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Goldau Bergsturzspur (landslide trail)

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  • Der Weg verläuft oft im Wald.
    Der Weg verläuft oft im Wald.
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Goldau - Gribsch - Goldau

A varied tour through the Goldau landslide area with the village of Goldau and its nature and animal park, with a view of Lake Lauerz and the famous wealth of orchids.

moderate
Distance 8.6 km
3:15 h
613 m
613 m
1,048 m
504 m
The "Goldau Bergsturzspur" on Mount Rossberg is closely linked to the fateful 2nd September 1806, when gigantic masses of rock slid down the slopes of Rossberg on a layer of clay and marl and buried 102 houses from the hamlets of Röthen and Goldau. 457 people died. Today the area of the Goldau landslide is a cantonal plant protection reserve. Thus, in the gigantic landslide area plants were given a chance to develop that cannot thrive in the usual forest landscape. This includes rare orchid species such as the lady's slipper. A hike is especially beautiful in early summer, when the orchids are in bloom.

On the way on the debris cone you will meet again and again witnesses of the landslide: huge nailfluh blocks. The first section of the hike, i.e. the stretch from the railway station to the Spitzibüel height, follows the route of the Schwyzer Höhenweg.

 

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Author’s recommendation

Before the descent, we recommend to make an additional loop on the orchid trail, which is signposted with green boards. But be careful, the orchid trail is technically demanding.
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Update: April 20, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,048 m
Lowest point
504 m
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Rest stops

Restaurant Gotthard

Start

Railwaystation Goldau (506 m)
Coordinates:
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2'684'451E 1'211'506N
DD
47.049205, 8.550053
DMS
47°02'57.1"N 8°33'00.2"E
UTM
32T 465823 5210730
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Destination

Railwaystation Goldau

Turn-by-turn directions

Goldau railway station (506 m) - Gribsch (906 m) - Goldau railway station (506 m)                   

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train or bus to the railway station Arth-Goldau.

Getting there

Use motorway A4. Exit Goldau.

Parking

There are several parking lots. Follow the signs on site.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'684'451E 1'211'506N
DD
47.049205, 8.550053
DMS
47°02'57.1"N 8°33'00.2"E
UTM
32T 465823 5210730
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Hiking shoes with a good profile or trekking shoes, rain jacket, drink and possibly sticks.

Questions and answers

Question from Monika Mäder · June 01, 2022 · Community
Blühen die Orchideen (noch)? Ich würde gerne in den nächsten Tagen dort wandern. Besten Dank.
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Question from Hermann Hofer · June 17, 2021 · Community
wann sind die Termine für die Wanderungen Bergsturzspur/Orchideenweg?
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Answered by Nicole Suter  · June 18, 2021 · Community
Orchideen blühen aktuell, laufen kann man diesen Weg fast immer
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Question from Landelijn Dierick · December 11, 2020 · Community
Is it possible to walk there tomorrow with the snow? I only have hiking boots with me
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Answered by Theresa Nepote · December 11, 2020 · Community
Hi, I did the tour in summer so I cannot tell how it is now with the snow conditions, depending on the profile of your shoes I suppose it is possible, the path as such is not difficult. Hope it helps... enjoy and take care

Rating

4.3
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Michelle Garcia
June 12, 2022 · Community
Zu wenig Wegbeschilderung, somit unklar wo genau entlanggelaufen werden sollte.
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Christoph Hofmann 
October 31, 2021 · Community
Wunderschöne Wanderung
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Roger Schüeber 
October 21, 2021 · Community
Sehr schöne, technisch einfache Wanderung.. ich denke im Sommer wäre es besser, wenn man Orchideen sehen möchte..
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When did you do this route? October 20, 2021
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.6 km
Duration
3:15 h
Ascent
613 m
Descent
613 m
Highest point
1,048 m
Lowest point
504 m
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