Discover the true treasures of nature
Fruit tree meadows are one of the most ecologically valuable habitats and are home to many different species. On a fruit tree hike you experience the special features of this cultural landscape at first hand – from Lake Constance to the Western Allgäu. For many years the inhabitants here have tended their fruit tree meadows and thus kept alive a long tradition. Cultivation, storage, processing – on different routes you will find fascinating information about the fruit trees and at the same time enjoy the sweet produce to your heart’s content.
Fruit trees: From honey bees to jam
One of the hiking routes takes you from Hangnach to Bösenreutin. Comprehensive information boards along the 7.4-kilometre stretch through the Leiblachtal valley give you an overview of the typical animal species to be found here as well as the rare fruit varieties such as the pear-shaped apple. This is where you will find particularly robust fruit tree varieties such as the red Pichlbirne pear. Even though the trees are sometimes attacked by diseases, they manage to survive and even today their branches offer a safe haven for many species of birds.
After the fruit tree hike you can take refreshment in one of the many regional inns – or continue directly on the next stretch of your route: an 8.6 kilometre loop through Hergensweiler, Sigmarszell and Weißensberg. For thousands of years the fruit growers in the Western Allgäu have used their fruit to make jams, fruit jellies, juices or alcoholic drinks. Watch the locals at work and sample some of their delicious produce. In Mollenberg everything is bee oriented: Insect hotels, bee boxes, information boards – on your fruit tree hike find out how important these insects are for the maintenance of the cultural landscape of the Western Allgäu.
Habitat for rare birds and unusual fruit trees
On your three-hour-long fruit tree hike in Heimenkirch and Scheidegg you will be given lots of information on what can be done to help to protect nature. The garden of different rare varieties in Scheidegg is definitely worth a visit: More than 60 apple and pear varieties are grown here.
In addition, on this fruit tree hike you have the opportunity to see old fruit trees and to observe rare bird species such as the red-backed shrike, the pied flycatcher and the green woodpecker.
Then the route soars upwards at Grünenbach. At an altitude of 600 to 800 metres you pass a lot of regional fruit varieties on your fruit tree hike. These are perfectly adapted to the raw climate and the location. Make sure that you pay a visit to the Heimathaus in Zwirkenberg: Here you can see an impressive farm garden and an apiary that is particularly spectacular. And finally, a trip to sample the gastronomic delights of Schönau, Bad Altensberg and Gestratz is the perfect end to your trip.