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Walking through Pfyn forest

Hiking trail
Time required: 4 hoursLength: 14.00 km


All season


Naturpark Pfyn-Finges
Kirchstrasse 6
3970 Salgesch
Tel. +41 (0)27 452 60 60

Naturpark Pfyn-Finges - An exciting walk across the forest of Pfyn/Finges nature reserve. Discover the points of interest in the nature reserve.

The walk starts directly from Leuk railway station. Soon we leave Susten behind and follow the signposted hiking trail in the direction of the Bhutan Bridge. We cross the bridge over the Illgraben, one of the most active mudslide regions of the Alps.
Then we dip into the magical world of the forest of Pfyn/Finges and follow the way parallel to the Illgraben down towards the River Rhone.
The trail leads under the Illgraben bridge and so we reach the flatter part of the nature reserve. Past the Pfyn Estate (Pfyngut, large farm) it continues to the ponds, where amphibians and reptiles can be observed. The terrain now becomes surprisingly hilly. These hills were caused by a landslide, whose area of fracture above Salgesch and Varen can still be made out today.
Finally we reach the main road, where there is immediately a bus stop. The post bus brings us back to Sierre railway station.
Is also suited as a night walk. The best is from Sierre to Leuk railway station.



14.00 km
Vertical heigth
80 m
Altitude difference ascent
380 m
Altitude difference descent
460 m
Time required
4 hours
Level technique
Level condition
Height profile view map


The Pfyn-Finges Regional nature park boasts numerous protected areas of national importance. The most well-known is the forest of Pfyn/Finges with the wild river Rhone between Leuk and Sierre. Please take note of the information signs and markings. In addition, in this region we request you to:
remain on the marked trials
not bathe in the ponds
enjoy the plants, flowers and bushes but do not pick them
keep dogs on a lead
take your rubbish with you
fires are strictly forbidden in the forest of Pfyn/Finges!
Thank you for helping to preserve this unique area.
Tip: the walk through the forest of Pfyn/Finges is very suitable as a night walk. Important note: It is best to start in Sierre and walk from there to Leuk railway station. Do not forget your torch!


Starting point
Leuk (Altitude: 624 m)
Arrival by public transport
Leuk, Bahnhof Timetable SBB
Siders (Altitude: 554 m)
Arrival by public transport
Sierre/Siders, gare Timetable SBB

Suitable for

The offer is suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children from 7-12 years
  • Children >12 years
  • 50+

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Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Bhutan bridge

This 134 m long suspension bridge was launched as a project as part of the "UNO - year of mountains 2002" campaign. It was constructed and opened in 2005 together with the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Wild Rhone

The only section of the Rhone that could not be channelled, because of the constant flow of debris from the Illgraben!

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Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Steppes in the Pfyn Forest

Living conditions in the steppe landscape are extreme for plants. The soil is stony and dry and it can get extremely hot in summer. In the Rottensand temperatures of up to 65 °C have been measured.

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Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Ponds in the forest of Pfyn

In the heart of the forest of Pfyn/Finges the groundwater forms a series of ponds with resounding names such as: Muggotolo, Pfafforetsee, Muggenseeli, Rosensee and Schafsee.

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Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Hills in the Pfyn Forest

Enormous rock masses from a post ice-age landslide have formed the hills in the forest of Pfyn/Finges in the foot of the valley.

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Naturpark Pfyn-Finges


The Illgraben is one of the most active mountain streams in Switzerland with several mudslides per year. These flows of debris can transport several 10,000 tons of rock, stone and earth that are up to 2 m high and flow with speeds of up to 25 km/h.

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Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Pfyn-Finges Nature Reserve

The forest of Pfyn/Finges nature reserve is the centrepiece of the regional nature park Pfyn/Finges. The forest of Pfyn/Finges has been officially protected since 1997, after it had already been included in the KLN inventory in 1963.

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Naturpark Pfyn-Finges

Cave de la Pinède

This ‘Turriljigut’ (a country estate which has been under family ownership for several hundred years) comprises 10 hectares of land and is based in one of the biggest pine forests in Europe, the Pfyn Forest (Pfyn-Finges Nature Park).

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