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Liechtenstein Trail: Stage 5 Ruggell-Schaanwald

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  • Sonnenaufgang im Ruggeller Riet
    Sonnenaufgang im Ruggeller Riet
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From Ruggell the stage leads us via Schellenberg through Mauren to Schaanwald.
Distance 19.4 km
5:25 h
411 m
377 m
697 m
429 m
In Ruggell we first reach a building known as the Küefer-Martis-Huus. The listed house from the 18th century is the cultural centre of the municipality. The route then continues over the dam to Ruggeller Riet, a 220-acre nature reserve in northern Liechtenstein bosting a fine array of fauna and flora. This flat wetland section is followed by a steep climb to Schellenberg, where we first pass the ruins of the Lower Castle. After making our way past the monastery we reach the village centre of Schellenberg.


In Schellenberg we pass the sports field and then continue to Hinterschellenberg near the Austrian border. On clear days walkers can see as far as Lake Constance. A hiking trail narrow in places leads us through the forest along the Gantenstein mountain to the Upper Castle in Schellenberg. This is a good place to rest. The route then heads along a former smuggling trail down into the village centre of Mauren as far as the post office. As walkers approach the village they will be able to see from afar the St. Peter & Paul Parish Church in the centre of Mauren.


From the village centre of Mauren, the trail leads us first slightly uphill to Fallsgass and then down to the Silk Tree Trail. The name derives from the fact that mulberry trees were formerly used in silk production. Afterwards we reach the Birka bird paradise, where we stop for a rest. We recommend you take the opportunity to look at the memorial plaque commemorating the flooding of the Rhine in 1927 and showing how high the water rose at that time. We then pass the wetlands of the Maurer Riet and the Funkenplatz Schaanwald, where traditional bonfire celebrations are held each winter, before reaching the customs office on the border between Liechtenstein and Austria.

Author’s recommendation

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Update: January 16, 2023
Highest point
697 m
Lowest point
429 m
Best time of year

Track types

Forested/wild trail 62.32%Road 37.67%
Forested/wild trail
12.1 km
7.3 km
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Rest stops

Restaurant TANG
Mündle Bäckerei Konditorei
Landgasthof Roessle
Restaurant tenn
Hotel kommod
Hotel Kommod - Restaurant
Frederick im Kokon II
Jägerstube zum Kreuz
Landgasthof Krone
Wirtschaft zum Löwen
Weinlaube - Gourmet
Ritter Bäckerei-Konditorei Anstalt
Mündle Bäckerei Konditorei
Gasthaus zum Hirschen
Il Rifugio
Mai Thai
1950 American Diner
Ristorante Pizzeria Sapori

Safety information

Please be quiet when passing through the Ruggeller Riet and stay on the trail at all times so as not to disturb the animals. The climb from Ruggell to Schellenberg is very steep. At Hinterschellenberg there is a short ascent. 



Going on a tour requires careful planning. We recommend that you discuss the routes and weather conditions with the local information points in advance. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be closed or interrupted.

Tips and hints

Luggage Transport Service

The best way to enjoy the Liechtenstein Trail is to travel light. We therefore offer a handy luggage transport service to move your bags from hotel to hotel.

Equipped only with a light daypack, hikers set off to explore the Liechtenstein Trail. We will organise luggage transport from accommodation to accommodation and make sure that your suitcase is waiting for you when you arrive. More about the Luggage Transport Service.


Liechtenstein Trail Packages 

6 days and 5 nights on the Liechtenstein Trail

3 days and 2 nights on the Liechtenstien Trail


Post, Ruggell (433 m)
47.241747, 9.525284
47°14'30.3"N 9°31'31.0"E
32T 539754 5232163


Zollamt, Schaanwald


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Public transport

Internationale Bahnverbindungen sorgen für komfortables Reisen nach Liechtenstein. An den Bahnstationen Sargans, Buchs/SG und Feldkirch steigen Sie einfach auf das gut ausgebaute Busnetz Liechtensteins (LIEmobil) um und erreichen bequem Ihre Feriengemeinde.


Bahnfahrplan Schweiz
Bahnfahrplan Österreich
Busfahrplan Liechtenstein


Startpunkt Ruggell:

Buslinie Vaduz-Schaan-Bendern-Ruggell, Haltestelle Post, Ruggell

Getting there

  •  von St. Gallen über die Autobahn A13 (ca. 45 Minuten)
  • von Zürich über die A3 bis Sargans, dann auf die A13 (ca. 1 Stunde)
  • von München über die A96, in Österreich auf die A14 (ca. 3 Stunden)
  • von Innsbruck über die A12, S16 und dann A14 (ca. 2.5 Stunden)


47.241747, 9.525284
47°14'30.3"N 9°31'31.0"E
32T 539754 5232163
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19.4 km
5:25 h
411 m
377 m
Highest point
697 m
Lowest point
429 m
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