Palfries mountain station - "in de Stei" - Stralrüfi mountain restaurant

7.1 km
2:30 h
280 mhd
280 mhd
Purer Genuss auf der Hochebene Palfries

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The hike on the Palfries plateau leads from the mountain station to the Stralrüfi mountain restaurant. Once there, you can enjoy a wonderful view of Lake Walensee.
Technique 2/6
Fitness 2/6
Highest Point  1803 m
Lowest Point  1625 m
Best Season
Cable car Palfries
Cable car Palfries
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We start the hike at the mountain station Palfries. With the Palfriesbahn we have previously overcome about 1,250 meters of altitude in just 8 minutes. The train passes an imposing waterfall (Ragnaterbach) and takes us up to the Palfries plateau. From the mountain station we walk along the asphalted road to Berggasthaus Palfries. The path turns right at the parking lot and runs steadily up towards Alvier. «In de Stei» the hiking trail turns left. We now hike slightly downhill towards Berghaus Stralrüfi. Here an impressive panorama of the surrounding mountain peaks and Lake Walen awaits us.  


Since the road from the mountain station to the mountain restaurant Stralrüfi we find at the Stafel Müllerig Hütte / Althus in Hinderpalfries the oldest residential building from the Walser period. Which must have been created around the years 1407/10. The historic building can be visited freely.


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 gravel parking lot, we take the mountain path to the right towards Alvier. After about half an hour we are "in de Stei", where we continue on the left. On the hike to the "Mürli" we can see the mountain spring with the most diverse and beautiful alpine flowers. There we turn left and walk more or less along the dry stone wall at the beginning. After about half an hour we reach the mountain restaurant Stralrüfi. The way back to the mountain station is docked and leads over the gravel dirt road to the parking lot, where we branched off at the beginning of the hike. The mountain station can be reached in a quarter of an hour, calculated from the mountain inn Palfries.


Public Transport

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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