Visitors have been taking the waters bubbling up from the Tamina Gorge since the 13th century. You can still visit the narrow gorge to see the spring itself, but to actually immerse yourself in the healing water, you should treat yourself to a day in the Tamina Thermal Springs spa which is in the centre of elegant Bad Ragaz. There are other health-giving pursuits to be enjoyed here too - the surrounding countryside is glorious, with some truly memorable walks to be enjoyed through the lakes and mountains scenery. The cable car to the closest mountain - Pizol - operates from July to mid October.
Bad Ragaz and its neighbouring resorts make up 'Heidiland' - an idyllic region of pure air, majestic mountains and flowering meadows. The author Johanna Spyri was inspired to use the old hamlet above Maienfeld as the setting for her stories about Heidi. Today this hamlet is known as ‘Heidi Village’ where you can learn more about the author in the local museum and enjoy many walking paths. The full Heidi trail which starts at Maienfeld station takes around 4 hours, a charming journey through history and time.
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Where to stay
Our handpicked Bad Ragaz hotel
What to see and do
We recommend a visit to Walensee and the Churfirsten mountains. This beautiful blue lake (one of the clearest and deepest in the country) is stunning in itself, but with the backdrop of the Churfirsten mountains it makes for Swiss perfection. You can enjoy a cable car ride high above the lake, or take a boat trip on the water. The Walensee resort in Unterterzen offers a beach, bathing and a restaurant. There are plenty of walking and cycling trails to enjoy.
You can also take the train up to Rorschach or Romanshorn, both on the shore of Lake Constance. This is one of Europe's most beautiful lakes and well worth seeing during your stay in the region. Please click here for a summary of the best the wider region has to offer.
Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Take a day trip on the Bernina Express scenic rail journey. You'll travel on the World Heritage line across the Alps and even have time for a quick lunch in Italy! You can also see the origins of the Alps at the Tectonic Area at Sardona. Find more Swiss World Heritage Sites here.
Explore the region with our great value travel passes
Our holidays include the Half Fare Card, which entitles you to a 50% discount on most rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.
If you are planning trips further afield, it can be well worth pre-booking the Swiss Travel Pass, as it saves you a great deal of money - and helps you avoid the queues at the ticket office! We will be delighted to help you choose the one that's right for you. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice.
Scenic rail holidays from Bad Ragaz
Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.
From Bad Ragaz you can make the short journey to Chur to join the famous Glacier Express train to Zermatt. Alternatively, you can join the Bernina Express through to Lugano. The Bernina Express is also available as a highly recommended day trip to the Italian town of Tirano.
If you prefer to be based solely in Bad Ragaz, there are many lakes and mountains journeys to be enjoyed locally. We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200.