Cycling in Switzerland

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WALSA-Weg
WALSA-Weg
Stage 2, Garschlu–Flumserberg
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Via Alpina
Via Alpina
Stage 2, Sargans–Weisstannen
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Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 9, Niederurnen–Buchs (SG)
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Rhine Route
Rhine Route
Stage 3, Chur–Buchs (SG)
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Liechtensteiner Rheintalroute
Liechtensteiner Rheintalroute
Route 35, Sargans–Altstätten
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Fünf-Schlössertour
Fünf-Schlössertour
Route 555, Buchs–Sargans–Vaduz–Buchs
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Prättigauer Route
Prättigauer Route
Route 21, Klosters–Sargans
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Biking in the surroundings

Heidiland Bike
Alp Gamidaur Bike
Chapfensee Bike
Palfries-Panoramabike
Mels
Mels–Vermol

Mels–Vermol

The first road to Vermol was probably built in the 19th century but no reliable facts are known. However, the result remains an extremely spectacular engineered road, unique in the Sargans region.
The hamlet of Vermol is the highest-altitude and youngest permanent settlement on Melserberg. The first mention dates from the early 15th century. For a long time the hamlet could only be reached along steep, unsecured paths, until a new road was planned towards the end of the 18th century. This was initiated by a change in living habits as well as land in the Rheintal valley which farmers had to work.

The new road was built specifically to provide the hamlet with access by a new route and not – as customary – by an extension to older, existing facilities. At this time, engineering roads were being built along the lines of the Napoleonic model in the entire Alpine region and the road to Vermol is no exception. Details such as cobbling, parapet walls and curb stones integrated into the walls give the road its unique character, particularly on the steep section running over the Seez ravine, between St. Martin and Vermol.

The road built in the 20th century did not have much effect on the existing road because the new road also had to be newly positioned. So nothing stands in the way of exploring the old road on foot and experiencing a slice of road-building history.
The first road to Vermol was probably built in the 19th century but no reliable facts are known. However, the result remains an extremely spectacular engineered road, unique in the Sargans region.
The hamlet of Vermol is the highest-altitude and youngest permanent settlement on Melserberg. The first mention dates from the early 15th century. For a long time the hamlet could only be reached along steep, unsecured paths, until a new road was planned towards the end of the 18th century. This was initiated by a change in living habits as well as land in the Rheintal valley which farmers had to work.

The new road was built specifically to provide the hamlet with access by a new route and not – as customary – by an extension to older, existing facilities. At this time, engineering roads were being built along the lines of the Napoleonic model in the entire Alpine region and the road to Vermol is no exception. Details such as cobbling, parapet walls and curb stones integrated into the walls give the road its unique character, particularly on the steep section running over the Seez ravine, between St. Martin and Vermol.

The road built in the 20th century did not have much effect on the existing road because the new road also had to be newly positioned. So nothing stands in the way of exploring the old road on foot and experiencing a slice of road-building history.

Mels–Vermol

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www.ivs.admin.ch

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Weisstannen
Weisstannen
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Alp Siez
Alp Siez
Weisstannen
Catherine’s Loft BnB
Catherine’s Loft BnB
Mels
Hotel Restaurant Gemse
Hotel Restaurant Gemse
Weisstannen
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Hiking in the surroundings

WALSA-Weg
WALSA-Weg
Stage 2, Garschlu–Flumserberg
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Via Alpina
Via Alpina
Stage 2, Sargans–Weisstannen
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Cycling in the surroundings

Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 9, Niederurnen–Buchs (SG)
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Rhine Route
Rhine Route
Stage 3, Chur–Buchs (SG)
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Liechtensteiner Rheintalroute
Liechtensteiner Rheintalroute
Route 35, Sargans–Altstätten
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Fünf-Schlössertour
Fünf-Schlössertour
Route 555, Buchs–Sargans–Vaduz–Buchs
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Prättigauer Route
Prättigauer Route
Route 21, Klosters–Sargans
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Biking in the surroundings

Heidiland Bike
Alp Gamidaur Bike
Chapfensee Bike
Palfries-Panoramabike