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View to Rieden

View to Rieden

The Crèche in the Barn in Kaltbrunn

The Crèche in the Barn in Kaltbrunn

Tour description

The hike begins at the Benken railway station. Along the partly naturally restored Steinenbach one walks to Steinenbrugg. At this point the only climb worth mentioning of this Christmas hike begins. Crossing meadows, along gravel paths and little roads, one climbs the 300 meters to Rieden. A steep little road takes one directly to the landmark of this town of 700 souls. The neo-baroque parish church with its onion tower was built from 1912 to 1914 by Adolf Gaudy. This architect is not, by the way, related to his famous near-namesake Antoni Gaudi, who was active round the turn of the century before last in Barcelona. The Swiss church builder Gaudy, who grew up at the end of the 19th century in Rapperswil, was also well known. Many Swiss churches bear his signature, included those in Zermatt, Thun and Brugg. West of Rieden, one crosses the Giegentobel. Leaving the Gütsch part of Gommiswald, one descends through meadows again in the direction of the Linthebene. In Rüti, above the Kaltbrunn railway station, one can visit the tourist attraction that makes this hike a special holiday excursion. With loving attention to detail, Elisabeth and Toni Müller create a large Christmas crèche in an old cow barn every year. The welfare of their visitors is also important to the Müllers: one can warm up and enjoy a light meal and a hot drink in a little home café before continuing on to the Kaltbrunn railway station.

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Places along the route: Benken - Steinenbrugg - Geroldsegg - Rieden - Giegental - Port - Rüti (Krippe) - Kaltbrunn


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Tour history (B02674)

First published: Freitag, 15. Januar 2010

Last updated: Mittwoch, 15. Januar 2014

Tour published by: Presented by www.zuerich.com

Tour characteristics

Distance: 9.5 km | Time requirement: 2½ h
Ascent: 357 m | Descent: 357 m
Highest point: 755 m.a.s.l.

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Zürichsee Tourismus
CH-8640 Rapperswil
Tel: +41 (0)55 220 57 57
E-Mail: zuerichsee@zuerich.com
Internet: www.zuerich.com