The Schleifenberg with its 30-metre-high observation tower is considered the landmark of Liestal, the capital of Basel-Landschaft. Large parts of this southern slope were once covered with vineyards, but today the forest dominates and the settlement has extended to its edge. The "Roti Flue", a nearby rocky ledge, is covered by a pine forest and the steep and warm beech woods are home to the largest population of the beautiful land cover snail in the region. The path climbs steadily in the Windetelhalde and leads through a sparse beech forest with numerous heat-loving species such as shrub vetch, white sedges, immen leaves, spiky devil's claw and multiflorous white whorl. The first section of the forest is called "Stächpalmehegli", which shows that the hollies growing there in the undergrowth have been native for a long time.

The observation tower operated by the Liestal Transport and Beautification Association is unique. It was built of wood in 1891 and replaced by a metal construction in 1900 after being struck by lightning. This was thoroughly renovated in 2007. Climbing the lookout tower costs CHF 0.50 and rewards those climbing the stairs with a breathtaking view of the Frenken valley to the south. In a northerly direction, the view extends from the Vosges over the Dinkelberg with the Chrischonaturm to the Upper Black Forest.


The Schleifenberg is a great hiking area and many hiking routes use the prominent mountain and lookout tower as a starting or finishing point. It can be reached from various villages in the immediate vicinity, for example from Liestal, Lausen, Füllinsdorf or Kaiseraugst. Simply follow the yellow hiking signs.

For the way home, you can return to the starting point or continue hiking to the "Roti Flue", where you can also enjoy a beautiful view over Liestal and the Tafeljura. From there the descent to Liestal is signposted.

The walk is suitable for all target groups, but it is not suitable for wheelchairs or prams.


Right next to the tower lies the Turmrestaurant, which is only open on Sundays and public holidays, as well as a large picnic area equipped with tables and benches under shady lime trees. Drinks as well as smaller dishes can be bought in self-service at a kiosk-like counter and consumed on the benches next to the tower restaurant. In winter, 60 seats are available in the cosy restaurant. The restaurant is closed on 1 May and 1 August, unless these holidays fall on a Sunday.

Playground equipment for children and fireplaces make this an ideal and attractive family destination.

Other greenbelt sites in the vicinity



Further information

Here you will find further information from our partner on the topic 'Beech forests' and on the Schleifenberg.


  • Barbecue / fireplace, Culture, Excursion with animals, Excursion with children, Hike (good footwear), Playground, Viewpoint, Walk

  • Bicycle, Car, Public transport

  • Barbecue / fireplace, Food must be brought along, Picnic area, Restaurant

  • Birds, Cultural landscape / meadows, Forest, Insects, Specific fauna

  • Historical site, Tour

  • Families, Groups (< 10 persons), Groups (> 10 persons), Hikers, Pets, School classes, Walkers


Arrival is possible by public transport as well as by bicycle or car. The footpaths are signposted in yellow and clearly separated from the car access roads.
By car, you can drive from Liestal to the Hersberg turn-off. On Sundays and public holidays during opening hours (7.15 a.m. - 6 p.m.), access is permitted as far as the tower restaurant. Vehicles can be parked there in the car park.

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