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On the Pragelpass Trail from Lake Klöntal to Muotathal

Richisau - Schwelaui - Pragel Pass - Fruttli - Haselbach - Muotathal

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Richisau - Schwelaui - Pragel Pass - Fruttli - Haselbach - Muotathal

Published/updated on 18.10.2016 by GabrielleMerk | 27394 points
 | Date of Tour: 16.10.2016 | Favourite Entries (5) 

This tour is Stage 2 of Route 29: The Pragelpass Trail. We start at the final bus stop of the Postbus from Glarus near the wonderful lake called Klöntalersee, at the Richisau Restaurant which has a very quaint terrace where you can relax and enjoy a drink before starting on the tour.

This tour to the Muota Valley over the Pragel Pass might stretch out in kilometers but does not involve any particularly steep ascents and so makes for a rather enjoyable hike. There are a couple of 15-minute stretches along the paved road, but mostly the trail goes through forests, meadows, and unpaved roads (the latter to the West of the pass), past farmsteads and moor landscapes, and in particular a very impressive 1-km section of well-laid stone path through a rock-slide area.

At 1548m the Pragel Pass is not a high one, but it is closed the longest to vehicular traffic in winter, opening again only late in May. The road is quite narrow and steep, and on weekends vehicles are not allowed up to the pass from the Eastern side. This pass has historic status due to the great Generalissimo Suvorov leading an army of 15,000 over the pass in 1799.

We discovered that the little family-run restaurant at the pass sells the best-tasting homemade cheese called Pragel-Chäs which is reasonably-priced and definitely recommended to buy.

Other interesting things to note along this tour is that just to the South is Switzerland's largest primeval forest called the Bödmerenwald, and down in the Muota Valley is one of the largest cave systems in the world (Hölloch). The Franciscan Cloister North of the Muota River in Muotathal has been home to Franciscan nuns for 725 years. (Visits only by appointment). General Suvarov stayed here at the time of his retreat through the Swiss Alps with his troops during the wars of the French Revolution.

Published/updated on 18.10.2016 by GabrielleMerk (27394 points) | Date of Tour: 16.10.2016

Route Infos

Central Switzerland
Time Required
5 hours
17 km
540 m
1030 m
Max. Altitude
1548 m
Min. Altitude
615 m
Season Start / Season End
June - October
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Points of Interest
To the South of the valley is Switzerland's largest virgin forest, the Bödmerenwald. At the end of the hike near Muotathal is the Höllloch, the longest cave system in Europe with 195 km of explored passageways.
Starting Point
Hotel-Restaurant Richisau
Starting Point with Public Transport
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Richisau, Pragel Pass, Muotathal
Things to Note
Vehicle traffic to the Pass only allowed from the West side on weekends. Post Bus runs only till mid-October and then in May again, so check schedules.

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wunderschöne und sehr abwechslungsreiche Wanderung! Wenn man auf dem Rückweg die Route...

Rating: 6/6

Hiked on 16.06.2018 by kleinesP

wunderschöne und sehr abwechslungsreiche Wanderung! Wenn man auf dem Rückweg die Route über das breite Band nimmt, sollte man Schwindelfrei sein. Immer gut auf dem Weg bleiben, da es sehr tiefe Erdlöcher gibt.

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Sehr schöne Wanderung auch im Herbst, und nicht sehr anstrengend. Leider fährt das...

Rating: 5/6

Hiked on 16.10.2016 by GabrielleMerk

Sehr schöne Wanderung auch im Herbst, und nicht sehr anstrengend. Leider fährt das Postauto ab 16.10. nicht mehr bis Mai.

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