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Warm water in a shadowy gorge

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  • Die Taminaschlucht
    Die Taminaschlucht
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m 900 800 700 600 500 6 5 4 3 2 1 km Badkapelle Tamina Therme Bad Ragaz Altes Bad Pfäfers Feuerstelle Schwattenfall Taminaschlucht mit Thermalquelle Taminabrücke
Impressive journey to the spring water in the natural Tamina Gorge with the Old Bath Pfäfers.
moderate
Distance 6.9 km
2:02 h
70 m
372 m
827 m
517 m
For 700 years people have been bathing in the healing waters of the Tamina gorge.
A visit to the springs can be combined with a hike in spectacular surroundings. Water sometimes seeks out astonishing paths, and the water in which you will bath at the end of the excursion into the St. Gall Oberland has traveled a most astonishing route indeed. You will find yourself in the 34-degree outdoor pool of the Tamina Therme in Bad Ragaz. Since the mid nineteenth century, the water has been piped to the spa from the thermal springs four kilometers away. That is not especially astonishing. In contrast however, the source of the warm water that bubbles out of the rocks into the Tamina gorge has been found by researchers to spring from the area of the Tödi. There, in the southern-most part of Canton Glarus, the water seeps deep into the earth, where it is warmed. Somehow it then finds its way under the Sernf and Weisstannen valleys to the Tamina gorge. Its emergence in this spot probably has to do with the fact that hardly any other mountain stream has bored so deeply into the rock as the Tamina.
All this and more can be learned when you visit the spa museum in the Altes Bad - the old spa. This magnificent baroque structure is located in the Badtobel at the lower entrance to the Tamina gorge.
The hike begins at the former Pfäfers monastery (now the St. Pirminsberg Clinic), with a visit to the baroque church. After walking through Pfäfers village you take a steep downhill path requiring firm footing. Once on the valley floor, you walk along the road to the Altes Bad. A gravel path takes you under spectacular overhangs, and even more spectacular overhangs and a natural bridge are to be seen near the thermal springs. At this point you pay with a five-franc piece to go through the revolving door into the dark, humid gorge.
After exploring the gorge and enjoying a good lunch in the restraurant of the Altes Bad you can continue on to Bad Ragaz, where you can recover in the warm water of the Tamina springs.

See also
Heidiland Tourismus AG
Infostelle Bad Ragaz
Am Platz 1
CH-7310 Bad Ragaz
Tel: +41 (0)81 300 40 20
Fax: +41 (0)81 300 40 21
E-Mail: spavillage@heidiland.com
Internet: www.heidiland.com

Altes Bad Pfäfers
Tel: +41 (0)81 302 71 61
E-Mail: info@altes-bad-pfaefers.ch
Internet: www.altes-bad-pfaefers.ch

Tamina Therme
CH-7310 Bad Ragaz
Tel: +41 (0)81 303 27 40
Fax: +41 (0)81 303 27 46
E-Mail: taminatherme@taminatherme.ch
Internet: www.taminatherme.ch

Order hiking map: www.heidiland.com/de/aktivitaeten-erlebnisse/sommer/wandern-klettern/wanderkarte-heidiland

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Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
827 m
Lowest point
517 m
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 50.13%Road 49.86%
Forested/wild trail
3.5 km
Road
3.5 km
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Rest stops

Restaurant Sagastübli
Restaurant Altes Bad Pfäfers
Old Bath Pfäfers

Tips and hints

Start

Pfäfers, bus stop Klinik (819 m)
Coordinates:
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2'756'866E 1'206'292N
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46.989138, 9.500941
DMS
46°59'20.9"N 9°30'03.4"E
UTM
32T 538092 5204078
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Destination

Bad Ragaz, Tamina Therme

Turn-by-turn directions

Pfäfers - Badtobel - Altes Bad Pfäfers - Bad Ragaz (Tamina Therme)

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'756'866E 1'206'292N
DD
46.989138, 9.500941
DMS
46°59'20.9"N 9°30'03.4"E
UTM
32T 538092 5204078
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
6.9 km
Duration
2:02 h
Ascent
70 m
Descent
372 m
Highest point
827 m
Lowest point
517 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Scenic Family-friendly

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