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Bödmeren Ancient Forest Trail

Route
Hiking Trail
Length
9.7 km
Travel time
3 ½ h
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Ancient forest - Alps - Karst. The changing combination of natural and cultural landscapes.

Between Mittenwald und Bödmeren, the path passes through the Bodmeren ancient forest reserve. You hike through a spruce forest made up of small clusters of trees and then later through a light, shrub-rich birch forest with individual spruce and pine trees. The flora reacts very delicately to ground conditions and local topography, which is reflected in the wide variety to be seen there. The Alpine meadow marks the end of the ancient forest. A mosaic of forest and pasture accompanies you along the entire route. By making clearings in the forest, mankind has created alpine pastures wherever the soil was suitable. From time to time along the way you will also come across small habitats, known locally as "Flösch". The very high precipitation - approximately 2500 mm per year - quickly percolates through the ground, except in places where layers of clay seal the soil. These natural drinking spots allow livestock to be reared here even where there is no flowing water.

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Eigeliswald
Point of arrival
Eigeliswald
Difficulty
Medium
Condition
3 / 6
Ascent
312 m
Descent
288 m
Best Time of Year
May, June, July, August, September
Directions

Eigeliswald - Flöschen - Ober Saum - Eigeliswald

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Parking

Beim Eigeliswald gibt es einen großen Parkplatz, der kostenlos genutzt werden kann.

Arrival / Return journey

Muotathal is located in Central Switzerland and is easily accessible by car.

Coming from Basel-Lucerne:
Continue on the A14 from Lucerne in the direction of Zug. After 20 km, you will come to the Rütihof intersection. There you take the A4 motorway in the direction of Schwyz. Take the Schwyz exit and follow the signs in the direction of Muotathal. Follow the main road through the whole village of Muotathal. At the Höll-Loch restaurant, turn right towards the Pragelpass. Drive to the parking lot Eigeliswald.

Coming from Lake Constance and Rapperswil:
At Rapperswil, drive in the direction of Pfäffikon / Gotthard. At Pfäffikon, drive a short distance on the A3 motorway in the direction of Gotthard. Then take the first exit in the direction of Gotthard / Schwyz. The road will take you to Schwyz via Rothenthurm and Sattel. At Schwyz, drive towards Muotathal. Follow the main road through the whole village of Muotathal. At the Höll-Loch restaurant, turn right towards the Pragelpass. Drive to the parking lot Eigeliswald.

Coming from Gotthard-Altdorf:
Take the bypass (tunnel) in Flüelen in the direction of Schwyz. After the Mosi Tunnel, leave the motorway at Exit 40 Brunnen (in the direction of Weggis/Gersau/Schwyz/Brunnen). Drive in the direction of Ibach/Schwyz and at the 2nd roundabout in Ibach (by Dany's Family Restaurant), take the 1st exit towards Muotathal. Follow the main road through the whole village of Muotathal. At the Höll-Loch restaurant, turn right towards the Pragelpass. Drive to the parking lot Eigeliswald.

Accessible by bus and train
No
Further information & links

SchweizMobil: Urwaldweg Bödmeren.