Sennis round trip via Castilu

8.6 km
2:30 h
160 Hm
490 Hm
Ehemaliges Kurhaus Sennis
Blauer und weisse Enziane

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The cable car takes us to the Palfries plateau. We have several routes to the Hotel Kurhaus Sennis at our disposal. We opt for the route via Alp Castilu with a possible stop at the Stralrüfi mountain restaurant (alternatively via Alp Malun, see separate directions).
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Höchster Punkt  1725 m
Tiefster Punkt  1399 m
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Cable car Palfries
Cable car Palfries
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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 starts from the mountain station in the direction of the Palfries mountain inn. Afterwards, the path leads us along the dirt road to the Stralrüfi mountain restaurant, followed by a leisurely walk across the alpine pasture to Alp Castilu. From here we continue on the dirt road in the direction of Schwamm to the former Sennis spa house. 

The shuttle bus is available for the half-hour journey back to the valley station of the cable car, departing at 4.00 p.m. or from the end of September at 3.00 p.m. The ride must be reserved in advance (cable car valley station or directly at the Hotel Kurhaus Sennis).


With a quarter of an hour's detour at Alp Castilu in a southwesterly direction, we reach the "Luegi" viewpoint, which offers a magnificent view of the Seeztal and Lake Walen.


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 mountain station we hike over a length of 500 meters on the asphalted alpine road to the mountain inn Palfries. Immediately after the gravelled parking lot we continue on the dirt road and reach the mountain restaurant Stralrüfi after less than an hour (calculated from the mountain station).  From here it goes over the road leading to Alp Älpeli and from there over the pasture to Alp Castilu. This alp is in turn connected to the Hotel Kurhaus Sennis by a dirt road. The viewpoint "Luegi" offers a magnificent view of the wide mountains, the Seeztal and the Walensee.  From there we continue towards the sponge. At the crossroads we will meet the path over Alp Malun. There we take the path towards Kurhaus Sennis. Arriving at the Kurhaus, a beautiful garden terrace awaits us to linger.


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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