Westlicher Wengenkopf

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Allgäu, Germany, Europe
Via Ferrata
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7333 ft / 2235 m
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Westlicher Wengenkopf
Created On: Jan 2, 2007
Last Edited On: Mar 20, 2007


The Westlicher Wengenkopf (2.235 m) is part of the very famous (in Germany) Via Ferrata Hindelang / Hindelanger Klettersteig.
You reach the top by climbing the ridge from Nebelhorn to Grosser Daumen.

From the Westlicher Wengenkopf you have a great view to 400 mountains (f.e. Zugspitze, Lechtaler Alps, Schesaplana and other swiss mountains).

Getting There

The town in the valley is Oberstdorf (815 m).

You can reach Oberstdorf by the Autobahn A7 and 30 km highway at the end.
The highway was enlarged in the last years.
Stuttgart 250 km , 2 1/2 h
Munich 190 km , 2 h
Innsbruck 160 km , 2 h 15 min

There is a good connection by public transport.
By train you have a excellent connection between Dietmannsried, Kempten, Martinszell, Immenstadt, Blaichach, Sonthofen, Altstädten, Fischen, Langenwang and Oberstdorf.
By Interregio-train you also have a good connection in the morning and in the evening from Stuttgart and Munich.

You can use buses which oscillate between the parking places before Oberstdorf and many places in Oberstdorf (between 08:00 and 18:00).
The bus is cost-free if you have a guest card (when you stay minimum 2 days in Oberstdorf).

In Oberstdorf (815 m) you can take the ropeway to Nebelhorn (2.224 m, 25 Euro p.p. in 2006) via station "Höfatsblick".
In 25 minutes you are nearly on top of Nebelhorn. In 2 minutes you are on the top (summit cross) with a great view.
But there are many people who just take the ropeway and want to make a summit cross without hiking!

You have also (the much more beautiful alternative) to hike to the Nebelhorn from Oberstdorf via Seealpe (3 1/2 h) or via Geißalpe (5 1/2 h, great hike). Other possibilities are the hike via Oytal and Gleitweg (3 1/2 h, cumbersome) or from Hinterstein via Giebel hut and Zeiger (5 1/2 h, nice ascent).

From Edmund-Probst-Haus in 30 minutes to the top of Nebelhorn.

From Nebelhorn you reach the Westlicher Wengenkopf via the ridge (Via Ferrata Hindelang / Hindelanger Klettersteig)in 45 minutes. If you start the via ferrata at the Grosser Daumen you need about 2 1/2 h via Oestlicher Wengenkopf to the summit.

There is also a beautiful trail through the Koblat (beautiful mountain pasture). Between Westlicher Wengenkopf and Oestlicher Wengenkopf you can reach the ridge and climb back to the summit (1 1/2 hour from Edmund-Probst-hut).

Red Tape

It is not allowed to camp in the mountains.

Camping / accomodation

There is a big camping place in Oberstdorf, Rubinger Str. 16.
Tel. 08322/6525
Fax 08322/809760
Opened the complete year.
Size of the camping place: 1,2 ha

25 basins with warm water
12 single showers with warm water
18 toilets,
5 dinnerware sinks,
2 laundry sinks
1 tumble-drier
1 washing mashine
small supermarket

You can also sleep at the mountain hotel "Höfatsblick" (1.929 m) or the Edmund-Probst-hut 1.925 m (farmed from middle of december to middle of october, tel: 08322/4795)