Circular walk around Stelsersee
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At the end of the last ice age, enormous natural forces created the conditions for the formation of Lake Stelsersee. Today, the lovely mountain lake is characterized by valuable siltation zones and a rich flora and fauna. It is protected.
The starting point of the leisurely hike is the Postbus mountain station at the Berghaus Mottis in Stels. The hike leads uphill towards Stelserberg on a little-used, paved mountain road. The alternative to the tarred road is a hiking trail that leads after a few hundred meters of road via Mataun and Cug to the mountain house to the lake (a little more altitude difference and travel time, but more scenic).
If it takes your breath away at the Berghaus zum See, it is not due to the previous ascent, but rather to the incomparable panorama of the Rätikon chain! The Schweizertor, which lets high-altitude hikers over to the Austrian Montafon, can not be admired anywhere better. Whether you already want to stop for a bite to eat, usually the temptation of the beautiful terrace and the taste of the fresh cakes is too great...
To the Stelsersee it goes 200 m further along the road, then turn left onto a gravel road. From here you can reach the lake in 15 minutes.
The protected Stelsersee is known for its insect diversity. Rare dragonflies with sounding names such as the Little Moss Maiden or the Spear Azure Maiden occur here. And in the case of plants, many an altitude record can be recorded: In addition to the white water lily, nowhere in Graubünden does the Lake Flechtbinse thrive as high up as on Lake Stelsersee.
Pro Natura Commitment: Since 1947, Pro Natura has been committed to the preservation and protection of the unique mountain lake, and since 1972 the organization has been the owner of Lake Stelsersee. Today, the protected area covers an area of about 7.2 ha.
Please observe the rules of conduct: Do not leave signposted paths and paths. Keep dogs on a leash. Do not camp or bathe. Do not catch, disturb, track or use animals. Do not pick, tear out and insert plants.
To complete the round trip, take the road below the lake towards Pardiela and from Fulried you go back to the Berghaus Mottis, where you can also stop.
For the descent to Schiers, scooters (scooters) are available at Berghaus Mottis. To ensure availability, please contact SBM-Events in Grüsch directly, phone + 41 81 328 18 29, www.trottiplausch.ch
The accessibility in the month of May depends on the level of snow melt.
Trekking or hiking boots are ideal, for this tour sneakers are also fine in dry weather. Possibly backpack with drinks and a small snack.
Mottis - Mataun - Cug - Berghaus zum See - Stelsersee - Fulried - Mottis.
You can reach the Prättigau holiday region comfortably and easily by public transport. Travelling to Landquart by train is no problem thanks to national and international fast connections. In Landquart you can change directly from the SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) to the modern train composition of the RhB (Rhaetian Railway), which takes you to Schiers. After changing to the buses of PostBus Graubünden, you will reach the Stelserberg (stop Mottis) within 25 minutes.
Coming from Zurich on the A3 and from Sargans on the A13 towards Chur. Take exit 13 Landquart in the direction of Davos. After the tunnel, follow the A28 national road to Schiers. Take the first exit and follow the signs for Stels. Coming from St. Gallen, take the A13 towards Chur. Take exit 13 Landquart in the direction of Davos. Coming from the south, take the A13 towards Zurich. Take exit 13 Landquart in the direction of Davos. Coming from the Engadine, take the A28 national road towards Landquart. Take the first exit in Schiers and follow the signs for Stels in the village.
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