Live the Mythos of the regions, or the difficulties in recognizing and telling the stories of the landscape.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Arrival


6:00 pm – Welcome in the parking lot at Pfronten-Kappel

  • To be followed by a visit to the Allgäu Steinkugel Mill with a forest rope course and the Höllenschlucht archery course

6:30 pm – Hike to Hündeleskop Cabin

  • This is the first vegetarian mountain cabin in the Alps (2.3 km, 280 meters in altitude, about a 45 min. hike along forest trails)

7:15 pm -The presentation of the project: From “Ostallgäu” to “Castle Park Allgäu”

  • To be followed by storytelling at the level of the destinations, and afterwards a “cabin evening” (number of participants is limited).

9:45 pm – Torchlight hike back to the starting point at the parking lot at Pfronten – Kappel

Thursday, June 9, 2016 Main Focus - Theory

8:30 am – Shuttle transfer from lodging accommodations to the Symposium Center

9:00 am – Opening of the Third International Symposium Hiking Village (Symposium Center, Vilstal Straße 2, 87459 Pfronten)

  • Official welcome by Sieghard Price (project Initiator and – organizer)
  • Greeting from the first female Mayor of Pfronten, Michaela Waldmann
  • Greeting from the tourism ambassador (the 8th Pfrontener “Berg wiesenkönigin” Sinja I.)
  • Greeting from Reinhard Further (President of Austria’s Hiking Villages) and Felix Daporz (Speaker of European Hiking Villages)
  • Welcome and a village presentation from Jan Schubert (Director of Tourism Pfronten)

9:45 am – Lecture: “Nature – culture – landscape and actors”

  • “How does nature create the landscape?” – Lecture by keynote speaker Sigbert Riccabona

11:10 am – Lecture: “Et jit net jerannt – Trails that Dance with the Volcano”

  • Project presentation by Wolfgang Reh (Deputy Manager Eifel Tourismus GmbH)

12:00 pm – Lunch at Braugasthof Falkenstein

  • A hike together to Braugasthof Falkenstein
    Invitation for lunch “500 Years Reinheitsgebot” by the municipality Pfronten

2:00 pm – Lecture: “Hiking Trilogy Allgäu; the visions and challenges in the implementation of a flagship product” (Symposium Center)

  • Project presentation by Christa Fredl Meier (Project Manager Allgäu GmbH)

3:00 pm – Lecture: “Rulaman, a Novel about the Stone Age as a Template for a Hiking Trail System”

  • Project presentation by Alfons Köhler (speaker of the Biosphärenwirte Swabian Alb)

4:30 pm – Lecture: “Being ’Used to’ creates the Usual or How a Guiding Principle can be Used for Creativity”

  • Lecture by Andreas Kranzmayr (independent consultant and criteria expert of the European Hiking Quality Seal)

6:00 pm – Walk together from the Symposium Center to the tavern (about 1.6 km, around 25 min.)

  • Certificate to be awarded to Lech am Arlberg and the presentation of the new logo, followed by an exchange of ideas at a group dinner

9:45 pm – Shuttle transfer from the Symposium Center to the lodging accommodations

Friday, June 10, 2016 "Hiking Workshop Pfronten"

6:00 am – Morning greeting and a climb to Falkenstein Castle with breakfast

  • Shuttle transfer from the lodging accommodations to the starting point at Falkenstein Castle and then to the Symposium Center

10:00 am – Lecture: “A place (Pfronten) on the way to Becoming a EHV-village”

  • Experiences from the quality host “Hiking in Germany”

10:30 am – Guided tour: “In the Footsteps of Hiking Trilogy with Four Expert Sections”

  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm – Lunch break at “Oberer Wirt”

4:30 pm – Return to the Symposium Center & an afternoon coffee break

5:00 pm – Progress report from the European Hiking Villages

6:00 pm – Official end of the Symposium
Shuttle service from the Symposium Center to the lodging accommodations


Optional program after the official end of the Symposium

Friday, June 10, 2016 (evening event)

  • 7:30 pm – Gasthof Fallmühle: Presentation of the concept “Cottage in the Valley” and then group dinner (Achtalstraße 62, 87459 Pfronten, individual arrival and departure)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

  • Option 1: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – Guided all-day hike on the Himmelsstürmer trail of Hiking Trilogy Allgäu (as of 10 people / € 25 per participant / with fewer than 10 registrations arrangements will be made on an individual basis)
  • Option 2: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm – Guided full-day bus trip through the park Allgäu (as of 10 people / € 32 per participant / with fewer than 10 registrations arrangements will be made on an individual basis).


Conditions of Participation and Costs


Workshop package

A workshop fee will be charged per person according to the status of the home region or village of the participant (incl. transfers, snack at “cabin evening”, a lunch hosted by the tourist board Pfronten, breakfast in Burghotel Falkenstein, coffee breaks and conference materials), The packages of the Austrian participants are to be paid gross incl. VAT. Non -Austrian participants with a valid VAT number pay net without VAT:

Net VAT Gross
Villages / regions without membership: € 290,- € 58,- € 348,-
Villages with EHV prospective status: € 260,- € 52,- € 312,-
Members of European Hiking Villages: € 240,- € 48,- € 288,-
Members of Austria’s Hiking Villages: € 220,- € 44,- € 264,-


A cost reduction of € 30 is valid for each additional person. The price of lodging accommodations, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and additional optional program items are not included.

Spring Swallow Offer - an offer for smart, early birds

We recommend an early registration, since the number of participants in the Third International Hiking Villages Symposium is limited. Registrations before May 8, 2016, receive a 10-percent discount on workshop packages. For all other participants, we ask for a registration at the latest on May 30, 2016. In order for the registration to be valid, please transfer the workshop fee at the time of application to the account of the Association for Quality Assurance for Hiking in Europe (IBAN: AT79 3943 1000 0004 3083 BIC: RZKTAT2K431).


For lodging accommodations in Pfronten see The team “Pfronten Tourism” can assist in finding a suitable room (Tel. +49 8363 698.

Two hosts (Quality Hiking Germany) have discounted rooms in their offerings for symposium participants. Please use the booking code EWD 2016 with reservations at Hotel Berghof **** (single starting at € 79, double starting at € 158, Falkensteinweg 13, 87459 Pfronten, Tel.: +49 8363 91130, and the Pension Alpenblick G *** (single starting at € 70, double starting at € 90, Edelsbergweg 23, 87459 Pfronten, Tel.:+49 8363 91370,


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