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Liechtenstein Panorama Trail Stage 1: Planken to Gafadura Hut

Stage 1 of the multi-day Liechtenstein Panorama Trail (Route 66) starts in Ruggell, or Planken. 

We started the hike in the village of Planken, which is easily accessible by bus from Vaduz, Schaan, and Feldkirch (Austria). 

This stage ends at the managed Gafadurahütte, located on the Gafadura mountain pasture, below the Drei Schwestern Peaks. The hut overlooks the Rhine Valley, Alpstein, and the Alvier Group. 

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Lunch at Gafadura Hut, Liechtenstein
  • Starting Point: Planken Schulhaus Bus Stop | Google Maps
  • Ending Point: Gafadura Hütte
  • Distance: 4.4 km point-to-point 
  • Time Needed: 2 hours
  • Elevation Gain: 636 meters
  • Elevation Loss: 0 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy 
  • Minimum Elevation: 792 meters
  • Maximum Elevation: 1429 meters
  • Where to Stay: Gafadurahütte

Liechtenstein Panorama Trail Map

Stage 1, starting in Planken, is highlighted in coral red.

How to Get to Planken

Planken Schulhaus Bus Stop, Liechtenstein

Planken is a hamlet located northeast of Vaduz, which is easily accessible by public transit. Use Google Maps, or to plan your journey. 

You can pay for your bus ride directly on the bus with a credit card. 

Vaduz to Planken 

From Vaduz, take bus 11 to Schaan Bahnhof bus stop (direction: Feldkirch). At Schaan Bahnhof, transfer to bus 26 to Planken. Get off at the Planken Schulhaus bus stop. This 2-bus journey takes 23 minutes total. 

Feldkirch to Planken 

Feldkirch is a town in Vorarlberg, Austria. From the Feldkirch Bahnhof, take bus 14 to Schaan Bahnhof and then transfer to bus 26 to Planken Schulhaus. This journey takes 37 minutes. 

Planken, Schulhaus to Gafadura Hut Trail Description 

Liechtenstein Panorama Trail Signs, Route 66

When you exit the bus, walk the paved Dorfstrasse road in a northeasterly direction.

Soon you’ll see a signpost with trail signs. Continue straight in the direction of Gafadurahütte (1:50 hours), following the green 66 Liechtenstein Panoramaweg sign. 

Walk along the paved road through the residential area. There’s a trough with drinking water (“Trinkwasser”). 

Just after the bend in the road, the road divides. The junction is marked with “Bergwanderweg” (mountain hiking trail) signs that point in both directions. You can go either way. 

Planken to Gafadura Hut Hike, Liechtenstein

We turned left. The hiking trail starts at the top of the paved road. Hike up the forest, following the white-red-white trail markers. 

At the Blockhütte trail junction (918 m), the trail intersects with the Gafadura road. Turn left to Gafadurahütte, now signed 1:30 hours. 

After passing a small car park, you’ll see several signs stating that the Gafadura Hut only accepts payment in cash and that dogs are not allowed in the hut. 

Gafadurahütte trailhead, Liechtenstein

Continue hiking along the forest road. Just beyond the stream, the hiking trail branches off to the right. 

You can follow the trail, or the forest road up to Gafadura hut. We opted for the well-graded road. 

Rhine Valley view from Gafadurahütte, Liechtenstein

The road rises in serpentines up the Gafadura mountain pasture. 

Stay in Gafadurahütte

Gafadura Hut, Liechtenstein

Gafadurahütte is a managed Liechtenstein Alpine Club hut, which is situated at the edge of a forest on a mountain pasture at 1428 meters. It was formerly a hunting lodge. 

This charming hut has an inviting sun terrace overlooking the Rhine Valley, which is a favorite destination among locals.  During our visit, mountain bikers and hikers were shuffling to and from the hut all day. 

Gafadura hut serves homemade cakes and traditional hot and cold meals throughout the day. 

The hut staff and management is exceedingly kind and good-humored. 

Gafadurahütte dining room stube, Liechtenstein

Reservation: Call, or email the hut. 

Pricing: See pricing. Discount is administered to guests with Alpine Club ID cards on which the logo of the reciprocal rights agreement is printed. Learn more about alpine club membership in Tips for Hiking in the Alps. 

Payment: Cash only in EUR or CHF (Swiss Francs). The hut manager collects payment in the morning. 

Showers: None. 

Running Water: Yes, there are sinks and indoor flush toilets.

Drinking Water: We drank the tap water. 

Electronic Charging Stations: There are minimal places to charge your electronics in the hut. We spotted one outlet in the dining room and another in the dormitory room. Make sure to bring a Type J adaptor

Gafadurahütte terrace, Liechtenstein

Food: Excellent. Dinner is served in three generous courses. Breakfast comprises a basket of bread, a plate of sliced cheeses and meats, butter, jam, coffee, tea, and juice. Important: you cannot consume your own food on hut premises. 

Gafadura Hut half board dinner, Liechtenstein

Half Board or à la carte: Half board only. Dinner is served promptly at 5:45 pm. Breakfast is laid out, starting at 6:30/7:00 am. You can communicate what time you’d like to eat breakfast to the hut manager. 

Gafadura Hut salad, Liechtenstein

Rooms: There’s only 1 dormitory room with a capacity for 14 people. You need to bring a sleeping bag liner like this Sea to Summit liner in order to stay overnight in this hut. 

Check-in: Check-in starts at 4 pm. You must arrive at the hut by 5 pm. If you’re arriving later, I would reach out to the hut manager and let them know your ETA. 

Gafadura Hut Dormitory, Liechtenstein

Check-out: You have to leave your room by 8:45 am. 

Dogs: Dogs and other pets are not allowed in Gafadurahütte. 

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