Mountain hut Alvier

3.3 km
2:00 h
680 Hm
40 Hm
Alvierhütte 2343 m ü. M.
Aussicht auf der Wanderung zum Alvier.

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Rinder auf der Weide mit Blick Richtung Walensee.
The Alvier summit hut at 2342 m above sea level east of Lake Walen is one of the best vantage points in eastern Switzerland.
Technik 5/6
Kondition 4/6
Höchster Punkt  2342 m
Tiefster Punkt  1685 m
Beste Jahreszeit
Cable car Palfries
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This steep, sweat-inducing mountain tour requires surefootedness and a moderate head for heights. 

We start the hike at the Palfries mountain station. With the Palfriesbahn, we have previously overcome around 1,250 metres in altitude in just 12 minutes. The train travels over an impressive waterfall (Ragnatscher Bach) and takes us up to the Palfries plateau.
The hike takes us from the mountain station past the Palfries mountain inn in the direction of "in de Stei". From there, a steep ascent to the Alvier begins. With a bit of luck we will see the very rare edelweiss along the way. On the Alvier we are rewarded with a magnificent view (in clear weather as far as Lake Constance). 


It is worthwhile to wait for the sunset on the Alvier summit and then spend the night in the Alvierhütte - an unforgettable nature experience!


Tightrope walk that requires surefootedness. White-red-white marked mountain trails.


Daytime hiking backpack (approx. 20 litres) with rain cover, sturdy and comfortable footwear, weather-adapted and durable clothing in the multi-layer principle, if necessary telescopic poles, sun and rain protection, provisions and drinking water, first aid kit, pocket knife, mobile phone, possibly headlamp, map material


From the Palfries mountain station, the path first leads along the road (in a northwesterly direction) to the Palfires mountain inn. After the large parking lot we turn right; over alpine pastures it goes first leisurely, then steeper and steeper up. From 1800 m above sea level, the trail becomes quite alpine. In a chimney gutter we climb between the rocks with the help of a wooden ladder to the ridge exit at the Chemmi. Looking back, the Flumserberge with the striking Spitzmeilen and the Walensee can be seen.

On the rugged south ridge, which is repeatedly secured with ropes and chains in difficult places, we continue to the Alvierhütte and the summit plateau of the Alvier (2342 m above sea level). The steep climb is worth it; here the unique 360° panoramic view opens up to us. Lake Walen, Lake Constance and the Rhine Valley, the Glarus Alps, the Voralberg peaks and, on a clear day, the Tyrolean and Engadine mountains offer a fabulous panorama all around.


Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel

By train to Flums or Sargans, then by bus to the stop Heiligkreuz Ragnatsch. Ride on the Palfries cable car.

Anreise Information

Motorway exit Flums, then on the main road towards Sargans/Mels. The valley station of the Palfriesbahn is located in Heiligkreuz on the left side of the road. The Palfriesbahn is signposted.


Public parking available at the valley station of the Palfriesbahn (subject to charges)

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