Klosters, Schlappin, Saas: It doesn't always have to be 1000 metres in altitude and steep mountain peaks. On the new Wildmännli Route, which combines existing hiking trails into a circular tour, the journey is the destination. Guests and locals dive deep into the history, flora and fauna of the holiday region. The special feature: The posts are digitised and waiting to be scanned. "Our drive was to make Klosters an experience for all the senses and to create an interactive hike. We are happy to bring to life flora and fauna as well as historical facts from Klosters, Saas and Serneus with the accompanying web app," says Dominik Heeb, Head of Tourism Klosters. On 2 July, the trail will be inaugurated with a party from 11 a.m. on the village square in Saas.
Web app provides gamification
The opening of the new Wildmännli Route will also mark the launch of the web app that Destination Davos Klosters has developed together with the St. Moritz digital agency "Spot Werbung". There are 50 posts with information boards on seven stages. Anyone who scans the QR code receives information and videos on topics such as history, agriculture, wild herbs, forests, natural hazards or local hunting. In addition to the Zwergen- und Gadäwäg (Dwarf and Gadäwäg), it includes the historical village tour in Klosters, the Saas nature trail, hiking routes into the Schlappin Valley, to Dörfij-Mezzaselva or from Serneus to Klosters. The web app also provides gamification: for completed stages you get rewards such as a pocket knife, hiking stick or coffee and cake in mountain houses. You can find out more about the web app at klosters.ch/wildmaennliweg.
A new day, a new stage
The 40-kilometre Wildmännli Trail is suitable for completing over several days. Tip: Start counterclockwise on the village circuit to the Zwergenweg and Gadäwäg. The sections are mostly flat, only the stage into Schlappintal leads up 400 metres in altitude to the Walser settlement of Schlappin. The Walsers, who immigrated to Prättigau in the 13th century, also gave the trail its name with their legends and stories: the dwarfish creatures called Wildmännli live in forests and remote valleys. Today, one of them adorns the coat of arms of the municipality of Klosters.