Culture and places of interest Murg chestnut forest

Discover Murg's chestnut trees on an idyllic hike, alone, with a friend or as part of a guided group.

The village of Murg on the southern shore of Lake Walen has a remarkable number of chestnut trees. According to the latest census taken by the Murg forester Sepp Kühne, the Murg forest contains no less than 1850 chestnut trees. This means that Murg has the third-largest number of chestnut trees in the whole of Switzerland (after Ticino and Bergell). The highest-growing healthy chestnut tree in the community of Murg stands 1260 metres above sea level.

Special climate, acidic soil

The mild, warm and humid climate around Lake Walen (warmth from the lake and the Föhn wind) and the acidic soil (Verrucano stones) foster the growth of these noble European chestnut trees (Castanea sativa). This is unusual for the area north of the Alps.

Thematic trail

Discover Murg's chestnut trees on an idyllic hike, alone, with a friend or as part of a guided group.

The 2.5 km trail leads from the village towards Murg Valley, through old chestnut forests, past freshly planted seedlings along a young chestnut plantation towards a chestnut timber production site, and back to the starting point. If the 190 m climb is too difficult, follow the shorter 1.5 km trail which ascends by just 90 m.

On the way, it's worth taking a small detour to the wild and romantic Murg Gorge and roaring waterfall. Lovely glacier mills can be seen in both these places. The trail features various wooden sculptures.