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Hörner Panorama Tour - full hike

Hiking Trail • Ofterschwang
Source: Tourismus Hörnerdörfer GmbH
  • Fahnengehren Alpe zischen Ofterschwanger und Sigiswanger Horn
    / Fahnengehren Alpe zischen Ofterschwanger und Sigiswanger Horn
    Photo: Michael Redecker, Tourismus Hörnerdörfer GmbH
  • Hörnerbahn in Bolsterlang zur Alpenrosenblüte
    / Hörnerbahn in Bolsterlang zur Alpenrosenblüte
    Photo: Michael Redecker, Tourismus Hörnerdörfer GmbH
  • Rundwanderweg ums Ofterschwanger Horn
    / Rundwanderweg ums Ofterschwanger Horn
    Photo: Michael Redecker, Tourismus Hörnerdörfer GmbH
  • Aussicht vom Ofterschwanger Horn
    / Aussicht vom Ofterschwanger Horn
    Photo: Michael Redecker, Tourismus Hörnerdörfer GmbH
  • Alpenrosenblüte am Rangiswanger Horn
    / Alpenrosenblüte am Rangiswanger Horn
    Photo: Michael Redecker, Tourismus Hörnerdörfer GmbH
  • Weltcup-Express und Weltcup-Hütte in Ofterschwang
    / Weltcup-Express und Weltcup-Hütte in Ofterschwang
    Photo: Michael Redecker, Tourismus Hörnerdörfer GmbH
  • Kühe auf der Alpe mit Blick auf Nagelfluhkette
    / Kühe auf der Alpe mit Blick auf Nagelfluhkette
    Photo: Michael Redecker, Tourismus Hörnerdörfer GmbH
  • Weltcup-Hütte am Ofterschwanger Horn
    / Weltcup-Hütte am Ofterschwanger Horn
    Photo: Michael Redecker, Tourismus Hörnerdörfer GmbH
Map / Hörner Panorama Tour - full hike
900 1200 1500 1800 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 Ofterschwanger Horn Rangiswanger Horn Weiherkopf Sennalpe Ornach

The classic and most famous hike across the Hörnerkette

medium
17.1 km
6:00 h
1076 m
1075 m

Experience the fairly easy yet impressive panoramic tour across the Hörnerkette far above the roofs of our villages and enjoy the far reaching views over the Allgäu.

Our secret tip: The combined ticket of our mauntain railways. This saves you the ascent and descent of tour and thus you have more time to enjoy our mountains in the Allgäu. 

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Hörnerdörfer im Allgäu
Updated: 2018-07-16

Difficulty
medium
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Altitude
1663 m
859 m
Highest point
Weiherkopf (1663 m)
Lowest point
Ofterschwang (859 m)
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Talhütte Bolsterlang
Schlitte Hitte - Lodge
Wurzelhütte
Ristorante-Pizzeria Cortina
Hochbichl Lodge
Sennalpe Ornach
Weltcup-Hütte Lodge
Alpe Fahnengehren
Ice Cream Parlor - Ofterschwang

Safety information

You are hiking through the Nature Park Nagelfluhkette. A Nature Park is a protected landscape created by long-term use and cultivation. This valuable cultural landscape is to be preserved in its present form, but at the same time also to be used.

Please note the following recommendations:

  • Please do not make noise.
  • Please do not go off the road.
  • Please do not make an open fire.
  • Please only camp on marked areas.
  • Please do not resettle plants or animals.
  • Please do not pick plants and flowers.
  • Please do not collect mushrooms.
  • Please do not collect stones or minerals.
  • Please do not feed animals.
  • Please do not leave any rubbish.
  • Please dispose of dog droppings in public dog kennels or at home

Equipment

The right equipment for your tour consists of proper hiking boots and clothing appropriate to the weather. Take sun cream and water along. Note that you are in the mountains and weather changes can be expected at any time.

