Chärpfbrugg, CH

You best start by taking a ride with the cable car Kies-Mettmen up to the Mettmen Alp, the oldest wildlife sanctuary in Europe. Even though you might here already be tempted to stay at the inviting and cozy Mountain Hotel Mettmen, move on.

Signposting

From the cable car mountain station, follow the hiking trail signposted “Information board” to the Garichti reservoir. Now follow the further signposting “Kärpfbrugg”. After the Kärpfbrugg you continue towards “Leglerhütte SAC”. At the crossroads «Kärpfstäfeli junction» follow the road to «Kärpfstäfeli». From there, head towards «Matzlenfurggelen». Finally it goes back to the starting point via “Oberes Börtli” or “Unteres Börtli”.

Impressions

The top layer of the Kärpf bridge consists of Lochseiten limestone with softer, slaty flysch rock underneath. The Niederenbach brook has carved its underground path through the rock, thereby forming the Kärpf bridge. The natural bridge is one of the most spectacular outcrops of the Glarus thrust.

At low water level, it is possible to walk through the approx. 50 meter long, 3 to 4 meter high underground streambed (at your own risk!). Tip: The trail can be extended to the Legler hut, a cozy and modern Swiss Alpine Club hut, managed with excellent care and serving delicious home-cooked food. Overnight accommodations are also available.

Getting there

By any means or by choice of public transport services: SBB Timetable, please click here.

Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge.

The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.

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