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Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile of the Schweizmobil 'Triesenberger Philosophenweg' (998) hiking trail.
Source1: Bundesamt für Landestopografie; Drawn with schweizmobilplus.ch

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Short Description

“Triesenberg Philosopher’s Path” is a short circular trail starting and ending in the cultural landscape uphill from Triesenberg, Liechtenstein.

The path shares its first part from Gnalp to Hinterprufatscheng villages with the “Walser Sagenweg” (“Wals tribal legend’s path”), featuring many wooden sculptures, barefoot paths, and educational activities (as well as playgrounds) aimed at children/families.

It then ascends relatively steeply through forests before opening up and offering great views of Rheintal (valley) from Gaflei to Silum.

Notes

  • The observation tower in the image gallery below is not part of the official route, but only a short detour away. Turn left at the relevant sign after emerging from the forest shortly before Gaflei.

Impressions

Three birds with one stone:

  1. Another warm up hike for the approaching summer hiking season (I know, summer’s here, but there’s still snow above 2000m, especially on north faces.)
  2. Taking and providing pictures of this freshly minted route for and to Schweizmobil in my function as a “Fotopate”.
  3. An opportunity to spend a nice day with a couple of good friends.

And off we went.

View during the ascent

The views of the Rheintal valley and the Swiss Alps started early and accompanied us for much of the trail.

The first third of the route, which is also the namesake philosopher’s path, is mostly level and child friendly, with many activities along the way to keep the little (and big) ones occupied and interested.

Lots of wooden statues and playthings to keep children entertained.

We were lucky enough to catch a perfect weather day and enjoy postcard scenery all around.

View during the ascent

After the shaded forest ascent with its peeks of the Rheintal here and there, we enjoyed a lunch with a view and made our way back to the start.

View during the ascent

We had a great time and agree this route is highly recommendable for families or the beginning of the season (or simply for people who prefer shorter routes).

I still haven’t found out why it’s called Philosophenweg though.

Would you like to share your own experiences with this hike? Do you have any questions? Something to add? Feel free to leave a comment below 🙂


Route Report / Gallery

Full size images without watermarks are available for licensing to interested parties. Check romans.pictures for a selection of my favorites, or contact me for details.

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Basic Data

Date of Hike:2022-06-11
Participants:Roman, Hank, Betsy
Technical Difficulty:T2: Mountain Trail (Partially)

Stats

Km11
Net Hours (Est.)3.5
Net Hours (Act.)3.5
Ascent (m)620
Descent (m)620
Max. Alt. (m)1592
Loop?Yes
Cable Car?No
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