Gargellen borders on the neighbouring country Switzerland in the south. For hundreds of years, a much travelled footpath led over the Schlappinerjoch to Grisons (CH) and further on to Italy. This trial primaril served as a way to transport goods, such as wine or grain. Trade along the border was monitored by customs officers stationed in Gargellen, in order to prevent uncontrolled trading ("smuggling").
The Smuggler’s country connects the hiking experience with the adventures of daring men of earlier times. The circular route starts with a secret path - a trail which recreates the thrill that accompanied the smugglers on their journeys. Many different surfaces can be experienced barefoot: sand, gravel, water, mud, etc. The next attraction which awaits you is a "Gäßscherm" ('goat’s shed'), a wooden hut which once served as a shelter for goats and hay.
The following "Fernblick" ('distant view') enables hikers with binoculars to observe red deer, alpine ibex and chamois in the mountain massif on the opposite side. Look through the binoculars – can you find Schmuggi Luggi on the rock face? What it’s like to be "on the run", is experienced on our next stop. "Marenda is dialect and means "snack or break". At the customs officer's hut, keeping lookout for other smugglers and customs officers is the order of the day.
It takes about half a day for a family to experience all the stops on this tour.
Contemporaneous with the start of the summer season, our attractive playground at Schafberg Hüsli with the great "Gorilla slide", the nest swing, the Slack-line and much more is available again!
In our Smuggler's country at the Gäßscherm, our goats and Montafoner Steinschafe have returned from their well-deserved winter holiday. They are ready for the guests.