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Philosophers' Trail

· 6 reviews · Hiking trail · Liechtenstein
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  • Aussicht auf Gnalp
    / Aussicht auf Gnalp
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  • / Blick von Masescha auf Triesenberg und das Rheintal
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  • / Silum
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  • / Gnalp
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  • / Kapelle Masescha
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  • / Wegweiser Philosophenweg
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  • / Berggasthaus Masescha
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  • / Das urige Berggasthaus Masescha
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This hike on the Philosophers' Trail leads along natural paths through the rich landscape traditionally home to the Walser people and their culture. The hike starts at Gnalp (1201 metres) high above the Walser village of Triesenberg. 
easy
Distance 12.3 km
4:30 h
666 m
666 m
The path first leads past Gnalp in a northerly direction along the Philosophers' Trail to the small Walser settlement of Masescha (1234 metres). It is worth stopping at the Berggasthaus Masescha and enjoying the apple pie on the sunny terrace. After this rest, the route continues to the settlement of Vorder-Profatscheng with its many houses and farmsteads dotted across the mountain before heading gently downhill to Hinter-Profatscheng. The view of the Rhine valley and the beautiful dark brown Walser houses make this trail a special experience.

 

From Hinter-Profatscheng, the trail is well signposted and leads 350 vertical metres uphill through sparse mountain woodland to Gaflei (1483 metres). The ascent is well worthwhile, because the view from Gaflei into the Rhine valley is spectacular. After the steep ascent to Gaflei, the route becomes easier and heads via Silum back to the starting point in Rizlina.

 

Alternative route:

From Masescha via the quiet road to Silum.

Author’s recommendation

It is worth stopping at the Berggasthaus Masescha and enjoying the apple pie on the sunny terrace.
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Martin Knöpfel
Update: May 18, 2021
Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
1,597 m
Lowest point
1,119 m
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Rest Stop

Berggasthaus Masescha
Gaflei Stuba
Hotel Restaurant Kulm
Café Conditorei Guflina
Hotel Kulm - Restaurant
Restaurant Edelweiss
Restaurant Kainer
Matu

Start

Rizlina (1,170 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'760'456E 1'220'948N
DD
47.120065, 9.553314
DMS
47°07'12.2"N 9°33'11.9"E
UTM
32T 541971 5218655
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Destination

Rizlina

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'760'456E 1'220'948N
DD
47.120065, 9.553314
DMS
47°07'12.2"N 9°33'11.9"E
UTM
32T 541971 5218655
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Wanderkarte 1:25'000: Fürstentum Liechtenstein

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Tom Z.
June 03, 2021 · Community
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Gabriele Hellenbroich
November 19, 2020 · Community
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When did you do this route? November 15, 2020
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
12.3 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
666 m
Descent
666 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly

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