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Tannheim - Höfersee - Vilsalpsee

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A beautiful round tour with many wonderful places to rest. Enjoy the unique flair of the Tannheimer Tal.
Distance 33.1 km
4:20 h
868 m
867 m
1,201 m
813 m

With about 570 meters altitude difference the tour is rather for "multi-riders". There are countless benches along the entire route. They invite you to linger. On hot days it is advisable to take along swimming things, the clear lakes Höfersee and Vilsalpsee are a perfect cooling off.


For demanding bikers there are 15 bike routes with a total of 150 kilometres, which have been approved and uniformly signposted by the province of Tyrol. Furthermore, the Tannheimer Tal is the starting point for the newly designed route "Bike Trail Tyrol". The big round tour with over 800 kilometres and the many connecting stages with another 500 kilometres are designed in such a way that the bikers can put together their own personal route.


Cycle paths away from the roads

You can get to know the surroundings on the "Radwanderweg Tannheimer Tal" (cycle path Tannheimer Tal), which passes the most beautiful corners of the Tyrolean high valley on 40 kilometres. The cycle paths are off the main road and uniformly signposted. Via Schattwald in the direction of Rehbach you will reach Ober- and Unterjoch in the Allgäu - stop for a moment at the moor pond "Floschen". Or cycle through Tannheim and Grän on the new lakeside promenade at Haldensee to Nesselwängle. A side trip to the nature reserve Vilsalpsee will certainly please you.

The mountain bike guide

The mountain bike guide Tannheimer Tal contains tour descriptions, altitude profiles, tips and maps. All tours can be combined and are clearly signposted. The blue marked routes are for the connoisseurs. Red signposted are the medium-difficulty tours and the black signage is a sporting challenge.

The MTB-guide costs € 3.00 and can be purchased at the Tourist Office Tannheimer Tal.


Always following the color...

The right mixture makes the difference - this also applies to the mountain bike offer in the Tyrolean Tannheimer Tal. Whoever gets on the pedals here has the choice between 15 tours and more than 300 mountain bike kilometres for every level of ability and fitness. All routes can be combined and are clearly signposted.

Blue route - easy

Mountain bike beginners or safe cyclists as well as e-bikers follow the blue signs in the Tannheimer Tal. The paths, which are easy to ride on throughout, have only minimal gradients and are therefore ideal for family outings in the saddle, where monotony is certainly not an issue: the Kneipp circular path, for example, offers a refreshing descent depending on your mood. After all, the almost six kilometres and 198 metres of altitude difference are all the easier to cycle with well-circulated legs.

Red route - medium difficulty

Whoever sees red in the Tannheimer Tal is happy. And this over medium-difficult and scenic mountain bike routes, which require sporty cycling skills and particularly defensive riding behaviour. Tip: On the approximately 11-kilometre-long "Haldenrunde" bikers cover almost 500 metres in altitude and are rewarded with a wide view of the Tannheimer Tal and the mountains Rote Flüh and Gimpel, the landmarks of the Tyrolean high valley, when they arrive at the Berghotel Zugspitzblick. With good visibility, the view even reaches up to Germany's highest mountain.

Black track - heavy

A total of 3 tours are - not least because of their length - classified as difficult and require strength and mountain biking experience. Like the route to the Raaz Alpe, where 47 kilometres and 1,512 metres in altitude await the mountain bikers. The diversity of the Tyrolean high valley is shown on the "valley tour": On 67 kilometres and 1,280 metres of altitude difference the route offers the whole range of mountain bike sports. By the way, bikers can enter or leave the "Tour de Tannheimer Tal" at any point.


---> Tip: The Tannheimer Tal is the starting point for the Bike-Trail-Tyrol, the longest continuous circuit for mountain bikers in the Alpine region with 1,000 kilometres.

Author’s recommendation

Beautiful, but a bit demanding tour. Many possibilities for a rest or a stop with good viewpoints.

The Höfersee is picturesquely situated in the forest off the route. A detour that is worthwhile!

Highest point
Höhenweg Richtung Zöblen, 1,201 m
Lowest point
Zöblen, 813 m
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Track types

Asphalt 29.54%Dirt road 53.61%Forested/wild trail 3.56%Path 0.81%Road 12.10%Unknown 0.35%
9.8 km
Dirt road
17.7 km
Forested/wild trail
1.2 km
0.3 km
4 km
0.1 km
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Safety information

It should be noted that mountain biking may involve an increased risk of accidents and injuries. Despite careful route planning, a basic risk always remains. Tour preparation through endurance sports, appropriate technical training and further education as well as personal prudence reduces the danger of accidents and risks. But please never forget that the weather in the mountains can change very quickly. Stay on the marked paths.


