Did you know that the unique terraced landscape of Flims was caused by a violent natural disaster? Over 10,000 years ago, the largest landslide ever to hit the Alps sent 10 cubic kilometres of limestone rock tumbling down from the Flimserstein and into the Rhine. It is because of this landslide that we are today able to enjoy views of the extraordinary Rhine gorge. The origin of the landslide area is situated at approximately 2,700 metres above sea level, with Flims located at approximately 1,100 metres and the filled glacial valley at around 600 metres.
Lake Laax (Lag Grond), situated in the centre of the town at 1,016 metres above sea level, is approximately 5 hectares in area and has an average depth of 4.5 metres. Lake Laax also gave its name to the town of Laax – "Ils lags" means "the lakes" in Romansh. In summer, it is perfect for bathing, while in winter it is ideal for hiking or skating.
Known as "Lag la Cauma" in Romansh, meaning "lake siesta", Lake Cauma is the jewel of Flims. It measures 625 metres at its longest point and 325 metres at its widest.
A hike around Lake Cauma is an unforgettable experience during winter. You will find rest and relaxation and be able to escape the hustle and bustle amidst the snowy landscape and idyllic nature. If you would also like a little culinary indulgence on your hike around Lake Cauma, then you can go from course to course on our "Forest & winter" culinary trail.
Swimming, laying about or sunbathing. Whether you're travelling by foot or by bike, "Lake Siesta" is the perfect addition to your trip. It is surrounded by forest on three sides, and contains a wooded island in the centre of the lake where you can relax in complete tranquillity. Particularly striking is the turquoise-coloured and pleasantly cool water with temperatures of between 17 and 24 degrees.
The "forest ridge lake" is situated on the eastern border between Flims and Trin. Featuring crystal-clear water and nestled in a dark green grove of trees, Lake Cresta is a true hidden gem. It measures 375 metres in length and 180 metres in width and is listed as a protected natural landmark of regional importance in the canton of Graubünden.
Lake Cresta is a popular sporting location during winter. Cross-country skiers, in particular, have much to enjoy around Lake Cresta. Follow the snowy winter forest directly past the lake on your way to Flims. It's the perfect opportunity to take a well-deserved break.
Lake Cresta offers the perfect place to cool down on your biking or hiking tour. The lake is famous for its clear-coloured water. The natural bathing lake offers a kiosk and boat rental facility during summer, with a restaurant and guest house located directly beside. Another unique aspect about Lake Cresta is that it is only accessible by foot.
In LAAX, we have set ourselves the goal of trying to leave the world in a better condition than how we found it. As a result, in all of our endeavours to make your holiday as eventful as possible, we always show respect for nature and do everything we can to treat our world in the right way. Learn more about our Greenstyle initiatives here.