Mountain Biking in Hohe Kugel, Dornbirn, Vorarlberg Austria

Trail length:
38.8 km/24.1 mi round trip
Altitude difference:
1396 m/4580 ft
Tour duration:
4 ½ hours
Maximum height:
1590 m/5216 ft
Level of difficulty:
Dornbirn is situated in western Voralberg in Austria, at 437 m/1433 ft above sea level, right on the Rhine Valley. The city lies on the foot of Karren Mountain which is part of Bregenz Forest Mountain chain just on the edge of the eastern Alps. It is near the borders with Switzerland, Germany and Lichtenstein. The city is the administrative center for the Dornbirn district that includes the market town Lustenau and the town of Hohenems.

One very popular sport in Dornbirn is Mountain Biking Free-ride. Mountain biking is in general a sport that anyone can practice. There are countless trails near Dornbirn but one of them sets apart as it combines mountain biking and mountain biking free-ride. The trail starts from Hohenems, just in front of the Hohenems Bahnhof. It is a 38.8 km / 24.1 mi round trip with a difference in altitude of 1396 m /4580 ft.

In order to follow this trail, you need about 4 ½ hours. You will first start riding uphill which is kind of difficult because you have to climb in an altitude of 1590 m / 5216 ft high in order to reach the top. At this route, you pass through some lovely canyons and endless climbs on top but you will be rewarded with the amazing view over the Rhine valley and the Alp rock.

The most of the difficulties are to be found in the downhill, which sometimes is very exposed. In a small part of the trail and during approximately 3 minutes, you will have to carry your Mountain Bike. It is impossible to pass over that part by riding. At the ridge, there is a short single track with steep descent. Most of the tour is an off –road riding, only a small part is on asphalt.

The route order is Hohenems – Goetzis – Moos – Staffelalp – Kugelalp – Kuehboden – Strahlkopf – Alp Shoener Mann – Ruheshuette – Reute – Hohenems. Level of difficulty mostly depends on your physical condition but in general terms, the spot is medium and for riders of intermediate level of ability. It is a beautiful route that you should ride.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Salzburg
211.1 miles/341 km, 3 hours 51 minutes
Head north on Vogelweiderstr./B150 to Pauernfeindstr, continue to follow the B150, continue to B156, merge onto A1 via the ramp way towards München / villach / Innsbruck, (Road with controlled toll) (Entering Germany) continue along A8 (Road with controlled toll) keep right, follow signs for Nürnberg / Stuttgart / Messe / München Flughafen/A99, at junction 95-Kreuz München-Süd, stay left and follow signs for Garmisch-P./München-Giesing/Mittl. Ring West, join the A995, continue to Tegernseer Landstraße/E54, continue to follow the E54, go through 1 roundabout, slight right to merge in A96 to A8/Stuttgart/Lindau (Log in Austria) continue along A14, take exit 14-Dornbirn-Nord to Bregenzerwald, enter the Anschlussstelle Dornbirn Nord, at the roundabout, take the 1st exit for B190.
BY CAR FROM Klagenfurt
306.5 miles/493 km, 5 hours 44 minutes
Head northeast on St. Veiter Str. to St. Veiter Ring/B70, take the first turning left into St. Veiter Ring/B70, continue to follow the St. Veiter Ring, the St. Veiter Ring turns slightly left and becomes Villacher Ring/B83, turn right at Koschatstr, enter the A2/E66 through auxiliary road to Wörther See (Road with controlled toll) keep left at the fork, follow signs for E66/A2/Villach/Italien/Deutschland/PÖrtschach Ost and enter the A2/E66 (Road with controlled toll) keep right, follow signs for E55/A10/E61/A11/Slowenien/Karawankentunnel/St. Niklas / Salzburg / Villach / Deutschland / Ljubljana / Ossiacher See, continue to A10/E66, at the junction Knoten Spittal, stay left and follow signs for E66 to Lienz/Mallnitz/Lendorf/B100/B106, take exit Lendorf to Lienz / Glocknerstraße, enter the Drautal Str./Lendorf/B100, continue to follow the B100, turn right at the (n) Dellach / Drautal Str./B100, continue to follow the Drautal Str./B100, go through 1 roundabout, at the roundabout, take the 4th exit towards Drautal Str. / Pustertaler Str./B100, continue to follow the Drautal Str./B100 (Log in Italy) continue to E66/SS49, continue to follow the E66, go through 1 roundabout, turn right at the SS49, (Road with controlled) slight right onto the ramp to Brennero / Brenner / Austria, join the A22 (Log in Austria) continue along A13, at the junction Knoten Innsbruck, stay right and follow the signs for A12/E60 to Schweiz / Deutschland / Bregenz / Garmisch / Innsbruck-West (Road with controlled toll) continue to E60/S16, continue along A14, take exit 18-Dornbirn-Süd to Lustenau/B204, at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit towards Lustenauer Str./B204, turn left into Hatlerstr./B190, continue to follow the B190.
Hohenems/Dornbirn Airport,
3.1 miles/6.3 km

Take a train from anywhere in Austria and disembark at Dornbirn central station.


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