Pure Swiss mountain idyll – hikes in Heidiland

Hiking Collection by Heidiland

The name of this region already conjures up idyllic pictures in your imagination: in Heidiland in the east of Switzerland wide alpine pastures, imposing mountains and deep blue lakes await you. The myth of the lively girl in the Swiss Alps becomes reality here. We have put together ten varied hikes of varying degrees of difficulty for you. You can choose whether you only want to do a short hike in the Bündner Rhine Valley or an extensive summit ascent.

Foodies can look forward to fine wines and regional delicacies on the Maienfeld / Fläsch Wine Round. The 7-summit route in Flumserberg has incredible views over the region. The Tamina Gorge and Baroque Bad Pfäfers near Bad Ragaz are also well-worth a visit. The short routes GeoGalerie Flumserberg and Pizol Panorama Höhenweg can be undertaken with the whole family as they are just over an hour and relatively flat. You will get a feeling of "Dolce Vita" on the hike along the Riviera Walensee: vines, fig trees and the intense blue lake line the path.

Most of the hikes’ start and end points can be reached by public transport or car. For the panoramic high-altitude hikes, you can take the lift or cable car up high into the alpine mountains. Experience the wide plain of the Rhine Valley or rocky peaks and rustic alpine huts high above Lake Walen – with our Collection, you will find the right hike for you. You are guaranteed to find incredible nature and wonderful landscapes on all hikes.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Intermediate
    03:01
    6.97 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the Bündner Herrschaft lies around the idyllic Maienfeld a wonderful wine growing area. Extensive fields, gnarled vines and green forests alternate to form a multi-faceted landscape.This round trip is a section of the signposted wine trail that starts in the Grisons capital Chur. From Maienfeld train station, walk through the lanes of the historic center to the medieval castle of Brandis. The impressive complex consists of two wings that surround a beautiful courtyard. The castle is now privately owned and houses a classy restaurant.Soon you leave Maienfeld behind you and walk through the grapevines. Not only the vastness of the fertile plain is impressive, but also the surrounding mountains. Especially in autumn, when the vine leaves glow yellow and the grapes are heavy on the branches, you can watch a fantastic play of colors here.In the village of Fläsch wineries and winegrowers invite you to take a break. In 2010 Fläsch was even awarded the Wacker Prize. Between forest and grapevines, our route continues through the Bündner Herrschaft. The restaurant to the mill is located on a babbling brook, which runs parallel to the green Rhine. In the shady garden you can rest and strengthen yourself.The last section of this circular walk takes you along the Mühlebach, the course of which leads you directly back to the Maienfeld train station.

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  • Difficult
    04:25
    6.93 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,650 ft
    2,775 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    No less than five fantastic mountain lakes characterize this hike between Pizolhütte and Gaffia. Each of them impresses with a different color, unreal reflections and clear water. In addition, you can enjoy insights into the UNESCO World Heritage Tektonikarena Sardona.The starting point is the Pizol hut, which you can reach with the Pizol cable cars in three sections from Wangs. The first highlight is the idyllic Wangsersee, to which you can make a detour from the Pizolhütte.Following the winding path, you will climb up to the Wildsee. The intense light blue of the water stands in a stunning contrast to the rocky peaks of the surrounding mountains. The view of the Pizol glacier and the gray horns is fascinating.Only a few meters from the Wildsee, Lake Number Three is waiting for you. Also the Schottensee seems to have sprung from a picture book. On one side, the waters are bordered by high cliffs, on the other hand, the terrain drops steeply and offers a fantastic panorama.On the safe crossing of the ridge of the Black Plangge you can let your gaze wander into the UNESCO World Heritage Tectonic Arena Sardona. Pizol glacier, Ringelspitz and Piz Sardona are imposingly in front of you. From Schwarzplangg you descend down to the dark Schwarzsee. With a little luck, you can see chamois and even eagles here.At the Rossstall you come to an unreal-looking plateau with countless Steinmännli. Over time, the stony family grows larger and you can pause and add another male.Via the eastern flank of the Gamidaur you reach the fifth and last lake of this walk. In the small Baschalvasee reflects the lush green of the surrounding slopes. From the shore, the view extends to the Rhine Valley.Then you walk down to the charming mountain inn Gaffia, where you can strengthen yourself after this great tour. The station of the Gaffia cable car is just a few steps away. From there the cable cars lead back to the valley to Wangs.

