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Mund - Birgisch - Naters

  • start: Mund
  • destination: Naters

This hike starts in the saffron village of Mund. Mund is the only place in Switzerland where, according to centuries of tradition, the spice of saffron is still planted today. Crocus savitus grows here on the sunny high plateau and is harvested in the season between October and November. Between 30 and 1000 flowers are picked per day and the precious spice is then extracted from the pistils of their blossoms.

The hike leads from here into the Gredetschtal valley for a while before the path crosses the Mundbach stream at Mundchi and continues along the mountain to Birgisch. Once in Birgisch, it is worth taking a short detour to the chapel and admire the 14th century crucifix.

Now follows the actual descent to Naters. On the last few metres down to Naters, follow the Way of the Cross, which pictorially retraces the Passion of Jesus from his imprisonment in the Garden of Gethsemane to his death on the cross.

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