Hirschen insider tips
Dornbirn is not only famous for its textiles and great shopping opportunities: it is also the perfect starting point for easy walks through a countryside rich in local culture and stunning natural scenery. For Dornbirn is home to some of the loveliest tiny mountain settlements, such as Kehlegg, Watzenegg, Ebnit, Bödele etc.
TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT NATURE AND YOU WILL HAVE A BETTER UNTERSTANDING OF EVERYTHING. - Albert Einstein
Schwende Alpe (from Watzenegg)
Starting from Watzenegg and heading for Palmern, an approx. 40 minutes’ walk of moderate difficulty will bring you to the Schwendealpe. Reaching an altitude of 910m high above Dornbirn, you will be handsomely rewarded for your efforts, especially if you visit between the end of April and the beginning of November, when the hut is open after 08.30 in the morning. If you do, you can try the cider, specially produced for visitors to the hut. Also available are home-made cakes as well as hut classics like Lumpensalat. An added attraction is the local cheese speciality Kässpätzle, although this has to be pre-ordered.
Lustenauer HUT (on the Bödele)
Accessible in approximately one hour on foot from Älpele car park on the Bödele, the Lustenauer Hut is located high above Schwarzenberg. Passing a small swampy lake, the Spechtweg (Woodpeckers‘ path) heads off in the direction of the Hämmerlealp. From here it is not far to the Lustenauer Hut, located at an altitude of 1,250m. Most walkers reward themselves with a glass of Mohren beer or an apple juice spritzer. If you’re hungry why not indulge in a large schnitzel with salad, or Älpler Rösti covered with bacon and melted mountain cheese? These treats are available from Tuesday to Sunday from 09.00 to 17.00. The hut is closed for the winter season between November and April.
"Marend" walk to the mountain village of Ebnit
A Marend is a snack meal eaten between breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner, and is also known as “Znüne”or “Zviere” referring to nine or four o’clock (think “elevenses”!) A snack meal ticket, which includes the trip up in the cable car, a snack meal in Gasthaus Alpenrose, Juli’s Marend or Gasthaus Heumöser in Ebnit, and the bus back down, can be bought from the bottom station of the Karren cable car. The “Marend” walk is ideally suited to those new to mountain walking.