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  • Intermediate
    02:26
    4.81 mi
    2.0 mph
    975 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Impressive vantage points, clear streams and gentle alpine meadows lie on this beautiful route around the Malanser Älpli. Beautiful nature and a lot of peace await you on this high plateau above Malans.With the Älplibahn it goes up to the starting point of the tour. Whether you arrive at the gondola station at the beginning of your hike or at the end in the rustic Bergbeizli is entirely up to you. The view from the terrace into the wide Rhine Valley is definitely terrific.From Älpli you climb up to Chrüzbode and continue to Obersäss, which marks the highest point of your hike. In Altsäss is a fantastic viewpoint from which you can admire the water courses in the depth. After a short break you turn around here and go back to Obersäss.Then you keep right and choose the meadow path that leads you past an untouched moor. The dreamlike landscape below the Ruchenberg seems to have sprung from a picture book. Blooming meadows, behind which rocky peaks are visible, characterize the picture.Walk over the ridges to the south. Again and again, rippling streams cross your path and you can fill up your drinking bottle with fresh springs.In the center, which consists of two rustic buildings made of stone and wood, there is a bench with a wonderful view. Here you can take a deserved break and let the landscape work on you. Then you hike over a slight slope back to the Älplibahn.

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  • Difficult
    05:21
    9.13 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,475 ft
    3,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Incredible seven summits you can experience on this tour. The Flumserberg is a true hiking paradise with gentle meadows, imposing mountains and many lakes. Since the start of the tour is located at the mountain station Maschgenkamm, you save yourself the long climb from the valley and you can completely get involved in the beautiful landscape. Along the way you will always find interesting boards that provide you with useful information.The hike starts at 2,000 meters at the mountain station Maschgenkamm. From there it goes to the first of the seven peaks, the Ziger. Hiking through the high alpine scenery above Lake Walen is a true experience. On safe paths we lead you to the 2,222 meter high Leist and shortly afterwards to the Rainissalts.Afterwards you will reach the highest point of this tour, the Mütschüelergulmen, via gently rolling pastures. From here you can enjoy a great view of the Churfirsten. At your feet are small mountain lakes scattered.From Mütschüelergulmen you hike to the summit number five, the Cuncels. On the way you cross the crystal-clear Tobelwaldbach and can take a break after eight kilometers at an idyllic resting place.Our route continues to the 1,868 meter high Chli Güslen, which is only a few steps away from the seventh summit, the Gross Güslen. A unique panorama of Walensee and Churfirsten opens up before you on the final mountain. Take time to take in the fresh air and incredible views.On the descent down to Tannenboden, you will pass by the wonderful Seebenalp: in front of you, three shimmering lakes open up, embedded in a wreath of mountains. The imposing Hotel Seebenalp is the perfect place for a final stop. The spacious sun terrace is located directly on the beautiful Grosssee.From the first to the last section you can enjoy really great views. So just before Tannenboden, your stage destination, where the view always wanders back to the Walensee.

