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After the frenetic winter sports activities Klosters and the surrounding area settle back into the more rural attractions of one of the largest areas of outstanding natural beauty in Europe. By law, all land over 2000 metres in height is accessible to walkers. There is a huge network of paths marked by yellow signs showing the destination and the time of the walk. There are also red and white waymarks along the way, making it almost impossible for even the most inexperienced walker to get lost! There are free walking maps and guides at the Tourist Office. There are an estimated 300km of walks from Klosters alone! Difficulty varies from gently strolls along valley floors through meadows and pine trees to serious hiking across remote passes at several thousand metres. The network of buses and trains ensure that on most walks it is possible to walk one way and return by public transport the other. Cable cars and funiculars operate from early June until mid October to take some of the strain off the climbs!

Hillside cabins
Hillside cabins

All the photos taken on this page were taken by the chalet owner on walks with three children under 8 - real proof of the accessibility and ease of the walks!

One of the great secrets of the Alps is that the best holidays can be had in Spring and Autumn. Conveniently this is when accommodation is often cheapest because it is outside the school holidays. Alpine summers start early. Often May and June have the most sunshine. In September and October whole mountainsides turn flaming red as the autumn colours predominate.

Hill view
Hill for walking
...they really do wear bells

Some of the famous treks include a three hour walk to Austria, with lunch there and then a three hour gentle return via the gentle Schlappin valley, with a convenient stop at Erica's Gasthaus for spectacular coffee and cakes! Or take the minibus to the glaciers above the Vereina Valley and descend some 2000 metres back to Klosters.

See our Itinerary Ideas section for suggestions for self-guided walks.


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