Taminatal – mystical gorge and spring

Visit the oldest spa in Switzerland

The Altes Bad Pfäfers is the oldest baroque spa building in Switzerland. It is situated in a rugged, romantic location in the imposing Tamina gorge and has a thermal spring. The Tamina gorge allows you to experience the immense power of water.

The Tamina gorge allows you to experience the immense power of water: once through the revolving gate, visitors enter a dark, damp gorge. The rocks come together and a tunnel shows the way through the interior of the rocks, past the small thermal spring (36.6°C) to the spring water grotto (4,000 litres/min.) The Tamina gorge is also accessible on foot from the Valens, Pfäfers and Ragol bus stops. The hiking trail leads you over a natural bridge high above the Tamina and down to the Altes Bad Pfäfers, Switzerland’s oldest baroque spa building which is situated in a rugged, romantic location. This was constructed between 1704 and 1718, and underwent renovations between 1983 and 1995.

Attractions and information

  • Altes Bad Pfäfers: Restaurant open daily from end of April to mid-October
  • Gorge and spring: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5.15 p.m. between June and September, daily from 10 a.m. to 4.15 p.m. in May and October; entrance: CHF 5.00 per person, tours of the house and gorge for groups on request. Tel. +41 81 302 71 61, e-mail info@altes-bad-pfaefer
  • Various events for lovers of culture at the Altes Bad Pfäfers; see the Altes Bad Pfäfers website for the yearly programme; also: monastery museum, spa museum and Paracelsus monument
  • Rides in a horse-drawn carriage from Bad Ragaz station along the Badtobel trail to the Tamina gorge: see "Tips and extras" for more information.
  • Hiking trail from Valens or Ragol to the Tamina gorge (PostBus route 452 from Bad Ragaz to Valens, hiking time approx. 30 min.)
  • Hiking trail from Pfäfers via a natural stone bridge (PostBus route 451 from Bad Ragaz to Pfäfers, hiking time approx. 1 hour.)

Prices in CHF

One way Return journey
Children (4-16 yrs) 4.00 6.00
Adults 6.00 11.00
Groups (incl. children) 5.00 8.00

Special rate: Half-fare and GA travel cards, day passes and Ostwind fare network tickets are not valid.

Timetable information

View timetable online

Timetable 80.453 Bad Ragaz–Altes Bad Pfäfers (Schluchtenbus)


For groups of 10 people and more, seat reservations for all journey legs are necessary. Tel. +41 81 302 23 85, E-Mail gessinger.ag@spin.ch

Travel dates/Validity

Route not open all year
Travel-date details/validity: view Timetable information

Contact details

PostBus Ltd
St. Leonhard-Strasse 20
9000 St. Gallen 

+41 58 386 73 44



Bicycle transport

No bicycle transport fixtures available in/on the vehicle

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair access to the postbus guaranteed