Eastern Switzerland

Tamina Valley route

An insider tip for anyone who wants to experience wild and romantic nature, Walser settlements and turquoise lakes. The steep trail takes you from Bad Ragaz to Valens or over Pfäfers-Vättis to the Tamina and Calfeisen valleys that hardly anyone knows.

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Calfeisen Valley in the summer

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The road winds high above the rocky Tamina Gorge and past the Mapragg reservoir. Vättis is the starting point for the rugged and romantic Calfeisen Valley and the flora-rich Kunkels Pass, which the Romans crossed.

In this wild and romantic area between turquoise blue reservoirs, mighty mountain backdrops with ringing cowbells and whistling marmots, you can linger for a while, hike and forget the hectic pace of everyday life.

Summer in the Tamina Valley

You’ll experience:

  • Hiking trail from Valens or Ragol to the Tamina Gorge
  • The mystical Tamina Gorge
  • Hiking trail from Pfäfers, over a natural stone bridge
  • Various events for culture lovers in Altes Bad Pfäfers
  • Cable car to the Walser settlement of Vättnerberg at 1,600 m above sea level and offering diverse mountain flora
  • The Walser settlement of St. Martin in the Calfeisen Valley

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The Tamina Valley route runs daily from the beginning of June to the beginning of September as far as Gigerwald, Staudamm.

A reservation is not required.

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Walser village of St. Martin (Canton of St. Gallen)

At the far end of the Calfeisen Valley, nestled in a picturesque landscape, is the former Walser settlement of St. Martin. It’s as if time has stood still, and you feel like you’re in an open-air museum: little wooden houses, a water mill, gravel paths, flowerpots, the chapel and a restaurant with fresh bread from the wood-fired oven – the charm and romantic atmosphere of the little village alone make the visit worthwhile.

From Bad Ragaz, the PostBus journey first passes through the Tamina Valley and Calfeisen Valley until it reaches the Gigerwaldsee reservoir (final stop). Passing the large Gigerwaldsee reservoir, which is reminiscent of a Norwegian fjord depending on the light, you reach the small Walser settlement in just over 45 minutes.

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Special rate for gorge bus ticket

Half Fare and GA Travelcards, 1-day travelpasses and Ostwind fare network tickets are not recognized!

Tickets are only available locally. Please purchase these using TWINT in the vehicle or at one of the following stops (see QR code):

  • Bad Ragaz, Bahnhof
  • Bad Ragaz, Post
  • Bad Ragaz, Tobelbrücke
  • Schwattenfall
  • Altes Bad Pfäfers

Tickets for the gorge bus are also available from the driver.

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