Hiking in Arosa

Arosa, the hiking paradise in Grisons

Hiking is your passion? Arosa is an insider tip for those seeking peace and offers a suitable trouvaille for every taste. Arosa’s unique location differentiates it from other holiday regions. Be it a special legend hike, a stroll through picturesque forests or hikes to crystal clear mountain lakes, peaks of 2,900 metres and routes to many more natural gems – all of it can be experienced on our marked and well-kept hiking trails in and around Arosa.

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Mattjischhorn Sonnenuntergang | © Nina Mattli

Hiking Guides

In Arosa and the Schanfigg there are hiking guides at your disposal. Enjoy a guided hike, you will always learn exciting background knowledge. Be it on the subject of culture, the history of the region, flora and fauna or wildlife. We wish you eventful hikes with the local hiking guides.

Nina Mattli                 www.ninamattli.ch
Karin Bächinger       baechifamily@bluewin.ch
Martin Jäger             www.naturerlebniswelt-jaeger.ch
Michael Illien            www.michaelillien.ch
Werner Forrer           www.wanderbaer.ch
Beatrice Paul            www.alpinasol.ch

Umgang mit Tieren in Arosa | © Nina Mattli

Handling animals

In order to avoid unnecessary accidents, certain rules of conduct must be observed when crossing alpine pastures with suckler cows. Hikers, bikers etc. are warned of danger with the familiar green warning signs placed along the official hiking trails.

Rules of conduct: Keep away from cattle - never touch calves - keep dogs on a leash and let go in an emergency. Please also note that the mother cows can be found in the Alps until around the end of September. The keeping of suckler cows is a beautiful and species-appropriate form of keeping in which social contacts between the animals are possible again.

Thank you for your help (Information pdf)
Mutterkühe auf der Tschüggenhütte in Arosa | © Nina Mattli

Mother Cows in Arosa

When encountering cows during your hike it is important to know how to behave, in particular when coming across mother cows and guard dogs. It is best to disrupt the the animals as little as possible.

Mother cows protect their calves. Maintain the distance! The following Alps in and around Arosa host mother cows with their calves during summer:

  • Arosa: Alp Urden (hiking route Hörnli – Urdensee – Tschiertschen), Alp Altein (Davos Wiesen), Alp Arosa (between Hörnli and Alpenblick)
  • Langwies: Alp Medergen, Alp Tschuggen, Alp Haupt (Sapün), Alp Reckholdern (Fondei), Alp Blackten (Fondei)
Information PDF 2019
© Arosa Tourismus / Nina Mattli

Correct behaviour when hiking

  • Do not leave the offiziell marked hiking trails.
  • Small steps and even speed save power uphill and protect the joints downhill
  • Never lean your upper body backwards when climbing down (danger of slipping).
  • Even without thirst, drinking is important, because the feeling of thirst lags behind the need for fluids.
  • No risk in case of bad weather, malaise (weakness) or other difficulties

5 Rules for hiking

  • Keep a constant eye on the weather development
  • Make sure you have suitable and complete equipment
  • Inform third parties about your tour. Report back to your destination on arrival.
  • Observe the principle "in case of doubt, reverse"!
  • Enjoy hiking with a smile on your face
Hiking at Isla Arosa | © Arosa Tourismus / Nina Mattli

Hiking signalization signs

Hiking trails (yellow) are generally accessible and usually intended for people walking. Hiking trails do not have special requirements. The signposting of the hiking trails is yellow.

Mountain hiking trails (white-red-white) are hiking trails that partly open up impassable terrain. Users of mountain hiking trails must be sure-footed, free from giddiness, in good physical condition and aware of the dangers in the mountains (rockfall, danger of slipping and falling, weather upheaval). The signposts are yellow with white-red-white tops, the markings are white-red-white.

Alpine hiking trails (white-blue-white) are demanding mountain hiking trails. Alpine hiking trails must be sure-footed, free of vertigo and in very good physical condition. They must also be able to handle ropes and ice axe as well as climbing with the aid of your hands. The signposts are blue with white-blue-white tips, confirmations and markings are white-blue-white.

Outdooractive App | © Arosa Tourismus

Outdooractive Hiking-App

The Outdooractive App is the indispensable companion for the most beautiful tours in Graubünden and contains a constantly growing number of tours on topographical maps. Practical - the maps can also be used offline! Further content: Mountain bike maps, snowshoe tours, cross-country routes. In the Outdooractive app you will find all tours in Graubünden.

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Winterwandern in Arosa | © Nina Mattli

Winter Advice in Summer

You can also enjoy your passion of hiking on our well prepared hiking trails during the winter season. A network of over 140 km maintained winter hiking paths are at your disposal.

Thanks to the extensive hiking trail web through the ski sports area, hikers are also able to meet skiers at the charming mountain huts. Many other routes lead to remote side valleys and secret hideaways.

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