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Re: Flat but scenic hike, an oxymoron?

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There are "scary" parts. At the very beginning and specially near the Fallätschen.

Have a look at this long list of trails which are suitable even with a wheelchair.
http://www.wanderland.ch/en/routes/o...ee-routes.html
You may still have to weed out those which are too high up. For those which are just happy with flat, the Rigi is a perfect location.

Can't recall them, although you might be right. But I took the path behind the hotel, maybe I didn't take the mainstream route? Only been there once, right after having the scariest walk of my life in Amden...
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Re: Flat but scenic hike, an oxymoron?

Just go up to the James Bond restaurant, up Schilthorn, and walk round the restaurant a few times in the direction of rotation and look out of the windows.
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Train to St Moritz/Sils Maria then a walk in the Fextal to the Fex Hotel is another good one - the walk itself is a bit long, but dead flat. Scenery is lovely and the food at the hotel is excellent. If the walk back is too daunting you can take the Pferdekutsche back. Kind of a long way from Zürich, but this was also a fav for my older visitors. Everybody I have ever taken to the Engadin loved it - particularily foodies.
Bündnerland is beautiful, but, OP:

The train from ZH to St. Moritz goes over the Albula viaduct (more pics) IIRC which is quite high.
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Re: Flat but scenic hike, an oxymoron?

How long of a hike are you looking for?

You can take the train to the Steinegg stop out of Appenzell. From there is a delightful, albeit short, walk to the base of Ebenalp. The cable car up is obviously out of the question, but there are still nice views. Of course, it also depends on the time of year.





Actually, if you're looking for a longer walk, you could probably just head out directly from Appenzell. It is a nice town to spend some time in as well.
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Re: Flat but scenic hike, an oxymoron?

Another idea is to visit one of Switzerland's MANY waterfalls - take your pick
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Just go up to the James Bond restaurant, up Schilthorn, and walk round the restaurant a few times in the direction of rotation and look out of the windows.
The word 'just' in this sort of context, shows how non-height-terrified you probably are. That flimsy looking cabin hanging on a wire, nice safe mother earth far far below, no safety net, no chance of changing your mind if you don't like it, buddy, it isn't 'just' anything.
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The word 'just' in this sort of context, shows how non-height-terrified you probably are. That flimsy looking cabin hanging on a wire, nice safe mother earth far far below, no safety net, no chance of changing your mind if you don't like it, buddy, it isn't 'just' anything.


Could be a scary place for an acrophobe, I agree...
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Re: Flat but scenic hike, an oxymoron?

I wasn't thinking less of the restaurant than of getting there.
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The word 'just' in this sort of context, shows how non-height-terrified you probably are. That flimsy looking cabin hanging on a wire, nice safe mother earth far far below, no safety net, no chance of changing your mind if you don't like it, buddy, it isn't 'just' anything.
The last time I went up there, several years ago, with my 70+ yr. old mother and family, and dog, there was actually a failing (on the penultimate section IIRC) and we were left swinging in the wind for about twenty minutes, a couple of hundred metres short of the station. It was jam packed full and became very hot and smelly.

A week a so later, there was a complete failure and the occupants had to be evacuated using a helicopter.

But if you have no control over the outcome, there's no point in worrying or panicking .... I haven't died yet.

ETA: Sorry, I forgot to mention my point ..... my mother has, for her whole life, an extreme fear of heights, but coped, without any issues at all.
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I wasn't thinking less of the restaurant than of getting there.
Indeed.
32 minutes by cable car and acrophobe won't mix, I don't think...


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Re: Flat but scenic hike, an oxymoron?

A walk on top of the Pfannenstiel is not far, not scary and has great views, but probably a bit too close and short for a special surprise.

If you want to go into France, the Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval may be an option:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval
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Lautebrunnen valley. The village itself relatively flat and walkable, plus there are many train rides you can take to move about. Scenery is magnificent
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You can take the train to the Steinegg stop out of Appenzell. From there is a delightful, albeit short, walk to the base of Ebenalp.

Actually, if you're looking for a longer walk, you could probably just head out directly from Appenzell. It is a nice town to spend some time in as well.
Some good suggestions here.

The Barfussweg between Gonten and Jakobsbad near Appenzell is nice and more or less flat. Also in Appenzell, there are some really pretty, easy walks from Schwägalp, once you have managed to get away from the tourist infrastructures around the car park/cable car station.
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