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From Stels to St.Antönien via the High Moors

Stels-Mottis - Stelsersee - St.Antönien

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From Stels to St.Antönien via the High Moors

Stels-Mottis - Stelsersee - St.Antönien

Published/updated on 12.07.2016 by GabrielleMerk | 12379 points
 | Tour Date: 09.07.2016 | Favourite Entries (1)

The hills in the Prättigau region of Switzerland (near the border to Austria) are full of soft moor (peat bog) landscapes including a very pretty lake called the Stelsersee (left-over from glacial retreat) which apparently is the highest altitude waterlily lake in Europe.

Trails through the peat bogs are nicely prepared with boards for crossing, to make walking easier and to protect the landscape. Nevertheless, the ground can be wet and marshy in many places, especially after long periods of rain.

There are a couple of steep uphill sections but rewarding because there are lots of wonderful views of all the surrounding Alps, especially to the craggy mountains forming the border to Austria on the East side.

From the starting point at the Gasthaus Mottis on the Stelserberg (where the food is very good and reasonably priced) you can take the cleaner and more direct route via a paved road to the little Lake, or a more varied trail through lush vegetation along the East side off the hill. (After so much rain this spring, it was very muddy and difficult to walk, and therefore recommended only after longer dry periods). Near the lake is another restaurant with great views of the Schesaplana peaks, but a popular one on Sundays.

This tour can also be done in the other direction. The bus ride to or from Stels-Mottis is an interesting one as the small Post Bus navigates many hair-pin turns on a single-lane road.

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Published/updated on 12.07.2016 by GabrielleMerk | 12379 points
 | Tour Date: 09.07.2016 | Favourite Entries (1)

Route Infos

Region
Graubünden
Time Required
3 hours 45 minutes
Distance
10 km
Ascent
424 m
Descent
485 m
Max. Altitude
1850 m
Min. Altitude
1415 m
Season Start / Season End
May - October
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Panorama
Experience
Points of Interest
High Moor Lake (Stelsersee), Peat Bog landscapes, Schesaplana Peaks on Austrian border.
Starting Point
Berggasthaus Mottis
Starting Point with Public Transport
Destination
St.Antönien
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Stels (Mottis), Stelsersee, St. Antönien
Hotels, Restaurants and Tourist Information
Ground can be pretty wet especially after long periods of rain, so expect dirty shoes.

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