Tannheimer Tal

St. James way Section 5 Haldensee - Bad Hindelang

Tannheim, Tirol, Österreich


Starting place: 6673 Grän
Destination: 87541 Bad Hindelang

Duration:5,5 hours
Length: 19,818 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 284 m
Altitude difference (downhill): 592 m

Lowest point: 817 m
Highest point: 1201 m
Panoramic view: Dreamtour
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Short description:
The wide Tannheimer Tal between steep rock teeth and mountain ridges forms the Tyrolean final stage. At Oberjoch the German part begins with a spectacular descent to Bad Hindelang, one of the most attractive spa and holiday communities in the Allgäu.

Technique: ***

Quality of experience: ******

Recommended season:

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September


  • Multi-stage route
  • Scenic
  • Refreshment stops available
  • Cultural/historical value
  • Geological highlights
  • Botanical highlights
  • Faunistic highlights


The Tyrol-Allgaeu Way of St James

This Alpine Route of St. James, which is both scenically and culturally very attractive, leads off the main roads over three Alpine passes, namely the Fernpass, the old Gaichtpass and the Jochpass. It crosses some of the most attractive hiking and holiday regions of Tyrol and southern Upper Allgäu on ancient Roman, trade and pilgrim paths.

The pilgrims to St. James can undoubtedly look forward to a particularly impressive route here. All the more so, as it mostly leads through rural, tranquil mountain regions, where people have been deeply influenced by faith and fear of the forces of nature for centuries. These regions are therefore particularly rich in churches and chapels with numerous art-historical gems, often from very different eras. In combination with the magnificent panoramic views, the constantly changing perspectives and the meditative, but now and then strenuous hiking in wind and weather through these alpine natural landscapes, this "camino" becomes an unforgettable path that demands all the senses, rich in intense experiences, encounters, experiential and perhaps also new insights about oneself.

Integration into the Jakobwegenetz of Austria and Germany

The Tyrol-Allgaeu Way of St. James connects in Stams to the German-Austrian Way of St. James from Munich along the Isar, Loisach, Leutascher Ache and Inn rivers, as well as to the two Austrian ways of St. James which unite in Innsbruck: the route from Lofer/Salzburg to Innsbruck and the route from Lienz to Innsbruck. From Innsbruck, this bundled stream of St. James' Way leads on via Stams to the Arlberg or even from Stams on the Tyrol-Allgaeu route.

Pilgrim's stamp and pilgrim's identity card

In the chapels of St. James and in the churches mentioned in the text there are stamped places along the St. James' Way. These pilgrim's stamps are nice memories in your own pilgrim's diary. In the intrnat. recognised pilgrim's identity card they serve as proof of the route completed. As an official document, the pilgrim's identity card also enables the pilgrim to stay overnight in special pilgrim accommodation, of which there are still few on this route. It can be obtained from the St. James pilgrim associations for a processing fee.

From the chapel of St. James keeping right through meadows to the parish church of St. Wendelin in Grän (1138 m), consecrated in 1793 for the veneration of the shepherd and cattle patron Wendelin. On a small road rich in chapels and wayside shrines you continue to Innergschwend with the St. Martin's Chapel (mentioned in 1494) and to Berg with the magnificently stuccoed Sebastian's Chapel (1653). A visit to Tannheim is a must because of the baroque St. Nikolaus Church, the second largest country parish church in the diocese of Innsbruck, and because of the pretty village. St. Nicholas surprises with impressive altars and ceiling frescos as well as with the valuable, over 450 year old complete ringing of the famous Innsbruck bell foundry Löffler. The best way there and back is from Berg on a quiet little road to the underpass at the car park at the entrance to Tannheim. Then on the enchanting panoramic path via Untergschwend to the plague chapel St. Leonhard in Kienzen, to Zöblen, Fricken and Kappl. Crossing the Vilsbrücke bridge you reach the Schattwald department store Lutz, on the main road to Oberjoch. Behind it, a small road on the right of the pass road leads in the direction of Steig, Unterjoch/Krummenbach. Keep left on this road to the fork in the road with the crossroads and bench in front of a courtyard. Follow the signs "Jakobsweg/Alte Salzstraße" and a short steep ascent to the Bundesstraße 308, which you cross to the hiking trail to Oberjoch (1145 m), the highest district of Bad Hindelang. Passing the old border station (with altestelle) above, the trail leads directly to Oberjoch am Jochpass. On the way there is a large memorial stone at a rest area, which reminds of the Roman road (scientifically disproved), the old salt road and the Way of St. James. Below the Catholic parish church Heilig Geist (1968/69), the chapel St. Jakob (stamped) (1732) stands on the pass road, with a stamp and beautiful ceiling fresco of pilgrims at the fountain. From the information point at the Joch, the Jakobsweg leads first in the direction of the Untere Ochsenalpe, then branches off to the right into the forest to the Wildbachtobel (torrent ravine) and descends steeply through the meadows with a wonderful view. On the Old Joch Pass Trail you reach the first houses of Bad Oberdorf, from where, after crossing the main road, you come directly to the branch church of Bad Oberdorf, St. Jodokus. The church, built in 1938, is widely known for its art treasures, such as the Palmesel (around 1470), the picture of the Virgin Mary by Hans Holbein the Elder and the altar by Jörg Lederer.

Felixé Mina's house, local history museum, Vilsalpsee in Tannheim. Parish church St. Wolfgang (stamp place) in Schattwald. Moor bath and inn of the Alpe Kematsried in Oberjoch. Upper mill in Bad Oberdorf.

Safety guidelines:
It should be noted that there is an increased risk of accidents and injuries on pilgrim paths. Despite careful route planning, a basic risk always remains. Tour preparation through endurance sports, appropriate technical training and mental preparation reduces the risk of accidents and injuries. But please never forget that the weather in the mountains can change very quickly.

The personal pilgrim's equipment must be safe and serviceable and must meet the relevant technical standards. The rucksack should not exceed the weight of 15 kg. Every pilgrim is recommended to inform and prepare himself in detail in technical literature or on the Internet
Starting point: Haldensee
Destination: Bad Oberdorf
Accessibility / arrival

Getting there
No vignettes on the A7 Kempten-Reutte until the Oy- Mittelberg exit. On B310 to Oberjoch and on B308 into the Tannheimer Tal. Or A980 to exit Waltenhofen and on B19 to Sonthofen. Further on B308 via Bad Hindelang and Oberjoch. From direction Fernpass/Reutte the fastest way is on A7 to exit Oy-Mittelberg, on B310 to Oberjoch, on B308 into the Tannheimer Tal.

Public Transit
Arrival via the easily accessible Sonthofen railway station. Further by bus via Bad Hindelang and Oberjoch into the Tannheimer Tal. Further arrival in summer by train and bus via the stations of the extra-city railway Kempten-Reutte: From the railway station Pfronten-Ried 16 km to Grän as well as from the railway station Reutte 24 km through the Lechtal via the Gaichtpass. Bus timetables and travel tips at: www.vvt.at (Tyrol), www.rva.de (Füssen/Pfronten and Oberstdorf area) and www.tannheimertal.com .

In Grän at the community center - with costs

Most economical season:
  • Summer
  • Autumn
St. James way Section 5 Haldensee - Bad Hindelang
Informationsbüro Tannheim
Vilsalpseestraße 1
6675 Tannheim