Rhein Gorge Lookout Tower

This is an easy walk through the forest and flower filled fields out to a dramatic lookout over the Rhine Gorge, aka “Swiss Grand Canyon.”  The walk is a little long for little kids, so happily it is obstacle-free and suitable for strollers if your kids need a break. There’s a playground at the start, a delicious restaurant in the middle, fire pits, and lovely views. If it’s a hot day, combine this with a swim at the gorgeous Caumasee.

If you need more of a challenge, you can hike down the gorge to the river below and admire the interesting formations from below. Instead of hiking back up, you can walk along the river to the train station and take the train to Chur and find your way home from there.

Location:   Graubünden Switzerland
Address:
Car: 1hr30 from Zurich
Train: 1hr50 from Zurich
Trail: 3.5 km each way, about 1.5 hr each way with kids
Condition: dirt road, strollers ok
Skill: easy
Open: best April to October
Prices: free
Services: restaurant, fire pits, small playground
More info: www.flims.com

Overview

This trail starts in Flims Waldhaus, walks through the forest to the tiny village of Conn, then a couple more minutes a lookout tower over the Rhein Gorge. This portion of the hike is a wide dirt road, suitable for strollers. After admiring the view, you can simply walk back the same way you came.

If you want to continue hiking down the gorge to the river, see my second post for details. This second trail is about 7.8 km.

 

Getting There

By car: Drive to Flims and drive past the gondola to the south part of town, called Flims Waldhaus. Turn left on Via Sorts Sut. There are several metered parking lots in this area as marked on the map. Parking lot #1 is next to a big playground with a picnic area, grill pits and toilets. Parking #2 is near the bus stop and a store.

By public transport: Take a train to Chur, then a bus to Flims Waldhaus, Caumasee. Follow trail signs to Caumasee and Conn.

Walk to Rhein Gorge Lookout

From wherever you parked your car or got off the bus, just start walking into the forest, following signs to Lag la Cauma and Conn and you’ll eventually get on the right trail.

If you parked at Parking #1, you’ll find a big playground and a picnic area with fire pits right next to the parking before you start the trail. There is a slide, swings, zip line, grills and toilets.

If you want to see the Caumasee on your way, follow signs to Caumasee for a short detour. This picture was taken in early June after a freak snow storm. On hot summer days, you can swim here.

Here we are on the trail in early last June. We started this trail in a downpour in full rain suits because that’s how we roll. But you will go on a warm sunny day. Our rainy day brought out hundreds of enormous Weinbergschnekes that were a little difficult to avoid smashing.

On a warm day, consider taking a detour to the Caumasee for some swimming. It looks fantastic! We didn’t get to swim, but the wildflowers were a nice consolation.

Here we are approaching the restaurant (and hotel). Isn’t the setting magical? It makes me want to have a party there.

We decided to eat there mostly to escape the rain, but the food was so delicious that I’d happily go back any time. Just look at that pretty tall salad topped with an edible flower. The handmade ravioli were great too.

The grounds around the restaurant are scatttered with little lounging areas. Looks like a great place to read a book or take a nap.

There was a see-saw behind the restaurant if your kids need to get their wiggles out. I hope it’s still there when you go.

The funky lookout tower. It took some convincing for my boys to climb this tower; they were scared, but it was totally safe.

Our view up and down the river.

The fire pit near the lookout tower.

After admiring the view, you can hike all the way down the gorge to the river below.  See my second post about that hike.

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2 comments

  1. I did mention in the summary that it was stroller friendly. But to be more clear, the whole trail to the restaurant is a dirt road, so easily done with a stroller. After the restaurant, it's more of a regular trail, but I still think you can do it with a stroller. Of course, the lookout point requires stairs, but this is short and you can simply leave the stroller at the bottom. I hope this helps 🙂

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