A large, beautiful dell, filled with water and enjoying great biodiversity, is found on the south slope of the Batzberg, west of the hamlet of Mettlen.
The large pond features unique flora and fauna, including a number of orchid species, grass snakes, dragonflies and butterflies. The main attraction of the large pond is, however, the frogs. More about them later in our excursion tip.
One leaves the S5 in Rüti and hikes in an easterly direction along the official hiking path. This traverses residential areas at first and then the extensive woods on the Batzberg. Although these hiking trails and gravel paths are only a few steps from the towns of the agglomeration, one seldom meets another person. The quiet appears to attract above all the batrachians, which can be fairly noticeable both optically and acoustically! The year begins for the grass frogs and common toads with the awakening of spring. They creep at the start of the season out of the undergrowth in the woods and make their way to the shallow water, where they lay their eggs. Local residents speak of a mass movement, an invasion, that always takes place at this time. Sometimes one can hardly set foot on the path without stepping on one of the slimy animals.
Especially valuable for visitors to the large pond is the fact that frogs communicate with other species. They react, for example, to the noise of road and air traffic as well as to the human voice. The frog pond is thus just the right place for a song or a poem. For the frogs, it is the rhythm in the repertoire that is important, and on a good evening you'll be able to conduct a sizable choir.
One can have fun and still obey the rules of the nature reserve. Stay on the path, don't pick the flowers and carry out the remains of your picnic when you leave.
At the end of your hike you'll leave the large pond and come to the picturesque little ponds, the Mettlen and the Güntisberg. Now enjoy a beer in the Sonnengarten and then follow the path to the Wald railway station.
Variante A: Train or bus to Rüti
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Tour history (B04234)
First published: Freitag, 13. Mai 2011
Last updated: Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2014
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