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Bad Ragaz
WALSA-Weg
WALSA-Weg
Stage 1, Bad Ragaz–Garschlu
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Taminaschlucht Rundtour
Route 937, Bad Ragaz–Bad Ragaz
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Rhine Route
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Stage 3, Chur–Buchs (SG)
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Prättigauer Route
Route 21, Klosters–Sargans
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Bad Ragaz
Rhein Skate
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Stage 3, Landquart–Buchs (SG)
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Route 53, Landquart–Mühlehorn
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Bad Ragaz
Bad Ragaz

Bad Ragaz

Bad Ragaz in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley at the foot of the Pizol has a long traditional as a thermal spa. It is now a wellness resort with top-class hotels, thermal baths and golf courses. The warm (37°C), healing water rises in the mysterious Tamina Gorge from a chamber deep in the mountain between towering schist walls up to 70 metres high.
From the middle of the 13th century pilgrims journeyed to the Abbey of Pfäfers near Bad Ragaz, where the Tamina Valley opens into the Rhine Valley, to bathe in the thermal waters. In 1535 the doctor and philosopher, Paracelsus, became the first doctor in Bad Pfäfers and testified to the healing powers of the thermal springs. Thus began the age of spa tourism. In 1716 the earliest baroque bathhouse in Switzerland was built below the Benedictine Monastery in Pfäfers.

From 1840 the thermal water was piped down to the more easily accessible village of Ragaz, 4 kilometres away, so Ragaz quickly became a renowned health resort. Luxury hotels were built to accommodate wealthy travellers, including Russian nobility, and, like the richly traditional Grand Hotel in Bad Ragaz, they still attract guests from all over the world. Today Bad Ragaz with its Tamina Thermal Spa, offers a broad range of medicinal and wellness packages.

Summer

The two golf courses in Bad Ragaz ideally complement the spa. The Bad Ragaz home mountain, the Pizol, and the plain of the Rhine Valley provide wonderful biking and hiking country. There is a popular cycling and inline skating route on the nearby Rhine Dam and marked Nordic walking trails are also to be found on the Pizol. The 5-lake walk on mount Pizol, which takes about four hours to complete, passes five crystal clear mountain lakes and, with its magnificent views of the eastern Swiss alpine landscape, it is a classic among mountain hikes.

Winter

The Pizol ski region stretches between 1600m and 2220m. Winter sports enthusiasts will find 12 railways and lifts, more than 40 km of piste, a free-ride paradise, a winter sports school, cross-country trails and interesting ski tour routes. Toboggan fans will rave about the 7 km toboggan run, and there are marked trails for snowshoe hikers. The attractive mountain footpath affords panoramic views.

Highlights

  • The natural spectacle of the Tamina Gorge: a wild, mysterious, narrow gorge near Pfäfers with cliffs up to 70 metres high, where the most prolific radioactive thermal water (pure, warm spring) in Europe gushes from a chamber deep in the mountain at 36.5°C
  • Ancient Bad Pfäfers: beautiful walk from Bad Ragaz through the thermal ravine to Bad Pfäfers where kings and princesses once bathed, and where there are now two museums and a Paracelsus memorial.
  • Tamina Thermal Springs: the thermal spa centre near the Grand Hotel has two indoor pools and one open-air bath with whirlpool, water chute, waterfall, spa bath, spa grotto with massage jets.
  • Pizol: at 2220m, the home mountain of Bad Ragaz offers a wonderful view of the Rhine Valley right across to Lake Constance and plenty of trails for hikers, Nordic walkers, cyclists and skiers.
  • Heidi experience: the home of this children’s storybook heroine offers Heidi experience trails on the Schwarzbüel Alp, the Pizol and above Maienfeld. Other Heidi attractions are also available.
Bad Ragaz in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley at the foot of the Pizol has a long traditional as a thermal spa. It is now a wellness resort with top-class hotels, thermal baths and golf courses. The warm (37°C), healing water rises in the mysterious Tamina Gorge from a chamber deep in the mountain between towering schist walls up to 70 metres high.
From the middle of the 13th century pilgrims journeyed to the Abbey of Pfäfers near Bad Ragaz, where the Tamina Valley opens into the Rhine Valley, to bathe in the thermal waters. In 1535 the doctor and philosopher, Paracelsus, became the first doctor in Bad Pfäfers and testified to the healing powers of the thermal springs. Thus began the age of spa tourism. In 1716 the earliest baroque bathhouse in Switzerland was built below the Benedictine Monastery in Pfäfers.

