Visit the Limmern pumped storage plant

The Limmern pumped storage plant is one of Axpo's most important expansion projects. The underground pumped storage plant pumps water from the Limmern lake back up to the Muttsee reservoir located at 630 m above sea level, so that it can be reused to generate electricity when needed.

Guided tours

You can visit the new Limmern pumped storage plant on a guided tour. Tours are offered by appointment (see below) on selected dates in the mornings and afternoons, and are available for groups of 6 to a maximum of 28 people.

Guided tour Limmern PSP: From water to electricity and vice versa

At the Limmern pumped storage plant in Linthal/Tierfehd, we offer you a look into the innermost workings of the plant. Tours start and end in Tierfehd. We offer a standard guided tour as well as three tours* with an emphasis on technology, construction and the environment.

Guided tours by appointment only

  • July to December: Wednesday to Saturday
  • At 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. with start in Tierfehd
  • Groups from 6 to max. 28 persons
  • The standard guided tour is also available in English on request. Contact by email

Update Coronavirus

From July 2020, standard tours will take place again at the Limmern pumped storage plant. We are happy to accept bookings online. We reserve the right to cancel bookings depending on how the situation develops. 

We are pleased that we will be able to offer the standard guided tour again from July 1, 2020, taking into account the requirements of the FOPH. We will be pleased to accept your reservation online via our webshop.

In order to ensure that we can guarantee a smooth and safe procedure, we ask you to pay special attention to the following points:

  • During the whole tour you must wear a mask. The protective masks will be provided for you. Protective masks that you bring along yourself will not be accepted.
  • The ride on the funicular may be carried out with the full cabin capacity (max. 30 persons)
  • The hygiene measures according to the FOPH must be observed
  • Persons with symptoms (cough, fever, ...) are not allowed to take part in the tour

The individual guided tours at a glance

From water to electricity and vice versa - Limmern PSP standard tour

The tour starts and ends in Tierfehd. First you take the funicular up to 1700 m above sea level. Then the tour takes you 700 metres deep into the mountain interior through the huge machine and transformer caverns as well as through the connecting tunnels. On the basis of information boards, videos and explanations you will learn lots of interesting facts worth knowing about the construction of the power plant, the most important facilities and their operation.

From water to electricity and vice versa - standard tour with technical specialisation

The tour starts and ends in Tierfehd. First you take the funicular up to 1700 m above sea level. Then the tour takes you 700 metres deep into the mountain interior through the huge machine and transformer caverns as well as through the connecting tunnels. On the basis of information boards, videos and explanations you will learn lots of interesting facts worth knowing about the construction of the power plant, the most important facilities and their operation.

In-depth technical background knowledge is required for this tour. It is particularly suitable for for engineers, ETH students and students at universities of applied sciences. This tour follows the same procedure as the standard tour, with additional detailed information on the operation of a pumped storage plant and on the pump turbines. You will also visit the power plant control centre in Tierfehd. 

From water to electricity and vice versa - standard tour with specialisation in construction

The tour starts and ends in Tierfehd. First you take the funicular up to 1700 m above sea level. Then the tour takes you 700 metres deep into the mountain interior through the huge machine and transformer caverns as well as through the connecting tunnels. You will learn a lot of interesting and worth knowing facts about the construction of the power plant, the most important facilities and the operation from information boards, videos and explanations.

In addition to the standard guided tour, you will receive lots of additional information about the extensive underground excavations, the complex material logistics, the concrete construction and the comprehensive safety precautions. The tour is rounded off with a film about the construction of the Muttsee dam. 

From water to electricity and vice versa - standard tour with a special focus on the environment

The tour starts and ends in Tierfehd. First you take the funicular up to 1700 m above sea level. Then the tour takes you 700 metres deep into the mountain interior through the huge machine and transformer caverns as well as through the connecting tunnels. On the basis of information boards, videos and explanations you will learn many interesting and worth knowing facts about the construction of the power plant, the most important facilities and their operation.

