Every adventure begins with a first step. The first step of the Via Alpina is taken in the Principality of Liechtenstein, followed by easy forest trails and wide roads to reach Sargans. Although the long descent might be hard on your knees, this stage is not too demanding in terms of the fitness level required, making it the perfect starting point for the 20 stages of the Via Alpina.


Along a winding road, the bus takes keen hikers up to Kurhaus in Gaflei (Vaduz). Rucksacks still feel light and the muscles feel strong, as a great sense of anticipation fills the air. To reach the official start of the Via Alpina, it takes around 15 minutes uphill. Through dense forests on a narrow trail, it is no less than 1,200 m down to Vaduz, the capital of the Principality of Liechtenstein. Along the way, you pass the Gaflei observation tower and the ruin of Schalun Castle, which is a great spot for a picnic.

On the mountain, Vaduz Castle towers high above Vaduz. The small city has a great choice of restaurants for lunch, before embarking on relatively flat cycle paths and trails to Sevelen. A little more idyllic and without much in the way of ascent, you cross meadows and forests to reach Sargans. In Hotel Post, for example, the body can recover from the 27 km it has just completed and recharge for the stages to come.

Food/drink along the route

Accommodation in Sargans


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

Technical information

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Start location
Vaduz (Gaflei, FL)
One way
540 m
1650 m
27 km
7 h 20 min
Duration back
8 h 25 min
Technical requirements
Physical requirements
March - October
With panoramic view
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Route number

Stage: 1/20


27 km


7 h 20 min


540 m

Travel information: Vaduz

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