ArcelorMittal Europe – Tubular Products supplied tubes for the "Senda dil Dragun", the longest treetop path in the world, located in Laax, Switzerland, offering an interactive and unique nature experience for all visitors.
Take a walk 28m high above the ground
Opened in 2021, the "Senda dil Dragun" (or “Path of The Dragon”) the longest treetop path in the world, connects the two villages of Laax Murschetg and Laax Dorf in southeast Switzerland.
This 1.56-kilometre-long footbridge offers visitors the opportunity to take a scenic stroll of 28m high above the ground in the Laax forest. Along with viewing platforms, it also includes an impressive 73m-long slide for visitors to make their way back down to the ground.
Jäkl tubes from Karviná
The "Senda dil Dragun” project was designed by the local company Hofmann & Durisch Architects and implemented by the City of Laax and the Weisse Arena Group. The structure was built using Jäkl round tubes manufactured by ArcelorMittal Europe – Tubular Products’ plant in Karviná, Czech Republic. The tubes were supplied by long-term business partner, Kindlimann AG, a member of the Van Leeuwen Group. Kindlimann AG delivered approximately twenty three tonnes of seamless thick-walled tubes 139.7x5, S355. The company Ragettli Metallbau AG (Flims Dorf) installed 6,000 metres of galvanised gas tubes 33.7x3.2, S195 as supports and as railings for this impressive construction.
René Fabik, Karviná plant manager adds: “It is a great pleasure for every manufacturer to see that their products are used on such extraordinary construction sites. At the same time, it is clear that Swiss standards and quality requirements are among the most demanding in the world. The more we perceive this result as an appreciation of our work. It has been proven that the original Jäkl products from Karviná exactly meet these maximum client requirements. "
Sustainability at the heart of the project
As for other building materials, in accordance with the ecological concept of the whole building, emphasising sustainability, the Dragon Trail was built exclusively with wood from local sources. It has been designed to blend in with the surrounding nature and minimize its impact on the environment.
The route was chosen in the most natural way possible to minimize deforestation during construction. The project is fully barrier-free with elevators at both ends of the trail. Four observation platforms with plenty of seating and a unique view of the iconic alpine landscape offer a refreshing natural experience for the whole family.
The Laax region believes that this new and completely unique tourist attraction will attract more visitors to this region from literally all over the world.
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