Rothenthurm moorland trail

Rothenthurm – Bibersteg – Biberbrugg

Rothenthurm: Blick vom Huob auf - mit Kirche

Rothenthurm: Blick vom Huob auf - mit Kirche

The high Biber valley, the plain between Rothenthurm and Biberbrugg, ranks as an especially beautiful moorland area of national importance. The well-signed moorland path passes through this unique protected moorland (a model for moor conservation in Switzerland).

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Technical information

Starting point:Rothenthurm
Destination:Biberbrugg
Getting to the starting point:Car/bus/train from Schwyz or Arth-Goldau
Back from the destination:Car/train back to Rothenthurm or to Pfäffikon (Lake Zurich) or to Einsiedeln
Technique:Easy (hiking path)
Physical fitness:Easy
Difference in elevation:Ascent 110 m, descent 200 m
Hiking time:2h 20m
Season:End of April to November
Note:   Swimming and barbecue facilities are available in a concealed inlet of the Biber.

Description

Many moors were created in the cool and humid climate of the trough-shaped high Biber valley, including Switzerland's largest extant stretch of upland moor and heathland (over 100 hectares). It is surrounded by an extremely rich mosaic of different habitats: remains of mountain pine upland moors, spruce forest groves, peat bogs, fens and the winding river Biber with its alluvial pastureland. Local service providers join Pro Natura in advocating the preservation of this upland moor.

The moorland path is also highly recommended: here, visitors can hike on paths with gravel and wooden-slat surfaces or well-beaten tracks. The route crosses forests with six-foot ferns and open areas with rare plants such as orchids, cotton grasses and willow gentian.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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