T5 Via Francisca: Buchs - Maienfeld
The "Via Francisca" is also known as the "Street of the Emperors". It leads from Constance over the Lukmanier to Pavia, where it meets the Via Francigena.
The first part of this stage can be described as the "meditation stage". We make a pilgrimage for the first 3 hours on the Rhine bank path to Trübbach. To our left we see the castle of the princes of Liechtenstein. At Trübbach we cross the Rhine and reach the "Ländle". In front of us, in Balzers, Gutenberg Castle. Immediately afterwards we leave Liechtenstein again and it goes uphill to the Waffenplatz and the fortress St. Luzisteig. In earlier years, this was a barracks of the "Train", i.e. the horse and mule troops. Through the forest it now goes downhill and we reach one of the most famous wine-growing regions of eastern Switzerland, the Bündner Herrschaft. In Maienfeld, today's stage destination, you have the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful nectar. Maienfeld is also "Heidiland". Thus, a crowning (after so many princes and castles) conclusion of the day.
The stages in this documentation are suggestions that each pilgrim can adapt to his wishes. however, the technical data always concern the assumption that these stages are completed in one day.
Normal hiking/trekking equipment: backpack with rain cover, well-worn footwear, durable clothing appropriate to the season, rain and sun protection, hiking stick or trekking poles, pilgrim's passport.
Buchs - Trübbach - Bridge Border CH/FL - Balzers - Iradug Border FL/CH - Fortress/Barracks - St. Luzisteig - Maienfeld
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