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High-altitude tour: Nenzinger Himmel – Pfälzer Hütte – Augstenberg

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Panoramic high-altitude round hike across the Pfälzerhütte, the Augstenberg and the Sareiserjoch. The ascent to the Pfälzerhütte in particular passes through beautiful flower meadows. The hike along the ridge rewards the climbing effort with fascinating panoramic views from Lake Constance far into the Glarus Alps and the Rätikon.
difficult
Distance 11.9 km
6:00 h
1,039 m
1,039 m
2,359 m
1,356 m
This high-altitude trail takes hikers to the Vorarlberg / Liechtenstein border region. The trip on the hiking bus through the Gamperdonatal valley is already an experience. The trail then leads through the Nenzinger Himmel across the Stüberfall, the Güfelalpe up to the Bettlerjoch (Pfälzer Hütte). It crosses unforgettable flower meadows above the tree line. The subsequent ridge hike via the Fürstin-Gina-Steig ascent to the Augstenberg and on to the Sreiserjoch is alpine hiking at its best, with magnificent views to the left into Switzerland and Liechtenstein and to the right into the Vorarlberg region and the Rätikon with its rugged limestone mountains. The descent leads past the Sässalpe, through mountain pine forests and sparse woods back to the Nenzinger Himmel.

Author’s recommendation

It’s also possible to hike this route in the opposite direction. The more ambitious may also opt to take in the Naafkopf (2571 m) from the Pfälzer Hütte.
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Author
Erich Zucalli
Update: December 16, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Risk potential
Highest point
Augstenberg, 2,359 m
Lowest point
Nenzinger Himmel, 1,356 m
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Safety information

The Fürstin-Gina-Steig is a well-maintained and secured path. There’s a short steep section with a rope guard and concrete steps. A head for heights and sure-footedness are of benefit. Always take special care when conditions are wet.

Tips and hints

Bus- und Bahnverbindungen

www.vmobil.at

Wanderbusse in den Nenzinger Himmel

http://www.wanderbus.at/nenzinger-himmel.html

https://www.gamperdond.at/

Start

Nenzinger Himmel (1,357 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'767'920E 1'217'505N
DD
47.087252, 9.650343
DMS
47°05'14.1"N 9°39'01.2"E
UTM
32T 549362 5215065
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Destination

Nenzinger Himmel

Turn-by-turn directions

The hike starts after the informative trip from Nenzing through the long Gamperdonatal valley at the Alpengasthof Gamperdona (1360 m). The trail then heads south to the end of the valley and across the Stüberfall to the Güfelalpe (1560 m). At a small bridge over the still young Meng, the trail follows the ascent and first leads through a shady forest and then through flowery meadows to the Pfälzer Hütte (2110 m). From there, hikers must take the ‘Fürstin-Gina-Steig’ high trail to the Augstenberg (2359 m) and then follow the ridge down to the Sareiserjoch (1990 m). The descent into the Nenzinger Himmel takes a right across the Sässalpe (1858 m) before it returns to the starting point.

Note

Wildlife refuge Hahnenspiel: December 15 - April 15
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

It’s just a short walk to the hiker bus of choice after arriving in Nenzing by train. Hikers may alternatively arrange to be picked up at the train station when they make the necessary call to make their reservations.

 

 

Getting there

From the Nenzing exit on the A14 motorway to the centre of the village. Depending on the operator, from the centre to Bazulstraße 3 (Gantner) or to the right across the Landstraße to Schwedenstraße 7 (Lisi & Friedl)

Parking

Available at the hiking bus operators.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'767'920E 1'217'505N
DD
47.087252, 9.650343
DMS
47°05'14.1"N 9°39'01.2"E
UTM
32T 549362 5215065
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Ankle-high hiking boots with grip soles, poles and protection from the rain and sun.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
11.9 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
1,039 m
Descent
1,039 m
Highest point
2,359 m
Lowest point
1,356 m
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