A panoramic hike from the Pfänderbahn's mountain station through the Fluh district of Bregenz and the Buchwaldweg to the Gebhardsberg restauarant. Then via the city forest to the medieval upper town of Bregenz and back to the valley station.
The Pfänderbahn in Bregenz takes hikers up to the Pfänder (1064 m) in just six minutes. This is where one of the Lake Constance region’s most beautiful vantage points with its magnificent panoramic view over Lake Constance, the Rhine Valley, the Swiss mountains and the Bregenzerwald may be enjoyed.The descent (620 m) follows wide hiking trails, mostly in shady woods. Information boards providing details about the forest nature trail are to be found between the Fluh district and the regional library. A detour to the castle ruins of Hohenbregenz with its pilgrimage church of St. Gebhard at the Gebhardsberg restaurant is recommended. There is a vantage point behind the church that presents a view across the Rhine Valley to the Swiss mountains. A great vista of Lake Constance, with Rhine delta and the island of Lindau may also be enjoyed from below the restaurant. The trail takes walkers through the city forest to the medieval upper town of Bregenz where the Martinsturm (tower) stands as the landmark of the capital of Vorarlberg.
It is, of course, possible to take the route in the opposite direction. The return trip to the valley may then be made from a height of 600 metres with the Pfänderbahn, which would consequently be more gentle on the knees.
Light hiking shoes with profiled soles and hiking poles
Drinks and protection from the rain should not be forgotten.
Please note the Pfänderbahn’s operating times.
From the north via the A14 to the Lochau-Hörbranz exit, then through Lochau towards Bregenz along the lake to the first roundabout in Bregenz, it’s a left turn there. Turn left again after 200 metres and then turn right into the Pfänderbahn car park.
From the south via the A14 to the exit for Bregenz, then through the City Tunnel to Bregenz. Turn right after the tunnel and follow the road past the railway station up to the roundabout, then take the 2nd exit slightly uphill, turn left after 200 metres and then immediately right into the Pfänderbahn car park.
Pfänderbahn parking lot