Dear reader:

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Additional information has been provided to the stages which I have already hiked or I am about to hike. This information can refer to a blog. It can also give explanations about a person, a place or an interesting event, mentioned in the text of the original page of the Via Alpina website in question.


Stage C1: Sücka–Vaduz

Difficulty II     Walking time 3h15     Distance 12.568 km      ↑ 286m     ↓ 1216m

Additional information on this stage:

Muschelkalk, German for shell bearing limestone, is formed by sediments with fossils dating back to the Late-Trias, over more than 200 million years. See for more information Wikipedia.

Nagelfluh is a form of natural concrete (in German called “Herrgottbeton“, “Good Lord’s concrete”). It consists of rounded debris pressed into sediments (conglomerate, molasse) and can found especially in the Swiss “Mittelland” (the central part of Switzerland). See further Wikipedia.

Vaduzer Flysch is a sequence of sedimentary layers. See for more information Wikipedia.

The Schwabenkrieg, the Swabian War, took place from January to September 1499. It is also called the “Schweizer Krieg” (the “Swiss War”) or the “Engadiner Krieg” (the War of the Engadin”). It was a war between the Swiss Confederation and the Austrian House of Habsburg with its ally, the Swabian League. This war was won by the Swiss.


Stage C2: Vaduz–Sargans

Difficulty I     Walking time 4h50     Distance 17.7 km      ↑ 407m      ↓ 383m

Sargans Castle and Gonzen mountain

Sargans Castle and the mountain Gonzen

Additional information on this stage:

Please, also read the blogs about this stage: July 20th 2017 and July 22nd 2017


Stage C3a: Sargans–Weisstannen

Difficulty II     Walking time 4h30     Distance 12,4 km     ↑ 727m     ↓ 230m

Mels SG, Switzerland

The Church of Mels SG

Additional information on this stage:

Please, also read the blogs about this stage and Weisstannen and surroundings: July 21st 2017 and September 18th 2017


Stage C3b: Weisstannen–Elm

Difficulty II     Walking time 4h30     Distance 12.4 km      ↑ 1287m     ↓ 1297m


Glarus Thrust seen from Segnesboden

Additional information on this stage:

The Glarus-thrust is a geological phenomenon, where older layers of rocks have been pushed over layers of rocks that are younger of age by tectonic forces in the earth crust which were released when the African and European plates collided. Such phenomena have occurred at more places on earth, but in this part of Switzerland the thrust is clearly visible at the surface. See further Wikipedia. See also the website of the UNESCO World heritage Sardona for more information in German or in English.

A “Bannerherr” is the chief of administration of a district town. In English he is called a “Knight banneret“.

A “Landammann” is the president of the cantonal government of some Swiss Cantons; see also the explanation in English.

General Alexander Wassiljewitsch Suworow was an important Commander of the Russian army (1730–1800), who is considered as one of the greatest strategists of modern times. During the so-called War of the Second Coalition (1798-1801) he was commanding the Austrian-Russian Army, who fought against Napoleon’s France in coalition with Great-Britain. He conquered the Gotthard Pass on the French, but had to lead his troops through the Central and Bündner Alps, in the meantime covered in snow, a.o. over the Panixer Pass  in order to reach Austria again. Although the starving Russian troops looted the Swiss rural area, the Swiss are still full of praise for General Suworow. By his endeavours he contributed to the ending of the vassal state, the Helvetian Republic, installed by the French. That is the reason why in various places where the General has been, plaques and memorials in his honour can be found – also in Elm. For more information on General Suworow and his strategies in Switzerland see Wikipedia.

Please, also read the blogs about this stage and Elm and surroundings: September 18th 2017, September 20th 2017 and September 21st 2017.


Stage C4: Elm–Linthal

Difficulty II     Walking time 9h30     Distance 22.3 km      ↑ 1287m     ↓ 1297m

Linthal GL, Switzerland

Linthal with the Biferten glacier at the beginning of the Valley

Additional information on this stage:

Bad Stachelberg was a spa resort built near a spring with sulphuric water between Linthal and Braunwald. The water was already used since 1768; its healing qualities are still acknowlegded as being beneficial for the skeleton, skin, hair and nails). See further the website of the Geopark Sardona (this item only in German).

