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Murgsee circular route

Embedded in a wildly romantic mountain basin are the three Murg lakes. Streams, lakes, waterfalls, rock gardens and a protected Swiss stone pine forest reserve characterize this circular tour.

From Murg on Lake Walen you can reach the starting point to Merlen by car (Bachlaui parking lot) or Murgsee bus. The ascent to Gspon is relatively steep and requires some fitness. Afterwards the terrain becomes flatter. The path leads along the Gsponbach to the alp Unter Mürtschen. Copper and silver ores were mined here, especially in the second half of the 19th century. On the way to Ober Mürtschen the Mürtschenstock with its three peaks Stock, Fulen and Ruchen rises imposingly on the right. Over the Murgseefurggel you reach the Murgseen, framed in a ring of mountains. Soon you reach the upper Murgsee with the Murgseehütte, which owes its origin to the former ore mining. Passing the smaller, middle Murgsee, we head out of the valley. Looking backwards, you can see the waterfall that falls down to the lower Murgsee. The lower Murgsee lies in a nature reserve with an ancient stock of Swiss stone pines. Via Alp Guflen and Alp Mornen you reach the starting point again.

Short Info
15 km
5 hours 15 min.
Start altitude
1'158 m a.s.l.
End altitude
1'158 m a.s.l.
860 m
860 m
Lowest point
1'123 m a.s.l.
Highest point
1'983 m a.s.l.



The artist H.R. Fricker has created the "Stone Garden Murgtal" between the alp Plätz and the upper Murgsee. www.steingarten-murgtal.ch

  • Schedule
    to Murg
  • There are no public transport connections for the journey. The Murgtal cab has not been running since 2020. The current alternative recommendation is therefore to take the train to Murg or Walenstadt and then the Taxi Walensee (+41 79 735 30 00) to Murgtal.  

    By car coming from Zurich and Chur on the A3 freeway take the exit "Murg", in the village center of Murg follow the signs "Murgtal". Paid parking (CHF 10 daily fee) in the Murgtal. The Bachlaui parking lot is recommended for the round trip.