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Lorzentobel

From Baar through Lorzentobel to Schmittli, return by Brunegg and Allenwinden

See also Hoellgrotten

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All the way from Zugersee up to Schmittli a hiking trail is running along the river Lorze. Therefore the walk could as well be started e.g. at Zug Herti. There are hiking tracks leading over to Lorze.

Lorzentobel km hrs
Zug - Baar/Laettich (Bus 3)    
Laettich-Hoellgrotten Restaurant-
Hoellgrotten-Kraftwerk-Tobelbruecke-Schmittli-
Unt.Brunegg-Wolfbach-Allenwinden-Wildenburg-
Oberallmend-Brauerei
15 4.5
Baar/Brauerei - Zug (Bus 3)    

Let's begin at the end loop of Bus line 3, at Laettich (Baar sports area). Crossing the nearby pedestrian bridge we're on the hiking track. River up we're soon at the main road. After crossing the roundabout we proceed on the left (Eastern) side of the river. The imposing house to the left  (the "Ziegelhuette") was part of the former brickworks. 

After some 200 m we're entering the forest; on a hiking trail as most hikers wish it to be: gravel road, quietness, forest air, murmuring water... The ambiance will hold until we reach Hoell, where some foot bridges will allow the crossing of creeks and swampy areas.

Here technically interested hikers should cross over to the Restaurant. Not (only) because of the cozy outdoor cafe, but for getting to the old pumping station.

The short detour passes the Restaurant on the left side, uphill towards Edlibach. After some 50 m a white marker of "Industriepfad Lorze" points to the right. For a short while the road is still ascending, but after some 100 m it's  flat and we're now walking along the edge of the woods.
Pumphaus.jpg (29219 Byte) We've hardly entered the woods, that we're recognizing the small building to the right in front of us. It is housing the old Piston pump. For more then 100 years this pump is in uninterrupted service, sending freshwater to the Adliswil area in Zuerich Sihltal.
A glass window allows inspection of the working bijou. Also physically one recognizes the working: it's like listening to heartbeats.

The track runs now over and down to the grotto entrance (Kiosk). A visit of the two grottos (a lower and a upper one) is impressive.

We're now back at the Lorze and following the bank we're soon at the first Hydro power plant. About 100 years ago electricity was produced here for the first time for the metal works in Zug (now the shopping area "Metalli").

A while later we're crossing once again Lorze, this time on the old 3brücken.jpg (26341 Byte) roofed wooden bridge (1759). Undercrossing the two other bridges (1910 and 1985) we may reflect about "arts in bridge constructions". Amazing are all three constructions.
We're proceeding along the river. Now the road is a little bit steeper. We pass the first source for drinking water. Later there follows a second hydro power station, finally the begin of a canal bypassing Lorze and delivering water to the power plant below.

The last 200 m to Schmittli we have to be satisfied with a small Bitumen pedestrian walk along the noisy main road. The river too is jammed in by concrete walls.
We have to cross the main road Schmittli-Allenwinden.

From Schmittli (Bus stop, Restaurant) we choose the road to the right, uphill towards Brunegg. On the Bitumen road after 10 minutes, we arrive at a fountain where the hiking track to Allenwinden begins. There is also a wooden sign "Wolfbachstr.") We are again on a lovely hiking track, crossing forests and open fields. We're using the same route as for "Zug-Zugerberg-Allenwinden"

In Allenwinden on the main road near the Bus stop "Egg" we'll find the track to Wildenburg and Baar at the residential area Eggried.

Old pumping station

The plant seems to be a Perpetual motion: For over 100 years the machine is up and running. Freshwater from the Hoell area is being pumped to Adliswil in the Zuerich Sihltal - uninterrupted, without electricity, without gasoline. 
The pump is needed, because on the way from the source to the Reservoir, a hill in the Baarburg area has to be crossed.

The trick:
Pumpe.jpg (58254 Byte) Water from a source higher up is driving the pump, which is feeding water off a lower source into the pipe system. 
The outlet of the water driving the pump is being fed into the pipe as well.
(Diagram from Info-board at the site)

Info about Industrialization along Lorze river system:
www.industriepfad-lorze.ch/

 

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