Murg Lakes Round Tour

14.5 km
5:15 h
856 mhd
856 mhd
Sonnenaufgang beim oberen Murgsee
Oberer Murgsee

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The three Murg lakes are nestled in a wildly romantic mountain basin. Brooks, lakes, waterfalls, rock gardens and a protected pine forest reserve characterise this round tour.
Technique 3/6
Fitness 5/6
Highest Point  1983 m
Lowest Point  1123 m
Best Season
Murg, Merlen
Murg, Parking Bachlaui
47.068586, 9.198061



Embedded in a romantic wild mountain basin lie the three Murg lakes. Brooks, lakes, waterfalls, peat meadows, rockeries and the protected Swiss pine forest reserve by the lowest of the Murg lakes make this round trip an unforgettable nature experience.

From Murg am Walensee you can reach the starting point by car or Murgsee bus (Taxi Walser, Murg). The ascent to Gspon is relatively steep and good hiking boots and physical fitness are required. After this, the terrain becomes flatter. The path leads along the Gsponbach to Alp Unter Mürtschen. Copper and silver ore were mined here, particularly in the second half of the 19th century.

The Mürtschenstock with its three peaks, Stock, Fulen and Ruchen, rises up imposingly on the way to Ober Mürtschen. Over the Murgseefurggel you reach the Murg lakes, framed within a garland of mountains. In little time, the upper Murg lake is reached with the Murg lake mountain hut, which owes its existence to the earlier ore mining.

Past the middle Murg lake, the route leaves the valley. If you take a look behind you, you can see the waterfall that crashes down into the lower Murg lake. This lake is located in a nature reserve with ancient Swiss pines. No use of timber takes place in any form; the area is protected as a forest reserve. Hiking over the Alp Guflen and Alp Mornen returns you to the starting point in Merlen.

There is no public transport available for getting to Merlen. You can however get there with the Murgtal bus (with no set timetable) from Murg station - you need to register in advance by telephone: +41 (0)81 738 14 48 (Taxi Walser, Murg).

Best period: July - October.

See also
Heidiland Tourismus AG
Infostelle Walensee-Unterterzen
Walenseestrasse 18
CH - 8882 Unterterzen
Tel: +41 (0)81 720 17 17
Fax: +41 (0)81 720 17 18


The artist H.R. Fricker has created the "Rock Garden Murgtal" between Alp Plätz and the uppermost Murgsee.


In spring, the hiking trail can still be covered in snow at the section between the middle and lower Murg lakes (Peterjosen-Gfäsch). Since the terrain next to the hiking trail is sloping, caution is advised here under appropriate conditions.


For the round trip, sturdy shoes are an advantage, as especially after rainfall and at the time of snow melt, the path can be wet and slippery in some places.


Merlen - Gspon - Unter Mürtschen - Ober Mürtschen - Murgseefurggel - Murgsee - Mornen Alp - Mornen Parkplatz - Merlen


Public Transport

There are no public transport connections for the journey. The Murg Valley Taxi has not been operating since 2020. The current alternative recommendation is therefore by train to Murg or Walenstadt and before there by taxi Walensee (+41 79 735 30 00) to the Murg Valley.

Anreise Information

Coming from Zurich and Chur, take the exit "Murg" on the A3 motorway, follow the signs "Murgtal" in the village centre of Murg


Paid parking (CHF 10 francs daily fee) in the Murg Valley.

  • Parking Bachlaui (recommended for the round trip)

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