First stop: Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The 23rd of July in the morning I decided to start one of the best road trips ever made, head to Flims in Switzerland and then to take a cable ride in order to see the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona, or at least a part of it, natural site included in the very long list of Unesco sites, as part of exploration of Europe.
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After having chosen Flims as good starting point to reach the top of the mountain, I left Milan around 10 o' clock and arrived to Flims around 12.30. After having got the wrong way because of few indications, finally I found the cable way that leads to the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona.


The first impact with the Swiss prices was tremendous: as I am an expert skier, normally the price range for a daily tickets goes from 30 to 40 Euros depending on the season ( high or low). If you want to take just a cableway return ticket, normally you pay around 15 Euros. I asked the cashiers how much was the return ticket and unfortunately the price was equal to 32 Euros in Swiss francs.

Keeping in mind that I had to go to Vaduz later on, I could not climb the mountain on my feet from the 1.200 meters of Flims to the 2.675 meters high of Fil de Cassons: I would have waisted my time. After 30 - 45 minutes ( 2 chairlifts and a cableway), I reached a small shelter.
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Approached to Fil de Cassons I walked to the top of the mountain and over there I felt completely impressed by the incredible landscape, a sort of a real natural arena with deep valleys.
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The reason why this site was added to the list of Unesco sites was the following one: " displays an exceptional example of mountain building through continental collision and features excellent geological sections through tectonic thrust, i.e. the process whereby older, deeper rocks are carried onto younger, shallower rocks". - Font: Unesco World Heritage List

The mountains are divided in sections as if they were built like Lego bricks and this shows the different era of the rocks, where younger rocks lifted older rocks.
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Over there you can easily follow the different paths that allow to reach the closer mountains. Please do not go there if you feel dizzy as the valleys are really deep. The colour of the rocks seem to be silver like in the following picture:
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or they seem to be even smoothed:
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After a 30 minutes walk and having enjoyed the breathtaking landscape, I took again the cableway in order to come back to Flims and head to Vaduz.
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I would have loved to watch some ibexes or golden eagle, but I just saw some marmots or crows...really nice the flowers in Fil de Cassons, grown close to the rocks.

So for nature and mountains lovers the Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona deserves a place in the list of Unesco sites and I can consider it one of the off the beaten path places in Switzerland to visit, among the best mountains in the world. A trip that started completely off the beaten tracks!

The next stop
of the road trip July 2012 was: Vaduz, Liechtenstein

2 commenti:

Anonymous said...

wow, awesome stories and beautiful pictures. keep it up dude!

Marco Zannin said...

thanks a lot! I will for sure! :-)

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