Grosser Mythen – landmark of Schwyz

Lake Lucerne Region

The Mythen are an imposing mountain massif in the Schwyz Alps and consist of two striking rock pyramids: the Grosser Mythen at a height of 1898 m and the Kleiner Mythen at a height of 1811 m, as well as the secondary peak Haggenspitz at 1761 m.

The Grosse Mythen has an alpine character, but is relatively easy to climb. The hike is rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Glarus and Uri Alps, Lake Lucerne and the surrounding region.

Hike on the Grosser Mythen

The Roteflue cable car takes you from Rickenbach/Schwyz to the Roteflue, a popular excursion destination in the region. From there, you can take a leisurely hike to Holzegg at the foot of the Grosser Mythen to warm up and enjoy nature. Alternatively, you can start from Brunni-Alpthal (1100 m above sea level) and take the cable car directly to Holzegg to shorten the ascent.

Kleiner and Grosser Mythen - View from Stoos

Kleiner and Grosser Mythen – View from Stoos

Serpentine path over 47 hairpin bends and a stone bench

The actual Mythen Trail trail starts from Holzegg (1405 m) and stretches over a distance of 2400 m. This mountain trail to the Grosser Mythen has been in existence since October 1864. Along the serpentine path with 47 hairpin bends, you reach the summit of the Grosser Mythen (1899 m). As a free-standing mountain, it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Glarus and Uri Alps, Lake Lucerne and the lowlands.

The ascent from Holzegg takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes if you are in good physical condition. Depending on your fitness, however, it may take longer as the path is very steep. There is a stone bench to rest on at bend 29. The impressive panoramic view invites you to linger, and the Mythenhaus, newly built in 1991, offers a welcome break with refreshments.

Suitable footwear is required to walk the trail and experience in mountain hiking is recommended. It is important to be free from giddiness and sure-footed.

Climbing is not required on the Gross Mythen. In the 1980s, a particularly challenging passage before the summit was defused and the route optimized. It is advisable to stay exclusively on the marked hiking trail and not to stray off it, as this can be dangerous.

Video Grosser Mythen

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The Grosser Mythen (1898 m) and the Kleiner Mythen (1811 m) tower majestically over the Schwyz valley basin. The ascent of the Grosser Mythen, with its unbeatable views over Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps, is definitely a highlight. The hike on the Mythen Trail is relatively steep and is recommended for experienced hikers; it is classified as a T3 on the mountain and alpine hiking scale, a challenging mountain hike.

Wanderung Grosser Mythen, Schweizer Alpen

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