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

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

Hiking Collection by Heidiland

12

Tours

46:15 h

79.4 mi

19,600 ft

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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    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.

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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 …

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Collection Stats

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

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