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  • Easy
    01:06
    2.48 mi
    2.2 mph
    225 ft
    250 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This short but varied hike will show you exciting views and insights at an altitude of over 2,000 meters. Learn about the facts about the UNESCO World Heritage Tectonic Arena Sardona, enjoy the view of the green Wangsersee and let yourself be impressed by the landscape of the Pizol massif. Because of the low slope this round is suitable for the whole family.You start at the Pizolhütte, which can be reached from Wangs via Furt and Gaffia by lift. Information on the travel times can be found at pizol.com/aktuell/betriebszeiten.First, we lead you to the shimmering green Wangsersee. Framed by high peaks, which can still be covered by snow even in summer, the waters are in front of you. When the sun is right, you can see breathtaking reflections in the water surface.Continue to the viewpoint on the Tagweidlichopf. There are information and adventure elements about the origin of the Pizol, the Tectonic Arena Sardona and mountains worldwide. Learn interesting facts about the geology of the surrounding peaks and the Rhine Valley.When you arrive at the lift station, you can take a break in the Laufbodenstübli. In summer as in winter, guests are spoiled with regional delicacies. Then you walk back to the Wangsersee and can now come from the east to enjoy a new perspective on the mountain lake.Back at the starting point at the modern Pizol hut you can fortify yourself with a delicious snack and take the lift back down to the valley. If you want to go further, you can easily descend to the Gaffia or Furt station.You also have the opportunity to start this circular walk from the mountain station Laufböden. You can reach these from Bad Ragaz.

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

    On this round trip you will experience wide alpine meadows, lots of nature and as a climax an incredible panorama from the top of the Pizalun. In addition, the hike is equal to a pleasure trip, because on the track there are two great restaurants.The starting and finishing point of this hike is at the bottom station of the Tristeli ski lift in the settlement of St. Margrethenberg. Already on the first kilometers you climb up to the climax, the Pizalun. The viewing platform with the summit cross can be reached via a well-walked staircase. Standing on the rocky summit, the Sarganserland and the Bündner Herrschaft are at your feet.From the 1,478 meter high Pizalun the path leads you down to Jägeri. Stefis Bergwirtschaft invites you to take a break on the sun terrace. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and the delicious delicacies.Then it goes on the rarely driven Fürgglistraße through flowering meadows and along the stream back towards St. Margrethenberg. Previously, you still have the opportunity to make a stop in the quaint Buura Beizli. The mountain inn is best known for its delicious fondue.After seven kilometers you come back to the starting point at the ski lift Tristeli and can start the journey home full and relaxed.

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  • Intermediate
    03:35
    6.18 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,925 ft
    1,925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this hike, you can expect the three wonderful Murg lakes, which are located in a romantic mountain cauldron. On the way up to the upper Murgsee you come past waterfalls and walk along the babbling Murgbach. Back you get on the same route, but there are quite new perspectives than on the way.The starting point is the Mornen car park at 1,240 meters, which you can reach by car or by Murgsee bus (Taxi Walser, please call +41 81 738 1441). Through meadows and through forests it goes steadily uphill. The lapping of the water accompanies you and over and over again you get to places where you can cool your feet.The path leads you through the shady forest to the first of the three Murg lakes. Between the trees there are beautiful views down to the lower Murgsee and the local waterfall. A really idyllic scenery like from a Heimatfilm.Via the crystal-clear Mittlerer Murgsee and the wetland meadows there, you hike to the Upper Murgsee. This is the largest and at the same time the highest of the three lakes. In the surface, the peaks of the Mürtschenstock are reflected and at a small dam the water falls down a few meters. Right next to it is the charming Murgseehütte, where you can not only dine very delicious, but also spend the night.Back on the same path, the valley outward new views of the original Murg Valley holds ready for you.