Drive on the "safe side" in Tannheimertal

In Austria, mountain biking is generally prohibited by law on all forest and hiking trails, with the exception of mountain bike trails expressly approved for this purpose. The entrances on forest roads are sometimes marked with signs prohibiting driving and additional information such as "Cycling prohibited". Hiking trails do not have these prohibition signs, but nevertheless it is forbidden to use the trails.

Tips and hints

Tourismusverband Tannheimer Tal


West car park in Tannheim (812 m)
47.505175, 10.370514
47°30'18.6"N 10°22'13.9"E
32T 603207 5262215


West car park in Tannheim

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts at the west car park (P 2) in Tannheim and leads on the asphalt road westwards through the Neu-Kienzen housing estate. Keep right at the fork before the Älpeler Bach and continue along the forest path up to the Höfersee. This lies off the track picturesquely in the forest. Back on the route the meadow path leads to Zöblen. Turn right at the bus stop, onto the main road and then left into the village of Zöblen. At the "Hotel-Pension Wildanger" turn left towards Obere Halde. After approx. 300 m, following the signs, turn right towards Tannheim. In front of the campsite to the left, up into the forest and further to Berg, a district of Tannheim. Above the houses further on to the "Schäferhütte", here left uphill to Grän. There further south on the asphalt road towards the federal highway. Along the stream, then right over the bridge and to the underpass. After the sawmill follow the signs in direction Tannheim. Below the Tannheimer Bergahnen sharp left to the Vilsalpsee. From there back to Tannheim and via the grotto back to the car park.

Public transport


By train to Sonthofen, Pfronten/Ried or Reutte, then by bus to Tannheim.

By road

On the motorway A7 at the exit "Oy-Mittelberg" on the B310 towards Wertach and to Oberjoch. Follow the signs "Tannheimer Tal" B199, exit Tannheim.From the Tyrolean side via Reutte on the B198 towards Lechtal to Weißenbach, over the Gaichtpass along the B199 to the exit Tannheim.


 West car park in Tannheim - with costs


47.505175, 10.370514
47°30'18.6"N 10°22'13.9"E
32T 603207 5262215
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Cycling and mountain bike routes Guide Tannheimer Tal. Available in all tourist offices of the Tannheimer Tal and Jungholz

Author’s map recommendations

Cycling and mountain bike routes Guide Tannheimer Tal. Available in all tourist offices of the Tannheimer Tal and Jungholz

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The personal equipment must be safe and serviceable and meet the relevant technical standards. Every mountain biker is recommended to inform himself about the planned tours in technical literature or on site. Full mountain bike equipment is highly recommended, even for experienced cyclists!

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Thomas Schröck
July 11, 2018 · Community
Die Tour ist im nördlichen Teil teilweise konditionell anspruchsvoll aber weder diesbezüglich noch technisch als Schwierigkeitsgrad "mittel" zu bezeichen. Von der Strecke zum Vilsalpsee waren wir sehr entäuscht. Alle Wege die irgend etwas mit Mountainbike zu tun haben waren verboten. Fahren darf man auf der Straße neben Bussen und Bimmelbahn. Eine Umrundung des wirklich schönen Sees ist rechts herum den Fußgängern vorbehalten, links steht mal kein Verbotsschild aber ein Heer von Bustouristen, welche am liebsten zu fünft quer über den Weg laufen und dann noch sauer reagieren, wenn man nach einer gefühlten Minute mal auf sich aufmerksam macht. Ich respektiere Fußgänger und Wanderer auf meinen Touren. Gleiches erwarte ich auch von denen. Vielleicht sollte man hier nicht am Wochenende fahren. Nach nunmehr ca. acht MTB Touren im Tannheimer Tal muss ich resümieren, dass im Tannheimer Tal offenbar nur Fahrradfahrer auf Teerwegen, Spaziergänger und Wanderer als Touristen erwünscht sind. Leider, da hier wirklich eine tolle Landschaft ist.
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When did you do this route? July 08, 2018

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33.1 km
4:20 h
868 m
867 m
Highest point
1,201 m
Lowest point
813 m
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