Together with you we will go on the "Tour de Shirt" through Switzerland and discover how a locally and fairly produced T-shirt is made. Alongside this, we will enjoy short detours into the countryside and show you outdoor tips for your personal summer adventure in our eclectic and beautiful Switzerland.
On our "Tour de Shirt" we cycle, hike and climb for the preservation of Swiss craftsmanship and a system change in the textile industry. Do you want to show your colors for more local production and sustainability? Then start your summer adventure with our radically SWISS MADE outdoor clothing.
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Hiking on the Alvier
Churfirsten and Alpstein are widely known for hiking. But the lesser known Alvier region, located a little further southeast, also offers hikers a great variety of secluded spots and stunning views. For demanding hikers, the traverse of the Alvier summit is especially recommended. This route starts at the Kurhaus Alvier, which can be reached by a very small but charming cable car from Oberschaan. First you walk on small paths through a picturesque forest until you reach the pastures of the Schaaner Alp and cross it. The last part of the trail to the summit leads in narrow serpentines steeply up the last 300 meters of altitude. The descent takes us from the summit south to the "Chemmi" and there again relatively steeply down to the gentle plains of the Palfris, where another cable car takes us back to the valley.
The tour takes a total of 6 hours, leads 1550 meters of altitude uphill and 630 meters of altitude downhill. The ascent is rated T4, the descent T3+. Of course, the route can also be done in the opposite direction, depending on whether you prefer to ascend or descend. For more easygoing hikers, it is very worthwhile to take the cable car from Ragnatsch to the Palfries and enjoy the rolling hills of this plateau.
You can find the times of the cable cars here:
This tour (ascent and descent separately) can also be found on the SAC Tourenportal, which is free for all SAC members.
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Canoeing on Lake Constance
In Thurgau, there are not only many apples and the last two circular knitting mills in Switzerland, but also many cozy places that invite you to discover and linger. This is also the case at the Untersee, the smaller western part of Lake Constance. This region is best discovered by water.
In the picturesque village of Gottlieben, located directly on the Seerhein, you can rent a kayak or canoe from Localholic for 3 hours or a whole day. You can drift on the lake and enjoy the sun and the water. But it is definitely worth to move your arms a bit: not far from Gottlieben lies the Wollmatinger Ried - a true bird paradise. Armed with binoculars, you can dive into the fabulous world of these wonderful creatures. But be careful: The Wollmatinger Ried is a nature reserve. Therefore, you must always keep at least 25 meters away from the reeds so as not to disturb the birds and animals living there.
Motivated people can then paddle from Wollmatinger Ried through a small channel in the road dam into the Gnadensee and thus circumnavigate the island of Reichenau. While doing so, it is worthwhile to make a short stop at the Standbad at the northern end of the island and take a short walk to the old minster and its herb garden. Afterwards, you can continue the island tour wonderfully and paddle along the southern end back to Gottlieben. For this variant it is worth to rent the kayak or canoe for a whole day.
If you prefer to take it easy, you can paddle from Wollmatinger Ried directly back to the Swiss lakeshore. There the lido Triboltingen is waiting - a beautiful place under old willows that invites you to barbecue and swim. This tour can easily be done in 3 hours with a comfortable stay at the lido.
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Discovering the industrial area
The centrally located Sulzer site in Winterthur is an impressive monument to the decline of Swiss heavy industry. But where the old gives way, space for the new is known to emerge. Where once over 30,000 employees manufactured locomotives, turbines and diesel engines and spinning machines, a diverse range of gastronomy, cultural and leisure facilities have sprung up around the warehouse site in recent years. Here we present our highlights for a city adventure.
In the former porter's lodge, visitors are provided with drinks, snacks, information about the Sulzer site, and a site map in a unique industrial ambience. The Portier is therefore ideal as a first stop and to recharge one's batteries before a tour of discovery. The Portier is also a popular meeting place and place to linger for the "locals" in good weather.
