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    Panorama Tour high above Braunwald

    Grotzenbüel - Chnügrat - Gumen - Ortstockhaus - Grotzenbüel or Braunwald

    Panorama Tour high above Braunwald

    Grotzenbüel - Chnügrat - Gumen - Ortstockhaus - Grotzenbüel or Braunwald

    This Panorama Round Tour high above the motor-vehicle-free village of Braunwald definitely delivers what it promises!

    The tour starts at the top station of the Grotzenbüel cable car line (it’s a 10-minute walk from the funicular to the base station) and requires steady uphill walking through forested terrain for the first 45 minutes, but when you reach the most northern point of the Chnügrat ridge (i.e. before doubling back onto the next ridge) the stunning views northward up the Linthal Valley and onto Oberblegi Lake make all the hard work worth it! The viewpoint is not obvious, so look for a spot where you can move off the trail a bit.

    After doubling back, the walk up along the next ridge (Seblengrat) offers spectacular views both left and right into two valleys with particularly stunning rock formations to the West. The next hour of walking is on a fairly level narrow mountain path which takes you through a tunnel (look for artwork), past the Gumen Restaurant and along the flank of the mountain, always with Mount Ortstock in your sights up ahead.

    Once in the shadow of Mount Ortstock, the trail descends back to Grotzenbüel Station via the Ortstockhaus and a lovely moor pond just below it, just inviting you for an afternoon nap in the sun.

    For those who don’t like to walk downhill, you can ride the gondola lift down again (that makes a total walking time of 3 hours), or head down the trail to Braunwald just before coming to the station. This adds 45 minutes of walking time and another 300m descent, but saves on the cost of a cable car ride!


    Published on 01.12.2015 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 07.11.2015
    Published on 01.12.2015 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 07.11.2015

    Route Details

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    Eastern Switzerland and Liechtenstein
    Time Required
    3 hours 45 minutes
    11 km
    463 m
    771 m
    Season Start / Season End
    June - October
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Points of Interest
    Super panorama views for most of this tour. There is some cool artwork in the tunnel just before Gumen.
    Starting Point
    Cable Car Station Grotzenbüel
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Braunwald Funicular
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Braunwald, Gumen, Ortstockhaus
    Things to Note
    The Grotzenbüel Cable Car station is about 10 minutes' walk from the Braunwald Funicular. Paths are well marked.
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    Route Description

    00:00: From Grotzenbühl Station follow the marked route in the direction of Chnügrat (Panoramaweg).

    01:00: From the Chnügrat viewpoint, the trail switches back and heads toward Gumen (Chair Lift).

    01:30: At the Restaurant Gumen walk in the direction of Ortstockhaus..

    02:20: At Ortstockhaus follow the trail markers to Grotzenbüel.

    03:00: From Grotzenbüel take the cable car back to Braunwald.

    Alternatively: If you like to walk downhill and want to save on the cost of the cable car, follow the trail marker to Braunwald about 5 minutes before getting to the cable car station. It is another 45 minutes to walk all the way back down.





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