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Hiking holidays Via Alpina Eastern Switzerland

Hiking: Via Alpina

Ländle, Rheintal, Glarnerland

Oh, how beautiful Eastern Switzerland is. Vaduz Castle at your back, the Rhine Valley at your feet and one of the most beautiful long-distance hiking trails of Switzerland in front of you. The perfect start for a hike along the Via Alpina.

Once you have crossed the Sarganserland, the vineyards give way to high peaks. You cross the Foopass and the Richetlipass and finally reach the Glarnerland. After a challenging hike past the Hausstock, the first section of the Via Alpina ends in the dreamy little village of Linthal.  

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Itinerary

Start in Vaduz, capital of Liechtenstein. The River Rhine and the border to Switzerland is crossed at Sevelen. The trail then leads along the foot of the mountain Gonzen through woodlands and meadows, with views over the Rhine Valley.

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 18 km
505 m
480 m

The wide, steep and remote Weisstannental valley awaits with lovely hamlets such as Vermol and the wonderful Champersee lake. You climb high-level trails on the west flank of the valley towards the stage destination Weisstannen.

approx. 4 h
approx. 13 km
790 m
270 m

Milk from neighbouring alps is piped to Alp Siez. On Alpine pastures are followed by a narrow ridge of black slate. The terraced alp huts on the other side of the Foopass are an architectural rarity. 

approx. 7.5 h
approx. 22 km
1'385 m
1'400 m

Elm lies in the GeoPark Sardona (UNESCO World-Heritage) where the Glarner main thrust fault clearly reveals the creation of the Alps. Surrounded by rock bastions, the silted-up Wichlensee lake, resembles an amphitheatre. After the steep Richetlipass, the lonely Durnachtal awaits.  

approx. 7.5 h
approx. 20 km
1'080 m
1'915 m

Tour character

Cozy start, demanding finish. The Via Alpina slowly picks up speed. While at the beginning you are still travelling on easy forest paths, you hike in the Glarnerland on alpine paths. The stages between Weisstannen and Linthal in particular require good basic physical condition and sure-footedness.  

The Via Alpina at SwitzerlandMobility

Prices & Dates

All data for 2022 at a glance
Place of arrival: Buchs
  Season 1
10.09.2022 - 25.09.2022

every day
Season 2
02.07.2022 - 09.09.2022

every day
Via Alpina Ostschweiz | TO, CH-OSWVL-06X
Base price
675.-
709.-
Surcharge Single Room 195.- 195.-

Category: simple middle class hotels & mountain guesthouses

Season 1
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022
every day
Season 2
Jul 2, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022
every day
Via Alpina Ostschweiz | TO, CH-OSWVL-06X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
675.-
195.-
709.-
195.-

Category: simple middle class hotels & mountain guesthouses

Season 1
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022
Season 2
Jul 2, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022
Buchs
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Linthal
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
89.-
124.-
65.-
95.-
89.-
124.-
65.-
95.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Buchs
  Season 1
Sep 10, 2022 - Sep 25, 2022

every day
Season 2
Jul 2, 2022 - Sep 9, 2022

every day
Buchs
Extra night double room (BB) 89.- 89.-
Extra night single room (BB) 124.- 124.-
Linthal
Extra night double room (BB) 65.- 65.-
Extra night single room (BB) 95.- 95.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • 5 overnight stays incl. breakfast
  • Daily lugagge transport
  • Cable car Elm – Aempächli
  • Carefilly elaborated route
  • Detailed tour documentation (1 x per room)
  • GPS-Data available
  • Service-Hotline

Note:

  • Bus ride to Vaduz not included in the price. Approx. CHF 6.-.
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection) 
Information

Arrival/Parking/Departure:

  • Parking slots in Buchs SG. CHF 4.- per day. No reservation possible. Payable at destination.
  • Return Journey by train via Ziegelbrücke to Buchs. Duration: approx. 2 to 2.5 h.
Travel Documents

Travel documents "digital” 

In future we will reduce the amount of printed documents. You will receive instructions to help you find your way around using the SwitzerlandMobility app.  We will provide you with further information online. In advance you will receive a small package of documents with the following contents: 

  • Description of how to use the necessary apps 
  • Detailed programme for the individual stages 
  • Annual subscription to SwitzerlandMobility Plus 
  • Luggage tags 
  • Any vouchers

On the way, you can easily find your way with the SwitzerlandMobility app and other freely accessible aids. Background information and all other documents are delivered electronically and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance. 

Let us know if you don't want to do without maps. We will send them to you free of charge.

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