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Nagelfluhkette nature park

Nagelfluhkette nature park

Nagelfluhkette nature park

A magnificent cultural landscape, awarded the much-coveted designation “nature park”, developed between Bregenzerwald and Allgäu over the course of several centuries. Today, 15 communities (eight of which are in the Bregenzerwald), are involved in the first cross-border park between Austria and Germany.

Alpine meadows with 290 different species of plant, valuable upland moors, forests of white firs and ravine forests and an alp density unmatched anywhere else in Austria are characteristics of the nature park. A connecting element is the impressive Nagelfluh range, which crosses the nature park from the west to the east. Great differences in altitude, geologic diversity, sustainable alp farming – all of this resulted in the creation of a large number of various living environments on a relatively small surface. During the winter, the easily accessible mountains in the nature park are an ideal destination for snowshoe hikers, backcountry skiers and lovers of nature. With its Dein Freiraum.Mein Lebensraum (Your Space.My Habitat) and Respektiere deine Grenzen (Respect Your Boundaries) tourist information campaigns, the nature park has for many years been successfully promoting the fact that habitat protection and environmentally friendly winter sports are not mutually exclusive.

The Nagelfluhkette Nature Park …

… is the first and so far only transnational nature park that covers areas in both Austria and Germany.

… is, with 405 square kilometres, a large international protected area.

… combines eight municipalities from the Lower Bregenzerwald with seven Allgäu municipalities.

… is a hotspot for biodiversity. Rare animal and plant species still live here, such as the Apollo butterfly or the wood pink.

… takes its name from the impressive Nagelfluhkette, a mountain range that forms the heart of the nature park.

… has, with more than 500, a high density of alpine meadows.

Must-Sees in the Bregenzerwald

» Water hiking trail along Bolgenach brook
» Lecknertal valley and Lecknersee mountain lake
» Hochhäderich peak
» Rappenfluh and Engenloch gorge
» Cultural wood trail

» Steinernes Tor – Kojenstein and Kojenloch ridge walk
» Kojenmoos nature preserve and Hochhäderich peak
» First barefoot trail in Vorarlberg
» Juppenwerkstatt – manufacturing of traditional clothing

» Rossbad nature preserve
» Moor lounge
» Bolgenach and Weißach mountain brooks
» Haldenköpfle peak

» Parish church built by Alois Negrelli in 1828/29
» Saint Leonhard’s chapel dating back to the 17th century
» Hochsträß high altitude moor
» Architectural theme trail in Sulzberg and Thal

» Rope-secured suspension bridge over Bregenzerach brook
» Rotach and Weißach brooks
» Hüttersberg summit
» Sennerei Huban cheese dairy

» Energy portal theme trails in the center, in the Nord Nature Preserve and along the Bregenzerach rivershore
» Schweizberg-Rotenberg high altitude walking route

» Tufa nature theme trail and St. Anna’s chapel
» Bridges and footpaths over Subersach and Bregenzerach brooks
» Dörnlesee nature preserve
» Bee theme garden

» Gottesacker plateau and Hoher Ifen summit
» Hiking tour to Feuerstätter Kopf peak
» Sibratsgfäll moor bath
» Rindberg rockslide area

Respectful use

Those who set out in the nature park on skis, on snowshoes or simply on foot will find our overview boards at the starting points to popular winter destinations. The protected zones have also been identified along with the routes on a map. The board also indicates which protected zone benefits from respectful routing. Green directional signs can be found on frequently used tours at prominent points in the landscape; these mark the official route that avoids the protected areas. Visitors following these signs will always be in the ‘green area’. But those who nevertheless find themselves in front of a ‘stop sign’ will easily be able to find their bearings again on the map and will know that a protected zone lies ahead. These protected zones have been carefully defined in cooperation with winter-sports enthusiasts, land managers and our partners from forestry and hunting. Accordingly, we also always try to find a sensible compromise between attractive routes and the protection of habitats. With a little luck, you’ll also be able to chat with one of our rangers during your exploration of the terrain. They’re are always happy to talk. More information and interactive maps for planning your winter tours in Vorarlberg and the Nagelfluhkette Nature Park in a nature-friendly way are available at www.respektiere- (Respect Your Boundaries) and www.freiraum-lebensraum. info (Your Space.My Habitat). (www.freiraum-lebensraum. info).

Respect your boundaries

The ‘Respektiere deine Grenzen’ (‘Respect your Boundaries’) initiative appeals to visitors to the forests to be aware and mindful of the forests’ needs and to protect these sensitive natural spaces when they spend time there.

Naturpark Nagelfluh - Tourismusbüro Hittisau

Platz 370, Hittisau, Österreich

+43 (0) 5513 6209 - 221