High mountains and winding valleys – autumnal hiking in Liechtenstein

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High mountains and winding valleys – autumnal hiking in Liechtenstein

Hiking Collection by Liechtenstein

The morning fog slowly lifts as the sun’s rays light up the landscape, highlighting the colourful trees and golden leaves – nature in autumn creates a very special atmosphere. In Liechtenstein, the deep valleys, high peaks, and fantastic mountain panoramas come alive in autumn, making the perfect backdrop for your hikes. In this Collection, you find seven hikes that reveal the wonderful outdoors of the sixth smallest state in the world. These Tours take you to medieval treasures, unique views, and quaint villages in this tiny country in the heart of Europe.

The best way to get to know the varied landscape of this 160 square kilometre (100 square mile) state is following the Liechtenstein Trail. This long-distance hiking trail takes you through the entire country, revealing the most beautiful places in the 11 regions. Even if you only hike along the trail for one day, you can expect wonderful nature and plenty of hiking fun. Marvel at fantastic views from the Alpspitz over the Rätikon and the Rhine Valley; gaze upon the Liechtenstein Alps from the Rappenstein; get your adrenaline pumping on the rocky Fürstensteig, and wander down the wild Samina Valley. Liechtenstein is waiting to be explored by you.

Thanks to the manageable size of the country, you can reach all the starting points of the hikes without travelling for a long time. Thanks to its central location in Europe, you can get to Lichtenstein very quickly from southern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. You find a good range of accommodation and restaurants across the country so you can relax after a long day in the mountains.

Lichtenstein is a unique and inspiring country. With colourful landscapes, hiking in the mountains is truly magical in autumn.

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Tours & Highlights

    47.8 mi
    2.1 mph
    6,400 ft
    6,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    "A country. One way. ”That is the motto of the 75-kilometer Lichtenstein-Weg. The long-distance hiking trail connects all eleven communities in Liechtenstein and gives you the most intensive insight into the Principality of Liechtenstein. On your way from south to north (or vice versa) you can expect exciting stories, great sights, wonderful views and idyllic resting places.Your hiking adventure starts in the Swiss border near Balzers, the end point is in Schaanwald on the Austrian border. You can divide up the long-distance hiking trail as it suits you best - or you can just choose individual stages. Entry or exit of the path is possible at any time. In the individual municipalities you will find connections to public transport as well as restaurants and accommodation.Here is a suggestion for a possible division:
    Stage 1: From Balzers to Triesenberg (14 kilometers)
    Stage 2: From Triesenberg to Vaduz (10 kilometers)
    Stage 3: From Vaduz to Nendeln (17 kilometers)
    Stage 4: From Nendeln to Ruggell (15 kilometers)
    Stage 5: From Ruggell to Schaanwald (19 kilometers)
    You can find all information about the individual stages in this collection:

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    3.95 mi
    1.5 mph
    1,500 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Fantastic views and exciting hiking trails - this six-kilometer hike is fun for all mountain lovers. The highlight of the circular hike is the magnificent view from the Alpspitz, a special highlight is the section on the Fürstensteig. The varied tour starts in Gaflei.The path gradually climbs and brings you further and further up - on the way you will already have the first great views. The 1,943 meter high summit of the Alpspitz is located almost exactly in the middle of Liechtenstein, from the summit cross you have a wonderful view over the foothills of the Rätikon and into the Rhine Valley. You have more than earned a break here to enjoy the magnificent panorama.After a long rest, it will now be exciting, because you will cover the next few kilometers on the Fürstensteig. The famous hiking trail leads you through the northwest face of the Alpspitz. Look forward to a fascinating path that was carved into the rock as early as 1898. On the way you can expect fantastic views of the Rhine Valley - absolute hiking fun!Back in Gaflei you can end the beautiful hike with a stop at Gaflei Stuba.

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  • Difficult
    10.4 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,975 ft
    2,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    All the mountains of the Liechtenstein Alps can be seen from the summit of the Rappenstein. Reason enough to get to know the 2,222 meter high summit with its fantastic all-round view on this almost 17-kilometer hike. The starting point of the circular hike is near Steg, between the Gänglesee and the Steg reservoir.At the beginning you hike a short distance along the water until the path rises. Soon you will branch off into the ridge path on the main ridge of the Liechtenstein Alps. Sometimes in the forest, sometimes accompanied by a magnificent panorama, you hike in a beautiful up and down over the ridge before the actual ascent to the summit begins in the Rappenstein saddle.From the summit cross of the Rappenstein you have a fantastic all-round view: You can see the high mountains of the Glarus Alps as well as the Churfirsten and Säntis in the Appenzell Alps. With good visibility you can even see the blue water of Lake Constance shimmering in the distance. Let the panorama work on you, you deserve it.Then the path leads you downhill through the picturesque Valünatal. You can take a delightful break in Alp Valüna. You then hike back to your starting point along the stream.

