Themed paths

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Nature trails and themed paths in Davos

  • Landscape path Davos: 14 display boards present the Davos landscape in all its diversity. Brochures available from the tourist information office.

  • Cultural history trail: The cultural history trail consists of 35 display boards on various buildings within the Davos landscape. More on the website of GPS City Tour

  • Thomas Mann Way: In 1912 Thomas Mann arrived in Davos. For three weeks he followed his sick wife to the spa town and experienced sanatorium life here, which inspired him to write the novel "The Magic Mountain". The Thomas Mann Way runs from the Waldhotel up onto the Schatzalp. Along the path, two information boards explain the significance of the Waldhotel and the Schatzalp. Furthermore, walkers will also find three quotes from the novel "The Magic Mountain" along the way. See below for more information.

  • Sculpture path in Davos Frauenkirch: Recently, the roughly one-hour long walk from Davos Frauenkirch up to the Stafelalp has been worth the effort not only due to the breathtaking view, but also due to the newly installed sculptures which were each created at the sculptors' symposium. See below for more information.

  • Stoney nature trail Davos Zügenschlucht: From the Grisons mountain museum, Schmelzboden (prospectus with more detailed information from the mining museum). Information: Tel. +41 81 413 76 03 or +41 79 236 88 25.

  • Mobility path Zügenschlucht Davos: The mobility path is not a nature trail in the traditional sense, i.e. there are very few information boards to be found. Instead walkers come across telephone numbers from time to time, which they can call on their mobile phones in order to obtain interesting information on mobility, which is generally directly related to their specific location. Brochures available from the tourist information office.

  • "Snow and avalanche" excursions in the Davos area: It is possible to take exciting excursions around Davos in order to discover exciting facts within the fields of snow and avalanches on location. The SLF (institute for snow and avalanche research) has put together some themed paths for your. More info www.slf.ch/exkursionen

  • Wiesen sculpture path: Amateurs and individual artists have carved free wooden sculptures on the subject of "mythical creatures, mountain and forest spirits". The path runs from the Brüggatobel up to the upper Steig.

  • GWunderwald: The 13km long nature trail on the heathland in Davos is a place to which you bring your head, hand and heart. The trail must pique the interest of children and adults of all ages and inspire visitors to keep returning to GWunderwald and to Davos. See below for more information.

  • Walserweg - Dr Wäg zun dä Walser: The Walserweg Graubünden trails belong to the route network of Switzerland’s heritage trails and are consistently marked number 35. They open up impressive historical trails in the most beautiful regions of Switzerland and connect attractive natural and cultural landscapes with regional history and specialties. Walserweg Prospectus 2017

Themed walks in Klosters

  • Experience path: The experience path is aimed at all nature-lovers and enthusiasts who wish to enjoy a walk through the fabulous mountain and alpine world, whilst also finding out about and experiencing more of the natural processes and the use of various landscape elements.

  • Energy trace path on Madrisa: Eight signposts inform walkers of the effects of the earth's energies. The path invites those who pass to become "more sensitive". Sensing and classifying energy. Return to a closer relationship with Mother Earth again, and find a more powerful place for oneself.

  • Gadäwäg Klosters: The typical little mountain barns are spread all over the alpine meadows in Davos Klosters. They symbolise the landscape-shaping role of mountain farmers. In Klosters, these barns are called „Gadda“. Five of them, which are located along the hiking trail from Monbiel to Russna have been transferred into places for lingering and meeting. In the "Mountain Barn", visitors are treated with Klosters agricultural soundscapes, in the „Land Barn“ one learns of the different species of animals living on the Alp and the centre of attention in the „Chicken Barn“ are mountain herbs. In the „Rüti Barn“, farmer and ski teacher Thomy Kasper together with seven friends talk of the symbiosis of agriculture and tourism. The „Culture Barn“ offers local artists and craftspeople an exciting platform. 
  • Glacier nature trail Silvretta: Information boards along a round route (ca. 1 1/2 hrs) provide walkers with interesting information and valuable knowledge on themes and glaciology, the living environment at the foot of the glacier, changes in the landscape and climate change. The Silvretta hut is the starting point for the round walk. Guided round walks on inquiry. Generally walkable from the end of June to the end of October. www.silvrettahuette.ch

  • High-alpine herb garden on Madrisa: The alpine medicinal herb garden is located 500 meters away from the mountain station Madrisabahn towards Mässplatte after the alpine dairy. On 19 colored plates about plants, hikers get different information about the medicinal plants and its field of application.