Napoleon III, in full Charles-Louis Napoléon Bonaparte (1808 – 1873), was President of France from 1848 to 1852, and as Napoleon III Emperor of France from 1852 to 1870. Louis Napoleon, as he was also called, was Napoleon I’s cousin. For more information see Wikipedia.

Field Marshall Moltke, Helmuth Karl Bernhard (since 1870 Count/Graf) von Moltke (1800 – 1891), was a German General-Field Marshall and during thirty years Chief of Staff of the Prussian Army. He is generally considered as one of the most important strategists of the second half of the 19th century. He developed a newer, more modern method to control the troops in the field. For more information see Wikipedia.

General Dufour, Guillaume-Henri Dufour (1787 – 1875), was a Swiss general and topograph. He served under Napoleon I and led the Swiss army to victory in the war against the Sonderbund (a religious civil war between the catholic and protestant cantons in 1848). He was chairman of the First Convention of Geneva, where the International Red Cross was founded. For more information see Wikipedia.

Count/Graf von Zeppelin, Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Count/Graf von Zeppelin (1838 – 1917), was a German inventor and aviation pioneer. For more information see Wikipedia.

Please, also read the blog about this stage (Elm to Obererbs): September 20th 2017.


Stage C5: Linthal–Urnerboden

Difficulty II     Walking time 5h50     Distance 14.4 km      ↑ 970m     ↓ 250m

Urnerboden UR, Switzerland

View on Urnerboden UR


Stage C6: Urnerboden–Altdorf

Difficulty II     Walking time 9h30     Distance 27.8 km      ↑ 783m     ↓ 1707m

Altdorf UR, Wilhelm Tell Memorial, 1900, Switzerland

The Wilhelm Tell Memorial in Altdorf UR around 1900


Stage C7: Altdorf–Engelberg

Difficulty II     Walking time 10h20     Distance 25.9 km      ↑ 1812m     ↓ 1260m

Engelberg OW, Switzerland

View on Engelberg OW with the monastery


Stage C8: Engelberg–Meiringen

Difficulty II     Walking time 12h23     Distance 29.0 km      ↑ 1704m     ↓ 2107m

Meiringen BE, Sherlock Holmes

The statue of detective Sherlock Holmes in front of the English Church in Meiringen BE


Stage C9: Meiringen–Grindelwald

Difficulty I     Walking time 7h50     Distance 22.0 km      ↑ 1377m     ↓ 938m

Grindelwald BE, Eiger, Switzerland

View into the Grindelwald Valley BE and the mountain Eiger


Stage C10: Grindelwald–Lauterbrunnen

Difficulty I     Walking time 6h50     Distance 17.8 km      ↑ 1103m     ↓ 1328m

Kleine Scheidegg BE, Eiger, Mönch, Jungfrau, Switzerland

View on the Kleine Scheidegg with the mountains Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau


Stage C11: Lauterbrunnen–Griesalp

Difficulty II     Walking time 9h00     Distance 19.6 km      ↑ 1820m     ↓ 1206m

Lauterbrunnen BE, Staubbach, Switzerland

The Staubbach waterfall near Lauterbrunnen BE


Stage C12: Griesalp–Kandersteg

Difficulty II     Walking time 7h10     Distance 14.5 km      ↑ 1333m     ↓ 1582m

Blüemlisalp Glacier BE, Switzerland

The Blüemlisalp glacier


Stage C13: Kandersteg–Adelboden

Difficulty II     Walking time 7h10     Distance 15.6 km      ↑ 1244m     ↓ 1079m

Kandersteg BE, Switzerland

View into the Kandersteg Valley BE

Stage C13  and Stage R100 of the Red Trail are identical.


Stage C14: Adelboden–Lenk

Difficulty II     Walking time 4h30     Distance 13.2 km      ↑ 629m     ↓ 906m


Lenk: view from the entrance of the entrance of the village to the surrounding mountain range

Lenk is the final destination of the Green Trail. Stage C14 and Stage R101 of the Red Trail are identical.