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Aerial photo of the Inselberg from the northeast

Aerial photo of the Inselberg from the northeast

height 667  m above sea level A.
location Vorarlberg , Austria
Mountains Bregenz Forest Mountains
Dominance 2.6 km →  Zwurms
Notch height 242 m ↓  birches
Coordinates 47 ° 20 '11 "  N , 9 ° 37' 0"  E Coordinates: 47 ° 20 '11 "  N , 9 ° 37' 0"  E
Kummenberg (Vorarlberg)
Type Inselberg
rock Schrattenkalk
Age of the rock Middle Barremium - Lower Aptium

The Kummenberg ( also Kummaberg in the local dialect ) is 667  m above sea level. A. high Inselberg in the middle of the Alpine Rhine Valley in Vorarlberg . The entire mountain is located in the municipality of Koblach , whose old village center is at the foot of the mountain. The Kummenberg is of particular importance as a border mountain between the Vorarlberger Oberland and Unterland .


The Kummenberg achieved a high degree of popularity through archaeological finds that can be dated back to the Mesolithic . These finds are the oldest signs of human settlement in what is now Vorarlberg. This can partly be explained by the fact that at that time Lake Constance, as a freshwater lake rich in fish, extended to Rankweil and the Kummenberg was actually an island in the lake or at least a coastal area.

During the implementation of the Rhine regulation , a quarry was set up on the western slope of the Kummenberg, from which broken material was transported to the construction sites by the international Rhine regulation railway .

Motorway route through the Udelberg

Crossing the Udelberg (looking north)

During the construction of the Rheintal / Walgau Autobahn (A14) in 1971, the Udelberg , a somewhat smaller side mountain of the Kummenberg, was blown into two parts. The reason was that the motorway route could be continued without building a tunnel. The resulting rock material was used in the construction of the section of the motorway between Dornbirn-Nord and Götzis; the split mountain is still one of the most striking features of the motorway route today. Originally there were also plans for building over the piercing point with six levels, in which parking spaces, gas stations, shops, restaurants, fitness facilities and service providers should be located. However, this consideration was never implemented.

Web links

Commons : Kummenberg  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Skeletal remains 9,500 years old. In: vorarlberg.ORF.at . March 18, 2006, accessed June 17, 2019 .
  2. Ritsch, Wolfgang and Stadelmann, Carmen: "A spatial cultural history of the Rhine Valley", 2005, p. 11 (PDF) (accessed on July 22, 2014)
  3. School media center of the state of Vorarlberg: text accompanying the picture series A country is changing: Vorarlberg 1955 to 2005 (PDF) , p. 21 (accessed on July 22, 2014)