May – October
3 breathtaking green and blue lakes, wildly romantic waterfalls, untouched pine forests and impressive moor landscapes and an imposing mountain landscape.by Marc Gottwald
Natural experience above Lake Walen
Are you looking for a real insider tip?
Are you in love with beautiful green-blue shimmering mountain lakes?
And do you also like wildly romantic waterfalls and untouched stone pine forests?
A warm welcome to the Murgseen!
Arriving – not possible by public transport
The starting point in Merlen (1098m above sea level) can only be reached by car or taxi.
So a first important tip: Be sure to take 10 francs in coins with you. The parking meter only takes coins. It does have payment slips, but that only entails additional work.
You start the unique circular hike at car park P1. If you want to hike directly to the Murgseen, it is best to park at the P2 car park to save 20 minutes on foot.
Pure wilderness of nature – stone pine forests, waterfalls, golden mountain peaks
With this moderately difficult circular hike, you enter the pure wilderness of nature, which I personally really loved (see pictures). This remoteness is also reflected in the fact that there is no mobile phone reception at all during the entire hike. Ideal for taking a break from everything!
In the first hour of the hike, the path leads you through a beautiful pine forest. There is a total of around 300 meters of ascent, although it definitely feels like more 😊.
You can then enjoy the view of the beautiful mountain panorama (e.g. the Leistchamm) again and again.
The Mürtschental – the first valley floor
Passing waterfalls and huge stones, which were once triggered by a landslide, you come to a valley, the so-called Mürtschental. The forest consists of stone pines, some of which are over 100 years old, as well as spruce, mountain pine and rowan berries.
After a short break, which you will definitely take and deserve, you continue hiking, accompanied by a wild and romantic stream.
Personally, I always find it impressive how plants can survive in extreme situations.
A number of moors can also be clearly recognized by the white Scheuchzerian cotton grass (Eriophorum scheuchzeri).
Unfortunately, all the pictures on my SLR camera were deleted, otherwise I could show you a first small pub to stop off (after about 1h30min), where you can get tea and other drinks, among other things.
For a nature photographer, this hike is one highlight after another as it has everything your heart desires. One of the most varied hikes in Switzerland.
The view of the “Hochmätteli” mountain, with its special aesthetics, is guaranteed to inspire you!