  • Dwarf path: The dwarf path leads from Brachweg up on to the Mälcheti. It is an enchanting path, simply created by nature. It invites us to linger in the woods, to listen, to play, to be overawed and in doing so to stimulate our fantasies. The stories that we follow are presented to us by the dwarf "Purzel", the main figure who accompanies us along the path. www.zwergenweg-klosters.ch

Thomas Mann path

A path has been created in commemoration of and in the name of the significant writer Thomas Mann. This path connects the centre points of his novel "The Magic Mountain". With the novel, Davos has secured its place in world literature. The work contributed to the high level of fame enjoyed by Davos as a spa and holiday destination.

Even today, the "Magic Mountain" draws numerous culture enthusiasts to Davos, on the hunt for the main centre points of the novel of the same name by Thomas Mann. They can now be inspired by the Thomas-Mann-Way, which runs from the Waldhotel Davos (former woodland sanatorium) at 1620 m above sea level to the Schatzalp, 1880 m above sea level. Along the 2.6 km path are ten signs, which act as "literary stations" and provide information on the connections between Davos and the works of Thomas Mann. High points of the path include the "favourite place of Hans Castorp", the hero of the novel, whilst the way ends at Thomas-Mann-Platz on the Schatzalp, which has been established behind the botanical garden Alpinum Schatzalp.
 
Thomas Mann (1875–1955) came to Davos from the 12th May to the 15th June 1912, in order to visit his wife Katia, who was being treated at the woodland sanatorium. During this time he took many walks around the area above the woodland sanitorium, an area through which the Thomas-Mann-Way runs. Thomas Mann described his impressions of Davos in the novel "The Magic Mountain", which was published in 1924.

Download a map of the Thomas-Mann-Way

Sculpture path

Visitors are amazed by the sculptures along the idyllic footpath from Davos Frauenkirch to the Stafelalp, which were created on the occasion of the 5th international sculptor's symposium. There are 12 objects to discover - from figures formed from wood right to charming abstract installations from stone.

Along the path information boards enable the observer to gain an insight into the thought processes of the respective artists. In this way art enthusiasts are able to participate in the creation process, from the sketch right through to the completed sculpture.

The starting point for the Davos Frauenkirch sculpture path is the studio of the Davos sculptor Andreas Hofer in Frauenkirch. From here you can walk right up to the Stafelalp in around ¾ hour. On the idyllic Stafelalp, the former residence of the expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, it is possible to enjoy refreshments in the Stafelalp mountain chalet or even spend a night in the "Kirchner Suite". As an alternative, visitors can now use the new wheelchair-friendly short variant, which runs from the h.art studio directly to the Lengmatta country guesthouse.

Map of the sculpture path
Flyer of the sculpture path

h.art
Atelier + Galerie
Sutziweg 1
7276 Davos Frauenkirch
Tel. +41 81 413 20 69
info@hart-events.ch
www.hart-events.ch

Berghaus Stafelalp
Stafelalp
7276 Davos Frauenkirch
Tel. +41 81 413 66 31
info@berghaus-stafelalp.ch
www.berghaus-stafelalp.ch

Schraemli's Lengmatta Davos
Lengmattastrasse 19
7276 Davos Frauenkirch
Tel. +41 81 413 55 79
schraemlis@lengmatta-davos.ch
www.lengmatta-davos.ch

GWunderwald

The 13km long nature trail on the heathland in Davos is a place to which you bring your head, hand and heart. The trail piques the interest of children and adults of all ages and inspires visitors to keep returning to GWunderwald and to Davos.

