National Walking Day

Nationaler Wandertag Hiking in the idyllic Zurich Oberland

The 9th "Schweizer Familie" National Hiking Day takes place in Wald (ZH) on 10 September 2016. Patrons of this year's event include the presenter Susanne Kunz, yodeller Melanie Oesch and actor Erich Vock. Choose one of the three accompanied hiking routes, ranging from easy to challenging, to explore the Bachtel, the Zurich Oberland's striking "own" mountain, or discover the routes by yourself. You'll be surprised how much there is to discover along the routes apart from beautiful scenery with waterfalls and streams.

After experiencing nature, hikers will meet at the "Bleiche-Areal" festival area with music, games, refreshments and regional market stands. Enjoy a relaxing Shiatsu massage offered by Helsana after the hike or take a journey through the region's interesting history of textiles. Children can participate in performances by the Pipistrello children's circus or visit the petting zoo and there is also a bouncy castle, an exciting Swiss wrestling show and lots more. Oesch's die Dritten will be performing in the festival marquee at the "Bleiche-Areal" in the early evening (4.30 p.m. 1st set, 9.15 p.m. 2nd set), as will the newcomer band Josh (6.00 p.m.) and Les Sauterelles (7.15 p.m.).

The three hikes

Easy hike

Around 1 hour 30 mins, 6.2 km, 134 metres altitude
"Bleiche-Areal" → Farm visit → Nature playground → New house → ice pond → "Bleiche-Areal"
Start times: 10.15 a.m. / 11.15 a.m. with Melanie Oesch / 12.15 p.m.
Attractions en route: Stable tour with pitstop for juice, nature playground, rest at the vantage point 684m up, ice pond
Note: suitable for children's buggies with large wheels

Medium hike

Around 2 hours 45 mins, 7.1 km, 231 metres altitude
"Bleiche-Areal" → Waterfall, Schmittenbach → Turbine house → Webereggweiher → Schmittenbach-Furt → "Bleiche-Areal"
Start time: 9.30 a.m. / 10.30 a.m. with Susanne Kunz / 11.30 a.m.
Attractions en route: Reservoir, canals, Schmittenbach waterfall, turbine house, Klapperweg

Challenging hike

3 hours 15 mins, 10 km, 522 metres altitude
"Bleiche-Areal" → Feisterbach- Tänler → Bachtelspalt → Bachtelturm →Hueb → "Bleiche-Areal"
Start times: 9 a.m. / 10 a.m. with Erich Vock / 11 a.m.
Attractions en route: Bachtelspalt, Bachtelturm 75m, Bachtelweiher
Note: Hiking shoes required

Additional items on the programme at the festival grounds:

• Guided tours of Bleiche industrial site
• A chance to try out Swiss wrestling with the Zurich Oberland wrestling champions in the sawdust ring
• Brewing demonstration in the antique wood-fired copper brewhouse
• Storytelling
• Partners' village with bouncy castle, shiatzu massage and great competitions
• Hotpot duel show with regional chefs using natural regional products
• Vintage and veteran car display
• Wald New Year's Mummers
• Performances by the Scheidegg yodelling club
• Music by the Alvetern Alphorn Duo

Travelling to Wald (ZH)

We recommend that you use public transport as far as Wald (ZH) railway station. From there, the route to the festival grounds is signposted on the "Bleiche-Areal". Car parks in Wald are also signposted. The parking charge is CHF 5.

The festival grounds on the “Bleiche-Areal” open at 8.00 a.m. The National Hiking Day takes place in all weathers so please make sure you have good hiking shoes and appropriate clothing. No registration is necessary.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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