Five MTB route tips for Vorarlberg


You’d like to really put your Simplon mountain bike to the acid test? These top-five MTB routes in Vorarlberg give you the chance to do so! 

Five MTB route tips for Vorarlberg

For more than 55 years, Simplon’s high-performance bike workshop has had its company headquarters in the picturesque village of Hard at Lake Constance – much to the joy of many bike enthusiasts. 

The diverse landscape of Vorarlberg offers perfect conditions for all cycling fans. The altitude profile of the federal state ranges from about 400 metres above sea level down at Lake Constance to 3,212 metres above sea level up in the Silvretta mountains. From easy MTB routes to adventurous freeride routes – you’ll find a lot of variety in a relatively small area. 

This also means: You can really put your Simplon mountain bike to the acid test. We’ve compiled our top-five MTB routes in Vorarlberg for you. Have fun browsing through and – more importantly – when giving them a try! 

Tip 1: Pfänder loop 

You’re at the Experience Center  in Hard and want to put your MTB through its paces? Then we’ve got the perfect tour for you: up the Pfänder and back down. The popular MTB route on the landmark mountain of Bregenz combines incredible scenic views of Lake Constance with a challenging offroad experience on the passage through the forest. By the way: The perfect time to go on this tour is from April to October. 

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Hard facts: 

  • Distance: 19 km 
  • Route in detail: Lochau > Bregenz > Fluh > Pfänder > Höhenweg (high-altitude trail) > downhill via Eichenberg (Pfänder downhill classic) > Lochau
  • Duration: about 2.5 to 3 hours 
  • Vertical gain: 726 metres
  • Level of difficulty: medium 

Tip 2: Alpengasthof Edelweiß

Up for a real challenge? The MTB tour to the Alpengasthof Edelweiß requires top conditioning and advanced riding skills. If you master this difficult route, you’re rewarded with several cultural and landscape highlights. Among them are the Wurzach farmed mountain pasture at 1,650 metres above sea level and the impressive Mellental waterfall. Good to know: On some of the passages, you might have to carry your bike. 

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Hard facts: 

  • Distance: 43.2 km 
  • Route in detail: Au (Bregenz) Gemeindeamt (town hall) > Alpengasthof Edelweiß > Alpe Wurzach > Häuser Alpe > Mellental waterfall > Au (Bregenz) Gemeindeamt
  • Duration: about 4.5 hours 
  • Vertical gain: 1,350 metres 
  • Level of difficulty: challenging 

Tip 3: Gschwendtalpe 

You’d like to start your tour in Dornbirn? Then the route up to the Gschwendtalpe is perfect for you. From the town’s centre, the route initially leads you up along a paved asphalt road. You’ll be covering quite a bit of vertical gain on the first few kilometres already. The effort is well worth it though, promise! You can look forward to countless sunny spots along the MTB route with scenic views of the Rheintal valley and the neighbouring Swiss mountains.

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Hard facts: 

  • Distance: 20.2 km 
  • Route in detail: Dornbirn train station > Schauner > Schwendealpe > Bödele > Hämmerles Älpele Lady Chapel > Gschwendtalpe > Alpe Büla > Dornbirn train station
  • Duration: about 2.5 hours 
  • Vertical gain: 890 metres 
  • Level of difficulty: medium 

Tip 4: Lake Spullersee loop

In Lech on the Arlberg, mountain bikers are particularly fond of Lake Spullersee loop. This local MTB classic boats lots of nature, amazing views and numerous options for a break. The highlight of this medium-difficulty tour is the trip around the route’s namesake, Lake Spullersee. Culinary tip for a well-deserved break: the rustic and quaint Ravensburger hut at 1,827 metres above sea level. 

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Hard facts:

  • Distance: 26 km
  • Route in detail: Lech Landbrugg > Zug > Älpele > Lake Spullersee > Ravensburger hut > Alpsee > Stierloch-Sattel > Lech Landbrugg
  • Duration: about 2.5 hours 
  • Vertical gain: 670 metres
  • Level of difficulty: medium

Tip 5: Freeride tour to the Starzalpe 

Tip number five for your mountain bike adventure in Vorarlberg is the freeride route to the Starzalpe. It starts with an ascent with the Zaferna Lift in Mittelberg in the Kleinwalsertal valley. That’s how you can save some strength for the subsequent steep climb. After the second steep passage, you can look forward to a break at the Obere Lüchlealpe. Properly refuelled, you’ll hit the flowy panorama trail past the Stierhofalpe and the Starzelalpe right after. Down some steps and serpentines, this medium-to-challenging MTB tour leads you all the way downhill to Baad. 

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Hard facts: 

  • Distance: 14.4 km 
  • Route in detail: Zaferna Lift car park in Mittelberg > Zafernalpe > Stutzalpe > Obere Lüchlealpe > Stierhofalpe > Starzelalpe > Café Baad-Grund > Zaferna Lift car park in Mittelberg
  • Duration: about 2.25 hours 
  • Vertical gain: 607 metres 
  • Level of difficulty: challenging 

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