Heidiland Tourismus

Blue lakes, wide panoramas & autumnal splendour – hiking in Heidiland

Hiking Collection by Heidiland

Clear air, impressive mountains, bright blue lakes and a lovely alpine landscape – Heideland is a delight to discover. The region is the original setting of the Heidi stories so you can follow in the footsteps of Heidi and Peter as you explore the wonderful nature and rich culture of Eastern Switzerland. In autumn, the area is especially beautiful as the fog settles in the valley below the high mountains. The early morning mist covers the valley until the sun slowly emerges revealing the beautiful view over the lakes and valleys.

The Heidiland region offers the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable holiday – Lake Walen and the Churfirsten peaks, the summer and winter resorts of Flumserberg and Pizol, the Sarganserland with its side valleys, and the vineyards of the Bündner Herrschaft all lie en route. This popular holiday destination lies on the border of the cantons of St. Gallen and Graubünden. You can travel in the car via the motorway or take the train from Zurich or Lake Constance in less than one hour.

One of the highlights is the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tectonic Arena Sardona, where you can trace the history of the origins of the Alps. You can see the line of the Glarus thrust from far and wide. Here, 250 to 300-million-years-old rocks shiften young rocks which are 35 to 50-million-years-old. This happened far beneath the earth’s surface 10 - 20 million years ago and tectonic shifts then gradually moved the rocks to the surface. You can marvel at this with your own eyes today, it’s absolutely fascinating!

Whether you choose the Murgsee Tour, the Guscha Ridge Trail or the 7-summit circular Tour, Heidiland will amaze you. We have put together 12 of the most beautiful Tours in the region, ranging in difficulty from easy to hard. Grab your favourite hiking partner and set off on an exciting journey into the history of the earth and to beautiful natural wonders. Autumn time is Heidiland time!

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    02:59
    4.75 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A pristine landscape, a spectacular ridge path and a summit success await you on this varied panoramic hike. The starting point is the mountain station of the gondola lift in Flums-Kleinberg. Compared to the well-known hiking and winter sports resort Flumserberg opposite, this area has remained very familiar and small and is an insider tip in both summer and winter.The path leads from the mountain station over meadows and through beautiful forests. After about half an hour you leave the forest and reach the wide, open moor and alpine landscape of Fulriet and Mädems. You should urgently make a stop at the alpine buildings of Alp Mädems because you can buy delicious cheese here. Then the path branches off to the right and the ascent over the flank to the Chammhüttli follows.The ridge and panorama path over the Vorderchamm to the Guscha summit is a real pleasure with a unique panoramic view: on the opposite side of the valley lies the Palfries plateau with the Alvier chain behind. On the left are the Flumserberge, on the right the Pizol area and below the entire Seeztal. The descent is on a relatively narrow and sometimes steep, but easy to walk path. The round tour ends at the mountain station. You can end the day comfortably with a beer and a hearty snack in the valley.

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    Difficult
    05:51
    9.04 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,750 ft
    2,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your hike today is all about water and absolute enjoyment of nature. The round tour is peppered with streams, lakes, waterfalls and a protected pine forest reserve. Embedded in a wild and romantic mountain basin, the three Murg lakes are revealed - the namesake of the tour and a wonderful idyll.From Murg am Walensee you can reach the starting point to Merlen either by car (Bachlaui car park) or with the Murgsee bus. The ascent to Gspon is relatively steep and requires some level of fitness from you. Then the terrain becomes flatter. Along the Gsponbach you hike to Alp Unter Mürtschen. Copper and silver ores were mined here, especially in the second half of the 19th century.On the way to Ober Mürtschen, the Mürtschenstock with its three peaks Stock, Fulen and Ruchen is imposing on the right. You can reach the Murgseen via the Murgseefurggel. Soon you will reach the Upper Murgsee with the Murgseehütte, which has its origins in the earlier ore mining. Here you can treat yourself to a cool drink.Past the smaller and middle Murgsee, it goes out of the valley. Looking backwards, you can see the waterfall that falls down to the Lower Murgsee. The lower Murgsee lies in a nature reserve with ancient pine trees. Here you feel like you are in the jungle. The trees are up to 25 meters high and everything on the ground is overgrown with poisonous green ferns. You reach the starting point again via Alp Guflen and Alp Mornen.

