Hiking in Flims
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Gruezi Schwiitz! I couldn’t wait to hear the Swiss dialect again and to boast about my knowledge of the one or other expression. Unfortunately, I forgot my dictionary Schwiitzerdütsch – German. Swiss people are incredibly welcoming and friendly. Moreover, they’re punctual and accurate (ok, sometimes a little bit too accurate when it comes to speeding fines). However, I love good planning! For this reason, I was very excited about the invitation to a mountain weekend in Flims some months ago. Now way would I miss that fun. My anticipation was even higher, because we would be the same blogger group as in the winter-trip to Laax / Flims.
Hiking pants✓ mountain boots✓ thermo-shirt✓ fleece-jacket✓ touring backpack✓
I was so ready for departure! Although I haven’t been hiking in the mountains a lot in recent years, I was equipped quite good. For a long weekend, I always travel with hand luggage, but with the whole mountain equipment this wasn’t possible. All the better, because I could use my Tatonka 50 + 10 Trekking backpack again. After a long train trip, I arrived at the Rocksresort in Laax, where we spent the first two nights. I already knew the resort from the winter and I am still in love with the architecture.
The emeralds of Flims: CRESTASEE AND CAUMASEE
Flims is a beautiful spot in the canton of Graubünden. If you remember these pictures, we were so snowed up in the beautiful winter wonderland. At the time, we couldn’t picture the beauty lying below: lake Cresta and lake Cauma. In summertime, they’re beautifully emerald green and turquoise blue. I highly recommend relaxing at the lakes!
- Tip: lake Cresta is a small secret tip and less visited than lake Cauma. I highly recommend to borrow an e-bike and cycle all the way there. There are also some fireplaces, which you can publicly use for a barbecue. On both lakes you can try out stand-up paddling!
- By the way, the island of lake Cauma is heart-shaped from above ❥
My first via ferrata: THE OLDEST OF SWITZERLAND, PINUTH
4:10 departure, 4:30 start of the ascent. Sounded quite hard but it wasn’t so bad after all. After a 20 minute hike, we put on the climbing equipment and off we went. The Pinuth is the oldest via ferrata in Switzerland and leads up to the Flimserstein plateau via stairs, ladders and footbridges. In addition, the historical via ferrata leads over three steep rock steps. The via ferrata has a low technical difficulty level, thus, it was great for us beginners (ok not all were beginners).
Around 7 am, we reached the plateau and enjoyed a beautiful panorama. We definitely earned our breakfast and relaxed on the alpine hut on the top.
Afterwards, you can descend via an old Roman road Scala Mola. The rest of the day, we relaxed at lake Cauma, where we all took a little nap. Given the fact that we’d woken up so early, we went to bed right away.
Hiking in Flims: 2 day tour up to SEGNES-PASS
On Saturday, it went on sportily. The backpacks were packed with everything we needed to stay up in the alpine hut. The start was the Flimser Bergbahnen. We drove up with the chairlift and started our hike from Naraus via a panoramic path to the Segnes hut.
Lunch break at SEGNESHÜTTE
The Segnes hut is one of the oldest huts in the region. It offers a beautiful panorama onto the Flimserstein and the Glarner overthrust. A small refreshment at the Segnes hut with typical Pizokel (spinach-buckwheat noodles) and Rösti (fried grated potatoes) with fried eggs was so needed. I had never had such a hearty Rösti before! Delicious!
on 2697 metres THE MOUNTAIN LODGE
14.50 km and 2,697 metres later, we arrived on the pass. The Mountain Lodge is located on the Segnes Pass at 2,697 meters. It is located in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tetonikarena Sardona. In addition, the Segnes Pass forms the border between the canton of Graubünden and Glarus. The cabin was a military bunker and was then renovated and refurbished. This summer, the Mountain Lodge is hosted by a very friendly Innsbruck cook. The inn keeper always comes up on weekends. We had a very fun evening in the hut.
A night with breakfast costs 55 SFR and with half board 75 SFR
After being surprised by a hailstorm, it fortunately cleared up around 9pm and we were stunned by this beautiful evening atmosphere. The bedrest started at 11pm and our alarm was already set for 6:30 for breakfast and the subsequent descent.
As much as I love hiking up, climbing down is definitely the worst! It’s simply not the best for my knees. This time, I brought hiking sticks with me, which was way better. I’ve been resisting hiking sticks for a long time. Never again without!
Water trail ‚TRUTG DIL FLEM’
On the last day, we descended to the Segnes Hut. We took the water trail “Trutg dil Flem” from there. The water climb is particularly suitable for families with children.
Culinary reward at GRANDIS USTRIA STARTGELS
All this sports activity must be rewarded! We spoiled ourselves at the last meal. The Grandis Ustria Startgels is a beautiful mountain restaurant with a rustic interior and a nice sun terrace. You can find the finest specialties from Switzerland on the meal, like Pizokel (spinach-buckwheat noodles), Capuns (chard wraps) or Maluns (sort of potato gnocchi). I warmly recommend the saddle of venison.
- … by car: It’s an easy ride of 3-3.5 hours from Munich to Flims. From Bolzano (South Tyrol) you need app. 4 hours.
- … by train: I took the train from Bolzano this time. The journey was a little bit longer, but I really enjoyed it not having to drive on my own. From Bolzano via Innsbruck to Chur, from there by bus to Flims.
- … by airplane: It’s best to fly to Zurich and then take the train from the airport to Churd. From there take the bus to Flims.
Oh, it was just wonderful to spend a weekend in Flims again! It’s just so good to relax in the mountains. A new hiking tip for South Tyrol will follow soon, so stay tuned!
Fotos: © Vicky Klieber / Today Is / Electru