Hiking in Liechtenstein: Flowerful Malbun-Princess Gina Trail

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Liechtenstein is a paradise for hikers who seek breathtaking alpine panoramas, hearty mountain hut food and well marked trails. There are so many trekking trails in the principality of Liechtenstein, one of the tiniest but richest countries in this world, that you'll have a hard choice on which one to do.

 

On my short weekend trip to the principality, I got to do several hikes. Despite the limited size of Liechtenstein, I couldn't do every hike in Liechtenstein in 2 days (Just that you get an idea of many trails there are!).

 

There seems to be a trail for everybody: multi-day trails that go across the entire country ("Route 66"), routes for less experienced hikers, trails for adventurous outdoor enthusiasts... The choice is yours! Without any doubt, in my eyes, the Princess-Gina Trail is one of the most picturesque trails of this charming little country. Read on why it's the perfect blend of the best Liechtenstein's trekking trails have to offer.

 

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The Hike + Map

Length: 12km
Hiking time: Malbun–Malbun: 5 hours
Vertical metres covered: Malbun–Malbun: 1100m
Difficulty: Medium

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Ascending the Augstenberg (2359m)

The Princess-Gina Trail, in German Fürstin Gina Weg, has all it needs to become the ideal hiking trail of Liechtenstein: alpine panorama views, dramatic mountain peaks, huts serving delicious food and a unique flora. The trail is named after the mother of the actual Prince, Princess Gina von Wilczek.

 

We started in Malbun, the winter sports hotspot of Liechtenstein. Here you can decide whether you want to get up to the first peak, Sareis, by foot or by chairlift. As we knew that the trek would be quite long (12km), we opted for the chairlift which spoiled us already with lovely views on the alpine village of Malbun.

 

Arrival point is the ski station of Sareis which ideally comes with a picturesque mountain hut named "Berggasthof Sareis". It's the perfect location to enjoy a hearty breakfast with breathtaking views from its wooden terrace. It's truely a princely vista that you got from this spot. Just perfect to rally all forces to climb the Augstenberg peak of 2359m.

 

The Augstenberg is the destination of the hike's first part departing from Sareis station. The trail leads you along the ridge, filled with unique colourful flowers, to the Sareiserjoch. The charming flowers add so much to the delight of this trek. According to our guide, some of them are true rarities.

 

By the end of the ridge, the climb to the Augstenberg (2359m) begins. It's much more challenging than the first part, but therefore the views get better and better. As the path gets more craggy with every step you take, the enormous cross of the peak comes closer and closer. We're almost there!

 

The sensations when you finally reach the Augstenberg peak are overwhelming: I felt both relieved to have coped with the challenging ascend and totally in awe when glancing at the jaw-dropping view over the valley of Malbun, the Alps of Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Austria.

Lunch Time...finally!

My stomach starts rumbling again, it's most definitely time for lunch! Fortunately the next mountain hut isn't far away. But the path leading to the highly desired meal in Pfälzerhütte is steep and tedious. If you're lucky, you'll spot some ibex or marmots.

 

Finally we reach the mountain hut Pfälzerhütte. I can't wait to devour my hearty lunch inspired by German and Austrian cuisine in front of the breathtaking views over the mountains. So far we trekked half way of the circular trail to Malbun. The descend from Pfälzerhütte to Malbun leads along scenic mountain views to the mountain pasture "Alp Gritsch". Here the trail is broad and very easy to walk. It's been pure bliss!

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Panorama while descending to Malbun - Vista panorámica a la bajada a Malbun

Descend to Malbun

At the turnstile, preventing from cows to enter, the trail descends along lush green pastures to Malbun. Sometimes I felt like in a scene of the "Sound of Music" movie. The topic of Liechtenstein as a financial hub couldn't be more far away. It's all so quiet and idyllic. Cows are grazing peacefully, crickets chirp cheerfully as you get closer to the final destination of the trail: Malbun.

 

Malbun offers several leisure options. The legendary eagle and owl show at the Falknerei Galina is definitely the most prominent one. Listening to the falconer Norman Vögeli and his unique relationship with his birds are definitely a huge highlight for children and adults. Always remember that these birds are not emprisoned but since the age of 5 years, they make their decisions autonomously and whether they want to stay with the falconer or not.

