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Ravensburger Games Trail: Prince’s Route

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  • Restaurant Hohtschuggen
    / Restaurant Hohtschuggen
  • / Restaurant Jägerstuba
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  • / Alpe Äpnet
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  • / Frühstück
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  • / Grächnersee
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  • / Ravensburger Memory
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  • / Ravensburger Familie
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  • / Spielende Kinder
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The Ravensburger Games Trail is great family fun. Eight Games Cabins and seven Activity Stations with board games provide for plenty of varied fun in the hiking area.
Open
easy
Distance 7.8 km
2:35 h
316 m
313 m
1,762 m
1,458 m

The exclusive Ravensburger Games Trail combines hiking with exciting games. Scattered across the hiking area around Grächen are eight Games Cabins and seven Activity Stations. The King’s Route takes you past two of the Games Cabins and four Activity Stations. The Games Cabins are small wooden chalets equipped with a table and board games. A backpack with all the pieces needed to play the games is available from the Tourist Office for a deposit of CHF 50. At each games location there is a small box with a stamp to stamp your Game Passport, which can likewise be obtained from the Tourist Office. Setting off from Grächen, the hike sends you through the Bina neighbourhood. The relatively level route then passes below Bärgji to the Hohtschugge view point, before returning via Bärgji. The path then leads above the village to Alpe Äbnet. Here the summer life of the Alps can be observed from close quarters. Finally the route heads back to Grächnersee Lake and down to the centre of Grächen village.

Highlights of the hike:

  • Varied hike along the Games Trail that takes in Games Houses and Activity Stations.
  • Hohtschugge view point with terrific views of Visper Valley and the surrounding mountains.

Author’s recommendation

Visit one of the numerous children’s parks in Grächen with climbing rocks, slides, a ropes course and many other activities for the whole family.
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,762 m
Lowest point
1,458 m
Best time of year
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Rest stops

Restaurant Hohtschuggen
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.

Tips and hints

The other variants of the Ravensburger Games Trail can be found here:

Themenwege in Grächen

Start

Grächen, village square (1614m) (1,614 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'630'969E 1'116'202N
DD
46.196569, 7.839825
DMS
46°11'47.6"N 7°50'23.4"E
UTM
32T 410483 5116542
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Destination

Grächen, village square (1614m)

Turn-by-turn directions

The Prince’s Route passes from Grächen to the Bina neighbourhood and then below Bärgji up to the Hohtschugge view point, a hike involving some 2.5 hours’ pure walking time. The return trail takes you via Bärgji and Taa to Alpe Äbnet. From there it’s downhill to Grächnersee Lake and then back to the village.

This route visits the Activity Stations “MixMAx”, “Humming Stone”, “Sliding Puzzle” and “SiSu-Mountaineer”. The Prince’s Route trail takes in the Games Cabins “Take it Easy” and “Swiss Journey”.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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

Getting there

Rhone valley: Via Martigny - Visp to Grächen / St. Niklaus

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

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

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

Parking

Parkings in Grächen

The Millegga car park is located at the entrance to the village. Price per day (for covered car park): CHF 15.00

Private car park providers:

Amstutz Trudy Tel. +41 27 956 13 35

 

Jeiziner Leon Tel. +41 27 956 16 31

 

Hotel Alpha Tel. +41 27 956 13 01

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'630'969E 1'116'202N
DD
46.196569, 7.839825
DMS
46°11'47.6"N 7°50'23.4"E
UTM
32T 410483 5116542
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

The tourist office in Grächen has got brochures and information material about hiking in the region.

Author’s map recommendations

SwissTopo Maps 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
7.8 km
Duration
2:35 h
Ascent
316 m
Descent
313 m
Highest point
1,762 m
Lowest point
1,458 m
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