The "Bürser Konglomerat", through which the Alvierbach has carved the front part of the Bürser Gorge since the end of the last ice age, has become a geological technical term because of the occurrence so typical here. This rock form mainly occurs in the southern side valleys of the Rätikon. The "Stelleschroffen", which rises behind the church tower in Bürs, was formed by the bedload of the Alvierbach from the already ice-free Alvier valley - today's Brandnertal - into a marginal lake of the Ill glacier.
Through lime-like binders, the round-grained gravel solidified into conglomerate and remained as a rock face after the recession of the main glacier. Gneiss blocks, originating from the Ill glacier, were washed free by the Alvierbach stream at the bottom of the deposits. Moraines and gneiss blocks also lie on the plateaus of the "Schaß" (formerly Zerschaß - on the rock) and the "Spial", which were formed after the deposits. They are reliable witnesses of the interglacial formation of this landscape, which is extremely rare in the Alps.
The Bürser Schlucht is a popular destination and ideal for family excursions. From the center of the village, the natural gorge trail leads through huge conglomerate blocks into the valley along the Alvierbach stream. Alternately, it goes back and forth over narrow bridges several times. The path turns and leads steeply up to the right, to the highest point of the tour. Here an ascent to Bürserberg would be possible (25 min.). Downhill you reach a larch meadow via a wide path. As you continue, the path passes ripped open crevices in the ground. Finally, you reach the Kuhloch, a dry gorge dug into coarse gravel. Via a small forest path you return to Bürs.
Hiking brochure available. Bürserschlucht folder and DVD available from Tourismus Bürs, T +43 5552 62812
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To note: Due to the possibility of falling rocks, the use of the path is only allowed at your own risk and because of the nearby shooting range of the shooting guild, you should not leave the marked paths.
ParkingStart Bürs: electricity station Lug
Start Bürserberg: Municipal office Bürserberg
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EquipmentAnkle hight mountain boots, warm clothing, rain and sun protection and hiking poles are recommended. Cell phone for emergencies.
Basic Equipment for Hiking
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.