THE ALPINE CULTURE STATIONS At 13 stations along the trail, figures created by the Montafon artist Roland Haas prompt visitors to marvel, wonder and reflect on life and work in the high alps. The trail starts at the ‘gateway’, two frames of a building in traditional timber design. Further along you come across the ‘myth tree’, a spruce turned upside down, whose roots tower into the sky, as if connecting this world with the ‘other world.’ A red arrow points to water, and another to a building literally swallowed up by a forest. The ‘stands’ invite visitors to sit down and take in the vistas of the Gauertal valley. The ‘avalanche barrier’ draws attention to the hazards of alpine regions. It is the only sculpture not made of spruce wood, but – like real-life avalanche barriers – of extremely hard, durable locust tree wood. Finally, the ‘antler tree’ exemplifies the close yet not always smooth relationship between hunters and alpine farmers.
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Ride up on the Golmerbahn from Latschau to the Grüneck mountain terminal at 1890 m and head for the panorama restaurant for your first break. From there, the trail ascends slightly. Turn left at the fork towards Obere Latschätzalpe. Passing Obere Sporaalpe, well-marked trails on gently rolling terrain take you to Lindauer Hütte (1744 m), which is set scenically at the end of the Gauertal valley. From there, you can let your eyes wander to the Drusenfluh and Sulzfluh limestone massifs. To return, first descend through Porzalengawald forest to Untere Sporaalpe and Untere Latschätzalpe. At the fork, turn left down the winding track to the maisaess settlements of Wachters Dieja and Plazadels. The tour ends at the middle station of the Golmerbahn. Continue by cable car down to Latschau.
Bus No. 1 Schruns-Tschagguns-Latschau, stop at “Latschau Golmerbahn”
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Die Landbusse verkehren im gesamten Montafon. Die Hauptlinien fahren im Halbstunden-Takt ab Bahnhof Schruns.
Bushaltestelle vom Start/Ziel der Tour: Latschau Golmerbahn/ Linie 1