Northeastern Switzerland

Formed by glacial moraine, this vivid blue lake is reached via a beautiful mountain trail from Braunwald. The moderate, 3½-hour walk leads through meadows and open forest and takes in an Alpine dairy. The lake is a great spot for a family picnic.

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10.75 MILES

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2. Piz Sardona

12.06 MILES

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3. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona

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4. Tödi

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5. Flumserberg

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6. Seerenbachfälle

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7. Statue of St Benedikt

15.79 MILES

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8. Klosterkirche

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