Travelling To The Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona—Unesco World Heritage: All You Need To Know For Family Tourism

Family tourism is one of the world’s most antique hobbies and bonding activities. We all have amazing memories as kids about travelling at least a few miles away from home, bringing just what we needed with our parents, to go explore somewhere we never saw before.

And while visiting your local parks and towns may be your cup of tea, there’s no doubt that the world harbours some fascinating sights.

The Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona is one of those marvelous sights. The location is considered world heritage, and its amazing mountains make for—at the very least—a very good background for you and your kids’ next Facebook profile picture.

  1. What Is The Tectonic Arena Sardona?

    The Tectonic Arena Sardona is the name of 32,850 hectare, covering a huge mountainous area with seven peaks rising above the 3,000m mark. It’s located to the south-eastern side of Switzerland.
    This location shows incredible insights into the amazing forces of nature and the collision of the African and European continents.
    These traces can be seen from a great distance. The striking dividing line around the Piz Sardona marks the transition between the 250 million-year-old verrucano rock and the 35 to 50-million-year-old flysch rock. The special feature is that the young rock lies beneath – for a long time a mystery to geologists and so unique that it was included in the 2008 UNESCO World Heritage list as Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona.

  2. Reasons To Visit The Tectonic Arena Sardona.

    The Tectonic Arena Sardona is one of the hotspots for both family tourism and academic research in Switzerland, and the reason for both boils down to one fact: geological exposition.
    As previously mentioned, the location offers insight into the process of mountain building.
    If that’s not enough, then the site offers many attractions for tourists (which we will evaluate further down the line), including lakes and glaciated mountains!

  3. Getting There.

    This heritage site is located on the border between the cantons of St. Gallen, Glarus and Grisons. When visiting it is best to travel to Glarus or Flims. Both can be accessed by train. The visitor pavilion is open from June t October and can be reached by cable car from Flims center. Another option is to take the Nagens shuttle service from Laax cable car. This requires an extra short hike from Nagens to Segnes mountain hut.
    You also have regular trains leaving from Chur, connected to St. Gallen and Zürich.

  4. Spending The Night.

    The area is surrounded by local communities, so it’s not hard to find where to spend the night.
    You have luxurious hotels, like the Alte Post Hotel, or the Tamina Sorell Hotel, which offer VIP-like attention and commodities.
    However, if your objective is family tourism, throug Airbnb you can find an apartment to complement your hiking should suit you better, and they are easy to find among the towns for a good price.
    There’s one more option, which you’ll see in a moment

  5. What To Do:

    a. Tasting The Local Gastronomy.

    As stated repeatedly, local communities offer a good amount of attractions for family tourism. The locals not only offer good knowledge for your hiking trips, but they also give you the opportunity to taste the exquisite local cuisine.
    If you’re into more exclusive experiences, you can visit restaurants like Ustria Lags or Larnags
    Finding where to eat is not a problem in Sardona.

    b. Sports.

    Of course, you can’t have alps without the chance of partaking in some skiing or snowboarding.
    You have the Flims Laax Falera and the Alpen Arena ski resorts as the most popular ones, with cable cars and all the equipment you need to take your kids to a wonderful time.
    Additionally, you have the Kanuschule Versam where you can take part in boat tours and kayaking.

    c. Riesenwald.

    Riesenwald is a trail filled with attractions for kids and adults alike, with rope bridges for kids to climb, mountain carts, games, and activities to have a great time!
    You can sit by the campfire, complete with benches for you to sit on, or you can simply spend your time in one of its pools before eating from the Riesenwald menu.
    It offers 17 stations, all different from each other and perfect to give your family tourism a boost.

    d. Hiking Trips.

    Best hikes

    Hiking is one of the best ways to explore this area during your family holiday. There are hikes suitable for every level of outdoor enthusiasts.

    Naraus – Nagens panoramic trail

    One of the most beautiful trails in the area is the hike from Naraus to Nagens. This brings you from the summit station to the lower Segnesboden and Segnet mountain hut. Along the way you are offered exceptional view on the Flims valley and the surrounding mountain peaks. From the Alp Nagens – Stalla tavern you can descent on foot or by taking the Nagen shuttle.

    Pizol Panorama trail

    This 3 kilometer walk brings you from Pizol Laufböden to Pizol mountain hut and back. As the name suggest, you will be granted panoramic views over the Austrian Alps and Liechtenstein. Be sure to make a stop at Pizol hut before returning as this is a great place to relax and savour in the views.

    Trutg dil Flem

    Another popular hike is the trail along the Flem stream. This brings you to the larges landslide area in Europe. Along the way you will cross several bridges and walk through enchanting forests.

    e. Camping.

    Remember the secret option for staying the night?
    Well, meet the area above Rhine Gorge, near Lake Cauma. It’s an spot designated to those who prefer camping, and who would miss the chance to camp at a location like this?
    It’s only fair to end your hiking day with a well-deserved night outside with your family.

    f. Visiting Local Communities.

    As with the local gastronomy, the communities living nearby the Tectonic Arena are rich with lovable folks and homely structures that can easily make you feel what it is to live there.
    While language barriers are something to keep in mind, the mere sight of these lovely towns is enough for you to take home!
    Extra points for those able to speak with the locals, for they’ll be able to acquire some of the best advices regarding hiking routes and sightseeing.

    g. Landesplattenberg Engi.

