Grand panoramic views of Alpine nature
The 5-Lakes-Hike in Pizol is considered one of Switzerland’s most beautiful panoramic hikes. Leading past crystal-clear mountain lakes and the Pizol Glacier, this scenic hike takes you on a journey through a matchless Alpine landscape. The pleasure-packed hike commences at the Wangersee lake by the Pizolhütte mountain station at 2,227-meter altitude and takes between 4 and 5 hours.
From Bahnhof Bad Ragaz the local bus conveniently takes you to the valley station of the Pizolbahn rail. From there, the ride continues by gondola and chairlift up to Laufböden. The panoramic highland trail (Panorama Höhenweg) leads to the Pizolhütte mountain station at 2,227-meter altitude; from where the 5-Lakes-Hike commences.
The approximately 1 hour ascent to the Wildseelücke takes you to a spot where you have some great panoramic views over Eastern Switzerland, Graubünden and the Austrian Alps - and later behind the Wildseelücke (2,493 m above sea level), the Wildsee lake appears. Fascinating here is the view of the Pizol glacier, which lies at the foot of the Pizol summit and Graue Hörner.
A short descent to the Schottensee lake then follows, before the path once again presents a gentle climb. By the Schwarzplangg crossing views then extend back over the Pizol glacier, to the Ringelspitz, Piz Sardona, Clariden and Glärnisch. The descent that follows leads to the Schwarzsee lake (2,368 m above sea level), where ibex, chamois and sometimes even eagles can be observed. Continuing on the downhill path, you pass the fabled Steinmannlis as you make your way via the eastern flank of the Gamidaur to the fifth and final lake; namely the Baschalvasee (2,174 m above sea level). The descent to the Gaffia station then follows from here. By chairlift and gondola rail you’re able to make your way directly to Mels - or you enjoy a mountain ride back to the Pizollhütte and then via Laufböden/Pardiel back to the starting point, Bad Ragaz. Cosy mountain inns spotted at the beginning and end of this route invite you to linger too!
Besides other theme and hiking trails, the Heidi trail, suitable for both wheelchairs and prams, and diverse biking and climbing routes invite you to sporting activity on the Pizol. Not forgetting the mountain in the St. Gallen Oberland, which is a popular take-off point for paragliding.
Combining the 5-Lakes-Hike or a leisurely stroll along the Heidi trail with a visit to Tamina thermal baths in Bad Ragaz to round up the day
is a refreshing idea too. On enquiring at the cash desk of the valley station you’ll see that there are some very attractive all-inclusive offers as well!
The 5 Wangersee, Wildsee, Schottensee, Schwarzsee and Baschalvasee lakes, which you get to see on this scenic hike, also present the habitat of diverse species of fish (Namaycush, trout and lake trout) - and fishing licences are available at the valley station in both Bad Ragaz and Wangs. Additional information
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The local bus of Bad Ragaz (route 456 Bad Ragaz, train station – Bad Ragaz, Pizolbahn) operates during the summer and winter seasons.
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Route 456 (Bad Ragaz local bus): No available bicycle fixtures inside/on the vehicle. Route 452: Bicycle fixtures available inside/on the vehicle. Reservations are greatly appreciated - and for groups of five people or more a must! (View contact).
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St. Leonhard-Strasse 20
9001 St. Gallen
Telephone+41 58 386 73 44
Pizol, the 2,844 meter high massif in Sarganserland is a popular skiing and hiking region. Summer sees numerous theme and hiking trails lure visitors - as well as biking and climbing routes that invite you to active outdoor pleasures surrounded by nature. And of course the winter months attract snow-sport fans to around 43 kilometers of great pistes for even more active adventure. But those who prefer a more leisurely pace get their fill as well - with beautiful winter hikes along best-prepared paths. And the Bad Ragaz bathing resort is just a stone’s throw away to top leisurely pleasure or a more relaxing activity following a sportive day.
7310 Bad Ragaz
Telephone+41 81 300 48 20
Telephone+41 81 400 48 30
"To be here is wonderful" - The baths of Altes Bad Pfäfers moved even the poet Rainer Maria Rilke to those words. It is a nature, culture and leisure oasis that attracts visitors from all over the region and beyond.
Altes Bad Päfers
Telephone+41 81 302 71 61
Explore this sunny wine-growing region, the sleepy forest and Rheinau paths or the Badtobel trail to the Tamina gorge with a leisurely ride in a horse-drawn carriage together with your family, friends or acquaintances. Daily service during the summer weeks between Bad Ragaz railway station and Altes Bad Pfäfers.
Nadja und Peter Bantli
Telephone+41 81 302 31 75
Get away from your hectic everyday life and enjoy the pleasures of the warm thermal waters in Valens, the sunny terrace of the Tamina valley. The small, bright thermal spa receives its water from the Tamina gorge some 215 m below. Relax in the jacuzzis, the sauna, steam bath, or solarium.
Telephone+41 81 303 11 11