World’s Longest Treetop Walkway, ‘Path of The Dragon’, Opens in LAAX in July

World’s Longest Treetop Walkway, ‘Path of The Dragon’, Opens in LAAX in July
1st July 2021 James Brooke

World’s Longest Treetop Walkway, ‘Path of The Dragon’, Opens in LAAX in July

  • Opening to visitors on 11 July 2021
  • A record-breaking 1.56km walkway, perched in the tree canopy between 2 and 28 metres above ground
  • Augmented reality checkpoints will provide an immersive experience from Autumn 2021
  • Highlights include a 73-metre-long spiral slide
  • Entirely wheelchair and stroller accessible

From 11 July, visitors to the picturesque Swiss town of Laax can get to know the local forests from a whole new perspective, with the opening of the brand new “Senda dil Dragun”, the world’s longest treetop path.

The opening of the Senda dil Dragun, meaning “Path of The Dragon” in the local Romansh language, opens following a year of construction. The 1.56km walkway is nestled in the canopy of the trees up to 28 metres above the ground (that’s almost four double-decker buses), providing a unique nature experience for the whole family.

One of the project’s highlights is the 73-metre-long slide, which visitors can use to spiral down from the trees above back to earth.

In keeping with the region’s green and sustainable ethos, The Dragon’s Path has been built entirely from regionally sourced wood, designed to blend in with the surrounding nature, keeping the impact on the environment to a minimum. In order to ensure the protection of nature, trees and animals were considered during construction, District Forester, Maurus Cavigelli, has accompanied the project from idea to realisation. “We were determined for the path’s footprint to be as natural as possible,” says Cavigelli. “We also wanted to minimise deforestation and reduce our impact our impact on the local area during construction and well into the future as much as we could.”

Four platforms with seating spaced throughout and a unique view of the iconic alpine landscape also offer a refreshing natural experience for the whole family. The entire walkway will be wheelchair accessible, with lifts at both ends of the path that take guests from the ground up to the walkway above.

Martina Calonder, spokesperson for LAAX said, “Many of us are dreaming of an idyllic escape in the great outdoors this year, as we look to move forward from the tough months experienced in 2020 and 2021, and this treetop walk will be the perfect tonic. Ideal for families wishing to reconnect their children with fresh mountain air and wildlife or even road-trippers through the Alps after a picturesque photo opportunity and a new perspective of the forest, the treetop walk is designed to bring a projected 130,000 new visitors per year to Laax and allow them to slow down, stop, breathe, and appreciate the fresh air.”

From autumn 2021, along the path which connects the two areas of Laax Murschetg and Laax village, visitors will be able to use augmented reality (AR) devices to immerse themselves in the natural environment and learn interesting facts about the unique landscape at five adventure sites.

Designed by local firm, Hofmann & Durisch Architects, and developed by the Municipality of Laax and the Weisse Arena Group, this project is the culmination of a CHF 7 million investment (£5.8 million) into the area.

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About LAAX, Switzerland
The region of Flims Laax Falera in the Swiss Alps, only 90 minutes by car from Zurich, is marketed under the brand LAAX. It stands for a unique lifestyle, a wide range of outdoor adventures and impresses with its breath-taking mountain landscape, characterised by natural phenomena. From hiking and biking in summer to skiing and snowboarding in winter – LAAX offers the ideal infrastructure embedded in a unique scenery.

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