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Long distance hiking trail recommended route Stage 3

Schanfigger Höhenweg, 3rd route, Arosa - Sapün

Long distance hiking trail · Arosa
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  • Berggasthaus Heimeli
    Berggasthaus Heimeli
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Varied mountain hike with magnificent viewpoints: The third stage of the Schanfigger Höhenweg leads from Arosa and the reservoir via Medergen to Sapün. 

moderate
Distance 11.3 km
4:00 h
600 m
500 m
2,085 m
1,605 m
This section is a scenically beautiful hike. On the way from Untersee to the reservoir, you follow the "path of water" and can learn more from the information signs. After that, various alps follow. After Furggaalp, you continue to the old Walser settlement of Medergen. It is idyllically situated on the mountain, and the Alpenrose mountain restaurant invites you to take a rest. Medergen, Sapün and Strassberg were settled in the 13th and 14th centuries. A walk through Medergen is worthwhile, as many lovingly designed details can be discovered. Another scenic highlight is offered on the descent into Sapün. The steep rock face of the Chüpfenflue makes you pause in awe. A little later you reach your destination for the day, the Berghaus Heimeli. With a bit of luck, you can observe deer in the surrounding area from the terrace, or spot chamois in the wall of the Chüpfenfluh.

Author’s recommendation

  • small excursion to the Janetsch Boden (great view)
  • Delicious Bündner menu at Heimeli
  • Walser villages Medergen and Dörfji in Sapün
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Arosa Tourismus
Update: July 15, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Highest point
2,085 m
Lowest point
1,605 m
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Rest stops

Train Station Arosa
Restaurant Strandbad
Restaurant Alpenrose
Alpenrose und Walsersiedlung Medergen

Safety information

For the variant via Tritt and Latschüelfurgga, surefootedness and a head for heights are a prerequisite, as you have to climb an iron ladder. In addition, the route should not be walked when there is still snow or thunderstorms are approaching.

Tips and hints

Although short, steep sections have to be overcome again and again, the hike is not overly demanding. With 480 metres of ascent and 380 metres of descent, the route is moderate compared to the previous stages. It should be possible to complete the 11 km in around 3 hours (without a break). In any case, there is enough time to enjoy the various viewpoints and to visit the different settlements a little more closely.

Refreshments en route: Furggaalp: Alpbeizli Alpenrose Medergen

Overnight accommodation: Naturfreundehaus MedergenBerggasthaus Heimeli

Start

Arosa (1,742 m)
Coordinates:
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2'771'053E 1'183'794N
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46.783338, 9.678915
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46°47'00.0"N 9°40'44.1"E
UTM
32T 551823 5181311
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Destination

Berggasthaus Heimeli

Turn-by-turn directions

Arosa - Untersee - Furggaalp - Tieja - Medergen - Seebijboden - Berggasthaus Heimeli

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

The Rhaetian Railway runs every hour from Chur to Arosa (also in the opposite direction). A footpath or the local bus leads from the Arosa railway station to the Untersee lido.

Getting there

From Chur, take the winding Arosa road to the end of the valley in Arosa.

At the entrance to the village, turn left before the petrol station. Follow the signs to the Untersee lido. Parking spaces are available.

It is recommended to park your car in the Ochsenbühl car park. After a short walk you will reach the start of the hike at Untersee.

Parking

At the entrance to the village there are large signs indicating the various parking options. We recommend the Ochsenbühl multi-storey car park. You can find more information under Arosa Parking.

A limited number of parking spaces (day parking) are available at Untersee.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'771'053E 1'183'794N
DD
46.783338, 9.678915
DMS
46°47'00.0"N 9°40'44.1"E
UTM
32T 551823 5181311
w3w 
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Equipment

Good shoes, rain jacket, walking sticks if necessary, enough to drink, snack to eat. 

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.3 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
600 m
Descent
500 m
Highest point
2,085 m
Lowest point
1,605 m
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