Alpine track from Madrisa across Rätschenjoch to St. Antönien

13.5 km
5:45 h
750 mhd
1100 mhd
Das Walserdorf St. Antönien
Abstieg vom Rätschenjoch ins Gafiental

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Höhenweg von der Madrisa übers Rätschenjoch nach St. Antönien
This is a beautiful alpine hike from the chic and elegant village Klosters to the quiet ancient village St. Antönien.
Technique 4/6
Fitness 4/6
Highest Point  2603 m
Lowest Point  1417 m
Best Season
Starting point is Klosters Saaseralp (Madrisa)
Destination is St. Antönien
46.902178, 9.864292



In Klosters Dorf the cable railway Madrisa takes you up to the top station Madrisa (1884 metres above sea-level). The first panoramic view into all the mountains is marvellous. There is a possibility to stop at the mountain inn 'Saaseralp' for some refreshment. Passing 'Untersäss' (1940 m) you get to point 1978 m from where the track is getting steeper and might cause perspiration until you get to 'Obersäss' (2158 m). From there on it is an easy flat walk along a slope into the valley. From afar the white karst looks like a field of snow and soon after there is another steep climb. However, the track is not dangerous anywhere. Going zigzag up you finally get to 'Rätschenjoch' (2602 m) where you are rewarded for the strain with a breathtaking panorama. The ideal place to enjoy your picnic.....

The descent starts behind the 'Rätschenjoch'. For a short while you follow the rocks of the karst and climb 300 metres down to point 2304 m.  A scree slope appears behind a rock face which seems to be insuperable. You carefully climb down along the rock face on the right-hand side. The path leads along a slope to point 2004 m. From there on it is getting flatter and you soon reach the settlement 'Sunnistafel' (1747 m). Across the alpine road you get to the settlement 'Rüti' (1461 m).  If you turn round you can nearly follow the whole tour with your eyes.



Public Transport

To Landquart by Federal Railways (SBB), then change to RhB in the direction of Davos, Vereina.

Anreise Information

Coming from Zurich / St. Margrethen you leave the motorway A13/E43 in Landquart in the direction of Landquart, Davos, Vereina on the national road B 28 to Klosters Dorf.


There are free car parks at the bottom end of the cable railway Madrisa. In Klosters Platz all the car parks are liable to pay cost.

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