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    3.93 mi
    2.1 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This six-kilometer circular hiking trail takes you past the cradle of Liechtenstein, the prehistoric settlement areas of Lutzengütle and Malanser. On the way, the Höhenweg lives up to its name: you can always enjoy wonderful views of the Rhine Valley or of the Rätikon, the Alviergruppe and the Alpstein. The starting point of the hike is in the center of Schellenberg.The Höhenweg, created between 1972 and 1975, runs over the entire ridge of the Eschnerberg on both sides. We are introducing you to one of the four shorter variants of the route. If you fancy a longer tour, you can also choose the entire route with a length of 15 kilometers.Along the high path you will come across information boards that tell you more about the archaeological sites, the history of the five communities in the Unterland, various legends and natural history events. At the end of the varied hike, you can stop off in Schellenberg.

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    7.49 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,800 ft
    2,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This hike has a princely pleasure for you to enjoy. Put on sturdy shoes and have your camera ready - it goes up to promising heights.Starting from the center of Malbun, there is no long talk about the porridge: it starts directly with the ascent towards the 2,359-meter-high Augstenberg. The initial efforts are worthwhile. Once you have reached the top, you have a fantastic panoramic view of the Falknis chain and the Schesaplanastock as well as down to Malbun, Gamperdona and Valüna.And from there it goes downhill - at least most of the time. Over the colorful ridge and a secured mountain path to the Palatinate Hut on the border with Austria. A break is worth it simply because of the view that awaits you here: on the one hand over the principality, on the other hand to Austria.If your energy reserves are not fully exhausted or you are planning to spend the night in the hut, we recommend that you climb the Naafkopf at this point. Otherwise, you hike across the wide pasture ridges of Alp Gritsch to the Tälehöhe and finally get back to Malbun via the Vaduzer Täli.

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    8.43 mi
    2.0 mph
    325 ft
    2,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Wildly romantic nature, fantastic play of colors and sparkling water await you on your journey through the Saminatal. The path through the longest Rätikon valley at the foot of the Three Sisters is an unforgettable experience in summer and autumn.The Liechtensteiners affectionately describe the Samina as the soul of the local Alpine waters. It is dammed up on the hamlet of Steg, where the oldest bridge towers over the river. This is where your hike begins: From the "Steg Tunnel" bus stop, keep along the road, walk over the bridge in front of the tunnel portal and then walk along the Bödastraße alpine path.The alpine path ends at Bödastall and the actual mountain hike begins. You walk west of the Samina to the Austrian border. First across the Sulzboden down to Kaufbödele and then along the left side of the stream to the mouth of the Valorschbach. The impressive border crossing to Vorarlberg takes place directly at the Fallck at the foot of the Three Sisters Massif. In one fell swoop, the path turns into a leisurely forest path in a wildly romantic gorge. Always following the yellow and white marking, he leaves the Samina at some point and takes you up to the high village of Amerlügen in Austria, your current hiking destination.From Amerlügen you can take the bus back to the starting point at Steg. On weekends, bus route 73a (Amerlügen - Frastanz) only runs on prior reservation from the day before. You can find more information here:

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    12.4 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,275 ft
    3,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A summit and a wildly romantic valley. In between a lot of variety and untouched nature. This hiking treasure is challenging but also a master at fulfilling, or even surpassing, your wildest ideas of a beautiful hike.To do this, you start running in Malbun. Under the Friedenskapelle you follow the signs towards Sass-Fürkle, Matta-Fürkle and Guschgfieljoch. Past the idyllic Sass-Seelein, which invites you to take a break, you will sooner or later arrive at the Sass-Fürkle. Then you begin to approach the summit cross with a steeply rising pasture board.The climb to the 2,198 meter high Galina head demands a lot from you. The summit and its panorama suddenly make up for it. Up here you can see countless mountain peaks in a wide area. And you can also enjoy it properly, knowing that from now on it will only go downhill.From the Guschgfiel alpine huts you follow the marked path through a mountain forest down to the Valorschtal. The wild and romantic nature on the shady northern slope of the Schönberg is a worthy conclusion to your hiking adventure today. From the destination of your tour, Steg, you can then drive back to Malbun by bus.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    94.3 mi
  • Duration
    50:01 h
  • Elevation
    16,925 ft

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High mountains and winding valleys – autumnal hiking in Liechtenstein