Flumserberg Flower Trail

Flumserberg, a ski resort popular with Zurichers, is also fun alpine hiking area with fantastic mountain views. The “Ziger” trail, part of the longer Heidi Flower Trail, is a good option for little kids, non-hikers and visitors with mobility issues. The 2 km loop, stroller and wheelchair accessible, with fantastic views and lots of flowers during the height of summer. We like this one for visitors on a budget and short on time, since it’s close to Zurich, relatively inexpensive, and easy to access with public transportation. We also love Flumserberg because on many days when Zurich is socked in with fog, you’ll find sunny skies here at in all of Heidiland.

Location:   Eastern Switzerland
Address: Flumersberg Tannenalp, CH-SG
GPS: 47°05’32.3″N 9°16’48.9″E
Car: 1hr15 from Zurich
Transit: 1hr40 from Zurich
Trail: 2 km, ~40 mins
Condition: dirt
Skill: easy
Open: mid June to mid October
More info: www.flumserberg.ch

Overview

Below is my map of the Ziger loop trail, a 2km stroller-friendly loop. If you feel like hiking longer, you can extend your hike on the longer Heidi Flower Trail. You can also access the full Flumserberg Hiking map for 2015 online here. List of all stroller friendly hikes at Flumserberg.

Getting There

This trail is accessed from the Tannenboden-Maschgenkamm gondola (not to be confused with the Tannenheim-Prodalp gondola that also belongs to the Flumserberg resort). Using the above map, make your way to Tannenboden, passing by the first Flumserberg gondola at Prodalp on your way. For drivers, you can drive all the way up to Tannenboden-Flumserberg and park in the large lot next to the gondola. Or you can park at Unterterzen in the valley and pay a little extra to take a series of cable cars up to Tannenboden, then walk up the road and across the parking lot to the Maschgenkamm gondola.

With public transportation, take a train to Unterterzen. The cable car station is conveniently adjacent to the train station. Take the cable cars up to Tannenboden, then walk up the road and across the parking lot to the Maschgenkamm gondola.

In all cases, you’ll need a return ticket from wherever you started to Maschgenkamm and back. In 2015, a Tannenheim-Maschgemkamm return ticked costs Adult CHF 22, Halbtax CHF 11, children under 12 ride free.

Trail Details

Take the gondola from Tannenboden to Maschgenkamm. At the top, you’ll sometimes find some play equipment, which seems to change every time we go. Sometimes there’s been a trampoline and a climbing structure, one time a zip line. No guarantees.

You’ll also find an average self-serve cafe with a very limited menu but a nice patio. A better restaurant is a short walk south down the trail. It only has a few tables so on busy days, they might not be able accommodate you. Last time we went it was cash only.

From the top of the Maschgenkamm gondola, follow the Heidis Blumenpfad, aka “flower trail,” trail to the northwest. This part of the Flower Trail loops around the Ziger peak, about 2km and about 40 minutes with slow-walking kids. It’s flat, easy and short. It also is a Geotrail, with geological info signs (in German) along the path. My grandmother and aunt are showing the way below.

In years past, they’ve had this fun Heidi pictureboard.

Here is my pregnant belly from many years ago demonstrating the “accessible to all” nature of this trail.

My 80+ grandmother is demonstrating the suitability of this trail for all ages. Even though we also took her to a famous mountain, she loved Flumserberg and felt like she was getting the “real” Swiss alps experience.

More of the trail. There are lots of benches if tired legs need to rest or you want to break out picnic.

The far side of the loop. Various trails take off in different directions here. To keep on the loop, just always take the trail on your right, following the curve of the mountain. You won’t get lost.

Here’s what it looks like in early October, still pretty but no flowers.

Our little hikers taking a rest.

Detour

One time we hiked this trail, we did a little detour, leaving the loop trail at the halfway point and continuing on trail #4 to a ridge trail with a view of the Walensee. Here’s the ridge trail.

We walked out to an overlook where we could see the Walensee and Zurich in the fog to the north.

More of the Walensee and Churfirsten peaks.

Then we continued the loop on trail #5 and #6 back to the gondola. This took about 2 hours with lots of picture taking and wandering time for our toddler. It was a beautiful, easy trail (except the last bit which was straight uphill) with lots of wildflowers, even late in the season.

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