Up on the Bödele

The number 38 regional bus leaves every half hour and takes the rather curvaceous Landstraße past the exclusive residential area of Watzenegg and up onto the Bödele mountain. As we travel around the mighty curves, views of the Rhine valley and Lake Constance open up before us. The ‘Berghof Fetz’, with its inviting coffee terrace with views over Lake Constance, is located directly at the bus stop. From here we embark on a gentle stroll to the ‘Meierei’, a walk which would also be friendly for prams and even in Hölzlern (Bregenzerwälder clogs, worn all year round). After a brief pause in the ‘Dornbirner Hütte’ and a generous portion of spicy Kässpätzle, we continue up to the Hochälpele, pausing once again to say hello to Petra and Werner at the ‘Hochälpelehütte’ and a schnapps to wash down the food. Shame we were no longer hungry! The spinach dumpling soup, Kässpätzle and home-made cakes are legendary here. Instead we enjoy the breathtaking views in all directions. We proceed over the mountain to the Lustenauer Hütte and then along Spechtweg to Losenpass and back to where we started from. A very simple walk with hardly any change in elevation leads from Losenpass through the Fohramoos, a nature preservation area with natural moorland, rare plant species and, in winter, an exceptional cross-country ski track.