Bergsturzspur
Bergsturzspur

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Goldauer Bergsturzspur

Goldauer Bergsturzspur

Goldau–Goldau

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Goldauer Bergsturzspur

Goldauer Bergsturzspur

An attractive hike through the landslide area of Goldau with lovely views of Lake Lauerz. The village of Goldau, including its Nature Reserve and Wildlife Park, and an amazing highlight for botany buffs are all located on the accumulated scree. The area is known for its abundance of rare orchids.
The traces of the landslide stem from the fateful day on September 2, 1806, when a gigantic mass of rock broke from the slopes of the western ridge of the Rossberg and slid on a layer of clay and marl into the valley. Due to persistent heavy rainfalls this slide buried 102 homes of the Röthen and Goldau hamlets under about 400 million m3 of debris. It even reached the western shore of Lake Lauerz where it caused a flood wave. Overall, 457 people and over 320 animals lost their lives in the disastrous event.

The hiking trail through Goldau’s landslide area starts at the Arth-Goldau train station. Near the last buildings of the village it enters the Härzigwald forest and immediately climbs relatively steeply uphill. This first section – from the train station up to Spitzibüel – follows the route of the Schwyzer Höhenweg (high-altitude trail). Then it crosses over to Oberspitzibüel. On the mound of scree in the landslide area, through which the trail loops back to Goldau, the hikers come across numerous silent witnesses of long ago: gigantic prehistoric boulders are part of the landscape.

Today the Goldau landslide area is a cantonal plant reserve. Plants that would normally not have a chance of developing in the wooded landscape were able to thrive in this extensive area. Botany buffs come here primarily to find rare orchid plants, such as Lady’s Slippers, Twayblades or Helleborines. Some of these grow right beside the trail. The best opportunity to see them in full bloom is in early summer.
An attractive hike through the landslide area of Goldau with lovely views of Lake Lauerz. The village of Goldau, including its Nature Reserve and Wildlife Park, and an amazing highlight for botany buffs are all located on the accumulated scree. The area is known for its abundance of rare orchids.
The traces of the landslide stem from the fateful day on September 2, 1806, when a gigantic mass of rock broke from the slopes of the western ridge of the Rossberg and slid on a layer of clay and marl into the valley. Due to persistent heavy rainfalls this slide buried 102 homes of the Röthen and Goldau hamlets under about 400 million m3 of debris. It even reached the western shore of Lake Lauerz where it caused a flood wave. Overall, 457 people and over 320 animals lost their lives in the disastrous event.

The hiking trail through Goldau’s landslide area starts at the Arth-Goldau train station. Near the last buildings of the village it enters the Härzigwald forest and immediately climbs relatively steeply uphill. This first section – from the train station up to Spitzibüel – follows the route of the Schwyzer Höhenweg (high-altitude trail). Then it crosses over to Oberspitzibüel. On the mound of scree in the landslide area, through which the trail loops back to Goldau, the hikers come across numerous silent witnesses of long ago: gigantic prehistoric boulders are part of the landscape.

Today the Goldau landslide area is a cantonal plant reserve. Plants that would normally not have a chance of developing in the wooded landscape were able to thrive in this extensive area. Botany buffs come here primarily to find rare orchid plants, such as Lady’s Slippers, Twayblades or Helleborines. Some of these grow right beside the trail. The best opportunity to see them in full bloom is in early summer.
8 km | 1 Stage
540 m | 540 m
2 h 55 min
easy (hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Arth-Goldau
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Surface/foundation
Caution: Suitable footwear is necessary.
Family hikes
The section between Lauerz and Goldau is especially recommended with children. The sightseeing attraction «Goldau Nature and Wildlife Park» is of particular interest to children.
Places of interest on this section

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Arth-Goldau
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Contact

Arth-Goldau Tourismus
Parkstrasse
6410 Goldau
Tel. +41 (0)41 855 54 30
verkehrsverein@arth-online.ch
www.schwyz-tourismus.ch

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Arth-Goldau
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Natur- und Tierpark Goldau
Natur- und Tierpark Goldau
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Signalization

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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