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Ocean at Rüfikopf

Photography Walk with Georg Schnell

Duration: 13:30 – 18:00
Group size: 20 persons
Languages: German | English
Category: Workshop (photography) | Guided walk
Location: Rüfikopf
Means of transport: Cable car



  • 13:30
    Meet and greet Georg Schnell at the “glass tent” in the park of Hotel Arlberg.
  • 14:00 – 17:30
    Accompanied by the hiking guide and landscape photographer, we set out on a journey to the history of the earth on the Geo trail and look out for traces.
  • 18:00
    Return to the point of departure. From there, your hotel is within walking distance.



On the Rüfikopf Geo trail, we set out on a journey to the history of the earth. Where there is alpine terrain today, shells and primeval octopus used to teem in prehistoric times. What used to lie quietly beneath dark blue waters, rose to form awe-inspiring peaks that loom over an extensive frozen surface. Georg Schnell has co-initiated this themed trail at approx. 2,300 metres altitude above sea level. Together with this experienced hiking guide and landscape photographer, we set out in search for traces. He shows us the most beautiful photo motifs of the over 200 million year-old remnants that all give testimony to an earlier life in the rocks.



Georg Schnell was born in Montafon and has been living in Lech since 1986. Together with his wife, he runs Pension Michaela in Oberlech. When he is not in the kitchen, cooking for his guests, he is out and about as a hiking guide with a passion for botany and geology, or as a photographer. The moment Georg Schnell has taken an interest in a topic, he pursues it with absolute dedication. His diverse interests are ideal for our atb_outdoor_experience. We take the cable car up to the Rüfikopf mountain station and have Georg Schnell show us the highlights of the Geo trail.

Initially, our hiking guide discovered his love of photography on a tour of Australia. For many years, he has now been focusing on alpine fauna and the mountains of Lech. But since his interest goes beyond what meets the eye, geology has become one of his favoured pastimes. It was at Georg Schnell’s initiative that the themed “Steinernes Meer” trail was set up at the far end of the Zug valley.

Whether layers of rock or fossils – with the cameras of our mobile phone we take personal snapshots of these rock formations which bear witness to the primeval ocean at Rüfikopf. Georg Schnell assists us in tracing the many mysterious details and structures. Perhaps we will capture one or the other enchanting flower that grow in the crevices, all while absorbing the awe-inspiring panorama of the craggy peaks around us.