vilstal bei kalbelehof alpe
vilstal bei kalbelehof alpe

Hike to the Kalbelehof Alp in the Vilstal valley

The Vils stream leaves the Tannheimer Tal valley near Schattwald and forces its way through the wild Vilstal valley until reaching Pfronten in the Bavarian Allgäu. A short segment of this valley is covered by gentle alpine pastures: welcome to the Kalbelehof Alp!

Starting from the parking space in Katzensteig (near Zöblen in the Tannheimer Tal valley), we follow the course of the Vils stream along a field path to Schattwald. At a slightly lower located junction, we take the path no. 803 (Schattwald Kappl-Vilstal high-altitude trail) leading up to the highest point of our hike (1,110 m asl). The trail snakes its way through the mountain pastures and forests, and finally follows a meadow path downhill to the Kalbelehof Alp.

The mountain hut is located at 970 m asl. Despite the easy access, you feel in a nearly magical place far away from the noise and hectic of everyday life. The culinary offer of the Kalbelehof hut is modest, but the atmosphere is comfortable and inviting.

By the way: the Kalbelehof Alp is located on Tyrolean territory, but it has been operated by Bavarian farmers since ancient times, they have brought the young cattle from Pfronten onto these mountain pastures. We return to Zöblen on the same road. The trail is also signposted as MTB trail, so take care!

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Zöblen in the Tannheimer Tal valley
Destination: Kalbelehof Alp
Signposts: no. 10, 803, 1, E4
Distance: approx. 6 km (each direction)
Walking time: approx. 1.5 - 2 hours (each direction)
Altitude difference: approx. 200 m
Altitude level: between 970 and 1,110 m asl
Experienced in: August 2016

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