Environmental protection is an important issue both in the use of hydropower and in the planning and granting of concessions. Numerous environmental regulations must also be observed during the construction and operation of a power plant. These aspects will be highlighted on this tour. The tour ends with a visit to the compensation basin and an illustration of the terrain.

You would like to take a standard guided tour or an in-depth guided tour with your family, your club or company as a closed group? Then an exclusive guided tour is the right thing for you. No other persons will be booked.

Our exclusive tours can also be booked via the webshop.

* These special tours will only be carried out again from 2021. Bookings can already be made.

Important notes

  • For operational reasons, we reserve the right to make programme changes and implement restrictions.
  • There are no "Muttsee dam" guided tours for visitors.
  • The minimum age is 12 years.
  • Children from the age of 6 can take part in the guided tours accompanied by a parent or guardian and under their responsibility.
  • The guided tours are suitable for school classes from grade six and up. 

The LPSP guided tours are subject to a fee.

  • Standard guided tour: CHF 20, children and teenagers up to 18 years, 50% discount
  • Standard guided tour incl. in-depth study: CHF 25, children and teenagers up to 18 years 50% discount
  • Exclusive tours:
    Standard guided tour: All-inclusive price CHF 560
    In-depth guided tour: All-inclusive price CHF 700
  • Payment by credit card
  • Most of the guided tours take place on foot and inside the mountain at around 1700 metres above sea level. Good physical fitness (many stairs) is therefore required.
  • For safety reasons, people with pacemakers or implanted defibrillators cannot be allowed access to the power stations.
  • The ascent and descent with the funicular in the tunnel takes place in a closed cable car cabin. When the cabin is fully occupied, the space available in the cabin is limited, as is the case with conventional ropeway cabins.
  • Firm, closed, non-slip shoes are required. Clothes adapted to the weather are recommended. The temperatures on the tour vary between 10 and 18 degrees, depending on the area.
  • Safety vest, audio system and torch are provided. 

How about some refreshment before or after a visit to the Limmern pumped storage plant or even an overnight stay at the southern most end of the Glarus region? The Hotel Tödi is located in the immediate vicinity of the power plants and is the starting point for guided tours. 

Find out more under: hoteltoedi.ch

How do I pay for the guided tour?
You will receive an email request for payment 21 days before the tour. The link in the email allows you to pay conveniently by credit card. You have until 14 days before the tour to pay the outstanding amount. 

Can the number of visitors be adjusted at a later date?
Additional persons can be booked with a separate booking in our webshop. If the number of visitors is lower than stated at the beginning, the booking must be cancelled and then re-booked. Please use the link in your confirmation email. Changes are possible 14 days in advance of the tour.
Please be sure to inform us of the correct group size so that we can ensure that everything runs smoothly. 

Can reservations be cancelled again?
You can cancel the booked tour free of charge 14 days in advance of the tour or up until you have paid the remaining balance. Please note our general terms and conditions. 

Are the guided tours in the Limmern PSP wheelchair accessible?
The guided tours in the Limmern PSP are not suitable for wheelchair users.

Can guided tours be shortened or is it possible to leave the group before the end of the tour?
The guided tours begin and end in Tierfehd. For safety reasons it is not possible to end or leave the tour prematurely.

Can the Limmernboden and Muttsee dams be visited?
The two dam walls cannot be visited during the guided tours.
Both dams can be reached during the summer months via the hiking trail from the Kalktrittli mountain station. Please note the information on the cable car Tierfehd - Kalktrittli.

Is the path through the "tunnel" from Kalktrittli to Limmernboden open?
The hiking trails through the "tunnel" from Kalktrittli to Limmernboden and from Limmernboden to Muttenalp are open during the summer months. Please note the information on the cable car Tierfehd - Kalktrittli.

How do we get to Tierfehd / the aerial cableway Tierfehd - Kalktrittli?
Tierfehd is not accessible by public transportation. The nearest railway station is in Linthal. The hike from Linthal to Tierfehd takes about 1 hour.

Aerial cableway Tierfehd – Kalktrittli

Operation of the Tierfehd – Kalktrittli aerial cableway can be commenced in compliance with the requirements of the FOPH.

