Family and theme trail Gäggersteg
On the new Gäggersteg family and theme trail, guests can experience how three centuries of storms have shaped the forests in the Gurnigel area. How the forest and nature have recovered from the damage and even benefited from it, and how the people from the region have seized the opportunity and made the best of the destruction.
IMPORTANT: Winter is on time this year. The Natural Park Gantrisch is already covered in snow. This also means that the Gäggersteg is now closed. It will be open again from the beginning of May and we look forward to your visit from then on.
From the car park at the Süftenen refuge you simply have to follow the signs towards Gäggersteg. Experience the untouched forest, the strong wind and impressive roots on the Gägger. On the circular trail you will also cross the new Gäggersteg - a footbridge that leads through the forest reserve on the Gägger at a height of up to 8 metres and allows both deep insights and wonderful views.
Türst leads the little guests through the accompanying story "The wild Türst - the stormy game in the forest at Gägger". The children collect 8 different runes at 8 stations and receive a small gift as a reward at the end. On the way they experience more about the forest, wind and roots at various adventure stations.
Length: 2. 5km
Duration: 1. 5 - 2h
Difference in height: + 122 m / - 124m
Accessible by public transport: yes, only in summer (bus to the Rüschegg, Süfternen Kreuzung - please note the timetable Bus alpin)
Accessible by car: yes
Information about the Gäggersteg
After storm Lothar caused great damage to the Gägger in 1999, the area was declared a forest reserve in 2000. In 2004 the first Gäggersteg was build. This enabled people to observe how the forest recovered without human intervention. The footbridge also offers a magnificent view of the Gantrisch chain and the Alps. Over the years the old footbridge weathered visibly. In 2019, the old footbridge was finally replaced by the new innovative timber construction, designed by the well-known architect Patrick Thurston. The new 258-metre-long footbridge is a symbol of cooperation in the Gantrisch Nature Park. The wood comes from the region and half of it was donated by the burger communities.