Starting at a bus stop of the Davos Public Transportation Services, the different trails take you toward the heathland, which represents the centre of the GWunderwald. Different situation-based experiential sites have been set up along these trails. Visitors can freely select their route and get to the next bus stop or a restaurant from any other trail.

The entire trail can be experienced in eight different and combinable sub-trails. On hiking trails and forest roads spanning 13 km, you will have the opportunity to delve into different nature themes presented in situational contexts. 30 sites are on offer to expand your horizons on nature, recuperation, landscape, agriculture and forestry, hunting, flora and fauna, and much more.

These sites are also particularly suited for children, as they explain the nature in a hands-on, interactive manner. The goal is to pique their curiosity – or even promote the discovery of the wonders of nature. The trail is equally interesting for both adults and children and offers the promise of a beautiful family excursion.

Hiking on the tracks of the Walser people

The Walser trail, featuring a total length of 300 km, crosses the Canton of Grisons. This cultural heritage trail is divided into 19 stages, 6 of which lead over isolated passes and through idyllic side valleys around Davos Klosters. These stages provide an ideal entry to discovering the world of the Walser people, their history and culture.

In 1280, farmers from the Canton of Valais immigrated and founded the typical dispersed settlements in the higher parts of the Landwasser valley. In Davos and the Prättigau valley, log construction houses made of either round or square timber are the most common. Other reminders of the immigration period are the wooden “Spiicher”, granaries built on stilts or wooden legs to protect the harvest from moisture and mice.

From Monstein to the Sertig Valley

Stage 12 leads to the Walser village of Monstein, where evidence of the old culture of the Walser people, such as the “Gretahuus” built in 1644 or a “Seelapalgge”, a soul timber, can be found. This piece of timber closed an opening in the house and was only ever lifted to help the soul of a deceased find its way to after life.

Stage 13 leads through the Ducan region, which used to be a flat sea some 230 million years ago. On an altitude of more than 2700 meters a.s.l, palaeontologists of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich excavated well-preserved fossils of fish and small dinosaurs. The hike provides breathtaking views of the Ducan glacier and leads to the most known side valley in the Davos region, the Sertig valley. The trail passes the famous waterfall that Ernst Ludwig Kirchner eternalized in his expressionistic pictures. Stage 14 leads along mule-pack train routes to the Dischma valley. During Late Middle Ages, Davos emerged to an important trading zone between North and South. Cheese, cattle, sheep wool fabric and ore gained from the Silberberg mine were exported to South Tyrol. Salt and corn were imported over the Flüela pass from Tyrol and mule-pack trains from the Veltlin brought wine over the Scaletta pass. In summer, the „Rüedisch cloud“ often floats in the sky above the „Tällifurgga“. This cloud is entwined with an ancient Walser myth.

From the Stafelalp to Arosa and Klosters

The Walser settlement of Stafelalp was founded approximately 500 years ago. The German expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner has lived and worked on Stafelalp, where some of his most important works were created. Stage 15 and 16 lead over the Stafelalp to Arosa, a town that was settled by Davos emigrants in the 14th century. Stage 17 leads back to Klosters, passing through a high moor of national importance. The history of Klosters tells of reformation riots, subjugation by Austrians, war of liberation and redemption. 540 of the 900 inhabitants died during the plague. Between 1652 and 1702, 50 „witches“ were executed. And still in 1799, 1500 marauding French soldiers forayed into Klosters. It was only in 1803, when Grisons became a Canton of the Swiss Federation, that peace and tranquillity, for which nowadays Klosters is much appreciated by many nature lovers, settled in.

These are only a few of the stories that can be discovered through the book “Walserweg Graubünden”. Along the 300 km long trail, hikers will encounter many more magic places entwined in myths and legends. The Walser trail in Grisons is a project of the canton’s Walser heritage association. It was opened in 2010 and is marked as route number 35 of the network of Cultural Routes of Switzerland.

Further information on Walserweg can be found on www.walserweg.ch.

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