375 Chaltenbrunnen-Hochmoorweg
375 Chaltenbrunnen-Hochmoorweg

Hiking

Chaltenbrunnen-Hochmoorweg

Chaltenbrunnen-Hochmoorweg

Rosenlaui (Chaltenbrunnen)–Zwirgi

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Chaltenbrunnen-Hochmoorweg

Chaltenbrunnen-Hochmoorweg

An attractive circular hike to the most elevated high moor in Europe with countless small ponds and little lakes. The hike is distinguished by a magnificent view of the Hasliberg and the final crescendo at the Reichenbach waterfall.
The hike to the highest moor in Europe, situated on a sloping terrace above Meiringen, begins in Chaltenbrunnen. At first, the trail leads steeply up several hairpin bends to Chaltenbrunnenalp. Passing alpine pastures full of flowers, you then reach the plateau of the colourful high moor. An information board explains interesting facts about the nature reserve before you cross it. Because peat has never been extracted here, it is one of the most valuable moors of the Swiss aloes and can be experienced in its original form.

Countless little lakes and marsh ponds line the path together with high moor plants and loose clusters of small mountain pines. The centre of the moor is extensive and free of trees. The effort of the ascent is rewarded with an overwhelming view: the jagged peaks of the Garzen and the Wandelhorn tower up on the horizon along with the Engelhörner on the other side. Equally unique: the Gyrensprung (1887 m. a.s.l.), whose shape is reminiscent of a ski jump to heaven. Once you have crossed Switzerland's best-preserved high moor, you reach the top of the Wandelalp. It is divided into three levels: the higher, middle and lower Wandelalp.

Good hiking boots are certainly recommended for a sure-footed descent via Iseltwald and Falcheren to the impressive Reichenbach waterfall. The sound volume of the 120-metre-high cascade gives only a hint of the force of the water as it crashes down. Author Conan Doyle was also taken with this natural spectacle, especially as he had his main characters Sherlock Holmes and his arch-enemy Professor Moriarty plunge down the waterfall in battle.
An attractive circular hike to the most elevated high moor in Europe with countless small ponds and little lakes. The hike is distinguished by a magnificent view of the Hasliberg and the final crescendo at the Reichenbach waterfall.
The hike to the highest moor in Europe, situated on a sloping terrace above Meiringen, begins in Chaltenbrunnen. At first, the trail leads steeply up several hairpin bends to Chaltenbrunnenalp. Passing alpine pastures full of flowers, you then reach the plateau of the colourful high moor. An information board explains interesting facts about the nature reserve before you cross it. Because peat has never been extracted here, it is one of the most valuable moors of the Swiss aloes and can be experienced in its original form.

Countless little lakes and marsh ponds line the path together with high moor plants and loose clusters of small mountain pines. The centre of the moor is extensive and free of trees. The effort of the ascent is rewarded with an overwhelming view: the jagged peaks of the Garzen and the Wandelhorn tower up on the horizon along with the Engelhörner on the other side. Equally unique: the Gyrensprung (1887 m. a.s.l.), whose shape is reminiscent of a ski jump to heaven. Once you have crossed Switzerland's best-preserved high moor, you reach the top of the Wandelalp. It is divided into three levels: the higher, middle and lower Wandelalp.

Good hiking boots are certainly recommended for a sure-footed descent via Iseltwald and Falcheren to the impressive Reichenbach waterfall. The sound volume of the 120-metre-high cascade gives only a hint of the force of the water as it crashes down. Author Conan Doyle was also taken with this natural spectacle, especially as he had his main characters Sherlock Holmes and his arch-enemy Professor Moriarty plunge down the waterfall in battle.
14 km | 1 Stage
860 m | 1100 m
5 h 00 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

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Consideration
Please do not leave the marked trails in the upland moor.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Zwirgi
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Contact

Haslital Tourismus
Bahnhofplatz 12
3860 Meiringen
Tel. +41 (0)33 972 50 50
info@haslital.swiss
www.haslital.swiss

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bett und zmorge
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Chaltenbrunnen
Chaltenbrunnen
Meiringen–Reuti
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Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
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