Even from a distance, the boardwalk trail at the foot of the Gägger in Rüschegg stands out sharply against the background of green forest. Offering splendid views of the Gantrisch mountain range, interesting facts about biodiversity in the forest reserve, and fun puzzles for younger hikers, the trail guarantees an exciting outing every time.
Themed Family Trail: Türst and the Wild Animals
Something very special awaits the youngest visitors on the Gäggersteg: The kids tackle the three-kilometre loop (expect it to take about two hours) together with wild Türst, a children’s book character. At the starting point, they hear the story of Gägger’s wild Türst, and then off they go in search of clues, secret hiding places and eight mysterious runes. At each of the stations along the way, Türst reveals a little more about himself and his goats, and the little explorers – as well as their parents, godfathers, aunts, or grandparents – learn all kinds of exciting and interesting things about the forest and its flora and fauna. Once you have all of the runes, you’ll discover the codeword – and there’s a reward waiting for the kids at the end, too!
Hiking the Panoramaweg (Panoramic Trail)
For avid hikers, we recommend combining the Gäggersteg with a long hike. How about the scenic Gantrisch-Panoramaweg (SchweizMobil Route 379), for example? The 21-kilometre, high-altitude hike in the Swiss Prealps takes you from Plaffeien to Gurnigelbad and boasts numerous scenic points with breathtaking views as well as well-kept, well-signposted hiking trails.
The starting point is in Zollhaus near Plaffeien in the canton of Fribourg. The trail leads through Hällstett and over the Horbüel pass to the Pfyffe, and then on to Süftenen via the Gäggersteig boardwalk. From there, it takes you over the Schüpfeflue to the Selibüel scenic point and the Gurnigel Berghaus and continues down to Gurnigelbad. A tip if you’re visiting the Gäggersteg: the trail can also be hiked in the opposite direction, or you can choose the shorter version from Gurnigel Berghaus to the Gäggersteg.
Distance 21 km Hiking time 7 h 00 min Grade easy (hiking trail) Fitness level difficult Ascents 1150 m Descents 850 m Accessibility not barrier-free
Getting to Gäggersteg
We recommend taking public transport. Take PostBus line 323 at Thurnen or Schwarzenburg train station and get off at “Gurnigel, Wasserscheide”. The hiking trail to Gäggersteg (approx. 1 h 30 min) is signposted from there.
In the summer months, there is an additional bus from Schwarzenburg to Gurnigel via Gäggersteg. Further information can be found here.
There is public parking at the refuge below the restaurant Schwarzenbühl. The number of spaces is limited, which is why we recommend travelling by public transport. Alternatively, you can park your car at the Ottenleuenbad ski lift (3 km away), at Panzerplatte Stierenhütte at Gurnigel (7 km), or at Wasserscheide (7 km) and then walk to the trail’s starting point.
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