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Highest point
Elevation2,964 m (9,724 ft)
Coordinates47°3′14″N 9°42′46″E / 47.05389°N 9.71278°E / 47.05389; 9.71278
Rätikon map.png
CountriesAustria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
StatesVorarlberg and Graubünden, Canton of Grisons
Range coordinates47°3′N 9°45′E / 47.050°N 9.750°E / 47.050; 9.750Coordinates: 47°3′N 9°45′E / 47.050°N 9.750°E / 47.050; 9.750
Parent rangeCentral Eastern Alps
Borders onSilvretta, Verwall Alps, Plessur Range and Appenzell Alps
Topo mapSwiss Federal Office of Topography swisstopo

The Rätikon is a mountain range of the Central Eastern Alps, located at the border between Vorarlberg, Liechtenstein and Graubünden. It is the geological border between the Eastern and Western Alps and stretches from the Montafon as far as the Rhine. In the south, the Prättigau is its limit, and in the north, it is the Walgau. In the east, it borders the Silvretta groups. The Rätikon mountain range derives its name from Raetia, a province of the Roman Empire, named after the Rhaetian (Raeti or Rhaeti) people.

Topography and geology[edit]

The classification of the Rätikon to the central Eastern Alps is based solely on geographic-geological traditions. Large parts of the Rätikon consist of sedimentary rocks (limestones). From the geological point of view, the north-west Rätikon is assigned to the Northern Limestone Alps, while the South-West Rätikon belongs to the Bündner schist/ Bündner slate of the Western Alps.[1]


Drei Türme

Its chief peaks are:[2]

For a list of passes see Passes of the Silvretta and Rätikon Ranges.

A multiday hike that follows a big portion of the Rätikon chain on its southern side is called "Prättigauer Höhenweg".[3]

Neighboring mountain groups[edit]

The Rätikon is adjacent to the following other mountain groups in the Alps:[4]

View of the southern terrace of the Walserkamm (Bregenz Forest Mountains) across the Walgau towards the south to the entire Austrian northern flank of the Rätikon; To the left are the Lechquellen Mountains, the west of the Verwall group, and a view of the Montafon and the central Silvretta; To the right, the view over the Rhine valley to the Appenzell Alps.


Through the many mountains, the Rätikon is a first class area for all alpine sports such as hiking, skiing (including freeriding), cross-country skiing, mountain biking, etc. The position of the mountain chain allows for beautiful views and panoramic views. The cableways allow the ascent and descent to be shortened and only high-altitude hiking trails to be made.

The many huts allow one or more day walks. Many huts are hosted and also offer sleeping accommodations. The season usually starts in early April to late September / October, depending on the weather. Before starting a tour it is advised to ask beforehand in the regional tourist office or in the village.

Mountain Huts[edit]

In the Vorarlberg part of the Rätikon are the following huts of the German and the Austrian Alpine Club as well as the friends of nature Austria:

  • Douglasshütte near Brand
  • Feldkircherhütte near Feldkirch
  • Haus Matschwitz on Matschwitz near Latschau
  • Heinrich-Hueter-Hütte near Vandans
  • Lindauer Hütte near Tschagguns
  • Madrisahütte near Gargellen
  • Mannheimer Hütte near Brand
  • Oberzalimhütte near Brand
  • Sarotlahütte near Brand
  • Schwabenhaus on the Tschengla near Bürserberg
  • Tilisunahütte near Tschagguns
  • Totalphütte near Brand
  • Alpine Restaurant "Gamperdona" near Nenzinger Himmel

In the Liechtensteiner part of the Rätikon there are the following huts of the Liechtensteiner Alpenverein:[5]

  • Gafadurahütte near Nendeln
  • Pfälzerhütte near Steg

In the Grisons part of the Rätikon are the following huts of the Swiss Alpine Club and other mountain houses:[6]

  • Enderlinhütte near Maienfeld
  • Schesaplanahütte near Seewis im Prättigau
  • Carschinahütte near St. Antönien
  • Mountain huts Sulzfluh and Alpenrösli near St. Antönien

Mountain railways[edit]

In Montafon/Vorarlberg:

  • Lünerseebahn near Brand
  • Golmerbahn in Vadans/Tschagguns
  • Bergbahnen Gargellen

In Grison/Graubünden:

  • Älplibahn Malans
  • Seilbahn Fanas
  • Madrisa Klosters Bergbahnen

See also[edit]


  1. ^ O. Reithofer and O. Schmidegg. "Report about a geological excursion into the Rätikon" (PDF). Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  2. ^ Mayr, Herbert (2016). Tourguide: Bodensee - Rätikon: Bregenz – Dornbirn – Feldkirch – Liechtenstein. (Rother Wanderführer). Bergverlag Rother. ISBN 3763341978.
  3. ^ Hiking Switzerland past Rätikon, Graubünden
  4. ^ Flaig, Günther (1989). Rätikon: a Guide for valleys, huts and mountains, (in German) Alpenvereinsführer: Zentralalpen. Bergverl. Rother. ISBN 3763310983.
  5. ^ Alpenverein, Liechtensteiner. "Liechtensteiner Alpenverein > Hütten und Wege > Gafadurahütte". www.alpenverein.li (in German). Retrieved 2017-02-15.
  6. ^ www.sac-cas.ch. "Schweizer Alpen Club - Hütte suchen". www.sac-cas.ch (in German). Retrieved 2017-02-15.