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Switzerland’s green Frick Valley – hike the Fricktaler High Trail

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Switzerland’s green Frick Valley – hike the Fricktaler High Trail

Hiking Collection by Valerie

3-6

days

3-6 h

/ day

39.8 mi

5,725 ft

5,575 ft

Gentle hilly landscapes, blossoming fruit trees, sprawling vineyards – the Frick Valley near Basel in Switzerland is known far beyond its borders thanks to its lush natural landscapes. Nestled between the Rhine River and the Jura Mountains, it attracts many nature lovers and hikers year after year. Numerous long-distance trails lead through the region and in this Collection, I introduce you to the Fricktailer Höhenweg (Fricktaler High Trail).

This trail reveals the Frick Valley and its villages over five days. In total, you cover 60 kilometres (37 mi), with a daily distance of 10 - 15 kilometres (6.2 - 9.3 mi). As the paths are well maintained and thoughtfully routed, you don’t have too many climbs. Even less-experienced hikers can take on this hike. As well as using the detailed Tour descriptions in this Collection, you can follow the blue trail signs of the Fricktaler Lindenblatt.

So aside from wonderfully verdant nature, what else can you expect? You can pick fruit straight off the trees, marvel at vineyards, learn something new on an adventure trail and gaze upon magnificent panoramic views. As you won’t find many places to stop for refreshments en route, I recommend taking enough food with you. You’ll find plenty of rest areas to enjoy a break in peaceful landscapes.

Overnight accommodation is not plentiful on this route. That’s also partly the charm of the area – it’s completely untouched. Make sure you research in advance and reserve a bed in a neighbouring village if you can’t find a place to stay directly in the stage destination. I’ll give you more detailed tips on where and how to do this in the individual Tour descriptions.

The only thing left to do is to get there: Rheinfelden, the starting point of the hike, is easily accessible by train. The historic train station has several daily connections to Basel and Zurich. At the end of your adventure, you can catch the bus from Mettau to Laufenburg and take a train to Basel from there. In general, all the villages that you pass through are easily accessible by public transport, so you can always shorten your route.

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5,725 ft

5,550 ft

Last updated: February 9, 2022

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    Etappe 1: Von Rheinfelden nach Zeiningen – Fricktaler Höhenweg

    Intermediate
    02:56
    5.92 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,150 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    You start in beautiful Rheinfelden. You can reach the place several times a day from Basel in just 15 minutes by train, from Zurich it takes about an hour. Once there, it can pay off to explore the place for a while. Its history as the oldest Zähringer town in Switzerland goes back to the year 1130.

    

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  • Intermediate
    03:33
    7.80 mi
    2.2 mph
    975 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    We continue on the Fricktaler Höhenweg. And depending on where you have set up your accommodation for the night, you first make your way (back) to Zeiningen, where today's stage starts. If you have ended up somewhere else for the night, just keep an eye out for the blue hiking trail signs and the Fricktal

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  • Intermediate
    03:48
    7.96 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage 3 of the Fricktaler Höhenweg takes you to Frick, the regional center of the Fricktal. This means that you can not only enjoy a typical snack after the tour, but also plan a little time to get a taste of culture: Frick is known, among other things, for the dinosaur bones that were once found here

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  • Intermediate
    04:14
    8.86 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,725 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Dreamy forests, wide fields and a summit cross await you on the fourth stage of the Fricktaler Höhenweg. From Frick we continue to Sennhütten, where you can regain strength for the grand finale in a truly unique accommodation.

    

    But first you make your way out of Frick. Via the Zendlematt you march up to

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  • Intermediate
    04:13
    9.24 mi
    2.2 mph
    775 ft
    1,700 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The final stage of the Fricktaler Höhenweg is approaching and the hiking trail is once again working hard for that. Over almost 15 kilometers you will once again experience wonderful nature, wide views and even a wooden tower that will take you to dizzying heights.

    

    Let's start in Sennhütten. First in

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    39.8 mi
  • Duration
    18:45 h
  • Elevation
    5,725 ft5,575 ft

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