Ice Age Experience - 1

Archaeology / prehistoric history

Ice Age Experience

Kieswerk Lötscher, Ballwil

An educational project on the topics of the Ice Age, archaeology, geology and biology.

85,000 years ago, the lake valley was part of a tundra-like landscape. The glaciers were within reach, mammoths and other ice-age animals roamed through Ballwil and shared their habitat with the Neanderthals.

The large mammoth tusk, which was discovered in 2006 in the gravel plant of Lötscher Kies + Beton AG in Ballwil, dates from this time. To this day, it is a source of great fascination and stands as a witness to an infinitely long history of the earth and its climate.

The gigantic gravel walls in the gravel plant give an idea of the enormous forces of the glaciers that advanced and retreated over thousands of years. They once spread from the Alps far into the Central Plateau and - like a large conveyor belt - transported huge quantities of rock that shape our landscape today. If you let your gaze wander over the horizon, you can hardly imagine that during the Ice Age a layer of ice up to 500 meters thick lay over Ballwil.

The freely accessible adventure area is located in a disused zone at the edge of the gravel pit. Pioneer plants are found there, as they were characteristic after the last glacial melt. Nowhere can our climate history, geology, botany, zoology and cultural history be made more visible than in a gravel pit. At various information stations you can puzzle, touch and try things out - and quickly you become part of history yourself!

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Daily   08:00 - 18:00 h


Admission free


Kieswerk Lötscher
Kieswerkstrasse 6
6275 Ballwil


Lernort Eiszeit
Kieswerkstrasse 6
6275 Ballwil


  • Archaeology / prehistoric history

Target groups

  • Also recommended for children

Access conditions

  • Free for all