Römerstrasse

 The Obere Hauenstein (Upper Hauenstein) is one of the oldest mountain passes in Switzerland. For the Romans it was part of the route from Aventicum to Augusta Raurica and was used by civilian and military traffic.  The ‘Roman road’ from Langenbruck was not actually built by the Romans but it is impressive, nevertheless.  

The imposing remains of this so-called ‘Roman road’ are well worth a visit. It takes about 10 minutes to get to the road, which is carved out of the cliff, via a sometimes steep but well-signposted path from the top of the Obere Hauenstein Pass.
‘Howenstein’ was first documented in 1145. However, the discovery—a good hundred years earlier—of a coin dating back to the time of the Emperor Hadrian on the cliff-hewn carriage track known as the ‘Roman road’ would suggest the pass is significantly younger than Roman. According to old sources, the cliffs were dug out in the 14th century, or thereabouts, to facilitate the passage of large carts—which is how the mountain came by its name (‘aushauen’ means ‘to dig out’). The ‘Hohle Gasse’ (hollow alleyway) by the Kräheck was, until the opening of a new routing in the mid-18th century, operated by a cable winch, which pulled the carts safely uphill.Today, a covered barbecue area is available close to the ‘Roman road’.

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Römerstrasse

4438 Langenbruck