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Through Doppelmayr Zoo to Bildstein

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  • Panoramaplatz Basilika Maria Bildstein
    / Panoramaplatz Basilika Maria Bildstein
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  • / Basilika Maria Bildstein
    Photo: Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourismus, Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH
  • / Basilika Maria Bildstein
    Photo: Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourismus, Bodensee-Vorarlberg Tourismus GmbH
  • / Doppelmayr-Zoo
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  • / Doppelmayr-Zoo
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  • / Wanderweg Doppelmayr-Zoo nach Bildstein
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  • / Erscheinungskapelle Bildstein
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  • / Ausblick Bildstein
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  • / Spielplatz Bildstein
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  • / Bücherkasten Bildstein
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  • / Zwergengarten Bildstein
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The Maria Bildstein pilgrimage destination is considered one of the most beautiful vantage points in Vorarlberg with views across the Rhine Valley that extend as far as the Swiss Alps. The walk through Doppelmayr Zoo to Bildstein is an ideal way for families to spend time together while enjoying nature. Hikers and walkers can reward themselves with refreshing drinks and a breathtaking view at the end.
moderate
Distance 2.2 km
0:50 h
248 m
3 m
Maria Bildstein – which is a place of pilgrimage – presents a panoramic view from Lake Constance across the Rhine Valley to the Swiss Alps. This route starts in Wolfurt at the Rickenbach bus stop and continues with a visit to the Doppelmayr Zoo and can also be combined with a hike to Bildstein. The route takes hikers through Doppelmayr Zoo uphill into the forest. The shady path is a blessing – particularly on hot and sunny days. The Basilica of Maria Bildstein, one of the most famous pilgrimage churches in the Lake Constance region, presents itself on arrival at the top. The route leads from the basilica to the Panoramaplatz and opens up a breathtaking view across the Bodensee-Vorarlberg region.

Author’s recommendation

Hikers are recommended to take a short break on the short pilgrimage route to the Marien-Erscheinigungskapelle (Chapel of the Apparition of the Virgin Mary) that also passes the Zwergengarten (Dwarf Garden).

There’s a book box at the children’s playground behind the building yard.

Regional specialities are available from the OXA Lädele.

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Update: April 30, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
658 m
Lowest point
418 m
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Start

Bus stop Wolfurt Rickenbach (419 m)
Coordinates:
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47.456939, 9.752383
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47°27'25.0"N 9°45'08.6"E
UTM
32T 556710 5256218
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Destination

Basilika Maria Bildstein

Turn-by-turn directions

The route starts at the Rickenbach bus stop near the chapel in Wolfurt. It then turns into Brunnengasse and takes walkers and hikers through the old premises of Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH near the Rickenbach stream. It continues at the back along ‘Kellaweg’ through the company car park on to a hidden gravel path to Doppelmayr Zoo. The path through the zoo leads uphill and across the L15 to continue its climb through the forest. The ‘Wurzelweg’ in the shade is particularly suitable on hot summer days. The L15 is reached after a walk of around 40 minutes along the forest path with roots and steps. The route follows this road for a few metres and then takes a left on to a gravel path. It’s just another few metres along the hiking trail past the Marienbrunnen (Mary’s Well) before the magnificent pilgrimage church of Maria Bildstein presents itself. The locals also call this path the ‘Stadtgraben’ (‘City Moat’). The basilica, the landmark of the small community of Bildstein, stands at the top on a beautiful viewing platform that presents views across the Rhine Valley to the Swiss Alps. Refreshing drinks and regional dishes are available at the Kreuz and Ochsen inns. Hikers and walkers may return by the same route back or take the No. 45 bus to Doppelmayr Zoo and walk the last few metres back to the Rickenbach district of Wolfurt.

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Public transport

Bus Nr. 45

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Getting there

Leave the A14 Rhine Valley motorway at the Dornbirn Nord exit. Then follow the L200 towards Bregenzerwald until you reach the Schwarzach turn-off before the Achrain Tunnel. From there follow the brown sign to the ‘Barockkirche Bildstein’ (baroque church).

Parking

Parking is available where the Bildsteiner Straße starts near Doppelmayr Zoo or at the Rickenbach Chapel.

Coordinates

DD
47.456939, 9.752383
DMS
47°27'25.0"N 9°45'08.6"E
UTM
32T 556710 5256218
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Sturdy shoes recommended

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
2.2 km
Duration
0:50 h
Ascent
248 m
Descent
3 m
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