Davos Alpentour – Glaris to Schwatzalp

Distance: 10.8 miles (one way)

near Davos in Eastern Switzerland




This lovely walk traverses above or near the timberline along the west side of the Davos Valley with fine views of the peaks towering above the east side of the valley and the summits rimming the ridge to the west. Several options exist to shorten the walk.
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  • Distance: 10.8 miles (one way) to Schwatzalp
  • Elevation: 4,734-ft. at Trailhead
    6,670-ft. at Schwatzalp
  • Elevation Gain: 1,926-ft. to Schwatzalp
  • Difficulty: moderate-strenuous
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    Davos / Eastern Switzerland

Why Hike Davos Alpentour – Glaris to Schwatzalp

This mid-level walk, traversing above or near the timberline along the west side of the Davos Valley, features great views of the high peaks towering above the east side of the valley as well as the summits rising above the trail to the west.

After climbing above Glaris the undulating trail heads north staying between 6,100-ft to 6,700-ft. on its way to Schatzalp, where a funicular whisks hikers down to Davos Platz. The path can be walked in either direction. Walking north, as described below, requires a moderate to moderately-steep ascend from the valley floor to the traverse. Walking south is rated as moderate since it utilizes the funicular to reach the traverse and then drops down to Glaris at the end of the hike. I like both directions.

Shorten the hike by descending one of the many trails dropping from the Alpentour to bus stops and train stations along the valley floor. The hike can also be shortened by starting the hike at Frauenkirch and climbing to Staelalp (1,270-ft. elevation gain).

The Alpentour is a great option if there is snow at higher elevations or the weather precludes hiking to the passes and alpine meadows in the area. Hikers looking for an easier day will also appreciate this scenic path that passes through scenic pastures and small hamlets.

Be forewarned that you will be sharing the trail with mountain bikes. I have not found this generally to be a problem.

Due to the undulating nature of this trail, the elevation gain and loss is greater than the net difference between the high and the trailhead implies.

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile for the Davos Alpentour hiking trail

Trail Resources

Trail Photo Gallery / Trail Map

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Eastern Switzerland

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