 

Having dinner at the restaurant of Falknei Galina is the crowing glory of an exciting day and a glorious hike in the principality of Liechtenstein. The Princess Gina Trail is, along these 10 Things To Do, just 1 reason more, why you, hiking lovers, should put Liechtenstein on your travel map. 

 

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I did the Princess Gina hike in the very good company of several other passionate bloggers: Doris, Julia and Cindy. Don't forget to check out their blogs (in German):

Doris: DorisWold.at

Julia: Living4Taste.de

Cindy: RunFurther.de


I recommend to spend a night in the mountain hut of Pfälzerhütte and enjoy one of the best sunrises over the Alps of Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Austria. Followed by a hearty breakfast on their terrasse which is still not filled with tired hikers. This will be the perfect start to one of your best days in Liechtenstein. Pure bliss!


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Above the Malbun Valley - Saltando encima del valle de Malbun

Liechtenstein es un paraíso para senderistas que busquen panoramas alpinos que cortan el aliento, comida copiosa en cabañas de montaña y senderos bien marcados. Hay tanto senderos en la Principado de Liechtenstein, uno de los paises más pequeños pero más ricos del mundo, que será difícil decidirse por uno.

 

En mi corto viaje de fin de semana a Liechtenstein, he podido hacer varias rutas. A pesar del tamaño limitado del Principado, no podía explorar todos sus senderos en 2 dias. Parece haber una ruta para cada uno: senderos de varios dias cruzando todo el país ("Route 66"), rutas para senderistas con menos experiencia, senderos para los que buscan la aventura... La elección es tuya! Sin duda ninguna, el camino de la Princesa Gina es uno de los senderos más pintorescos de este pequeño país. Descubre aquí porque ofrece lo mejor de todos los senderos de Liechtenstein.

La ruta & mapa

Longitud: 12km
Tiempo previsto: Malbun–Malbun: 5 horas
Alturas: Malbun–Malbun: 1100m
Dificultad: Media

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Ascender el pico de Augstenberg (2359m)

El camino de la Princesa Gina, en alemán Fürstin Gina Weg, tiene todo para ser la ruta perfecta de Liechtenstein: vistas panorámicas, picos de montaña dramáticos, refugios de montaña sirviendo comida deliciosa y una flora única. El sendero lleva el nombre del príncipe actual, la Princesa Gina von Wilczek.

 

Nosotros empezamos en Malbun, el pueblo más conocido por sus pistas de esquí. Aquí puedes decidir si prefieres ir andando hasta el primer pico, Sareis, or coger el telesilla. Como sabíamos que la ruta iba a ser bastante larga (12km), hemos optado por el telesilla que ya nos regaló vistas preciosas al pueblo de Malbun.

 

Llegamos a la estación de esquí que viene, que suerte!, con un refugio para tomar un rico desayuno con vistas a la montaña. Se llama Berggasthof Sareis y sus vistas panorámicas desde su terraza son las mejores. Es una vista realmente principesca que se tiene desde aquí. Y perfecto para coger fuerzas para subir al siguiente pico, Augstenberg, a 2359m.

 

El Augstenberg es el destino de la primera parte de la ruta, saliendo desde la estación de Sareis. El sendero te lleva a lo largo de la cresta, llena de flores coloridas, hasta el Sareiserjoch. Las flores preciosas le dan mucho encanto a este sendero. Algunas de ellas son verdaderas raridades.

 

La subida al Augstenberg (2359m) empieza al final de la cresta. Es mucho más difícil que la primera parte, pero por eso las vista mejoran con cada paso. El camino se hace más escarpado y poco a poco la cruz gigante del pico se va acercando. Casi hemos llegado!

 

Las sensaciones al llegar por fin al pico de Augstenberg son aplastantes: por un lado me sentía aliviada de haber conseguido subir, por otro lado estoy totalmente conmocionada por la vista sobre el valle de Malbun rodeado por los alpes de Liechtenstein, Suiza y Austria.

La hora del almuerzo... por fin!

Mi estómago empieza a esturar otra vez... ya debería tocar el almuerzo, no? Menos mal que el siguiente refugio no está muy lejos. El camino que leva hasta el refugio Pfälzerhütte es empinado y laborioso. Con un poco de suerte puedes ver a íbices y marmotas.