    This attraction is unique because you’ll be visiting a huge cave with high chambers and unique rock formations, perfect for a break from hiking open landscapes.
    If you want to give your family tourism a special flavour—and learn something in the process—you can head over to Landersplattenberg Engi and view how mountains are formed and what lies underneath the vast surfaces you just walked.

    h. Visiting Local Lakes.

    Last but not least, we have Lake Cresa and Cauma, two examples of the breathtaking lakes that sit quietly between hiking routes. While the water may be too cold for most, it’s an exceptional sight deserving at least a visit.
    Lake Cresta in particular should give you all the pictures you need for every postcard and social media update you’ll ever need!

 

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Laax – Flims – Falera Winter Resort

Laax is one of the most famous ski resorts in the Swiss Alps thanks to the beauty of its slopes.
Flims – Laax – Falera ski area has an extension of 235km and has slopes of all levels of difficulty. The highlight of the ski area, Vorab glacier, reaches an altitude of 3018 m.

Beautiful little town, Laax is a great area to ski with amazing views and slopes from 1100 to 3000m

First of all, let see  how long the Slopes of Flims Laax Falera are, divided for level of difficulty
Easy
64 km
Medium
70 km
Difficult
46 km
Freeride
45 km
Total
235 km

Moreover, we have to add about 11 snowboard parks, over 27 restaurants, huge quantity of trails/cross-country skiing, 10 kids parks and an excellent lift service.

Service from base station Laax
October 27th – November 30th weekend service if enough snow
from December 1st daily service

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for ski slopes or snowboard park and if you’re a solo traveler or a family with children. Laax is definitely a very good location to have fun!
The resort has a great value for money with lots of easy terrain and modern lifts. The quantity and quality of Après-Ski is good as well. Furthermore Laax is designated for children, and this makes it a fantastic location for family. In conclusion, big varieties of slopes, included slopes for advanced skiers, numerous restaurants and guarantee to have great snow, are the strengths of Flims-Laax-Falera Resort.

The single day lift ticket costs about chf 85.00 with discount for teenagers, children and afternoon. You can save more money if you buy your tickets through the INSIDE LAAX app. Renting accessories costs from chf 18 to chf 50, it depends if you need only boots or complete equipment. Of course, the price will be cheaper if you rent for more days.

How to reach Laax from Zürich or from Milan 

Laax is located just 30 minutes from Chur and 1 hour and 45 minutes from Zurich by car.
From Zurich or Basel, follow the A3/A13 motorway towards Chur and exit at Reichenau (no. 18) then take route 19 and you will reach Laax in around 20 minutes. If you’re coming from San Bernardino, also exit at Reichenau (no. 18). You can rent a car directly at the airport for a good price. We’re working to provide some offers.

Otherwise, if you don’t want to drive, Laax shuttle is a good alternative. You can find more information here. Another good alternative is the train. By train, you can reach Chur and from Chur to Laax by bus, Postauto (the famous yellow bus) no. 81
Finally we can also provide a taxi service for a cheap price.

Galaaxy – Crap Sogn Gion 2252 masl

Open Lifts and Slopes at the end of December 2018

1 Naraus – Startgels (Easy)
14 Mutta Rodunda – Grauberg Difficult
15 Mutta Rodunda – Nagens
16 Mutta Rodunda – Scansinas Difficult
16 Mutta Rodunda – Scansinas Intermediate
18 Nagens – Flims Intermediate
19 Grauberg – Nagens Easy
23 Mutta Rodunda – Sogn Martin Easy
25 Nagens – Gallerie Intermediate
4 Spaligna – Flims Easy
40 Crap Masegn – Plaun Intermediate
42 Crest la Siala – Plaun
43 Crest la Siala – Fuorcla Easy
45 Crap Masegn – Treis Palas Intermediate
45 Treis Palas – Alp Dado Easy
47 Crest la Siala – Treis Palas Easy
49 Crest la Siala – Crap Sogn Gion Easy
5 Runcs – Flims Oberdorf Easy
50 Crest la Siala – Alp Dado Easy
50 Crest la Siala – Alp Dado Easy
51 Crest la Siala – Alp Dado Easy
52 Alp Dado – Curnius Easy
52 Crap Lift Tal – Alp Dado Easy
52 Crap Sogn Gion – Crap Lift Tal Easy
53 Curnius – Falera Easy
55 Steilhang – Alp Dado Easy
6 Punt Gronda – Flims Waldhaus Easy
64 Crap Sogn Gion – Curnius Intermediate
64 Curnius – Laax Intermediate
66 Crap Sogn Gion – Plaun Intermediate
Falera
Flims (Grauberg)
Flims (Stretg)
Laax (64)
Laax (65)
 
Alp Dado – Crest la Siala
Crap Masegn
Curnius
Falera
Crap Sogn Gion
Flims-Plaun
Foppa
Fuorcla
Crap Sogn Gion Süd
Grauberg
Ils Plauns I
Ils Plauns II
Larnags 1
Larnags 2
Lavadinas – Fuorcla da Sagogn
Mughels
Mutta Rodunda
Nagens
Naraus
Vorab
Plaun
Plaun-Scansinas
Scansinas – Nagens
Sogn Martin – La Siala
Spaligna
Treis Palas – Crap Masegn
Vorab Gletscher I
Vorab Gletscher II

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Our New Laax Studio is Open!

From next 15th September, our new studio apartment in Laax will be certainly bookable.

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