The Grächen circuit tour around the village of the same name is an all-mountain route for families combining easy single trails and sections on wider paths and gravel roads.
This circuit tour for the whole family begins at the heart of the village, initially taking you past the Hannigalp valley station. After a short climb on a gravel road, the tour makes its first descent, flowing down to the idyllic Z’Seew mountain lake, which provides a welcome opportunity to take a break and cool off – particularly on hot summer days. Reinvigorated, you now head up to the Äbnet junction, then take the broad trail to the Bärgji-Alp and Jägerstube restaurants, where bikers can stop for refreshments in pleasant surroundings. The Barrhorn stands out amongst the three-thousand-metre peaks that line up opposite as the highest snow-free summit in Europe that is accessible to hikers. There is a comfortable trail leading from the Grächen Bärgji valley station back to the starting point in Grächen. You can also take the varied and flowing enduro trail from Titter down to Kalpetran. The tour can also connect with the Zermatt-Visp trail (No. 150).
Lake Grächen is an ideal place for both grown-ups and kids to rest, cool off and have fun in the water.
Use marked bike trails and routes only, and observe all signposting. Please close gates after passing through. Please be considerate to walkers and to plants and animals. As a rule, walkers have priority. When planning, take into account participants’ fitness level and ability. All riding is at one’s own risk.
The route is signposted in one direction only: Grächen -> Z’Seew -> Taa -> Bärgji -> Chummulti -> Bina -> Grächen
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You can travel to our region comfortably and sustainably by public transport. Regular rail connections to St. Niklaus from across Switzerland. Continue by PostBus to Grächen* (limited availability: remember to reserve your space for bike transport on PostBuses).
Ideally go to Grächen.
The holiday destination of Grächen/St. Niklaus is partly car-free. Access for private vehicles is only permitted up to the village centre.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
The tourist office in Grächen has got brochures and information material about mountain biking in the region.
Author’s map recommendations
SwissTopo Maps 1:25'000: 1308 St. Niklaus
We recommend: bike in excellent working order, helmet, gloves and bell, clothing suitable for the weather (always carry a waterproof), food and drink.
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