During some last minute late night research, we found this trail quietly mentioned on the Seewis village website and decided to take a chance. The trail visits several mountain meadows that fill with narcissus flowers from mid-May to mid-June. Besides that, the trail is packed with all sorts of wildflowers on all sides, as well as gorgeous mountain views. It’s a winner in my book.
We didn’t take the most efficient route, but later gathered helpful info from other hikers and the info desk in the village. Most importantly, we learned that you can buy a driving pass for CHF 10 that allows you to drive much closer to the narcissus fields and skip the long climb up the mountain. So in this post, I have both the full route and a short, much easier alternative for families. Both are beautiful and will tick all the boxes for a classic Swiss spring hike.
|Location:||Graubünden, Southeastern Switzerland|
|Car:||1hr10 from Zürich|
|Train:||2hrs from Zürich HB to Seewis Dorf, Bühelstrasse|
|Trail:||3.2 km or 11.2 loop|
|Elevation:||highest point 1500m|
|Condition:||paved road, dirt road & dirt path|
|Services:||mountain restaurants nearby|
|Cost:||small fee for parking or driving pass|
|Open:||May through November
narcissus bloom late May to early June
Seewis is an alpine village located in southeastern Switzerland near Klosters. You can access the village by car or bus on a well maintained mountain road.
Here is the summer hiking map. You can get this for free from the info desk in the village. I’ve marked the important points on this map that I talk about later in the post.
You can do a short version of the trail (option A below) by paying for a permit and driving very close to the narcissus fields. Or you can start hiking in the village and do the full official loop (option B below).
Option A: Short 3.2 km loop
If you want to skip right to the good stuff, you can drive up the mountain to this 3.2 km loop (remember to get your driving pass, details below). There are two nice narcissus fields within 1.5 km of the start of this trail, as marked on the map below. This trail is not suitable for strollers. If you have a stroller, you can stick to the paved roads and still see lots of beautiful flower fields.
There are a few informal couple parking spots on the side of road here and there. We suggest either the start/stop of the loop on my map below (46°59’41.2″N 9°36’25.3″E) or a bit further up the road that has more room to park (46°59’43.0″N 9°36’56.8″E).
Option B: Hike from the village 11.2 km
If you are coming with public transportation or want a longer hike, you can start your loop in the village like we did. You just follow the Narcissusweg trail signs, which makes it easy. I’ve marked the official Narcissusweg on the map below. You can customize the full route to your liking, taking any of the mountain roads marked on the map.
Much of the trail is on paved low traffic mountain roads, which isn’t as bad as it sounds because you are surrounded by wildflower fields on all sides with mountain views. But in 2020, they’ve built a new trail through the forest that skips the road for the first 3.3km. It’s a steep dirt path but well built. Since you are in the forest, you don’t get the flower or mountain views until you exit the forest later. But we didn’t mind because it was a hot day and the shade was welcome when we were working hard on the climb.
If you come by bus, you’ll start right in the village as shown on my trail map. If you come by car, you can park just above the village next to the ski lift (46°59’19.8″N 9°38’03.3″E). This skips about 1km of walking through the village, which could gain you some goodwill with the kids.
By public transport: Take a train to Landquart, Bahnhof. Then take the PostAuto 201 bus to Seewis Dorf, Bühelstrasse. The bus drops you off in the middle of the village. There are trail signs right next to the bus stop. Follow the Narcissusweg trail sign up the hill through the village.
By car: Drive to the village of Seewis, shown on the map below. Where you park depends on how much you want to hike. If you want to hike from the village (option B above), I recommend the metered parking near the base on the ski lift just above the village: 46°59’19.8″N 9°38’03.3″E. It costs CHF 1/hr, coins only. We parked in the covered parking below the village (also CHF 1/hr), but this added extra unnecessary 1km each way to our hike.
By car to mini loop: If you want to drive closer to the Narcissus fields and hike the smaller loop (option A above), first you need to buy a driving pass for CHF 10. You can purchase that at the info desk in a little shop called Bazaar located at Schlossstrasse 2, 7212 Seewis im Prättigau. If that shop is closed, you can buy it the mountain cafe Hofbeizli Runggalina located here.
This pass allows you to drive all over the mountain above Seewis. Below I’ve shown the route from the valley to the Info Desk, then to the parking spot near the Narcissus.
You can park where you like on the side of the road. We suggest either the start/stop of the loop (46°59’41.2″N 9°36’25.3″E) or a bit further up the road that has a bit more room to park (46°59’43.0″N 9°36’56.8″E).
Here’s the “parking” at 46°59’41.2″N 9°36’25.3″E, just a couple spots on the side of the road. These could be full when you get there. We saw one car turn around and park in a turnout a bit further down the road.
We started in the Seewis village, shown here. If you are doing the mini loop, scroll down to that section.
You start by walking through the village.
The Narcissusweg has lots of very obvious signs. Just follow these.
If you are walking up from the bus stop, you start on this road, not my favorite part of the trail. If you came by car, skip this and park above at the metered parking by the ski lift. You don’t need a driving pass for that.
The trail forks at the metered parking by the ski lift. I recommend going to your left, direction Fädera. You’ll return from the other side.
Hiking up through the forest
After a few minutes, the trail heads into the forest up these stairs.
About 3 km in the forest with some steep climbs and switchbacks, nice on a hot day.
You pop out of the forest a couple times to fields like this.
And a particularly nice section here.
Then you break out to this mountain view, which might be the nicest of the whole hike.
Then you join a dirt road. Isn’t this the prettiest ever?
Watch carefully for the faint path branching off the road shown below. There is a sign but some of our crew missed it and had to be called back.
Then you join the paved road.
Start of mini loop
Keep following the road until you reach this junction. If you are doing the mini loop, you start here. You’ll see Narcissus signs pointing two directions. Go to your left, direction Pilidetta.
The paved road continues for awhile.
Now we started to see narcissus on the side of the trail.
You’ll see your first narcissus along this road.
When you reach this fork in the road, follow the dirt road toward Stettli
View to some purple fields below.
Now the narcissus field on the side of the trail. They are a small delicate flower. They have a wonderful aroma, but you have to lean in close to smell it.
The narcissus field at Stettli. It doesn’t look like much from a distance, the charms are close up.
There wasn’t a particularly good place to picnic. We just sat on the side of the trail with the view below, careful not to disturb the flowers. It would have been nice to have a small tarp to sit on.
Hiking back down
To continue the loop, just keep hiking up the road and follow the Narcissusweg signs. We planned to continue the loop, but we had already hiked up the whole mountain, we were tired and a rain storm was due to start in an hour. So we chose to hike back on the lower road through Fulli to avoid anymore climbing. So I can’t show you pics of the rest of the loop this time.
But here are a couple pics from the lower road, which was super beautiful.
So many different flowers, just gorgeous!!!
Almost back to our starting point.
Video of trail
Check out a video from our Seewis hike on 23 May 2020.