Feeling a bit tired today after the Kanzelwand via ferrata yesterday evening we decided to take it easy today and walk up the Walser Hammerspitze.

We started in Mittelberg and hiked to Kuhgehrenalpe. This place looked really nice, but it was a bit crowded by people coming up with the Kanzelwand cable car. We continued to the Hammerspitze. After leaving the path that comes from the cable car we were almost alone. The way up offers great views to the Ifen. From the summit we saw the path going to the Großgehrenspitze. It looked quite interesting and would surely be worth a walk.

But for today we decided to go down to the Fiederepasshütte. There we enjoyed a huge Germknödel 😀 My legs were already aching a lot and I would have loved to stay at the hut and continue the next morning. But we had to go back to work the next day, so after about one hour we slowly walked back down to the car park.

Actually we wanted to do the Mainzer Höhenweg this weekend! We were already very excited about it, but then the weather changed all our plans. There was a lot of snow (in July!!) and so not the best conditions to do this hike.

So instead we take the car and drive to Riezlern. After many traffic jams we finally arrived at about 3pm. During the drive we already decided that we will try to do the "Zweiländer Sportklettersteig" on the Kanzelwand. The difficulty is about C/D-D, so this is one of the more difficult ones. We walk up from Riezlern and reach the beginning of the via ferrata at about 5:30 pm. The view is very beautiful, because most mountains are covered in a bit of snow and because it was alredy late we are the only people in the wall! The via ferrata is very exhausting, there are many traverses and often it is hard to find a good place for the feet. But anyway we did it! 🙂 After about one and a half hours we safely arrive on top of the Kanzelwand.

Being on the summit was just amazing because we were the only people all around and the sun already started going down covering everything in a very special light. We stayed for a long time before going back down to Riezlern.

 

For today the weather forecast said only sunshine and completely blue sky! That was the weather I was waiting for to do hike the Fürstensteig and the Drei Schwestern in Liechtenstein! Because the view during this hike is so amazing I can recommend to do it only when the weather is really good.

This hike goes from Gaflei to Planken. So it is best to arrive by bus from Vaduz. There is a bus to Gaflei, but you have to call at least 30 minutes before departure to make sure the bus actually comes. But there is also a regular bus to Triesenberg Abzw. Madescha. I took this one and then walked along the road to Gaflei. Then the path continues through forest until the Fürstensteig begins. The view into the Rhine valley is amazing! After leaving the Fürstensteig behind the path goes to the Kuhgrat and from there I saw the Drei Schwestern.

All along the way the view is just great! On one side the Rhine valley, on the other side the Rätikon with the Schesaplana. The path goes over the Große Schwester with some fixed ropes to help on the ascend and descend. On the way down are two ladders and soon after these I reached another photo spot with a hole in the rock. From there I walked further down to the Gafadurahütte where I enjoyed an apple soda with a great view to the Alpstein, already planning the next hike. I continued down to Planken where I took the bus back to Buchs. This is definitely a really enjoyable hike 🙂