Hirzli-Rundweg
Hirzli-Rundweg

Hiking

Hirzli-Rundweg

Hirzli-Rundweg

Niederurnen (Morgenholz)–Niederurnen (Morgenholz)

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Hirzli-Rundweg

Hirzli-Rundweg

This tour leads from the most rewarding Glarner Unterland mountain; with stupendous panorama views over the Linthebene and the Zurich and Walensee lakes. On a clear day, views extend even as far as the Black Forest and environs.
Starting point for this hike is the Niederurnen-Morgenholz mountain station (980m). And the approximately 10-minute cable car ride to Tàli not only facilitates the way to Täli, but supports inhabitants with a year-round connection to the village. At the top you find yourself in the Niederurnen Alpine valley and a beautifully relaxing spot for people of all ages. From Zurich the Niederurnen Täli as the locals call it, is practically the first place of Alpine character. A particular fact of interest is that the Hirzli is composed of sedimentary rocks – sedimentary rocks being naturally of either mechanical or chemical origin; as those found earlier on the seabed.

The Hirzli and the Plnggenstock are best ascended in the early morning, or in the pre-summer season and autumn. And the Hirzli and Plaggenstock can easily be combined over Grat if you don’t suffer from giddiness at certain heights.

A steep climb leads to Schwinfärch – and here we find ourselves on part of the Niederurnen sculpture path – where original wood figures cut with an electric saw by forest-keeper Thomas Jud, further enhance the scenic path. The established Robinson playground on the descent to Mettmen, with blockhouse, fire place for grilling and children’s cable rope-ride makes all efforts of getting here worthwhile. And hunger and thirst are appeased in the cordial Restaurant Hirzli.
This tour leads from the most rewarding Glarner Unterland mountain; with stupendous panorama views over the Linthebene and the Zurich and Walensee lakes. On a clear day, views extend even as far as the Black Forest and environs.
Starting point for this hike is the Niederurnen-Morgenholz mountain station (980m). And the approximately 10-minute cable car ride to Tàli not only facilitates the way to Täli, but supports inhabitants with a year-round connection to the village. At the top you find yourself in the Niederurnen Alpine valley and a beautifully relaxing spot for people of all ages. From Zurich the Niederurnen Täli as the locals call it, is practically the first place of Alpine character. A particular fact of interest is that the Hirzli is composed of sedimentary rocks – sedimentary rocks being naturally of either mechanical or chemical origin; as those found earlier on the seabed.

The Hirzli and the Plnggenstock are best ascended in the early morning, or in the pre-summer season and autumn. And the Hirzli and Plaggenstock can easily be combined over Grat if you don’t suffer from giddiness at certain heights.

A steep climb leads to Schwinfärch – and here we find ourselves on part of the Niederurnen sculpture path – where original wood figures cut with an electric saw by forest-keeper Thomas Jud, further enhance the scenic path. The established Robinson playground on the descent to Mettmen, with blockhouse, fire place for grilling and children’s cable rope-ride makes all efforts of getting here worthwhile. And hunger and thirst are appeased in the cordial Restaurant Hirzli.
7 km | 1 Stage
660 m | 660 m
3 h 10 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Morgenholz
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Hint
However, the Grat path is easily avoided; with the alternative way to Hirzli presenting no problem for children. And once there you delight in superb views similar to looking down on a toy railway – a sight that children love.
Precipitous area of risk
Attention: a short piece of the path to Hirzli and Plaggenstock is only suitable for those that don’t suffer giddiness – and by wet weather we don’t recommend it as a suitable stretch for children with no mountain experience.

Contact

Gemeinde Niederurnen
Schulstrasse 2
8867 Niederurnen
Tel. +41 (0)55 617 22 11
www.niederurnen.ch

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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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