The first day of walking starts with a journey by bus to Spielmannsau. You will reach Holzgau in the Lechtal valley during the afternoon; from there, you will be transferred by taxi to Madau.
Route: Into the Lechtal via Kemptner Hut.
An early start is essential today.
We recommend taking the hiking bus to Spielmannsau (Wanderbus/Bergsteigerlinie – line 9753 or 8) from Oberstdorf bus station by 8:45 at the very latest (journey time of 20 minutes) to allow sufficient time for you to reach Holzgau during the afternoon. To avoid having to rush, the bus that departs at 7:45 would be an even better option. Your scheduled transfer from Holzgau to Madau departs at 16:15. (This does not apply to upgrade itineraries. If you have upgraded, you will stay overnight in Holzgau and be transferred by taxi to Madau at 08:15 the next morning).
When you arrive at Holzgau in the Lechtal valley after your walk, your day isn’t quite over. At 16:15, you will be transferred to your accommodation in the Madau valley. The journey time is approximately 30 minutes (this does not apply to upgraded itineraries).
On your ascent to Kemptner Lodge, pause to enjoy the view at the Marterl Knie shrine. Or sample some delicious 'Kaiserschmarren' pancakes – a delicious local delicacy – at Roßgumpenalpe Lodge.
Today you may be walking past a few different areas where cows graze. Although generally very docile and used to walkers, keep your distance and never turn your back on a cow that is behaving strangely or aggressive. Be particularly vigilant around cows with calves.
Always allow plenty of time for your hike. The walking times indicated do not include breaks. Rest and photo breaks must be added to the times indicated.
Check the latest weather information and be on the lookout for changes in the weather. Storms can develop rapidly in the Alps. There may be snow on the passes at the beginning and end of the hiking season.
Do not leave the marked hiking trails.
Always wear good walking boots with a robust sole, and take waterproofs with you. Don’t forget to take plenty of water with you (at least two litres per person) and to protect yourself against the sun. Trekking poles are highly recommended.
Your hotel will be happy to provide a packed breakfast if you need to depart before breakfast is served. Just let the hotel reception know the evening before.
Buses from Hotel Explorer to Oberstdorf central bus station: (journey time 4 minutes): Bus 44 at 7:36, bus 67 at 08:19 or bus 44 at 8:30 From the station, the hiking bus (Wanderbus) departs for Spielmannsau at 7:45 and 8:45.
Alternatively, you can take a taxi to the start point of the walk in Spielmannsau.
Points of Interest
Marterl am Knie shrine: An inviting rest area with outstanding views across the valley.
Sperrbachtobel: A steep 2.5-km long path to Kemptner Lodge along the Sperrbach stream. There are wire ropes along the sides of the trail. Hold on to the rope to your left to keep your balance when crossing the water.
Kemptner Lodge: This German Alpine Club lodge opened in 1891, and is located at an altitude of 1844 metres just before the Austrian border. You can purchase food and drinks at the lodge.
Lower Roßgumpenalm: This lodge is located adjacent to the Roßgumpen waterfall and is famous for its exceptional Kaiserschmarren pancakes.
Café Uta: This café is located at the trail fork where you decide whether to walk to Holzgau via the suspension bridge or along the Simms waterfall. Before you decide, you can enjoy something to eat or drink here.
Holzgau suspension bridge: The Holzgau im Lechtal suspension bridge is a 200-metre-long, 1.20-metre-wide and 110-metre-high rope suspension bridge. For a time, it was the longest and highest rope suspension bridge in Austria. The metal grid allows you to look down into the valley below – but don’t take this route if you’re scared of heights.
Simms waterfall: This impressive man-made waterfall was constructed in the 19th century.