The mountain village of Hinterhornbach is located in the Hornbachtal valley, a side valley of the Lechtal valley.
Altitude: 1,101 m asl
At the rear part of the Hornbachtal valley, there is the municipality of Hinterhornbach at the foot of the 2,592 m high Hochvogel mountain. The settlement of the village, which developed out of single farms, took place from the Allgäu. The ram with its mighty horns on the emblem peeping from behind a river has got two meanings: on the one hand the name is figuratively illustrated, as “Horn” means “horn” and “Bach” means “river”, on the other hand it refers to the sheep breeding that is very popular in this region.
The little village is a popular starting point for hikes in the Allgäu Alps and on the Hochvogel mountain, which is the local mountain of Hinterhornbach. It can be scaled via the Schwabeck huts at 1,696 m asl. Via a trail you reach the east spur of the mountain, where the trail bifurcates: the trail on the right takes you via the Fuchsensattel (2,039 m asl) to the “Kalter Winkel” and the homonymous ridge (2,283 m asl), while the left one takes you on the Bäumenheimer trail to the south-east precipices of the Hochvogel mountain. Those who prefer a more comfortable walk can hike to the Schwabeck huts, offering a great view on the Hornbachkette mountain range, a place to enjoy! This hike takes you about 2.5 to 3 hours. And if you are lucky you can maybe even see a chamois or an ibex!
Hinterhornbach can be reached via a road that is also very popular with mountain bikers. However, the small village even offers a little museum, which is the hunting museum in the inn Alpenrose. This is where you can see trophies from local forests and mountains. In winter in the municipality there is the 2.7 km long Hornbach trail, one of the most snow-sure and most beautiful cross country ski trails of the Lechtal valley. Moreover the valley offers a vast cross-country trail network that is available for free.
Our recommendation: Hinterhornbach is also an insiders’ tip for celebrating New Years’ Eve on the mountain! Far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life you can drink a toast to the new year…