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Four springs trail

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Discover the four springs in the moated castle of Europe on foot

The moated castle of Europe is wild and full of contrasts. Dreamy at Lake Toma, timeless at the eternal ice of the Rhône glacier and then again as a playful spring at the source of the Reuss. The hike to the sources of Europe's most important rivers starts high up on the Oberalp Pass. Discover the sources of the Reuss, Ticino, Rhine and Rhône rivers as well as the Gotthard massif, the Leventina and the Goms in Valais.
 

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The five stages

The first stage leads from the Oberalp Pass to the source of the Rhine at Lake Toma and ends at the Vermigel hut. The highest point of the hike is at the Maighelspass (2421 m), where the idyllic Portgerensee invites you to linger.

The second stage starts at the Vermigel hut and ends on the Gotthard Pass. It leads to the highest point of the Vier-Quellen-Weg, the Piz Giübin (2776 m), a magnificent vantage point.

The third stage starts on the Gotthard Pass. The hike leads along Lago Lucendro. At the foot of the Lucendro Pass, you discover the source of the Reuss and cross the pass. After a long, panoramic high-altitude hike above the Bedretto Valley, you reach the Piansecco hut.

The fourth stage leads from the Piansecco hut to the headwaters of the Ticino below the Nufenen Pass. The route continues over the Nufenen Pass and through the Ägenetal valley to Ulrichen/Obergesteln. The highest point of this hike is the Nufenen Pass.

The last stage leads from Obergesteln via Oberwald, Gletsch and Muttbach up to the Furka Pass and from there to a viewpoint over the Rhone Glacier. The source of the Rhone can be seen from a distance.

You can find more information and detailed information on the individual stages here
 

© Andermatt-Urserntal Tourismus GmbH
© Andermatt-Urserntal Tourismus GmbH
© Stiftung Vier-Quellen-Weg im Gotthardmassiv
© Stiftung Vier-Quellen-Weg im Gotthardmassiv
© Stiftung Vier-Quellen-Weg im Gotthardmassiv
© Stiftung Vier-Quellen-Weg im Gotthardmassiv
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FAQ

We generally recommend the many huts and inns along the hiking trails. However, if you are travelling with a tent, the law allows you to pitch it for one night. The most important principles must be observed: Always take your rubbish with you, do not enter private land without authorisation and show consideration for nature and animals.

We recommend travelling to Andermatt by public transport and then continuing to the starting point at the Oberalp Pass on the Matterhorn Gotthard Railway. There is also a public transport connection at the end point on the Furka Pass. The Postbus departs from the Furka Belvédère stop. Alternatively, there is an on-call bus service called "mybuxi".

If you are travelling to Andermatt by car, you can park in the 24-hour car park "Feldküche".

Depending on the mobile phone network, there are areas where there is no mobile phone reception, for example in the Vermigel, Sella and Piz Giübin area.

There is a luggage transport service, which can be booked through the tour operator Eurotrek. This package always includes overnight stays. Luggage transport to the mountain huts is not possible. Information can be found at Eurotrek.

The Four Springs Trail goes up to 2,780 metres above sea level. We therefore recommend the hike from the beginning of July to around mid-October. However, there can always be deviations due to weather and snowfall - current information on the conditions can be found at vier-quellen-weg.ch. The trail is not accessible in winter.


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