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Rotz Gorge - Stans - Ennetmoos

Cycling · Nidwalden
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  • Drachenried, Ennetmoos, Nidwalden (Rob Furger)
    / Drachenried, Ennetmoos, Nidwalden (Rob Furger)
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  • / Drachenried, Ennetmoos, Nidwalden
    Photo: Rob Furger, CC BY-SA, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Eingang Rotzschlucht, Ennetmoos, Nidwalden
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  • / Rotzschlucht, Ennetmoos, Nidwalden, Heilige Barbara
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Wanderweg Rotzschlucht, Ennetmoos, Nidwalden
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Rotzschlucht, Ennetmoos, Nidwalden, historische Zeitzeugen
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  • / Rotzschlucht, Ennetmoos, Nidwalden, Wander- und Veloweg
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  • / Rotzschlucht, Ennetmoos, Nidwalden, lieblich und schroff zugleich
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  • / Rotzschlucht, Ennetmoos, Nidwalden
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  • / Rotzschlucht, Ennetmoos, Nidwalden, Einstieg oben Ennetmoos
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This varied tour starts in Stans, cantonal capital of Nidwalden, and passes through the Rotz Gorge to charming Drachenried.
easy
16.9 km
1:24 h
149 m
149 m

This tour has a little of everything: history in Stans, glorious scenery in the mountains and by the lake, and a short, steep passage through the Rotz Gorge.

The gorge was carved out during a series of ice ages. The last ice age is said to have created a lake in Drachenried, the outflow of which gradually wore the rock away to create the gorge as the water found its way to Lake Lucerne.

Industrialisation began in this region in 1562 with the construction of the first flour mill. Its ruins can still be seen in the gorge. Meanwhile, 1598 saw paper being manufactured in Central Switzerland for the first time, here at the foot of the Rotz Gorge. 

Quarrying for limestone began in 1879. This gave rise to long underground galleries in which cheese used to be stored. They are now used by mushroom growers. 

Author’s recommendation

October 2017 witnessed the opening of a tunnel in the Rotz Gorge on safety grounds. Look out for a statue of St. Barbara in a niche in the rock at the upper tunnel entrance.
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Nidwalden Tourismus
Updated: April 20, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
545 m
Lowest point
435 m
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Safety information

Cyclists are warned not to linger in the Rotz Gorge due to the danger of falling rocks.

Start

Stans (450 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.957864, 8.367236
DMS
46°57'28.3"N 8°22'02.0"E
UTM
32T 451855 5200676
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Destination

Stans

Turn-by-turn directions

Start at Stans station. Then head for Rotzbergstrasse via Tottikonstrasse – Spichermatte – Länderpark. You are advised to dismount for the short steep section through the Rotz Gorge. Greeting you at the top is the charming countryside around Drachenried. The route then proceeds via St. Jakob back to Stans.

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
46.957864, 8.367236
DMS
46°57'28.3"N 8°22'02.0"E
UTM
32T 451855 5200676
w3w 
///epidemics.dunk.masterful
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Experienced MTB’ers will find the ride from Ennetmoos through the Rotz Gorge no problem. The tour can also be completed by MTB from Stans via Ennetmoos – Rotz Gorge - Rotzloch back to Stans.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
16.9 km
Duration
1:24h
Ascent
149 m
Descent
149 m
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