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  • Easy
    01:02
    2.37 mi
    2.3 mph
    175 ft
    425 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In just over an hour, this easy hike will bring you closer to exciting geological phenomena and the forces that led to alpine folding. Discover interesting fossils and fossils at 15 stations with a magnificent panorama in the background. The GeoGalerie is located in the middle of the UNESCO World Heritage Tectonic Arena Sardona, where alpine mountain formation is uniquely visible worldwide. With only 140 meters of height, the GeoGalerie Flumserberg is suitable for the whole family.The four-kilometer tour starts at the mountain station Maschgenkamm, which you can reach by cable car from Tannenboden. Information on the travel times can be found at flumserberg.ch/betriebs_en_im_Sommer.Our route takes you first around the 2,074 meter high Ziger. Not only do you have this impressive summit in view, but you can enjoy a wide panorama of the surrounding mountains.At the beginning of the impressive ridge lies the quaint mountain inn Maschgenlücke. Here you can enjoy regional delicacies and the sunshine on the terrace.Then you hike the high trail to the mountain station Prodkamm over. The stone dislocations and weathering phenomena along the way let you experience the tremendous power of alpine folding.Your destination is the mountain station Prodkamm, which also houses a restaurant. From here you can take the chair lift down to Tannenheim and take the bus back to the starting point in Tannenboden.

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  • Intermediate
    04:32
    8.68 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This varied round trip impresses with beautiful nature, historic places and thunderous waters. At the center is the up to 80 meters deep Tamina gorge with its hot thermal spring.You start at the train station in Bad Ragaz. Through the streets and alleys you follow the route to the southern end of the spa town. The Badtobelweg leads you directly along the course of the Tamina along quiet forests. Again and again you come past benches, which invite you to a small rest.After about an hour you will reach the two absolute highlights of this hike: the Alte Bad Pfäfers at the entrance to the Tamina gorge. In the well-preserved baroque bath, you can visit detailed and sumptuous interiors from a bygone era. At the heyday of the bath, guests like Rainer Maria Rilke and Victor Hugo stayed here.
     
    Only a few meters from the Old Bad Pfäfers is the entrance to the Tamina gorge. The water has dug deep into the rock here. A narrow tunnel leads you deep into the interior of the earth to the spring water grotto, where hot water gushes out of the rock. From the spring it goes back to the old bathhouse and from there on rock tracks and wooden stairs through the impressive nature of the upper gorge.
    The Vättnerstraße brings you to Pfäfers, a tranquil place with a beautiful monastery church and former Benedictine abbey. From there it is not far to Wartenstein ruins: From the massive walls of the medieval complex you have a fantastic view of the Rhine Valley and the surrounding mountains. Since 2016, near the castle stands a statue of Christ, which is also worth a visit.Then you reach the green Rheindammweg back to Bad Ragaz. Before you go back to the station, you can stop in the beautiful Giessenpark.

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  • Intermediate
    03:14
    6.62 mi
    2.1 mph
    925 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike takes you along the shores of the beautiful Walensee from Weesen to Quinten. The unique section is called because of the mild climate and the Mediterranean vegetation also Riviera: Between vines and fig trees you walk on turquoise shimmering lake through the magnificent landscape.It starts at the Postautohaltestelle "Weesen, See", where there is also a public parking lot. Past the harbor, you wander through the tranquil town of Weesen. Soon you leave the houses behind you and follow our route along the Riviera.The path is just above the water level and leads through rocky tunnels past small bathing beaches. A worthwhile stop is the bathing area in Betlis with its expansive meadows. Here you can cool off and enjoy the impressive panorama. You also have the opportunity to visit the remains of the castle ruin Strahlegg.After about five kilometers you come to the Seerenbach Falls: In three cascades, the water masses overcome incredible 585 meters. The spray is a pleasant refreshment and the roaring water an impressive spectacle. The view from the trail over the Walensee is breathtaking.After visiting the Seerenbach Waterfalls, a climb follows a well-navigable path through the Seerenwald. Down to Quinten is a bit steeper but well secured piece to overcome. The idyllic Quinten is one of the few car-free villages in Switzerland and impresses with its magnificent location between the Walensee and the cliffs of the Churfirsten.Back to Weesen or to other stops at Walensee you will arrive by boat. From the water you can enjoy a different perspective on the great landscape.
    Information about the timetables can be found here: walenseeschiff.ch/Fahrplan#.XXDPZCgzZPZ

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    58.6 mi
  • Duration
    30:54 h
  • Elevation
    10,475 ft

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