Bregenz Forest Mountains
Damülser Mittagsspitze, 2,095 m (6,873 ft)
Highest point
Elevation2,134 m (7,001 ft)
Bregenzerwald region within Austria
Range coordinates47°15′55″N 9°52′47″E / 47.26528°N 9.87972°E / 47.26528; 9.87972
Parent rangeNorthern Limestone Alps
Bavarian Alps

The Bregenz Forest Mountains,[1] also the Bregenzerwald Mountains (German: Bregenzerwaldgebirge), are a range of the Northern Limestone Alps and Eastern Alps, named after the town of Bregenz. The Bregenz Forest Mountains are located entirely in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg.


The term Bregenz Forest Mountains refers to the range according to the Alpine Club classification of the Eastern Alps (AVE); the term Bregenz Forest, by contrast, refers to a landscape or region which is part of the Bregenzer Ache basin area. As a result, the Bregenz Forest Mountains and the Bregenz Forest are not conterminous.

The Bregenz Forest region also includes the southwestern parts of the Allgäu Alps. On the other hand, the Bregenz Forest Mountains reach, to an extent, into the landscapes of the eastern Rhine Valley, as well as to the Walgau Valley of the Ill River and the Großes Walsertal in the south.

As the range is not geologically uniform, the name is rarely used outside of Alpine literature, is also not used in Vorarlberg state geography and land-use planning and belongs to one of the most disputed mountain groups in the AVE. According to an alternative orographically and hydrologically-oriented mountain range classification (Hubert Trimmel, 1962), the mountains belong to a Rhine Valley–Walgau–Bregenz Forest group.


The mountain range is part of a landscape arranged in several tiers rising from the Rhine Valley in the west up to the adjacent Lechquellen Mountains. Most of the area is shaped by a Mittelgebirge character with extended forests and Alpine pastures, except for small High Alpine region in the southeast.

Neighbouring ranges

Map of the Bregenz Forest Mountains

The Bregenz Forest Mountains are bordered by the following other Alpine ranges:[2]


Glatthorn (2,134 m)
Klippern (2,066 m)

The main peaks of the Bregenz Forest Mountains include the following: see Coordinates Bregenz Forest Mountains

Other important and well-known peaks in the Bregenz Forest Mountains (in order of decreasing height):

Nature conservancy

View of the Biosphere Park Großes Walsertal from Alpe Steris

Due to the remoteness of some areas, there are many nature reserves that can be found in the Bregenz Forest Mountains.


Mountain huts

In the Bregenzerwald mountains there are comparatively few alpine huts with overnight accommodation. This is due to the fact that the majority of the mountain tours can be undertaken as day trips from the valley valleys.

Mountain huts run by the Austrian Alpine Club:

There are many more huts and restaurants in this region. Therefore, it is advisable to inquire about the exact opening hours and the accessibility of the huts at the Alpenverein or in the valley resorts.

Long-distance routes

The nordalpine long distance route (DE: Nordalpine Weitwanderweg 01) and the Limestone Alps Way (DE: Kalkalpenweg) runs through the central part of the Bregenzerwald mountain range with the following sections:

The greater part of this section is still in the Lechquellen Mountains. It is only at the Faschina Pass (Faschinajoch) that the Bregenzerwald Forest is entered.

The Via Alpina, a cross-border hiking trail with five partial routes through the whole Alps, runs along the edge of the Bregenzerwald mountain range.

The Red Trail of the Via Alpina runs as follows with two stages through the Bregenzerwald Mountains:

Fixed-rope routes

Geology and geography of the Bregenzerwald Mountains are not exactly conducive to the construction of climbing routes. As easy-to-get-on routes of the simplest level can still apply:

Photo gallery

Literature / maps


  1. ^ The New Encyclopædia Britannica, Volume 14, p. 503.
  2. ^ "Bregenzerwaldgebirge : Climbing, Hiking & Mountaineering : SummitPost". Retrieved 2022-04-29.
  3. ^ "UNESCO MAB Program - Großes Walsertal". Archived from the original on 2016-04-03. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  4. ^ "Vorarlberg Atlas - Nature Reserves". Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  5. ^ "Freschenhaus Österreichischer Alpenverein". (in German). Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  6. ^ "Hochälpelehütte 1.460m Österreichischer Alpenverein". (in German). Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  7. ^ "Lustenauer Hütte, Bregenzerwaldgebirge Lustenauer Hütte Eckdaten / Startseite". (in German). Retrieved 2017-01-30.