Wild-haymaking trail

Urnerland

Flüelen gauche

Flüelen gauche

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Kreisel Süd

Urnersee mit Gitschen, Blick aus der Apertura

Urnersee mit Gitschen, Blick aus der Apertura

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Flüelen, Urnersee

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Windsurfing Center am Urnersee, Flüelen

Rambling through airy fir forests, walking over magic carpets of wild flowers and experiencing ancient haymaking and Alpine traditions at the same time? The wild-haymaking trail on the Rophaien near Flüelen overlooking the emerald green Lake Uri is an ideal hiking destination.

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The wild-haymaking trail, with its rich variety, starts at the Eggeberge mountain station and ends after a 4 hours hike at the Overaxen mountain station. On the way one experiences nature up close and also learns interesting details about wild-haymaking. This ancient tradition is still alive in Canton Uri: in laborious manual labor the peasants cut the grass on steep slopes, the so-called “Wildi”. This way they ensure the cattle have enough feed for winter, while making an important contribution to preserve the bio-diversity in the Swiss mountain world. Visitors hear the strange hum of the wild-haymaking “zip line” (a rope used for transporting the hay). They also see the towering “Triste” (hay bales attached to a pole) and enjoy the typical scents of the freshly mowed slopes.

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