|Starting point:||Bad Ragaz (parking area at the railway station)|
|Getting to the starting point:||Car: A13 Bad Ragaz exit, Bad Ragaz railway station (Sargans–Chur)|
|Back from the destination:||ditto|
|Difference in elevation:||Ascent 680 m, descent 680 m|
|Hiking time:||4h 20m|
|Season:||May to October|
|Note: The hike is also possible in the opposite direction; in this case, walkers have the option of starting in Pfäfers village (Pfäfers can be reached from Bad Ragaz by postbus)..|
From Bad Ragaz spa, hikers walk directly into the Tamina Gorge and reach Altes Bad Pfäfers after a good hour (Gorge Bus also available for outward and return trips).
Switzerland's earliest baroque spa building, where kings and princesses used to bathe, now houses a monastery and spa museum, and the Paracelsus memorial. A visit to the thermal spring grotto (entry: CHF 5.00) is very rewarding, with a 450-meter walk into the gorge to the grotto where hot spring water gushes from the rocks.
The ascent starts at Altes Bad Pfäfers, passing over a natural bridge and finally out of the gorge and back to Pfäfers. This idyllic village is dominated by the impressive baroque monastery church and the former Benedictine abbey. The circular route leads past the Wartenstein ruins, downwards along the "Porta Romana" (a former military and trading route) and finally along the Rhine bank back to Bad Ragaz.
The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.