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9) Hannigalp – Alpe Äbnet – Z'Seew– Grächen

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  • Grächnersee
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A short dowhnhill hike from Hannigalp to Grächen
Open
easy
Distance 3 km
1:30 h
0 m
500 m
2,120 m
1,620 m
You need about an hour from the Hannigalp down to Grächen. The trail leads through the forest and in the bottom section over a pasture to the beautiful Alpe Äpnet. Right next to this is the idyllic lake.

Author’s recommendation

In the restaurant at the lake you can enjoy delicious menus, snacks and drinks.
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Author
Kerstin Brigger
Update: May 23, 2022
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
Bergstation Hannigalpbahn, 2,120 m
Lowest point
Grächen, Dorfplatz, 1,620 m
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Rest stops

Grächnersee
Restaurant Zum See

Safety information

Use of the trails and the information on this website is at hikers’ own risk. Local conditions may entail changes to routes. Grächen tourisme accepts no liability for the accuracy and completeness of information on this website.

For all hikes:

  • Bring a map. Download full description of this route including large-scale map by clicking on «Print» icon, top right of this page.
  • Use marked trails only, and observe all signposting – for your own safety, to safeguard grazing animals and to avoid disturbing wildlife.
  • Close gates after passing through.
  • Please be considerate to other trail users, and to the plants and animals.
  • Do not leave any waste in nature.

For mountain hikes:

  • Take extra care protecting yourself from the sun at altitude. UV radiation can be exceptionally strong, even in cloudy weather.
  • Plan hike carefully: take into consideration fitness level of each participant, weather forecast and season.
  • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, without warning. Appropriate clothing is therefore essential, along with adequate supplies of food and water. In uncertain weather, turn back in good time.

For high-altitude hikes:

  • Inform others of the route you plan to take. Whenever possible, avoid going alone.
  • Do not venture onto glaciers without a mountain guide.
  • Take note of the warning signs that point out the constant danger in river beds and along watercourses below dams and reservoirs: water levels may rise rapidly without warning.

Start

Bergstation Hannigalpbahn (2,119 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'633'114E 1'117'284N
DD
46.206198, 7.867682
DMS
46°12'22.3"N 7°52'03.7"E
UTM
32T 412648 5117581
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Destination

Dorfplatz Grächen

Turn-by-turn directions

Der Weg führt durch den Wald und im unteren Teil über eine Wiese zur Alpe Äbnet. Gleich daneben liegt der idyllische See.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

From Visp you take the train to St. Niklaus. There you change to the bus, which gets you to Grächen every half hour. On weekends a direct bus operates from Visp to Grächen. Find full timetable information at www.cff.ch

Getting there

-  Rhône Valley: Via Martigny - Visp to Grächen / St. Niklaus

-  Car transport Lötschberg: Via Kandersteg - Goppenstein - Visp to Grächen / St. Niklaus (bls.ch/e/autoverlad/)

-  Car transport Furka: Via Andermatt - Realp - Oberwald - Brig - Visp to Grächen / St. Niklaus (Car transport Furka)

-  Tessin/Simplon: Via Lugano - Centovalli - Domodossola - Brig - Visp to Grächen / St. Niklaus (Car transport Simplon)

Parking

Parking spaces in Grächen: The car park Millegga is located by the village entrace in Grächen. Price per day (for covered parking space): CHF 15.00

 

Private Parking space provider:

Amstutz Trudy

Tel. +41 (0)27 956 13 35

Jeiziner Leon

Tel. +41 (0)27 956 16 31

Hotel Alpha

Tel. +41 (0)27 956 13 01

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'633'114E 1'117'284N
DD
46.206198, 7.867682
DMS
46°12'22.3"N 7°52'03.7"E
UTM
32T 412648 5117581
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

L'office de tourisme à Grächen met à disposition des brochures pour la randonnée dans la région.

Author’s map recommendations

Cartes nationales SwissTopo 1:25'000: 1308 St. Niklaus

Equipment

We recommend: 

  • good footwear
  • clothing suitable for the weather: always carry a waterproof jacket
  • hat or cap
  • sunscreen
  • bottle for water
  • picnic
  • camera
  • binoculars (optional)
  • hiking poles (optional)
  • printout of this hike (click «Print» icon, to download)

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Status
Open
Difficulty
easy
Distance
3 km
Duration
1:30 h
Descent
500 m
Highest point
2,120 m
Lowest point
1,620 m
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