A varied tour through the Goldau landslide area with the village of Goldau and its nature and animal park, with a view of Lake Lauerz and the famous wealth of orchids.
The "Goldau Bergsturzspur" on Mount Rossberg is closely linked to the fateful 2nd September 1806, when gigantic masses of rock slid down the slopes of Rossberg on a layer of clay and marl and buried 102 houses from the hamlets of Röthen and Goldau. 457 people died. Today the area of the Goldau landslide is a cantonal plant protection reserve. Thus, in the gigantic landslide area plants were given a chance to develop that cannot thrive in the usual forest landscape. This includes rare orchid species such as the lady's slipper. A hike is especially beautiful in early summer, when the orchids are in bloom.
On the way on the debris cone you will meet again and again witnesses of the landslide: huge nailfluh blocks. The first section of the hike, i.e. the stretch from the railway station to the Spitzibüel height, follows the route of the Schwyzer Höhenweg.
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Before the descent, we recommend to make an additional loop on the orchid trail, which is signposted with green boards. But be careful, the orchid trail is technically demanding.
Hi, I did the tour in summer so I cannot tell how it is now with the snow conditions, depending on the profile of your shoes I suppose it is possible, the path as such is not difficult. Hope it helps... enjoy and take care