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Panoramic hike in the Silvretta

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  • Die Flanke hinauf zur Saarbrücker Hütte präsentiert sich im Hochsommer in sattem Grün.
    / Die Flanke hinauf zur Saarbrücker Hütte präsentiert sich im Hochsommer in sattem Grün.
    Photo: Peter Freiberger, Themenwege Vorarlberg
  • / Vermuntsee
    Photo: Julia Mangeng, Silvretta Historica; Montafon Tourismus GmbH
  • / Das Große Seehorn (Mitte) und die Saarbrücker Hütte drängen schon während des Aufstiegs ins Blickfeld.
    Photo: Peter Freiberger, Themenwege Vorarlberg
  • / Das Große Seehorn mit seinem Gletscher (rechts) dominiert die Szenerie bei der Saarbrücker Hütte.
    Photo: Peter Freiberger, Themenwege Vorarlberg
  • / Die Steigvariante führt am Schluss steil hinauf zur Saarbrücker Hütte.
    Photo: Peter Freiberger, Themenwege Vorarlberg
  • / Zollwachhütte
    Photo: Julia Mangeng, Silvretta Historica; Montafon Tourismus GmbH
  • / Schwarze Böden
    Photo: Vorarlberg Rundweg, Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH - VorarlbergRundweg
  • / Die Saarbrücker Hütte steht auf einer Schulter unterhalb des Südostgrats des Kleinlitzners.
    Photo: Peter Freiberger, Themenwege Vorarlberg
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Ice giants within your grasp

During the hiking tour from the southern end (Seespitz) of the Vermuntstausee to Saarbrücker Hütte, the highest situated mountain refuge in the Silvretta, you get in close touch with the impressive glacier landscape of the Silvretta Alps.

moderate
Distance 12.8 km
4:15 h
790 m
790 m
How can the term "panorama" be best defined? "Allround view; view from an elevated point in all directions, over the landscape", according to the dictionary. Actually lying on the southeastern shoulder of the Kleinlitzner ridge, Saarbrücker Hütte (2538 m) offers the best preconditions for  a magnificent panoramic view. But of course, one doesn't have a free view "over" the mountainscape in all directions. No surprise: In respect of view, the mighty three-thousanders dominate the surrounding area, where especially the 3121 m high Große Seehorn sets the standards obstructing the view into the distance. The massive mountain on the border to Switzerland also impresses by its hanging glacier in front. Rarely does one have the possibility to come so close to such an impressive ice giant as part of a relatively easy hut tour. Saarbrücker Hütte belongs to the dying breed of mountain refuges which have still kept their hut character. In the cozy snuggery, you can enjoy various delicacies from the kitchen in a very special ambience. Due to its elevated location on the shoulder below the Kleinlitzner, Saarbrücker Hütte continuously practically pushes itself into the field of vision from the beginning of the tour. Thus, the mountain refuge itself forms a part of the panorama, which is eventually completed by the dark peaks of the Silvretta with their often green-covered mountainsides

Author’s recommendation

At midsummer, alpine flowers grow along the ascent route - in many places on very barren, stony ground.
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Author
Peter Freiberger
Update: July 13, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
2,541 m
Lowest point
1,753 m
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Rest Stop

Saarbrücker Hütte

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Tips and hints

Saarbrücker Hütte

Start

Partenen: Vermuntstausee (Seespitz) (1,753 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.926821, 10.053724
DMS
46°55'36.6"N 10°03'13.4"E
UTM
32T 580219 5197570
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Destination

Partenen: Vermuntstausee (Seespitz)

Turn-by-turn directions

A rough driveway and cart path leads from the Seespitz of the Vermuntstausee (1750 m) to Saarbrücker Hütte (2538 m). Especially at the beginning and in the last section, the trail winds up in a number of serpentines. Not least thanks to the serpentines, there are hardly any steeper sections. There are several possibilities to take a shortcut via a path in order to choose a more direct and steeper approach variation.

We take the same route for the descent. In order to protect the knee joints, it is recommended to stay exclusively along the track.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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Getting there

Coming on the A14, turn off near Bludenz in the direction of Montafon and drive on the B188 to Partenen where Silvretta High Alpine Road (toll route) starts. Drive to the Seespitz at the upper end of the Vermuntstausee.

Take the Montafon train to Schruns, continue by bus, suburban line 85, and get off at the stop Partenen - Saarbrücker Hütte.

Parking

Parking lots are available at the Obervermuntwerk and at the Seespitz.

Coordinates

DD
46.926821, 10.053724
DMS
46°55'36.6"N 10°03'13.4"E
UTM
32T 580219 5197570
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.8 km
Duration
4:15 h
Ascent
790 m
Descent
790 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Scenic Refreshment stops available

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