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Sunrise on the Naafkopf mountain

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  • Sonnenaufgang auf dem Naafkopf
    / Sonnenaufgang auf dem Naafkopf
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  • / Gänglesee in Steg
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  • / Valünatal in Steg
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  • / Alp Gritsch
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  • / Pfälzerhütte 2108 Meter über Meer
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  • / Morgenstimmung vom Naafkopf
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  • / Alp Valüna in Steg
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This hike leads along the Valünabach river to the Alp Valüna and on to the Pfälzer hut, the highest building in Liechtenstein. The impressive highlight of the hike is watching the sunrise from the top of the Naafkopf mountain.
difficult
Distance 19 km
8:16 h
1,258 m
1,256 m
2,561 m
1,303 m
The hike begins at the Gängle lake reservoir in Steg and leads first into the romantic Valüna Valley. At the Alp Valüna  hikers can take a break before the path becomes steeper. A quarter of an hour from the point in Obersäss where several trails intersect, our route joins the Liechtenstein Panorama Trail. The path runs parallel to the Via Alpina trail through the Naaf Valley, which is rich in plants and surrounded by scree slopes, and then reaches the Pfälzer hut. Hikers who opt to stay the night there should take on the approximately one-hour climb to the top of the Naafkopf mountain the following morning and enjoy an unforgettable sunrise. The borders of Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein meet on this mountain. With a bit of luck you will also see ibexes. Return to the Pfälzer hut and then head down to Alp Gritsch. From there, the hiking trail winds its way down in a series of switchback corners through the steep slopes of Retta to Alp Valüna and the Gängle lake.

Author’s recommendation

Sunrise on top of the Naafkopf mountain.
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Author
Martin Knöpfel
Update: May 14, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,561 m
Lowest point
1,303 m
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Rest Stop

Pfaelzerhuette
Alp Gritsch
Alp Valuena
Restaurant Seeblick

Safety information

Surefootedness and a good head for heights are required.

Tips and hints

Food & drink:

Alp Valüna, Pfälzer hut, restaurant Bergstüble and Seeblick (in Steg)

Start

Gängle lake in Steg (1,302 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.107596, 9.577229
DMS
47°06'27.3"N 9°34'38.0"E
UTM
32T 543795 5217282
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Destination

Gängle lake in Steg

Turn-by-turn directions

Steg – Valüna – Pfälzerhütte – Naafkopf – Pfälzerhütte – Valüna – Steg

Note

Wildlife refuge Hahnenspiel: December 15 - April 15
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Bushaltestellen Hotel oder Tunnel in Steg an der Linie Vaduz – Steg – Malbun

Getting there

Vaduz-Triesenberg-Steg

Parking

Parkplätze befinden sich beim Gänglesee,

Coordinates

DD
47.107596, 9.577229
DMS
47°06'27.3"N 9°34'38.0"E
UTM
32T 543795 5217282
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
19 km
Duration
8:16 h
Ascent
1,258 m
Descent
1,256 m
Highest point
2,561 m
Lowest point
1,303 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Summit route

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