32 Rhein–Hirzel–Linth
32 Rhein–Hirzel–Linth

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Rhein–Hirzel–Linth

Stage 3, Pfäffikon SZ–Niederurnen (Ziegelbrücke)

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Rhein–Hirzel–Linth

A short splash in the Obersee, the world becomes flat, the fields at March are huge, green and clearly laid out. The former floodplain has a well-developed motorway and railway system, electricity races through the area on dozens of cables.
The multi-coloured slides in Pfäffikon are great fun for both children and adults. We’re talking about the Alpamare, of course. It opened in 1977 and was the largest covered water park in Europe at that time. It is well known, especially for its slides: tubes, rafting, or white water adventures – there is something for everyone. A while later you reach Lachen, which is said to be the town with the best sunset views on Lake Zurich. The lake glitters, sparkles and mirrors everything in sight, even the two-tower church zum Heiligen Kreuz. It was built more than 300 years ago according to the Vorarlberg architectural design. Just think about everything the church has withstood since then.

After crossing the tamed Wägitaler Aa, it is not far to the Nuoler Ried nature reserve. The area is flat and spacious, the fields are large and green. The Siberian iris with its big, deep blue flowers is particularly beautiful. Plovers, which are a rare sight now, build their well-camouflaged nests directly on the ground. And migratory birds often take a break from their travels here at Nuoler Ried. Efforts are underway on the Reumeren amphibian spawning site to keep industrialisation in check. Alpine newts live here, common toads, yellow-bellied toads, and frogs.

The Linth Canal flows through the Linth Plain. Since there is a lot of wind here, we have plenty of electricity. The Linth Plain was once under water and Lake Zurich and Lake Walen were connected. In the 18th century, possibly even earlier, the Plain was swamped again by floods, resulting in crop failures, poverty and disease. At the beginning of the 19th century the Linth was “corrected” under the direction of engineer Hans Conrad Escher and guided into Lake Walen via the Escher Canal. The grounds became fertile again and now you see tractors, storks and herons on the large fields. When the grass is freshly mowed, it is a delight to watch the birds during their primary occupation, which is looking for food.

Rather than watching, you would probably prefer to nibble at the “House of Läderach”. White chocolate, yellow chocolate, brown, red and black chocolate: of the many industrial buildings, this is without a doubt the sweetest and – better yet - located directly on the route. In the museum in Bilten you hear about the secrets of making chocolate. But you might want to stay on the bike path and continue to Niederurnen where you can buy a souvenir, such as a lovely “Glarner Tüechli” made in Glarus. A Glarner Tüechli is a colourful cotton square, a bandanna or a handkerchief, with a printed pattern. These are traditionally made in the Canton Glarus. The first textile factories in the Glarus area opened as early as 1740.
A short splash in the Obersee, the world becomes flat, the fields at March are huge, green and clearly laid out. The former floodplain has a well-developed motorway and railway system, electricity races through the area on dozens of cables.
The multi-coloured slides in Pfäffikon are great fun for both children and adults. We’re talking about the Alpamare, of course. It opened in 1977 and was the largest covered water park in Europe at that time. It is well known, especially for its slides: tubes, rafting, or white water adventures – there is something for everyone. A while later you reach Lachen, which is said to be the town with the best sunset views on Lake Zurich. The lake glitters, sparkles and mirrors everything in sight, even the two-tower church zum Heiligen Kreuz. It was built more than 300 years ago according to the Vorarlberg architectural design. Just think about everything the church has withstood since then.

After crossing the tamed Wägitaler Aa, it is not far to the Nuoler Ried nature reserve. The area is flat and spacious, the fields are large and green. The Siberian iris with its big, deep blue flowers is particularly beautiful. Plovers, which are a rare sight now, build their well-camouflaged nests directly on the ground. And migratory birds often take a break from their travels here at Nuoler Ried. Efforts are underway on the Reumeren amphibian spawning site to keep industrialisation in check. Alpine newts live here, common toads, yellow-bellied toads, and frogs.

The Linth Canal flows through the Linth Plain. Since there is a lot of wind here, we have plenty of electricity. The Linth Plain was once under water and Lake Zurich and Lake Walen were connected. In the 18th century, possibly even earlier, the Plain was swamped again by floods, resulting in crop failures, poverty and disease. At the beginning of the 19th century the Linth was “corrected” under the direction of engineer Hans Conrad Escher and guided into Lake Walen via the Escher Canal. The grounds became fertile again and now you see tractors, storks and herons on the large fields. When the grass is freshly mowed, it is a delight to watch the birds during their primary occupation, which is looking for food.

Rather than watching, you would probably prefer to nibble at the “House of Läderach”. White chocolate, yellow chocolate, brown, red and black chocolate: of the many industrial buildings, this is without a doubt the sweetest and – better yet - located directly on the route. In the museum in Bilten you hear about the secrets of making chocolate. But you might want to stay on the bike path and continue to Niederurnen where you can buy a souvenir, such as a lovely “Glarner Tüechli” made in Glarus. A Glarner Tüechli is a colourful cotton square, a bandanna or a handkerchief, with a printed pattern. These are traditionally made in the Canton Glarus. The first textile factories in the Glarus area opened as early as 1740.
30 km
Asphalted: 30 km
Natural surface: 0 km
180 m | 170 m
easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Pfäffikon SZ
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Traffic volume
Beware: busy main road Pfäffikon–Lachen
Diversion, Wangen SZ
Duration
08.06.2021 - 31.07.2023
Reason
Construction & maintenance work
The route is being diverted. Please follow the local signposts. See map for details.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Ziegelbrücke
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Services

Accommodation

Hotel Restaurant Sternen
Hotel Restaurant Sternen
Pfäffikon SZ
Lützelhof
Lützelhof
Pfäffikon SZ
Seedamm Plaza
Seedamm Plaza
Pfäffikon SZ
Sorell Hotel Speer
Sorell Hotel Speer
Rapperswil
Ferienwohnung / Gästezimmer Kälin
Ferienwohnung / Gästezimmer Kälin
Pfäffikon SZ
Marina Lachen
Marina Lachen
Lachen SZ
Jugendherberge Rapperswil-Jona
Jugendherberge Rapperswil-Jona
Jona
Bauernhof Rosenbergerhof
Bauernhof Rosenbergerhof
Tuggen
Parkhotel Schwert
Parkhotel Schwert
Weesen
Hotel-Restaurant Flyhof
Hotel-Restaurant Flyhof
Weesen
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Places

Pfäffikon SZ
Pfäffikon SZ
Rapperswil-Jona
Rapperswil-Jona
Siebnen
Siebnen
Schänis
Schänis
Niederurnen (Ziegelbrücke)
Niederurnen (Ziegelbrücke)
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Places of interest

Ufenau and Lützelau Islands in Lake Züri
Ufenau and Lützelau Islands in Lake Züri
The Frauenwinkel
The Frauenwinkel
Rapperswil-Hurden Wooden bridge
Rapperswil-Hurden Wooden bridge
Rapperswil Castle
Rapperswil Castle
Seebrücke Rapperswil–Hurden
Seebrücke Rapperswil–Hurden
Altendorf–Etzel
Altendorf–Etzel
Pump track Altendorf
Pump track Altendorf
Freulerpalast
Freulerpalast
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Swimming

Alpamare Water Park Pfäffikon
Alpamare Water Park Pfäffikon
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Signalization

Signalization
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Signalization