Hiking on rainy days | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Photographer: Dominik Berchtold

06 Sep. 2022 · Summer Activities
Hiking on rainy days | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Photographer: Dominik Berchtold
Louisa Hieke

11 Kleinwalsertal Rain-Rules

You have planned your vacation without rain? Do not worry, we'll start with the best indoor and outdoor tips for the sporty, the thirsty and the adventurous!

Rule No. 1: Let yourself get fascinated!

Tip 1: Discover nature from a new side

Hiking in the rain has its own special charm. Especially the hikes in our side valleys are a unique nature experience on rainy days. The lush green landscape and the play of colors of the alpine flowers come into their own on rainy days. Enjoy the refreshingly cool air on your way through the Bärgunttal, the Wildental, the Gemsteltal or the Schwarzwassertal. Puddles to jump into and a warm chocolate at the hut await little rain hikers. You might even spot an alpine salamander or two coming out of hiding.

 

Traditional dairy kitchen in Bernhard's Gemstelalp | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen

Tip 2: Learn from the pros

How does cheese get its’ the holes or how does milk get into the glass? What secrets does the Walser water hold and which tasty herbs grow mostly unnoticed by the wayside? The Kleinwalsertal hiking guides, alpine dairy farmers and nature guides share their expertise during exciting and interesting experiences such as a family excursion to the alp, a cheese hike through the Gemsteltal, a gourmet hike followed by cooking on the alp or a nature excursion to the mysterious water worlds. On the associated hikes you will experience the Walser nature from its mystical side.

Breitachklamm | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus | Photographer: Steffen Berschin

Tip 3: Enjoy natural wonders out of a storybook

The Breitachklamm between Oberstdorf and Kleinwalsertal is an impressive spectacle. After a rainy day, the power of water shows itself especially well. Listen to the sound of the river and be fascinated by waterfalls and rivulets along the rock walls.

Cultural trail Mittelberg | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen | Photographer: Andre Tappe

Tip 4: Get on the trail of the Walser

You hear many legends and tales, but the best and truest Walser stories tell time witnesses. On the local tours through Riezlern, Hirschegg and Mittelberg, atonement crosses, Walser houses, chapels and bridges tell the stories of the Walsers in their very own way. Accompanied by audio guides, you will dive into the exciting past of the valley.

Tip: On a guided hike with community chronicler Stefan Heim, no question about the Walser architecture and way of life will go unanswered 😉

Tip 5: Feel the magical atmosphere of the Walser water

Thundering waterfalls so loud and exciting. Natural pools that collect water on your way down. Well protected by a mystical green forest, the hike along the Schwarzwasserbach is an incredibly atmospheric tour on rainy days. The watercourses move through the streambed and the magical forest atmosphere like a fairy tale. Since the Schwarzwasserbach runs partly above and below ground, it often shows itself with a dry streambed on summer days. If it rains, the stream also flows on the surface again and we can enjoy the natural spectacles like the Kessellöcher.

Inatura Dornbirn | © Inatura Dornbirn

Tip 6: Stay curious

Even on rainy days, it is great to explore nature - and you will even stay dry. The "inatura" in Dornbirn is a museum of a special kind. Because the focus is on trying out, playing, experiencing, and grasping nature, human beings, and technology. Explore the heat zones of the human body or watch an avalanche from a bird's eye view - a successful rainy day for young and old.

Experience guided tour through the private brewery Zötler | © Private brewery Zötler

Tip 7: Expand your horizons

Experience the art of brewing up close. Have you ever looked behind the scenes of a brewery or distillery? On a guided tour of one of the region's beer breweries or schnapps distilleries, you will find out how much dedication and experience goes into producing the alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialties. You will get an insight into traditional crafts and may taste one or the other drink (with refreshing soda tasting, the tours are partly even suitable for children).

Climbing hall informpark Oberstdorf | © informpark Oberstdorf

Tip 8: Climb high up

Climb higher and higher along the rock - except indoors. Climbing enthusiasts get into the action in the climbing gyms in the area and can really get their groove on. Which route do I choose next? How high will I get on the bouldering or climbing wall?

Tip: For young climbers, a visit to the Allgäulino in Wertach is a promising idea.

Ski museum at Walserhaus | © Kleinwalsertal Tourismus eGen

Tip 9: Go on a time travel

On which planks did the Walsers learn to ski in the past? The ski museum in the Walserhaus in Hirschegg shows beginnings of skiing in the late nineteenth century up to the 1940s. In the Burgberg ore mines, you can follow the tracks of the former open-cast mining on the Grünten and learn a lot about the hard manual work of iron ore extraction. And if you wonder how the Romans lived in the Upper Allgäu, you will get your answer at the Archaeological Park Cambodunum in Kempten. Go on a discovery trip to the oldest town in Germany mentioned in writing and get exciting impressions about the way of life in the former Roman provincial capital.

Water park Wonnemar from the inside | © Wonnemar Sonthofen

Tip 10: Experience fun and relaxation in the water

Water fun as far as you can look! Boredom gets wet in the various water parks in the area. Water slides, whirlpools, wave pools for romping around and splashing await young and old water nymphs.

For those who prefer something more relaxed, the wellness and sauna areas of the baths are the perfect place to be. Between fresh sauna effusions and the soothing scent of mint and honey, time stands still for a few hours while you leave the stress of everyday life behind.

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