A special staircase in the forest, a huge tufa formed by a spring and a natural sports drink – all in one tour.
Distance 10.6 km
Highest point1,545 m
Lowest point1,164 m
The mineral water trail «tras il god» goes through the forest up to San Jon. This circular route starts at Scuol visitor information centre. It goes to the Gurlaina Bridge and then up to an altitude of about 250 metres to the San Jon Stables. After a short break, it’s onwards and upwards a few more metres in altitude to the fountain of Funtana Cotschna, where you can quench your thirst with mildly mineralised water. If you look over the stream behind this towards the rock face, you will see the mineral spring’s waterfall. After that, you will backtrack a little and then turn right to go through some sparse forest. There, you will find the San Jon Dadaint spring, which is made up of several small pools and has formed a tufa in the shape of a staircase. Going past this spring will take you to the lowest point of the trail – to the Lischana spring. This magnesium-rich spring is very popular with athletes and it flows at the touch of a button. The path leads up the river Inn to the PostBus stop Scuol, Serras, at which point you take the road to the right. After about 400 metres, you can see the huge tufa formed by the Runà spring across the meadow on the left, near a farm. The path leads back to the bus stop, and from there it goes through the old part of the village, Scuol Sot. At the Plaz and Bügl Grond fountains, you can taste the mineral waters of Sotsass and Chalzina/Tulai. The route then ends back where it began.
The mineral water trail «tras il god» is well suited to mountain biking (an easier ascent is available on the road to San Jon). The exception to this is the section before the San Jon Dadaint spring. At this point, we ask that visitors leave their bikes and proceed to the spring on foot, then continue the tour on the lower path. Thank you for your consideration.
We recommend that you bring a bottle or cup with you so you can taste the water from the tapped springs.
Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG (ys)
Update: May 25, 2021
Best time of year
The tour was evaluated under favourable weather conditions. Before starting the tour, we strongly advise you to check the current weather conditions and the forecast.
The ‘Scuol, posta’ Postbus stop/Scuol visitor information center – Gurlaina – San Jon – Funtana Cotschna – San Jon Dadaint spring – Lischana spring – Runà – Plaz – Bügl Grond – the ‘Scuol, posta’ Postbus stop/Scuol visitor information
Wildlife refuge God San Jon: December 20 - April 20
all notes on protected areas
Take the Rhaetian Railway (RhB), which leaves hourly from Chur, Landquart/Prättigau and Upper Engadin, and get out at Scuol-Tarasp.
Take the Postbus, which leaves hourly from Martina, Sent, Ftan and Tarasp, and get out at the Postbus stop Scuol, posta.
From the north: via Landquart – Klosters on the car transporter train through the Vereina tunnel (Selfranga – Sagliains) or via the Flüela Pass to Lower Engadin on the H27
From the east: via Landeck / Austria towards St. Moritz on the H27
From the south: via Reschen Pass (Nauders – Martina) or the Ofen Pass (Val Müstair – Zernez) on the H27
Scuol is located directly on Engadiner Strasse H27 (20-minute drive from the Vereina tunnel’s southern entrance).
Parking is available at the Scuol-Tarasp train station.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Mischol, K. (2011). Mineralquellen im Unterengadin. Geschichte|n und Fakten. Bozen: Ferrari-Auer Druck.
Sturdy shoes, a bottle or cup, and protection against sun and rain are all recommended.