Pearl of Kleinwalsertal - The European Protected Area Ifen-Gottesacker
On your way into Kleinwalsertal, the first thing that catches your eye is one mountain: The Hoher Ifen. Due to its unusual shape, it is one of the most striking peaks in the Walser mountains. Find out what makes the area so special.
North of the Ifen summit, the 10 km² Gottesacker plateau offers a bizarre but spectacular picture. At first glance you see little - a barren area characterised by a cracked surface. But looking closer, you realise that moisture and blown-in seeds collect in the cracks, from which a unique alpine flora develops. Plants such as the rare Hungarian gentian, red-glowing alpine roses or the Swiss man's shield stand out colourfully against the grey limestone. If you want to take a closer look and experience the special features of the plateau, join the guided tour on the Gottesackerplateu.
On the other side of the Ifen summit, in the direction of the Schwarzwassertal, you will find further protected areas of the Natura 2000 site. The landscape is characterised by alpine grasslands, meadows and spruce forests. Due to the rapidly draining water that collects at lower altitudes, moors are common in the area. The different habitats provide living space for a variety of rare plants and animals. Various species of woodpeckers and owls, majestic golden eagles, reptiles but also smaller inhabitants such as the greasy fritillary or the adder can be found around the Ifen. So it's worth keeping your eyes open! 😊
Now you've got the urge to see this natural spectacle for yourself? Experienced hikers explore the area on two different tours -over the Gottesacker plateau or to the Ifen with a descent via Schwarzwasserhütte. The nature trail to the Ifenhütte is also suitable for leisurely laps and offers a great view of the entire area. Do not forget to plan a snack at the Ifenhütte. ;)
Note: From an altitude of around 1900 meters (also applies to the Gottesacker plateau and Ifen), snow fields are currently to be expected. Please note that markings, signs and fuses are therefore not visible or not present.