A weekend trip to the scenic village of Flims for a new trail race, Il Cuors da Flem, recently led me to discover this region’s Kulinarik Trails (Culinary Trails), which combine two of my favorite pastimes: hiking and eating!
There are two culinary trails to choose from this year: Woods and Water — 12 km and three courses for CHF 49, and Mountain and Views — 15.4 km and five courses for CHF 79 (costs are per person). As you hike the trails, you stop in at 3 to 5 participating restaurants, depending on the trail you choose, and enjoy regional specialties, like polenta and pizokel (buckwheat pasta). Both culinary hikes will be fully operational as of June 18, and will continue until October 23, 2016. You can sign up with the office for Gästeinformation Flims Laax Falera, and reservations are recommended, especially for groups of 5 or more and during the busy summer months. Check out the video below from Flims Laax Falera for a preview of the Mountain and Views tour.
This was my first time visiting the Swiss canton of Graubünden, located in eastern Switzerland. Along with German and Italian, this is the region of Switzerland where its fourth national language is spoken: Romansh. While I didn’t have time to participate in these culinary hikes, I had the chance to run part of the Woods and Water route, along two crystal blue lakes — Caumasee and Crestasee, and to eat at one of the three participating restaurants.
After my race, I was happy to find the Aktienbrauerei in Flims, which is the first stop on the Woods and Water hike. If you participate in this hike, your first course at the brewery restaurant will be “traditional white sausage with pretzels or green salad with strips of Alpine cheese and a beer dressing.” For my meal there, I ordered a cold beer, the Marenghin, and some of their signature beer soup — both of which tasted great after my long run! The brewery opened in 2005 at the former fire station in town, and it’s a good place to begin a culinary hike, given its close proximity to the trail down to Caumasee.
I hope to return to Flims again soon, this time to show my family around the area, and to try one of these culinary trails. You can find a variety of accommodations in town, ranging from the upscale Waldhaus Flims resort to sleeping in a tent or podhouse at Camping Flims. From Zürich, it’s less than 2 hours to Flims, either by car or public transport.