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Round Tour on the Palfries High Plateau near Sargans

Palfries - Malun - Schwamm - Alp Castilu - Stralrüfi - Palfris

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Round Tour on the Palfries High Plateau near Sargans

Palfries - Malun - Schwamm - Alp Castilu - Stralrüfi - Palfris

Published/updated on 13.05.2019 by GabrielleMerk | 20974 points
 | Date of Tour: 30.05.2018 | Favourite Entries (1) 

This relatively easy hike on the Palfries High Plateau above the Seez Valley offers lots of sunshine and wonderful views across the Glarnisch and Bündner Alps as well as over Lake Walensee and the Churfirsten mountains.

Until recently this high plateau was only accessible by vehicle (with road toll) or after a 90-minute hike, but in May 2016 the "Palfries Cableway Association" opened a previously only-for-military-use cableway to the public, a 3-km ride which accesses the plateau from the Seez Valley 1200 m below.

The trail takes you along the base of the jagged Alvier range with stunning rock formations to the East, and all the views to the West. In particular, there is a very nice view over Lake Walensee and the Churfirsten mountains at the Alp Castilu. Additionally you pass through the Sennis-Malun Nature Reserve with its moor landscape. There are two restaurants along the route where you can rest a while.

NOTE: This is a popular excursion on weekends, and with the limited space in the cable-car, it is recommended to go up on a weekday, and also to reserve your spot on the cable car ahead of time online.

Published/updated on 13.05.2019 by GabrielleMerk (20974 points) | Date of Tour: 30.05.2018

Route Infos

Region
Eastern Switzerland and Liechtenstein
Time Required
4 hours
Distance
14 km
Ascent
578 m
Descent
578 m
Max. Altitude
1450 m
Min. Altitude
1800 m
Season Start / Season End
June - October
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Panorama
Experience
Points of Interest
Superb views // Originally only-for-military-use cable car converted into a public one in May 2016
Starting Point
Summit Station of the Palfries Cable Car
Starting Point with Public Transport
Destination
Summit Station of the Palfries Cable Car
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Two restaurants along the trail
Things to Note
About half the walk is on mountain roads, the other on alpine trails, so good shoes are required // Restaurants and cable car in operation June to October. The cable car is small (8 people) and an online reservation for both the ascent and descent is recommended (http://www.seilbahn-palfries.ch/index.php/reservation). Reservations expire if you are not there 5 minutes before departure. // The plateau can be accessed by vehicle from the Austrian side but a toll must be paid. // There are a couple of options to shorten the tour

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