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Parsenn funicular railway

Parsenn funicular railway

Toboggan run on the Schatzalp

Toboggan run on the Schatzalp

Valais houses in Glaris

Valais houses in Glaris

Tour description

High-level hike with views over the magnificent Alpine panorama and down into the Davos countryside. Varied alpine flora. The hiking route starts at the Höhenweg station, which can be conveniently reached by the Parsenn mountain railway. The route then leads along a narrow path, becoming wider as it heads downhill towards the Büschalp, and then climbs gently to the Schatzalp where you can admire 1,300 species of plants from around the world in the Schatzalp Alpinum. The route continues uphill to the right, after a few bends reaching the Podestatenalp and then heads on past a few smaller hills and Walser farm holdings before heading downhill towards Glaris.

Descent in metres: 1115

Points of interest:
Höhenweg station
The first section of the Parsenn mountain railway from Davos village up to the Höhenweg station was opened in 1931. The construction of this funicular railway also led to the Panorama Trail being extended from the Strela Pass to the Parsennhütte mountain lodge. The 1st section was upgraded in 2002 and since then it has been possible to reach the Höhenweg station in only 4 minutes on the «Alpine TGV».

The Büschalp is named after its former owner, a member of the Büsch family. The name means «small scrubby pine trees».

The car-free Schatzalp lies on a sun-kissed terrace, 300 metres high above Davos. Definitely make a point of visiting the Art Nouveau styled Schatzalp Hotel. The former Sanatorium has been run as a hotel for over 50 years. The best-selling author, Thomas Mann, was inspired to write his novel «The Magic Mountain», published in 1924, while staying here.
Be sure to make a short detour to visit the Schatzalp Alpinum to admire over 1,300 different species of plant grown there
The summer toboggan run is fun for the whole family.

The alp lies to the west of the Schatzalp and once belonged to a «podesta», a provincial governor, rather akin to today's Chairman of the Municipal Council. Today the alp belongs to the municipality of Klosters.

Expansive alpine and meadow area with beautiful fields of rhododendrons and azaleas.

Grüeni Alp
The Grüeni Alp is usually one of the first to become snow-free in the spring and becomes greener earlier. Hence its name.

The Stafelalp (1894 m.a.s.l.) lies above Frauenkirch and is where E.L. Kirchner spent the summer months of 1917 and 1918 in residence. Thereafter Kirchner lived at «In den Lärchen» and in «Wildboden» (Kirchner House).

There is still an Alpine herdsman's and dairyman's hut dating back to the 19th century visible on the Chummeralp at a time when butter and cheese was still produced high up on the Alps. Savour the magnificent view from this sun-kissed alp.

Bärentaler Alp
The Bärental Valley is one of the larger tributary valleys that branches off the man Davos Valley in a westerly direction. The dense coverage of dwarf mountain pines in this valley provided good shelter for bears.

Glaris is a typical Walser village in which the farmhouses are spaced far apart from each other. The slopes of the Rinerhorn provide a magnificent hiking area. The Church of St. Nikolaus was built in 1350 shortly after the Walser people settled in the area. Return to Davos on public transport (bus).

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Places along the route: Höhenweg station - Büschalp - Schatzalp - Podestatenalp - Lochalp - Grüeni Alp - Erbalp - Stafelalp - Chummeralp - Bärentaler Alp - Glaris


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Tour history (B00176)

First published: Mittwoch, 18. Mai 2005

Last updated: Montag, 2. März 2015

Tour published by: Presented by www.davos.ch

Tour characteristics

Distance: 19.1 km | Time requirement: 7 h
Ascent: 340 m | Descent: 340 m
Highest point: 2017 m.a.s.l.

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See also

Destination Davos Klosters
Destination Davos Klosters
Davos Destination Organisation (Cooperative)
Talstrasse 41
CH-7270 Davos Platz
Tel: +41(0)81 415 21 21
E-Mail: info@davos.ch
Internet: www.davos.ch

Walser houses in Glaris
Toboggan run on the Schatzalp
Parsenn funicular railway