There's nothing better than enjoying the warm rays of sunshine during summer hikes. As the summer days stretch out, you probably feel a strong pull to lace up your hiking boots and head outdoors. Fresh air, spectacular panoramas, birdsong, and buzzing bees call you outside. To help you make the most of this season, we've put together 10 wonderful summer hikes in Switzerland’s Heidiland holiday region.
Nature thrives during summer, making the thundering waterfalls, tranquil lakes and spectacular views more vibrant. The hikes in this Collection are between 3 and 11 kilometres (1.5 and 7 mi) long and are mostly easy. Some parts have steeper uphill sections, but they always reward you with breathtaking vistas.
Make sure you wear sturdy shoes and pack waterproof clothing. Even though you'll find plenty of cosy rest stops, it's a good idea to take a picnic with you, as the barbecue areas are very tempting places to take a break along the way.
Now, let's head out into the summer sunshine. See you in Heidiland!
This short hike takes you on the northern shore of Lake Walen to one of the highest waterfalls in Europe and to an underground lake in the mountain. You can discover two impressive natural wonders on this tour.
It goes to the viewing platform, which gives a view of a gigantic water spectacle. With a height…
This four kilometer round tour takes you around the beautiful Chapfensee above Mels. The picturesque lake and the magnificent views of the surrounding mountains will definitely enchant you.
The beautiful gourmet tour starts in Vermol and initially leads slightly downhill through an idyllic forest to Lake…
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Here we introduce you to the "classic" on Lake Walen, because the hike is popular with families and leads past beautiful shore areas.
From the train station in Walenstadt, a tarred road leads in the direction of the Hotel Seehof along the right bank of the lake. After the playground, an uphill gravel…
The leisurely round tour leads along the Berschnerbach and further and further into a small ravine. Halfway there, the impressive Berschnerfall is the highlight of the tour.
The circular route is a good three and a half kilometers long and is located in Berschis near Walenstadt. From the village of Berschis…
The hike to the Guschachopf offers a wealth of impressions over a distance of around three and a half kilometres. The vantage point on the summit rewards you with a wonderful view over Bad Ragaz and the Sarganserland.
The circular hike to the Guschachopf starts in the center of Bad Ragaz on the Valenserstrasse…
This approximately six-kilometer-long power place hike takes you high above Lake Walen. After a stretch with wonderful views of the lake and the surrounding area, you will reach the monumental Paxmal at the foot of the Churfirsten.
You can reach the peace monument built by Karl Bickel from the Walenstadtberg…
The Arvenwegli is an easy and varied hike from the Palfries mountain station. It is ideal for families with children and offers wonderful views and a lot of nature over almost three kilometers.
You start the hike with your family at the Palfries mountain station. With the Palfriesbahn you have previously…
Johannes Künzle was a pastor and world-renowned herbalist in Wangs. Alongside Sebastian Kneipp, he was one of the best-known promoters of alternative medicine and herbal medicine. The themed trail with herbal picture boards provides information about its work and takes you through the beautiful landscape…
The Tamina Bridge is the largest arched bridge in Switzerland. It stretches imposingly over the Tamina Gorge and connects the towns of Pfäfers and Valens. The arch span is an impressive 260 meters and you look down 200 meters.
On this hike you circle the village of Pfäfers and can enjoy the view down…
Impressive power spot hike in the mystical Tamina Gorge, where the source of the famous Bad Ragaz thermal water lies.
From the train station you walk towards the center of the village, where the Tamina Gorge is signposted. The hike first takes you to the spa gardens of the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, where…
The Altes Bad Pfäfers is the oldest surviving baroque bath in Switzerland. A touch of nostalgia wafts around the beautifully renovated buildings, which housed guests such as Rainer Maria Rilke and Victor Hugo in the spa's heyday. You can still dine in the detailed dining room today. After the baths were renovated after the French Revolution, the healing springs became the “place to be”: up to three hundred guests from all over Europe linger, bathe, eat and drink in Bad Pfäfers. Today the complex houses a museum and a restaurant. An interesting place to delve into history.
More exciting information about the bathroom: altes-bad-pfaefers.ch
Tip by Tamara B.
A post bus (or horse-drawn carriages on request) runs to Alt Bad Pfäfers.
The path to the spring itself is suitable for prams and wheelchairs, but you have to ask for the large gate to be opened, as access is usually through a revolving door. In contrast to other gorges and gorges, it is not cold and uncomfortable here, because the warm water of the thermal bath heats up quite nicely.
You can find information about opening times and admission prices here: tourispo.de/sehenswuerdigkeit/taminaschlucht-bad-ragaz_preise-und-oeffnungszeiten.html.
Tip by Garen
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
Only at midday does some light penetrate this deep, narrow gorge. It is damp and cool at all times at the bottom of the rock walls, which are up to 70 meters high. A secured tunnel leads through the rock past the small thermal water fountain to the spring water grotto.
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Event. 740 - 1483. The Ragazers as serfs of Pfäfers Abbey. 845. The first mention of the name Ragaz. 845 - 1900. Timeline of Bad Ragaz history (840 - 1900) 1150.
Conclusion of a purchase and concession contract for 100 years between the canton of St. Gallen and the architect Bernhard Simon. Construction of the Quellenhof Hotel and the Kursaal, bathing facilities and parks.
Inauguration of the village pool built by the canton of St. Gallen. The evangelical church is inaugurated on October 19.
Collection of the Pardätscher spring water behind Vättis. Construction of the 18 km pipeline to Ragaz and appraisal of the water supply.
Bernhard Simon, the founder of the spa, dies on July 28th. His grave is in the Bad Ragaz cemetery.
This chronicle does not claim to be complete.
Source: Ragazetta special 1 / October 2002
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The statue of Jesus, a copy of the Brazilian Cristo Redentor, served as the lighthouse of the 6th Bad RagARTz and was located on the Guschakopf.
However, after the art exhibition, the statue had to be moved. Since then it has stood in the garden of the Hotel Schloss Wartenstein and overlooks the highest vineyard in Eastern Switzerland, the well-known old Roman trade route "Porta Romana", the castle ruins of Wartenstein and the Rhine Valley and welcomes visitors on the way to Pfäfers Abbey.
The hotel garden is freely accessible and you can marvel at this imposing statue up close. It weighs 2.4 tons and measures eleven meters including the base.
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The idyllic Chapfensee is a very popular destination for hikers, mountain bikers, fishermen and other nature lovers. Fire pits, picnic areas and benches can be found around the Chapfensee. The natural lake is suitable for excursions for young and old. Depending on the path, you can walk around the lake in around 40 minutes. There are two small islands in the middle of the Chapfensee. However, these may not be entered.
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