is the highest mountain of the Walserkamm Crest
, one of the subgroups of Bregenzerwaldgebirge
, which is located to the north of Großes Walsertal
. The crest - like the valley runs east to west and consists of a dozen grass summits, all of them perfectly aligned on the crest. All summits have steep but easy slopes towards Großes Walsertal
in the south but sheer drops towards the north. Their nature as grass mountains makes them easy to reach but dangerous in wet conditions. All of them are interesting ski tour destinations in winter but often avalannche prone. Especially Tälispitze's
neighbour to the east, Melkspitze
, shows the scars of frequent winter avalanches on its south-west face.
As mentioned above, Tälispitze
is the highpoint of the crest with 2001m elevation (some sources qoute 2000m exactlly). It has some reknown as a lookout mountain towards Allgäu
and Lechtal Alps
as well as the Rätikon Range
to the west. However, I cannot confirm as our climb ended in fog and clouds with only occasional chances to see the dirct neighbours (as the pictures on this page will confirm).
Besides being a grass mountain, the Tälispitze
summit is extremely steep. The whole ascent culminates in the last 200m. Soil composition (I would not go as far as call it rock) underneath the grass is very loose, and it is marvellous that the vertical, sometimes overhanging north face doesn't collapse.
A few words about Großes Walsertal:
In the middle ages in several occasions peoople migrated from the Wallis region of Switzerlland to other areas in the Alps. Some ended up in the valleys which head north from Valle d'Aosta
in Italy, many reached the Graubünden / Grison
area of eastern Switzerland and some ended up in Vorarlberg in western Austria. Here, two valleys were settled Großes Walsertal
in the west and Kleines Walsertal
in the east. In most areas the Walser settled they have been able to maintain their cultural heritage, which is reflected in their own German dialect, Walserdeutsch, which is spoken in the areas they settled hundreds of years ago.
Today the Walser heritage is protected everywhere and in the case of Großes Walsertal Unesco has decllared the valley Biospher Preserve. Nature and culture are protected together by creating a biosphere park. Thus even though everything is protected you'll see cattle grazing high up on the mountains right up to the highest one of the area, Tälispitze
Summit view Tälispitze: Kuhspitz, Hüttenkopf, Hochgerach
Tälispitze is climbed from Großes Walsertal
to its south. You can reach the valley easiest from the west and south from motorway A14
, which connects the Lake Constance Area
with Inntal Valley
through the Arlberg Tunnel
- From Germany you reach the area by taking motorway A96, which turns into A14 after crossing the Austrian border north of Bregenz.
- From Austria (Innsbruck) take Inntal Motorway A12 west until its end east of St. Anton. Cross Arlberg Tunnel after which the road turns into A14 near Bludenz.
- From Switzerland there is no direct motorway connection as Swiss A13 and Austrian A14 run in parallel on either side of the Rhine River. Cross the river either near Bregenz or Feldkirch.
at the exit 57 / Bludenz
, where you turn onto B190
west for some 500m. Turn onto B193
into Großes Walsertal
until you reach the trailhead at Thüringerberg
Summit view Tälispitze: Kreuzspitz, Gehrenspitz and Löffelspitz
can be reached in a dayhike from Thüringerberg
in Großes Walsertal
. At first the route follows the switchbacks of a dirt road, which supports some of the farm buildings above the village. At the fourth turn, already 400m above the village, the roadheads into a forest, where you turn right onto a path. This heads north-east, negotiating a creek bed.
Later the parth turns north wollowing the western slopes of the Rottobel Valley. Take care here because of slippery ground. You cross the tobel, heading up the eastern slopes until suddenly the path turns left and levels out on a step, on which you find Gassner Alm, a set of holiday cabins.
is located on the south-east ridge of Melkspitze
. Here a path leads north-westwards, leading back into Rottobel Valley
. It stays on the east slopes of the valley, heading mire or less directly for the summit of Tälispitze
. Right underneath the summit it turns tuwards the Tälispitze south ridge, which it reaches some 200m from the summit. In the end the path gets increasingly steep, heading out onto the grass covered highpoint of the Walserkamm Subgroup
The whole valley of Großes Walsertal
has been declared Biosphere Preserve
according to UNESCO’s MAB – programme
(Man and Biosphere Programme). It does not only protect the natural but also cultural heritage of the encompassing area. For more information see
Maps & BooksMaps
Kompass has some very good overview maps, scaled 1:50000 which show all the necessary trails but don't go into too much detail:
- Bregenzerwald, Westallgäu
Kompass Map WK2
- Bregenzerwald- und Lechquellengebirge alpin