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  • Intermediate
    04:59
    9.07 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,500 ft
    3,500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this tour you will experience seven peaks. You can shorten part of the ascent using the mountain railways. This leaves you enough time to enjoy the unique panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and lakes. The tour begins with a leisurely gondola ride from Flumserberg Tannenbodenalp. Flumserberg, formerly a whey health resort, has developed into a popular skiing and hiking area since the first ski lift was built in 1945.The tranquil and easy ridge hike begins at the Maschgenkamm mountain station at 2,020 meters and takes you over seven peaks: Ziger, Leist, Rainissalts, Gulmen, Cuncels, Chli Güslen and Grosser Güslen. So that you don't get confused, there are information boards on the side of the path for the individual peaks. In any case, bring enough time so that you can fully enjoy the changing impressions.The high alpine backdrops of the Bündner, Glarus and Central Swiss Alps are revealed to you. At the end of the tour you have a fantastic view of the Walensee and the Churfirsten. Take a deep breath and let the wonderful nature work its magic on you.

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    Difficult
    03:16
    5.04 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This round tour takes you along the Churfirsten, an extremely impressive rock formation, and enchants you with unique views of the Walensee. Part of the route follows the “Alp and Culture Path Schrina” with interesting information about nature and culture.The starting point of this hike is Walenstadtberg, a village that belongs to the municipality of Walenstadt. From here you already have a great view of Lake Walen. The ascent through the “Berger Laui” is quite steep through a gorge-like section of forest. Later it becomes flatter and after another piece of forest you reach Alp Tschingla with the inn.From Alp Tschingla the path runs as an altitude and panorama route with spectacular views of the Churfirsten rock faces and views of the fjord-like Walensee. The alpine area is a cultural landscape that has been used, maintained and changed for centuries. The transition to the natural area of the Alps is fluid.The descent starts from Schrina Obersäss. At Hochrugg, it is worth taking a detour to the Paxmal, a temple-like monument created by Karl Bickel. Must see! The further descent finally leads back to the starting point.Tip: Take the brochure "Alp- und Kulturweg Schrina" with you on your hike. You can get it at Alp Schrina, at the Fries paper shop in Walenstadt and at the Heidiland information center on Flumserberg. On the way you will find small boards with numbers and in the Brochure with the corresponding explanations. Have fun!

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    Intermediate
    04:58
    10.0 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,675 ft
    1,675 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The hike leads through the different terrain levels of the lonely Palfries plateau high above the Seeztal to a former health resort and back again. You save the first 1,250 meters by taking the Palfries cable car. The over three kilometer long run leads over an impressive waterfall of the Ragnatscherbach to the Palfries plateau.From the mountain station you walk on an asphalt road past the Berghaus Palfries. Immediately after switching to the gravel path, follow the mountain path towards Alvier. On the hike to the “Mürli” and on towards Alp Malun, you will marvel at the most beautiful and diverse alpine flowers.In the further course you will reach the Kurhaus Sennis, which is ideal for a longer break with delicious snacks and cream slices. On the way back, you hike over Alp Gastilun to Alp Alpeli and on to the mountain station of the Palfries cable car.

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    Intermediate
    04:49
    7.62 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,450 ft
    2,450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This tour offers you everything your hiker's heart desires: a summit with a magnificent view, a varied circular hike and a cozy mountain restaurant to stop off at. You get to the starting point of the hike from Malans with the Älplibahn, which is operated and supported by volunteers - for profit reasons, but because the volunteers want to keep the cableway for summer operation.To the summit of the Vilan you first hike through the forest and later over a picturesque alpine landscape and along a beautiful mountain path. From the summit you have a magnificent panorama of the Rhine valley, the Churfirsten and other well-known mountains such as the Piz Bernina, Piz Kesch, Piz Linard and the Ringelspitz.The descent and return are along the well-marked path on the ridge eastwards to Sadreinegg and further over Alp Sadrein to the Luvadina pasture fountain with a wonderful view over the Prättigau. Through loose forest the hiking trail later joins the Alpstrasse, which climbs up to Jeninser Obersäss and from there leads back to the mountain station of the Älplibahn.

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    Intermediate
    02:14
    4.39 mi
    2.0 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Great views of an incredible panorama await you on the pleasant and easy circular hike. The tour starts and ends in the parking lot at the valley station of the Tristeli ski lift. On a gently sloping hiking trail you walk through forests and flower-filled meadows towards the Pizalun summit. A steep but well-built staircase leads right up to the Pizalun viewing platform. From the viewing platform on the Pizalun you can enjoy a wonderful all-round view.Up here, the Bündner Herrschaft and the Sarganserland are literally at your feet. Thanks to the panorama boards you can also name the many mountains all around. From Pizalun down towards Fürggli, a leisurely hiking trail leads past the Jägeri mountain inn. Back on the plateau, take the seldom traveled road - partly along the mountain stream and past the Sankt Margrethenberg chapel - back to the starting point.

