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Old village Wil

Winter Hiking
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Insights into the history of Muotathal

On this little round trip you will get to know the oldest part of Muotathal: Wil, first mentioned in 1275. The path follows the streets and is not signposted. It lies on the sunny side of the valley.

easy
Distance 1.3 km
0:30 h
26 m
26 m
The 30-minute walk is interesting from a historical point of view, but it also provides moments of contemplation as it passes the chapel, parish church and monastery. The convent of St. Joseph in Muotathal was originally founded in 1288. The high water of the torrent, however, caused problems for the Franciscan nuns and in 1687 they were able to move to the newly built monastery of St. Joseph. The old monastery is the only church from the Romanesque period in the old Schwyz region to have survived and today serves as a chapel inviting silent prayer. Between the old and the new monastery, the path leads past the Russian cross, which is reminiscent of a difficult time. In 1799 the Russian general Suworow and his soldiers invaded Muotathal. In 1902 the Muotathalers erected a commemorative cross in the Hürital, where the first Russian officer fell. This cross has been at the monastery since 2012.

Author’s recommendation

- Monastery St. Josef

- Old village Wil with church and parsonage

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Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus GmbH / Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Update: July 06, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
636 m
Lowest point
610 m
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Rest Stop

Restaurant Schützenhaus
Gasthaus zum Hirschen
Gasthaus Post
Restaurant Alpenrösli
Valley Pub

Safety information

The walking and winter hiking trails are not specially signposted. After heavy snowfall, the paths may not always be cleared.

Tips and hints

http://www.muotathal.ch/tourismuns/angebote-winter

Start

Wil (610 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'700'319E 1'203'653N
DD
46.976362, 8.757114
DMS
46°58'34.9"N 8°45'25.6"E
UTM
32T 481526 5202566
w3w 
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Destination

Wil

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Muotathal Post bus stop

Getting there

From the motorway A4 exit direction Schwyz - Muotathal - Muotathal Post Office

Parking

Public parking near Muota school building

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'700'319E 1'203'653N
DD
46.976362, 8.757114
DMS
46°58'34.9"N 8°45'25.6"E
UTM
32T 481526 5202566
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Solid, winter shoes with good sole, warm clothing adapted to the weather (if necessary hat, gloves and trekking poles); possibly warm drinks.

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
1.3 km
Duration
0:30 h
Ascent
26 m
Descent
26 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly Cultural/historical interest Suitable for strollers Way cleared

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