 

Por fin llegamos al refugio. Las aires de la montaña me han dado mucha hambre y así los platos influenciados por al cocina alemana y austriaca tienen aún mejor sabor. También este refugio tiene vistas preciosas sobre los alpes. Una maravilla! Hasta ahora hemos hecho la mitad de la ruta circular que nos llevará a Malbun. La bajada de la Pfälzerhütte a Malbun te regalará vistas pintorescas. Aquí el camino es muy ancho y fácil de andar. Pura felicidad!

Bajada a Malbun

Llegado al torniquete impidiendo a la vacas de entrar, el camino baja al lado de pastos verdes hacia Malbun. A veces me sentí como en  un película de "Heidi". El tópico de Liechtenstein como hub financiero no hubiera podido estar más lejos. Todo es tan tranquilo e idílico. Las vacas están pastan tranquilamente, los grillos gorjean con felicidad mientras te vas acercando al final de esta ruta: Malbun.

 

Malbun ofrece varias opciones de ocio. La más conocida es el show de águilas, halcones y búhos en la Falknerei Galina. Escuchar al halconero Norman Vögeli y su relación única con sus pájaros de caza es una cita inolvidable para niños y adultos. No te olvides que estos animales no están encerrados sino que desde que tiene 5 años, pueden decidir si se quieren quedar con el halconero o no.

 

Terminar el día con una cena riquísima en el restaurante de Falknei Galina es la gloria suprema para acabar un día excitante y una ruta maravillosa en el Principado de Liechtenstein. El sendero de la Princesa Gina, es solamente una motivo más porque deberías añadir a Liechtenstein en tu mapa de viajes.

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Approaching Augstenberg Peak - Acercándome al pico de Augstenberg

Te recomiendo pasar una noche en el refugio de montaña Pfälzerhütte y disfrutar de un amanecer único encima de los alpes de Liechtenstein, Suiza y Austria. Seguido por un fuerte desayuno en su terraza, todavía no masificada por senderistas cansados, este día se convertirá poco a poco en uno de los mejores que vas a pasar en Liechtenstein. Estado máximo de felicidad garantizado!


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Terrace of Mountain Hut Sareis - La terraza del refugio Sareis
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Inside the Mountain Hut Sareis - El interior del refugio Sareis
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Flowerful Princess Gina Trail - El sendero de la Princesa Gina lleno de flores
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Happiness at 2359m - Felicidad pura a 2359m
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Happy Bloggers at the peak - Blogueros felices en el pico
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Oh hello cutie! - Hola monada!
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Lovely view at Mountain Hut Pfälzerhütte - Vista preciosa en el refugio de Pfälzerhütte
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Near Pfälzerhütte - Cerca del refugio Pfälzerhütte
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Breath! - Respira!
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Lush Green Pastures - Pastos Verdes
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Paulina on the road...
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Hiking makes me happy! - Senderismo me hace feliz
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Liechtenstein Idyll - el idilio de Liechtenstein
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Approaching Malbun - Acercándonos a Malbun
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Finally back in Malbun - Por fin de vuelta a Malbun
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Hello beauty! - Hola preciosa!
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Malbun
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Crowning Glory - Final de un día precioso

How to get there

Zurich Airport is located 115 km away. Find here the best deal for your flight to Zurich Airport.

 

The nearest train station is Sargans or Feldkirch and get then by bus to Vaduz.

How to go around

In case you travel by car

  • from St. Gallen via the A13 motorway (approximately 45 minutes)
  • from Zürich via the A3 motoway as far as Sargans, (approximately 1 hour)
  • from München via the A96 motorway, then on the A14 in Austria (approximately 3 hours)

 

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I recommend the Liechtenstein Museum and Adventure Pass which will give you free entry to most museums and important discounts on many attraction throughout the country. It's most definitely worth its money.

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In order to get more information on tourism in Liechtenstein, I recommend the site of Tourism Board of Liechtenstein.

 

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Os recomiendo la tarjeta Museum y Adventure Pass, que te dará entrada gratis a muchos sitios y todavía más descuentos en las atracciones más importantes del país.

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Para más información sobre Liechtenstein, os recomiendo la página web de la Oficina de Turismo de Liechtenstein. 


Disclaimer:  I have been a guest of the Tourism Board of Liechtenstein. All my opinions, as always, are my own. This post contains affiliate links. In case you purchase one of the items, I'll receive a small commission at no extra cost for you.

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