The Skills Park is just the right place for those who want to get rid of some energy. In a converted industrial hall, action-packed facilities - from the pump track to a trampoline landscape to the big air training area - are available on 6000m2. Every Sunday from 10-12 am, the freestyle park is reserved for the very young up to the age of 6.
After you've really pushed yourself in the Skills Park, it's already time for a refreshment again. Now a visit to Les Wagons is recommended. On a no longer used track in the industrial area are old train cars of the Üetlibergbahn from 1923, which have been converted into a restaurant. Simply climb aboard and embark on a culinary journey.
4 - Halle 53
After the "journey through time" in the old Üetlibergbahn, it is worth making a detour to Hall 53 - the most beautiful parking garage in Switzerland. This industrial hall has been preserved in its original substance and takes the visitor back to the heyday of Swiss heavy industry. The hall still exudes the charm of bygone days and is today especially popular as a photo subject.
After Hall 53, the journey of discovery returns to the Lagerplatz. There, a modern cuboid houses the independent program cinema Cameo. The cinema offers a diverse, non-commercial film program, from current arthouse productions to films from all regions of the world to old film classics. There's something to suit everyone.
To conclude our journey of discovery through the former industrial center of Switzerland, we recommend a detour to the Kraftfeld, which has been an institution in Winterthur's nightlife since 1996. Whether for a concert, a game night or a bar with DJ - the unconventional cultural pub is the ideal place to end the discovery trip in Winterthur and to reflect on the impressions of the day with a drink.
Once a year, art lovers have the opportunity to view and purchase works by up-and-coming young artists selected from a large number of applications at the "Jungkunst" in Hall 53. This exceptional art exhibition is framed in a unique ambience with live music and a bar.
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Bouldern in the Blattiswald
The Blattiswald is picturesquely located above the Lauerzersee Despite its location directly above the highway, this bouldering area has its own special charm. That is because it is very easy to reach and offers a variety of blocks directly on a forest path.
The Blattiswald is not only suitable for professionals but also has many nice boulder routes for beginners. Since some blocks are located directly on the forest path, the Blattiswald is also very suitable for families. However, on some blocks the jumping terrain is anything but flat - if you have the possibility, it is worth bringing more than one bouldering mat.
If you are interested, you can find the topo on the Bimano Boulder App (unfortunately only available for iOS) or in the bouldering guide Swiss Bloc °1. However, a topo is not absolutely necessary, the blocks are very easy to find.
From Zurich, it takes a good 50 minutes by public transport to reach Steinerberg station, from where the first blocks can be reached on foot in about ten minutes. When arriving by car, please note that there are no parking spaces near Blattiswald. It is best to park directly at the school above the Steinerberg train station, where there are several free parking spaces. Important: Contrary to some information on the internet, there is no more parking at the train station. This is only for employees of the SBB.
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Observing in the high moor
Between Rothenthurm and Biberbrugg is the largest contiguous high moor in Switzerland. This versatile habitat for plants and animals captivates hikers and walkers with a play of colors that changes with the seasons. While the purple of the flour primroses dominates in spring, the high valley shines in shades of red and gold in autumn.
Visitors can immerse themselves in this unique ecosystem on easy hikes and walks. The high moor is also a great place to explore with children.
During the bird breeding season from mid-March to mid-July, certain sections of the trail are closed. The bypass routes are well signposted.
On the Moorweg of Schwyz Tourism and Switzerland Mobile, the diversity of the moorland landscape can be explored in three hours. This easy hike leads through high moors, shallows and along a freely meandering stream from Rothenthurm train station to Biberbrugg train station. On the way there are fireplaces and benches, which invite you to have a picnic. The route is well signposted from Rothenthurm station as SchweizMobil Route 835 .
For visitors arriving by car, Schwyz Tourism also offers a circular hike with start and finish in Rothenthurm. This hike, which also takes about three hours, is practically flat and suitable for families. On the way there is the possibility to get something to eat at the Moorbeizli Steinschloss-Stübli. More information: Moorweg; Circular Hike
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