The Four Springs Trail is a thrilling hike through the Gotthard massif to the sources of four major rivers that go on to flow through four different countries.


The Rhine emerges at Lake Toma before flowing on to Germany and the Netherlands; the Reuss, which later flows into the Rhine, rises by the Lucendro Pass; the Ticino, which eventually flows into the Po in Italy, originates at the Nufenen Pass; and the Rhone has its source in the eponymous glacier, before flowing towards France.

The Four Sources Trail leads in five stages through magnificent Alpine scenery, home to marmots and chamois, across moorland and high pastures. Each river source is the focus of a day-hike whose start and finish points are served by public transport. Thanks to a good choice of accommodation, you can comfortably string the hikes together into a five-day tour.

An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted

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