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Albert Schweitzer Theme Trail

Short facts

  • start: Hotel Kurhaus Grimmialp, Schwenden
  • destination: Hotel Kurhaus Grimmialp, Schwenden
  • easy
  • 4,81 km
  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 121 m
  • 1284 m
  • 1163 m
  • 80 / 100
  • 20 / 100

best season

The circular trail around Grimmialp is dedicated to probably the most famous guest from Diemtigtal. The stays between 1901 and 1909 strongly influenced Schweitzer's ethic of «reverence for life».

Grimmialp was of decisive importance for Albert Schweitzer's life and work. Together with «Tata» (Adele Herrenschmidt), a good acquaintance of Schweitzer, he spent several weeks on Grimmialp from 1901 to 1909 – with the exception of 1907, when he stayed in Graubünden. Here he sought peace and recreation and enjoyed many walks in nature.

In his honour, a short circular walk was signalled together with the Swiss Benefit Society for the Albert Schweitzer Hospital. Resting benches and quotations from Albert Schweitzer (in German) help people to turn inwards and recharge their batteries.

Digital presentation of the rich life of the doctor, philosopher, theologian and organist
In addition to augmented and virtual reality, you can experience the rich facets of Albert Schweitzer's life in a somewhat different way on the existing theme trail through animated graphics, audio and video contributions as well as interactive game elements (download information under «Additional information»). The app is only available in German.


  • Hiking Trail (45%)
  • Street (53%)
  • Path (2%)


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