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    Intermediate
    01:06
    2.46 mi
    2.2 mph
    250 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On a high plateau in the Pizol skiing and hiking area, this circular hike offers great views and exciting insights into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sardona. You walk on a wonderful circular hiking trail between Laufböden and Pizolhütte. On the high plateau, lookout points offer exciting insights into the formation of the mountains around the Pizol and the Rhine Valley.To top it off, you will find an accessible summit panorama on the highest point of the circular route, which is dedicated to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tectonic Arena Sardona. Here you can discover up close and with your own eyes how the mountains were formed. You will find out what the Glarus thrust is and where you can see it and where the African plate is located in the Graubünden mountains.From Bad Ragaz or Wangs, the gondolas and chairlifts take you comfortably to the Pizol-Panorama-Höhenweg to the Laufböden top station or back to the Pizolhütte at 2,227 meters.

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    Intermediate
    02:16
    4.11 mi
    1.8 mph
    750 ft
    1,900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this imposing high-altitude hike, you wander past places steeped in history, gurgling mountain streams and a variety of flowers. With the Pizolbahn you can comfortably get to the starting point Gaffia. Along the gurgling mountain stream you take the first slope to Chrutplangg. To the south you can admire the striking Gamidaurspitz. In the 18th century, the people of Wangser made a pilgrimage to the Gamidaurspitz with cross and flags to escape the plague raging in the Sarganserland.At Basürla you branch off and after a short ascent you reach the Garmil, which rewards you with a wonderful panoramic view. The descent takes you to Fürggli, where you branch off towards the Furt. The zigzag path leads down to Vollenplangg and Fälli, both of which belong to Alp Mugg. On the last ascent, you can enjoy the wonderful view of the St.Gallen Rhine Valley again, before you reach the wayside shrine of holy brother Klaus. A short time later you are on the ford, an intermediate station of the Pizolbahn and can go back to the valley with great impressions in your luggage.

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    Difficult
    08:57
    14.2 mi
    1.6 mph
    3,700 ft
    3,675 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the high-altitude hike from the Sardonahütte to the Platten and Heitelsee you will be rewarded with another one with breathtaking views and a beautiful lake landscape. You can also take the tour as a two-day tour with an overnight stay in the Sardonahütte of the Swiss Alpine Club.The hike is considered the highlight of the hike in the Calfeisen Valley. On the whole tour you have the overwhelming mountain scenery from Ringel-, Sardona- to Gigerwaldspitz in front of your eyes. The crystal clear, small mountain lakes - Platten and Heitelsee - invite you to linger. The flora on the Chratzeri, with small raised bogs, is beautiful and unique. The ridges and mountain peaks along the entire path are ibex territory - so you should always keep your eyes open and the camera on camera.

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    Difficult
    01:39
    3.56 mi
    2.2 mph
    450 ft
    475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Discover fossils, feel and see the enormous power of the folding of the Alps up close!
    There is a lot to marvel at for young and old on the four-kilometer high trail. Lined up like in an art gallery, you can marvel at, touch and experience fossils and weathering phenomena on the Höhenweg.
    At over 15 stations you will get an exciting insight into the formation of the Alps and the power of tectonics as well as general and interesting information about geology. The path starts at the Prodkamm mountain station and initially leads with great views to the Maschgenkamm. From here it circles the Ziger and offers you wonderful views again and again.Then it goes from the Maschgenkamm in serpentines back down to the Maschgenlücke and from there on flat terrain to the Prodkamm mountain station. On the way, “tectonic” loungers or benches invite you to enjoy the fantastic panoramic view. Here you can see the Churfirsten and the Walensee, among other things.There is also a rest area with a fireplace for a cozy picnic or a campfire on the way. A dreamy place in the Sardona tectonic arena, which was named the best place in the world for its visibility of the alpine mountain range when it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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    Intermediate
    03:11
    5.18 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This place of power hike in the original Weisstannental to the imposing Batöni waterfall arena delights you with natural beauty as far as the eye can see.
    From Sargans or Mels train station, take the post bus to Weisstannen Oberdorf. You walk along the Gufelbach to Batöni and there to the impressive waterfall arena with its three mighty waterfalls.
    The Batöni waterfall arena impresses with various waterfalls: from left to right you marvel at the Piltschinabachfall, the Sässbachfall and the Muttenbachfall, which in this order are 81, 86 and 45 meters long. Find a cozy place to linger and enjoy your snack against the backdrop of the rushing water - and let yourself be enchanted by this beautiful place.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    79.4 mi
  • Duration
    46:15 h
  • Elevation
    19,600 ft