Schmugglertour (2-tägig) Schweiz/Österreich

23.4 km
10:00 h
1200 mhd
1700 mhd
Rund um die Madrisa
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Day 1: Madrisabahn mountain station - Schlappiner Joch - Valzifenztal - Madrisahütte - Gargellen cable car valley station (approx. 4-5 hours)

Day 2: Gargellen cable car valley station - Schafberg Hüsli mountain station - Gafierjöchle - Gafierplatten - Rätschenjoch - Chüecalanda - Obersäss - Untersäss - Madrisabahn mountain station (approx. 5-6 hours)

Technique 3/6
Fitness 3/6
Highest Point  2603 m
Lowest Point  1430 m
Best Season
Madrisabahn Klosters mountain station
Madrisabahn Klosters mountain station
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In a wonderful landscape, the world of smugglers can be explored. The two-day mountain hike around the Madrisa is an exciting journey of discovery on both sides of the Swiss-Austrian border. It is hiked on historical paths at altitudes between 1,900 and 2,600 m. A GPS device accompanies you and shows you the secrets of the smugglers, the so-called "coffee holes". Centuries ago, a lively trade developed between the valleys of Montafon and Prättigau. Through the state border, trade became illegal. Today, the path across the border is freely accessible and offers unique nature experiences and exciting stories.

At the starting point at the Madrisa cable car in Klosters you will receive a GPS device and all information about your smuggling tour. This also includes the coordinates for the first hiding place. There are 12 smugglers' depots along the route. All depots contain interesting facts about the world of smugglers and a riddle that you can use to find your way to the next hiding place on your route. A former customs hut at the border serves as a shelter and you will learn interesting facts about smuggling, as well as details about famous smugglers on both sides of the border.

You will spend the afternoon and evening at the Schafberg Hüsli. The booked package includes accommodation and a hearty dinner as well as a hearty breakfast for an optimal start to the second day of smuggling.

After completing your hike, you hand in the GPS device at the valley station of the mountain railway. There, a reward awaits you for the successfully completed smuggling tour.

Detailed information about the smuggler's tour can be found at:


The described hike is a bookable offer and largely coincides with the classic Madrisa round trip. You can choose to start and book in the Montafon or Prättigau:

Klosters Madrisa cable cars / Tel. +41 81 410 21 70

Gargellen cable cars / Tel. +43 5557 63 10


Overnight: Personal toiletries must be taken with you. Towels and fresh duvet covers for sleeping in the hay are provided by the mountain railways. Sanitary and shower facilities are located at the mountain restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the sleeping quarters.

During the smuggling tour, you will cross the border between Switzerland and Austria twice. You should therefore have an identity card or passport with you.

Provisions and drinks for on the road, sturdy shoes, writing utensils (paper, pencil), camera, flashlight or headlamp, binoculars, sun protection, rain protection, hiking poles


Day 1: From the Saaser Alp we hike effortlessly on a high-altitude trail worth seeing via the Zügenhüttli to the Älpli and via Schwarz Bach to the Schlappiner Joch. In about 2 hours we reach the Schlappiner Joch and then cross the national border. We continue to descend through the idyllic Valzifenz valley. We walk past the Upper Valzifenzalpe, Valzifenzalpe and Madrisa huts. From the Madrisa hut we continue to descend along the Valzifenzbach stream and after approx. 35 minutes we reach the valley station of the Gargellen mountain railways. The last meters of altitude are mastered with the Gargellen mountain railways.

2: The tour starts at the Schafberg Hüsli mountain restaurant in Gargellen. From here follow the signs to the Gafierjoch (approx. 1 hour). The hike takes us below the Gargellner Köpfe, past the Schafbergsee (reservoir), until we reach the Gafierjoch after about half an hour and cross the border into Switzerland. At the Gafierjoch we first keep to the right and then it goes down a short, steep section before we tackle the ascent towards the Rätschenjoch. From the Gafierjoch you can reach the Rätschenjoch in about 1.5 hours. The highest point of the tour is reached at the Rätschenjoch and you can enjoy the view of the Bernina Group, the Rätikon and the Silvretta. Next we reach the high valley Chüecalanda and over green ridges of Glatteggen we reach Obersäss. In Obersäss we reach a promising rest area. We continue to descend and reach Untersäss and then the Madrisabahn mountain station at the Saaser Alp.


Public Transport

To Landquart with the Swiss Federal Railway, then change to the Rhaetian Railway in the direction of Davos, Vereina.

Anreise Information

Coming from Zurich / St. Margrethen, leave the A13/E43 motorway in Landquart in the direction of Landquart, Davos, Vereina. Take the N28 to Klosters Dorf.


You can park your car for free in the Madrisabergbahn car park. In Klosters Platz all parking spaces are subject to a fee.

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