Enchanting colours in the Chaltenbrunnen high moor
- start: Zwirgi
- destination: Zwirgi
- 15,01 km
- 5 hours 45 minutes
- 1080 m
- 1874 m
- 867 m
- 60 / 100
- 40 / 100
The Chaltenbrunnen Moor near Meiringen is the best-preserved moorland in Switzerland. It can be reached on an interesting circular hike.
The Chaltenbrunnen-Wandelalp mire landscape is about one square kilometre in size. It shows its most beautiful side in the high moor between Gyrensprung and Chaltenbrunnenalp. From late summer onwards, it offers a magnificent display of colour. The sedge areas glow in shades of red and ochre. In between, stands of small-growing mountain pines set bright green accents. The deep blue sky is reflected in countless lakes and pools. The moorland can be reached from the Reichenbach valley. From Zwirgi, you go via Falcheren to Alp Isetwald, an enchanting landscape with meadows, trees and rocks.This paradisiacally beautiful spot was awarded the cultural landscape prize of the Oberland-Ost region in 2008. Via the Wandelalp, you climb to the Chaltenbrunnen high moor. From there, the path is almost level with a magnificent view of the Engelhörner mountains over to the Upper Stafel of the Chaltenbrunnenalp. To return to Zwirgi, use the descent via Seilialp.
- Regularly check the location and compare it with the schedule. In this way, alternatives, shortcuts, demolition, etc. can be considered in good time.
- In the event of bad weather, turn back in good time or seek shelter. If thunderclouds are gathering, it is advisable to abort the tour as soon as possible.
- Do not leave the marked paths. Stay on the official hiking trails even if trails look like shortcuts. Some of these paths are not maintained and can end in a dead end.
- Lost? Stay together as a group and return to the last known point. Wait for better visibility or call for help.
- Plan enough time and energy reserves for the descent.
- Slow down and take breaks.
- Steep grass, scree and snow slopes are safer to tackle on the ascent than on the descent.
- For the descent, choose the easier option or take the train down to the valley.
- Avoid herds of cattle calmly and at a sufficient distance. Keep dogs on a leash.In encounters with guard dogs, the following applies: Remain calm so that the dog realises that you are not a danger to the herd. Keep a generous distance from the herd.
- Allow mountain bikers to pass without obstructing their ride unnecessarily.
- The sun's rays are particularly intense in the mountains. Sun cream with a high protection factor, a sun hat and sunglasses with UV protection should therefore be part of your luggage.
- Even in summer and in good "starting weather", warm clothing and rain protection are part of the equipment. The onion principle with several layers of clothing is recommended.
- Day hiking backpack with rain cover
- Sturdy and comfortable shoes
- Clothing adapted to the weather and hard-wearing (onion principle)
- Charged mobile phone
- Pocket pharmacy
- Drinks and catering
- Pocket knife
From Zwirgi it takes a quarter of an hour to reach the impressive Reichenbach Falls. The author Arthur Conan Doyle had his character Sherlock Holmes dramatically killed there. A nostalgic funicular railway connects the scene with the valley floor.
From Basel and Geneva, the fastest route to the Jungfrau Region is via Bern. From Zurich, the route via Lucerne and the Brünig Pass is recommended. The pass is open all year round.
From the south, travel to the Jungfrau Region via the Grimsel or Susten Pass. Both passes are only open in summer. An alternative is the Simplon Pass with subsequent car transport through the Lötschberg tunnel.
The municipality of Meiringen has 835 public parking spaces in the village centre and at the valley station of the Meiringen-Hasliberg cable cars. A large multi-storey car park is located in Hasliberg-Wasserwendi directly by the gondola lift to Käserstatt.
Thanks to its central location in Europe, Switzerland is served by international trains from over 12 countries. Within Switzerland, Intercity trains run from Basel and Lucerne directly to the Jungfrau Region. Travellers from Zurich change trains in Bern. The trains run every half hour.
From Interlaken and Lucerne we travel comfortably on the Zentralbahn panorama trains directly to Meiringen. From Brünig-Hasliberg we have several post bus connections at our disposal.
This tour is presented by: Jungfrau Region Tourismus AG