559 555
Hiking in the Brand valley – UNTERE BRÜGELE ALPE
This route is mainly in the shade of trees along the Palüd river and is especially worthwhile in warm and dry weather. Halfway along, there is the Glingabrunnen, a series of springs, linked underground to the Brand Glacier. You soon reach the untouched and impressive Zalimtal. At the end, you can linger at the Untere-Brüggele-Alpe for fresh milk and alpine products.
Starting point: Brand Innertal
Walking time: approximately 2 ½ ours
BRAND – LÜNERSEE – TOTALP
The tour begins with a small challenge, the Bösen Tritt. This isn’t a problem for the experienced hiker though. Alternatively, you can take the short cut for this part and ride the Lünerseebahn. At the sign saying Lünersee Rundweg (Nr. 91.100), go right, up along the wonderful Felsmassiv, the last few metres in the direction of the Totalphütte. The return is from the Totalphütte to the Douglasshütte to the Lünersee.
Parking and Starting point: Lünerseebahn Car park in Brand
Walking time: approximately 3 hours
TALEUKOPF / LOISCHKOPF – Hiking in the Brand valley
There is a small marmot colony here. From here you walk on a footpath to the Burtschasattel, which lies between Loischkopf and Taleukopf. A short detour to the Talekopf (about 15 minutes) gives you a great view into the Brandnertal. Continue to the Inner Parpfienzalpe. A trail leads to the Furklaalpe via the Pfaffienzsattel. From there you descend to the Ronaalpe. You can reach the hiking park in 5 minutes.
Starting point: Tschengla hiking car park
Walking time: approximately 4 ½ hours
From Brand a footpath leads to the Lünerseebahn. Then there is a steep ascent over the Bösen Tritt to the Douglasshütte. If you take the bus and the cable car you will save yourself the first 3 ½ hours of the tour. Go from the Douglasshütte to the Lünerseealpe and the Verajöchle, then the Schweizer Tor up to the Öfapass. Next, the trail leads downhill to the Lindauer Hütte. Go down again on a good trail via Latschau and from there, take the Postbus to Schruns. Then take the Montafonerbahn to Bludenz and the Postbus to Brand.
Starting point: Brand town centre
Walking time: 8 ½ hours
AMATSCHONJOCH – HIRSCHSEE – SPUSAGANG -OBERZALIM – Hiking in the Brand valley
Take the Dorfbahn, hike via Gulmasteig to the Amatschonjoch and continue further to Alpe Setsch. , Then there is a steep ascent to Spusagang-Scharte. Afterwards, the tour leads to the Oberzalim- Hütte. The return trip takes you via the Oberzalimweg to Brand.
Starting point: Brand, Mountain station of the Dorfbahn
Walking time: 7 hours
BRAND – AMATSCHONJOCH – NENZINGERHIMMEL
After the ascent with the village railway, the path leads over the free-standing, elongated Gulma ridge via the Palud region to the Amatschonjoch. In good weather conditions, there is a wonderful panorama to see! A steep and narrow path leads to the Alpe Setsch (take care until spring in case it is wet or snowy) and go further along an alpine path to the charmingly situated Sommerdorf of Nenzinger Himmels. Return via Alpe Setsch to Amatschonjoch and the Dorfbahn in Brand.
Starting point: Dorfbahn Brand
Walking time: approximately 6 hours