From 1840 the thermal water was piped down to the more easily accessible village of Ragaz, 4 kilometres away, so Ragaz quickly became a renowned health resort. Luxury hotels were built to accommodate wealthy travellers, including Russian nobility, and, like the richly traditional Grand Hotel in Bad Ragaz, they still attract guests from all over the world. Today Bad Ragaz with its Tamina Thermal Spa, offers a broad range of medicinal and wellness packages.

Summer

The two golf courses in Bad Ragaz ideally complement the spa. The Bad Ragaz home mountain, the Pizol, and the plain of the Rhine Valley provide wonderful biking and hiking country. There is a popular cycling and inline skating route on the nearby Rhine Dam and marked Nordic walking trails are also to be found on the Pizol. The 5-lake walk on mount Pizol, which takes about four hours to complete, passes five crystal clear mountain lakes and, with its magnificent views of the eastern Swiss alpine landscape, it is a classic among mountain hikes.

Winter

The Pizol ski region stretches between 1600m and 2220m. Winter sports enthusiasts will find 12 railways and lifts, more than 40 km of piste, a free-ride paradise, a winter sports school, cross-country trails and interesting ski tour routes. Toboggan fans will rave about the 7 km toboggan run, and there are marked trails for snowshoe hikers. The attractive mountain footpath affords panoramic views.

Highlights

  • The natural spectacle of the Tamina Gorge: a wild, mysterious, narrow gorge near Pfäfers with cliffs up to 70 metres high, where the most prolific radioactive thermal water (pure, warm spring) in Europe gushes from a chamber deep in the mountain at 36.5°C
  • Ancient Bad Pfäfers: beautiful walk from Bad Ragaz through the thermal ravine to Bad Pfäfers where kings and princesses once bathed, and where there are now two museums and a Paracelsus memorial.
  • Tamina Thermal Springs: the thermal spa centre near the Grand Hotel has two indoor pools and one open-air bath with whirlpool, water chute, waterfall, spa bath, spa grotto with massage jets.
  • Pizol: at 2220m, the home mountain of Bad Ragaz offers a wonderful view of the Rhine Valley right across to Lake Constance and plenty of trails for hikers, Nordic walkers, cyclists and skiers.
  • Heidi experience: the home of this children’s storybook heroine offers Heidi experience trails on the Schwarzbüel Alp, the Pizol and above Maienfeld. Other Heidi attractions are also available.

Arrival and return Bad Ragaz

Adresse

Ferienregion Heidiland
Infostelle Bad Ragaz
Am Platz 1
7310 Bad Ragaz
Tel. +41 (0) 81 300 40 20
spavillage@heidiland.com
www.spavillage.ch

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Accommodation

Hotel Garni Torkelbündte
Hotel Garni Torkelbündte
Bad Ragaz
Hotel Schloss Ragaz
Hotel Schloss Ragaz
Bad Ragaz
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Hiking in

Bad Ragaz
WALSA-Weg
WALSA-Weg
Stage 1, Bad Ragaz–Garschlu
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Taminaschlucht Rundtour
Taminaschlucht Rundtour
Route 937, Bad Ragaz–Bad Ragaz
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Cycling in

Bad Ragaz
Rhine Route
Rhine Route
Stage 3, Chur–Buchs (SG)
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Prättigauer Route
Prättigauer Route
Route 21, Klosters–Sargans
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Mountain biking in

Bad Ragaz
Graubünden Bike
Rheintal Bike
Heidiland Bike
Alp Gamidaur Bike
Pizol Challenge Bike
Kunkels Bike

Skating in

Bad Ragaz
Rhein Skate
Rhein Skate
Stage 3, Landquart–Buchs (SG)
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Heidiland Skate
Heidiland Skate
Route 53, Landquart–Mühlehorn
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