At the far end of the Calfeisen Valley, nestled in a pristine mountain setting, you can find the former Walser settlement of St. Martin. It is as if time had stood still here, and you feel like visiting an open-air museum: small wooden houses, a water mill, gravel paths, flower pots, a little church and a restaurant offering fresh bread from the wood-burning oven – this village’s charming and romantic atmosphere alone is worth a visit.
The free Walsers lived here from around 1300 until 1652 – a total of about 100 people. St. Martin’s Walser church features a "Madonna with child” figure and a crucifix, both dating back to the time of Walser immigration. A two-storey Walser house opposite the church bears an inscription reading "1588”, which is still legible today. The former sacristan’s house is now a restaurant, which is very popular among tourists and hikers and also offers lovely furnished double rooms and a dormitory. The church is freely accessible.
From Bad Ragaz, the PostBus journey first takes you through the Tamina and Calfeisen Valleys to the Gigerwald dam (Gigerwald Staudamm, final stop). Passing the Gigerwald reservoir, which depending on the light resembles a Norwegian fjord, it takes about 45 minutes to reach St. Martin, a small Walser settlement of wooden houses and the little St. Martin’s church, which gave the settlement its name.
Enjoy the magnificent scenery, take a stroll through the village, treat yourself at the restaurant and visit the church. Stop at the village shop or relax on the lakeshore. St. Martin is the perfect place to unwind, enjoy life and “just be”.
Take part in a village tour and learn more about all the places to see, including the turbine for power generation (by appointment only).
Minimum number of participants: 10
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Timetable 80.451 Bad Ragaz–Pfäfers–Valens–Vättis(–Gigerwald)
Reservations for individual travelers (1-9 persons) are not accepted. Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more.
Route not open all year
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Bad Ragaz–Pfäfers–Valens–Vättis route, year-round service
Vättis–Gigerwald route, daily from early June to early September
Bicycle transport fixtures available in/on the vehicle.
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