Murgtal: Insider Tip for Mountain Lake Fans

Murg/Heidiland

Sargans - Sankt Gallen, Schweiz

Sargans - Sankt Gallen, Schweiz

Eispark Sarganserland

Eispark Sarganserland

Sargans in Richtung Rheintal - St. Gallerstrasse

Sargans in Richtung Rheintal - St. Gallerstrasse

While most of the Alps have been made accessible, there still remain some relatively undiscovered corners. The nature reserve Murgtal, high above Lake Walen, is such a place. The hike begins in the chestnut forests by the lakeside, passes through deciduous forests and ascends to the Alpine conifer forests with their magnificent Swiss stone pine trees.

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The dark stone pines, to which the nature reserve owes its status as a protected area, are reflected in the Lower Murg Lake. It is here that you will find the largest stone pine forests in the Northern Alps. Alpine bogs, moorland meadows, sparse forests, and waterfalls are steady companions on your hike to the Upper Murg Lakes at the base of Mt. Schwarzstöckli. Just above the tree line is the charmingly rustic inn "Murgsee", overlooking the lake. It is a good place for taking a break before descending into the valley.

Hiking, cycling and mountain biking

Directions

By car: take the A3 from Zurich to Murg, then continue to Alp Merlen. Circular hike to the Murg lakes.
By public transport: from Zurich via Ziegelbrücke to Murg, then continue on the Murg Valley bus (bookings: tel. +41 (0)81 738 14 41) to Alp Merlen.

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