Via Suworow

Hiking Trail
14.5 km
Travel time
approx. 5h
Tour details
Tour details
Via Suworow
Photo: Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus, Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus GmbH
Via Suworow
Photo: Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus, Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus GmbH
Via Suworow
Wegweiser Lipplis
Photo: Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus, Stoos-Muotatal Tourismus GmbH
In autumn 1799, the Russian general Suvorov marched his army through the Swiss Alps to drive the French out of the country. The Via Suworow follows this campaign through a breathtaking mountain landscape.
Coming from Italy, the Russians crossed the Ticino border at Ponte Tresa, over Monte Ceneri, through the Leventina and over the Gotthard Pass, then on to Ursern and through the Reuss valley to Altdorf. The French resistance on the Lake of Uri and in the Glarus lowlands forced Suworow to make bypass marches over the Chinzig Chulm and Pragel passes and finally to retreat through the Sernftal and over the Panixer Pass into the Surselva. Suvorov memorial sites on the Gotthard and in the Schöllenen recall these dramatic events, as do the general's quarters in listed buildings such as the Muotathal Monastery or the Suvorov House in Elm. In addition to the historic sites along the route, the unique natural setting is also impressive. Wild mountain valleys, pass landscapes, mountain lakes and rivers can be enjoyed without worries - especially at the thought of Suworow's troops who had to make their way under time pressure, enemy attacks and the onset of winter.

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Biel , Altdorf
Point of arrival
Hinterthal, Muotathal
5 / 6
560 m
1550 m
Best Time of Year
June, July, August, September, October
Biel - Chinzig - Chinzig Chulm - Vordersten Hütten - Lipisbüel - Muotathal

An den Stationen der Stooosbahnen sind kostenlose Prospekte mit Informationen zu Weg vorhanden.

Wanderkarte der Region Stoos-Muotatal

Hiking boots with good profile or trekking boots, rain jacket, drink, food, possibly sticks.
Author’s advice
Bridge Suworow
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Good to know

Arrival / Return journey
You can reach the Flüelen train or boat station by public transport. The post bus or the Auto AG bus will take you directly to the bus stop at the valley station of the Biel-Kinzig aerial cableway.
Accessible by bus and train
Public transport
By car coming from the north via the A2 motorway (Lucerne-Gotthard), leave the motorway at the Flüelen exit and follow the signs for Klausenpass.

By car from the north via the Axenstrasse, follow the signs for Klausenpass at the end of the Flüelen by pass tunnel.

By car coming from the south via the A2 motorway (Gotthard-Lucerne), leave the motorway at the Erstfeld exit and follow the signs to the Klausen Pass.

When you have passed the village centre of Bürglen from all the above-mentioned approaches, you will see the parking spaces of Biel-Kinzig AG (where you can park free of charge).

Further information & links
SchweizMobil Nr. 55