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Switzerland 2011: Matzlenfurggelen

posted by Martin Rubli at 16:04

If you can properly pronounce this mountain's name you're halfway ready for your Swiss passport: Matzlenfurggelen.

The peak itself is quite easily reachable and not that tall, but it gives a beautiful 360° view of valleys, lakes, and mountains. We took a tiny cable car to reach the level of the Stausee Garichti, an old reservoir, and hiked from there.

Despite the initial drizzle we ended up very lucky with the weather and spotting some wildlife, giving me a chance to play with my new 300 mm zoom lens. Bird or no bird, this was my favorite hiking trip of my vacation.


The view from the Matzlenfurggelen hiking trail. From left to right: Vorder Glärnisch, Wiggis, Rautispitz

The view from the Matzlenfurggelen hiking trail. From left to right: Vorder Glärnisch, Wiggis, Rautispitz

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_ferrugineum Alpenrose] is a beautiful kind of Rhododendron that's very common in the Swiss Alps.

Alpenrose is a beautiful kind of Rhododendron that's very common in the Swiss Alps.

A field of Alpenrosen with the distinctive Glärnisch in the background.

A field of Alpenrosen with the distinctive Glärnisch in the background.

The Garichti dam and part of the reservoir.

The Garichti dam and part of the reservoir.

The north side of the Kärpf, still partly covered in snow.

The north side of the Kärpf, still partly covered in snow.

Clouds behind the peak of the Matzlenfurggelen.

Clouds behind the peak of the Matzlenfurggelen.

At the top of the Matzlenfurggelen with a beautiful view of the Linth valley.

At the top of the Matzlenfurggelen with a beautiful view of the Linth valley.

A hiking trail zig-zagging upwards from the east side of the lake.

A hiking trail zig-zagging upwards from the east side of the lake.

The Glärnisch, the most prominent mountain in the area. On the other side lies the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klöntalersee Klöntalersee].

The Glärnisch, the most prominent mountain in the area. On the other side lies the Klöntalersee.

A Common Buzzard (I believe ...) hovering in mid-air looking for prey.

A Common Buzzard (I believe ...) hovering in mid-air looking for prey.

The beautiful plumage illuminated by light but unfortunately slightly out of focus because the photographer is normally shooting less agile subjects like mountains or lakes ...

The beautiful plumage illuminated by light but unfortunately slightly out of focus because the photographer is normally shooting less agile subjects like mountains or lakes ...

Apparently even letting yourself carry by the wind is tiring.

Apparently even letting yourself carry by the wind is tiring.

The tree makes for a good photo subject even without any birds sitting on it. :-)

The tree makes for a good photo subject even without any birds sitting on it. :-)

I managed to sneak fairly close up to the buzzard without bothering him ...

I managed to sneak fairly close up to the buzzard without bothering him ...

... and ended up catching him all fluffed up by the wind. It almost makes you want to cuddle it if it weren't for the claws and the beak.

... and ended up catching him all fluffed up by the wind. It almost makes you want to cuddle it if it weren't for the claws and the beak.

More Alpenrosen. Like many other Rhododendron this one is actually poisonous.

More Alpenrosen. Like many other Rhododendron this one is actually poisonous.

Hiking with the Glärnisch in the background.

Hiking with the Glärnisch in the background.

A nice view of the Linth valley: Schwanden is the small town in front and Glarus, the canton's capital, is the slightly bigger one in the back.

A nice view of the Linth valley: Schwanden is the small town in front and Glarus, the canton's capital, is the slightly bigger one in the back.


  1. Rublis says:

    The bird seen on several pictures is a falcon

  2. Walt Jenny says:

    Thank you for the pictures - they're great. I hope to visit the Linth Valley some day. My ancestors came from there.

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