Start

Parking at the valley station of the Weltcup Express in Ofterschwang or Hörnerbahn in Bolsterlang. (884 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
47.498965 N 10.233896 E
UTM
32T 592930 5261352

Destination

Parking at the valley station of the Weltcup Express in Ofterschwang or Hörnerbahn in Bolsterlang

Turn-by-turn directions

The ascent:

If you are in good condition, you can of course do the 1.5 hours required for a climb up the "horns" by foot. From Ofterschwang, there are two possibilities. The moderate walk leads to the valley station of the Weltcup Express over to the Ofterschwanger house. Directly behind this, the trail leads up past the Hochbichlhütte and the Weltcup Hüttet to the mountain station of the Weltcup Express. From there, continue on the loop trail either way around the Ofterschwanger Horn (1406 m) to the Fahnengehrenalpe (1,350 m).

The more demanding climb directly to the Fahnengehrenalpe (open in summer only), begins south of the base station in Ofterschwang. Please note that this path is very steep (500 HM).

The ascent from Bolsterlang is best via the Sonderdorfer Kreuz past the Alpe Ornach (1300 m, open in the summer) and the middle station of the Hörnerbahn. This way is also very steep and acts partially as a fortified driveway.

The easiest and shortest option however, requires that you either take the 4-seater chairlift at the Weltcup Express to the mountain station (1325 m) to the foot of the Ofterschwanger horn, or with any of the 6-seater nacelles of the Hörnerbahn in Bolsterlang up to the mountain ridge (1550 meters). The two cable cars offer a combination ticket. 

Tour description:

If you start the tour in Bolsterlang, the path leads from the mountain station right up to the Weiherkopf (1665 m), the highest peak of the tour. Alternatively, take the path on the right below the Weiherkopf to the north. Following the panorama tour, you can now bypass the following horns or climb each - Rangiswanger Horn (1612m), Sigiswanger Horn (1527 m) and Ofterschwanger Horn (1406 m). At the end, a well paved loop trail leads you either way around the Ofterschwanger Horn. The path across the horns sometimes leads steeply uphill and downhill again. The much more popular route traverses on the east side of the mountain ridge.

The view

will surely inspire you! Apart from the peaks of the Allgäu Alps - Hochvogel, Mädelegabel, Widderstein, Rotspitze, etc. - you will be able to look all the way onto the Tyrolean mountains in Austria. The best lookout points on the tour are the top of the Weiherkopf  and the Rangiswanger and Ofterschwanger Horn.

The return

can be done easily by bus from Bolsterlang to Ofterschwang or vice versa. Please inform yourself beforehand about the exact departure times of buses in the toursit information or at the the mountain railways.

The right equipment

for your tour consists of sturdy shoes and clothing appropriate to the weather. This tour takes you along a partially exposed ridge. Note that you are in the mountains and weather changes can be expected at any time

Refreshments along the route: 

  • Pizzeria Cortina at the valley station in Ofterschwang 
  • Schlitten Hütte  at the valley station in Ofterschwang
  • Wurzelhütte  slightly upwards from the valley station in Ofterschwang 
  • Hochbichlhütte  below the Weltcup-Hütte
  • Weltcup-Hütte  at the mountain station of the Weltcup-Express in Ofterschwang 
  • Fahnengehren Alpe  between Ofterschwanger Horn and Sigiswanger Horn 
  • Hörni's Nest  at the mountain station of the Hörnerbahn in Bolsterlang 
  • Alpe Ornach  at the middle station of the Hörnerbahn in Bolsterlang 
  • Talhütte  at the valley station of the Hörnerbahn in Bolsterlang

Total duration of the tour at a moderate pace:

  • from the base station to base station: about 6h
  • from hill station to station with all the mountain peaks: about 3h
  • from Top station to station without mountain summit ascent: about 2 - 2.5 hours 

Public transport

From Sonthofen train and bus station by bus to Ofterschwang (bus Sonthofen - Ofterschwang - Bolsterlang) or Fischen (via Bolsterlang)

Schedule for buses and trains in the southern Upper Allgäu (german)

Getting there

A7 Waltenhofen, exit onto the A980, exit Sonthofen - Immenstadt onto B19 to Sonthofen and follow signs to Ofterschwang on the right.

Parking

Free parking at the base stations of the mountain railwails in Ofterschwang or Bolsterlang.  
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

You can buy good and affordable hiking maps of the region in the Tourist Information in Ofterschwang.

Difficulty
medium
Distance
17.1 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
1076 m
Descent
1075 m
Round tour Nice views With refreshment stops Geological highlights Botanical highlights Summit tour

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