Isleten – A place of trade and industry
for more than 400 years
Several factors contributed to the early onset of industrial development on the peninsula of Isleten: the water route provided by Lake Lucerne, the availability nearby of huge resources of iron ore and wood, and the abundant water supply.
Smelting iron ore and processing timber
The land along the Isenthal creek was first put to industrial use in the 16th century when the Madran family recognised the vast economic potential of the iron ore and the abundance of timber. They subsequently built a smelter that was used for about 100 years. In fact it is the iron ore (in German
Eisenerz) that originally gave the peninsula of Isleten its name.