Please note:

  • The cable car can be operated with the maximum cabin capacity (max. 8 persons). The journey takes about 8 minutes.
  • According to the Federal Council, it will be compulsory to wear a protective mask in mountain railways from 6 July 2020.
  • Protective masks are not provided analogue to public transport
  • The facilities are cleaned regularly
  • The federal hygiene and protection measures continue to apply.
  • The aerial cableway Tierfehd – Kalktrittli was completely renewed in January 2019. The cabin now offers space for 8 people. The ride on the cable car is self-service during operating hours.
  • The journey time is approximately 7.5 minutes and the cable car overcomes a height difference of 1053 meters.
  • Tourist operations are expected to start on Saturday, 20 June 2020. The season is expected to last until Sunday, 18 October 2020.
  • The cable car Tierfehd – Kalktrittli usually runs from about mid-June to about mid-October (depending on weather conditions)
  • Operating hours: Monday – Friday            Saturday – Sunday
                                 7.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.   7.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.  
                                 1.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
  • Depending on weather conditions or other environmental influences such as strong wind, thunderstorms, etc., rail operations may be suspended for safety reasons. This does not give rise to any claim for reimbursement or exchange of tickets already purchased.
  • Tickets can be purchased at the bottom station of the cable car at the ticket machine.
  • Ticket prices:

    Adults: CHF 10 single, CHF 15 return
    Children (6-16 years): CHF 5 single, CHF 7 return
    Dogs: free
  • Methods of payment: Cash, Maestro, Postcard, Mastercard, Visa
  • Depending on weather conditions or other environmental influences such as strong wind, thunderstorms, etc., rail operations may be suspended for safety reasons. This does not give rise to any claim for reimbursement or exchange of tickets already purchased.

Please use the parking spaces at the bottom station of the cable car.

  • Priority is given to rides with plant personnel
  • Bicycles cannot be transported
  • Hiking tour Linthal SBB – Tierfehd: approx. 1 hour 30 min
  • Hiking trail Kalktrittli – Muttseehütte: approx. 2.5 hrs
  • Hiking trail Kalktrittli – Ochsenstäfeli (hike through a tunnel): approx. 45 min
  • We recommend that you wear a light vest in the tunnel. The vests are available at the entrances/exits for tunneling.
  • Optional excursion destination: Limmernsee dam
  • Hiking trail Kalktrittli – Ochsenstäfeli – Muttseehütte: approx. 2.5 hours

Booking


Here you can check your desired date and book.

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Contact

Telephone information on the guided tours is available from Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Kraftwerke Linth-Limmern AG
Auenstrasse 51
8783 Linthal

+41 55 285 24 08

info.kll@axpo.com

Arrival and parking


By car from Zurich or from Chur/Sargans via the A3 motorway to exit no. 44 Niederurnen; then main road towards Glarus/Klausen (approx. 30 km) to Linthal and on to Tierfehd. Sufficient parking spaces are available. 

At the valley station of the cable car Tierfehd – Kalktrittli parking spaces are available. The car park also offers space for three coaches.

Tierfehd is not accessible by public transport.

Please note the weather conditions. The ascending road from Linthal to Tierfehd is not cleared during the winter and a snow-covered road must be expected. 

More information

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Privacy notice

We collect your contact data and all the information you provide when registering for a power plant tour on our web form. This data is stored in our visitor centre system. State of the art information security measures are used to protect and maintain the security, integrity and availability of your data.

The collected data is required to process your registration for a power plant tour. The basis for data processing is the fulfilment of the contract and safeguarding our legitimate interests. After the tour, the data is automatically deleted from our visitor centre system.

You have the right at any time and at no cost to obtain written information about the personal data processed by us, or to request the correction of inaccurate personal data as well the restriction of the respective processing. Requests for information can be sent in writing to our postal address with a copy of your identity card or passport.

If you have additional questions regarding the processing of your personal data, please contact the Axpo Data Protection Officer (datenschutz.axsa@axpo.com). For security reasons, Axpo may implement appropriate measures to verify your identity. You will find more information on data processing by Axpo in the latest version of our Privacy Policy on our website.

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