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The Schesaplana
Highest point
Elevation2,964.3 m (9,725 ft) (Swiss measurement)
2,965 metres (Austrian measurement)
Prominence826 m (2,710 ft)[1]
Parent peakPiz Kesch
Isolation30.3 km (18.8 mi)[2]
Coordinates47°03′14″N 9°42′26″E / 47.05389°N 9.70722°E / 47.05389; 9.70722Coordinates: 47°03′14″N 9°42′26″E / 47.05389°N 9.70722°E / 47.05389; 9.70722
Schesaplana is located in Alps
Location in the Alps
LocationVorarlberg, Austria
Graubünden, Switzerland
Parent rangeRätikon
First ascent24 August 1610 by Christa Barball, Claus Manall, David Pappus
Easiest routeHike

The Schesaplana is the highest mountain in the Rätikon mountain range at the border between Vorarlberg, Austria and Graubünden, Switzerland. It has an elevation of 2,964.3 m (9,725 ft).

On the north side of the Schesaplana is a glacier called Brandner Gletscher. To the east is the Lünersee.

It is possible to reach the summit on various routes during a hike, making it useful for a multiday trek between the mountain huts in the area. A more horizontal trek is following the whole of the Rätikon chain along its southern face, called "Prättigauer Höhenweg".[3]

In literature[edit]

The Schesaplana is one of two mountains named in Johanna Spyri's 1881 novel Heidi. The title character describes them to her grandfather after having seen them both from the meadow where the goats are taken daily to graze, and he tells her their names. The other mountain is the Falknis, some 11 km away to the west.[4]


Between 1976 and 1990 a team of scientists mapping the Kössen Formation of Canton Grisons excavated a series of fossil remains on the Schesaplana's southern slope.[5] In April 2022 researchers announced that the fragments represent three ichthyosaurs.[6] The discovery also included the largest ichthyosaur tooth ever found.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Swisstopo maps
  2. ^ Retrieved from Google Earth. The nearest point of higher elevation is north of the Chlein Seehorn.
  3. ^ Hiking Switzerland past Schesaplana, Graubünden Archived 2014-08-18 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre". Project Gutenberg. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  5. ^ Martin Sander, P.; Pérez De Villar, Pablo Romero; Furrer, Heinz; Wintrich, Tanja (2022). "Giant Late Triassic ichthyosaurs from the Kössen Formation of the Swiss Alps and their paleobiological implications". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology: e2046017. doi:10.1080/02724634.2021.2046017. S2CID 248444094. Retrieved 29 April 2022.
  6. ^ "Fossils of Giant Dolphin-Like Marine Reptiles Found in Swiss Alps".
  7. ^ "Ichthyosaur tooth from the Swiss Alps is largest ever discovered".

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