9 Lakes Route
9 Lakes Route

Cycling in Switzerland

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Lakes Route

Stage 5, Meiringen–Sarnen

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Lakes Route

The Brünigpass separates the Bernese bear and the Innerschweiz, linked by pilgrim paths, railways and dialect. Obwalden: a tiny canton, a wide valley, a pre-Alpine landscape with scattered settlements, shallow lakes and long traditions.
According to legend, the local gnomes hastily left the Hasli Valley after an evil prank was played. However, there are rumours going around that some of them may have recently reappeared. One who will never reappear in Meiringen is Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle let the famous detective plunge to his death not far from here, at the Reichenbach Falls, but it didn’t take long to resurrect him when the author was confronted with fierce protests from his readers. Anyhow, the best you can do now is to enjoy a meringue from a bakery. The delicious pastry is said to have been invented in Meiringen around 1600 by a baker named Gasparini. Back in the saddle and boosted by a meringue, the climb up to Hasliberg should be at little easier to endure.

At the top, the view of the Wetterhorn and the surrounding mountains is awesome. If you’re lucky you might also spot some deer - they are often found in the midst of striking rock formations - or perhaps a gnome wandering about, or even a European asp soaking up the sun. The cogwheel train carrying a number of tourists to the Brünig-Hasliberg station requires quite a bit of power to overcome the steep ramps on the Brünig Pass. Looking at the map, you might think that Lake Lungern and Lake Sarnen are neighbours, located adjacent to each other. Far from it: picturesque Lake Lungern is more than 200 m higher up than Lake Sarnen, although the latter is almost four times larger. The views of lakes and mountains near the chapel are fantastic and the ride down to Lake Lungern is brisk.

Past Dundelbach Fall and the Lungern-Turren cableway you leisurely follow Lake Lungern, continue via Giswil (Schacherseppli adventure trail) and across the Steinibach creek and arrive down at Lake Sarnen a short while later. Whether Brother Klaus, the patron saint of Switzerland, has anything to do with the peacefulness and the fresh air in lovely Obwalden is anyone’s guess, but the guests in Sarnen know how to appreciate all of it. On the other side of the crystal-clear lake you see the small village of Flüeli-Ranft perched on the mountainside where the famous hermit once lived, more than 500 years ago.
The Brünigpass separates the Bernese bear and the Innerschweiz, linked by pilgrim paths, railways and dialect. Obwalden: a tiny canton, a wide valley, a pre-Alpine landscape with scattered settlements, shallow lakes and long traditions.
According to legend, the local gnomes hastily left the Hasli Valley after an evil prank was played. However, there are rumours going around that some of them may have recently reappeared. One who will never reappear in Meiringen is Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Doyle let the famous detective plunge to his death not far from here, at the Reichenbach Falls, but it didn’t take long to resurrect him when the author was confronted with fierce protests from his readers. Anyhow, the best you can do now is to enjoy a meringue from a bakery. The delicious pastry is said to have been invented in Meiringen around 1600 by a baker named Gasparini. Back in the saddle and boosted by a meringue, the climb up to Hasliberg should be at little easier to endure.

At the top, the view of the Wetterhorn and the surrounding mountains is awesome. If you’re lucky you might also spot some deer - they are often found in the midst of striking rock formations - or perhaps a gnome wandering about, or even a European asp soaking up the sun. The cogwheel train carrying a number of tourists to the Brünig-Hasliberg station requires quite a bit of power to overcome the steep ramps on the Brünig Pass. Looking at the map, you might think that Lake Lungern and Lake Sarnen are neighbours, located adjacent to each other. Far from it: picturesque Lake Lungern is more than 200 m higher up than Lake Sarnen, although the latter is almost four times larger. The views of lakes and mountains near the chapel are fantastic and the ride down to Lake Lungern is brisk.

Past Dundelbach Fall and the Lungern-Turren cableway you leisurely follow Lake Lungern, continue via Giswil (Schacherseppli adventure trail) and across the Steinibach creek and arrive down at Lake Sarnen a short while later. Whether Brother Klaus, the patron saint of Switzerland, has anything to do with the peacefulness and the fresh air in lovely Obwalden is anyone’s guess, but the guests in Sarnen know how to appreciate all of it. On the other side of the crystal-clear lake you see the small village of Flüeli-Ranft perched on the mountainside where the famous hermit once lived, more than 500 years ago.
32 km
Asphalted: 27 km
Natural surface: 5 km
700 m | 820 m
medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Meiringen
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Hint
Beware: steep unsurfaced section Meiringen–Hasliberg and Brünig–Lungern.
Traffic volume
Beware: busy main road on the Brünigpass.
Ascent Brünig Pass
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Ascent Brünig Pass
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Meiringen–Brünig-Hasliberg, Bahnhof
or
Giswil–Brünig-Hasliberg, Bahnhof
Reason: metres in height saved Meiringen–Brünigpass 460m, Giswil–Brünigpass 560m.
Cycle transport: limited space.
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Ascent Brünig Pass
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Ascent Brünig Pass
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Meiringen (Luftseilbahn)–Hasliberg Reuti (Gondelbahn)
Reason: on unsignalized route to Brünig-Pass,
metres in height saved approx. 460m.
Cycle transport: special ticket required, limited space, reservations recommended, for groups required tel. 033 550 50 50.
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Arrival / return travel Sarnen
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Accommodation

Hotel Rebstock
Hotel Rebstock
Meiringen
Gasthaus Brünig Kulm
Gasthaus Brünig Kulm
Meiringen
Hof Goldey
Hof Goldey
Unterbach BE
Santschi Hof
Santschi Hof
Unterbach BE
bett und zmorge
bett und zmorge
Meiringen
Truwaaje B+B Brienzwiler
Truwaaje B+B Brienzwiler
Brienzwiler
Hotel-Restaurant Alpina
Hotel-Restaurant Alpina
Innertkirchen
Bärghuis Schönbüel
Bärghuis Schönbüel
Lungern
Erlebnishof Ming
Erlebnishof Ming
Lungern
Grill-Speiserestaurant Camping Obsee
Grill-Speiserestaurant Camping Obsee
Lungern
Camping International Sarnersee Giswil
Camping International Sarnersee Giswil
Giswil
Fluonalp Alpkäserei und Beizli
Fluonalp Alpkäserei und Beizli
Giswil
Hotel Bahnhof
Hotel Bahnhof
Giswil
Hotel Krone Giswil
Hotel Krone Giswil
Giswil
Landgasthof Zollhaus
Landgasthof Zollhaus
Giswil
B&B Restaurant Peterhof Garni
B&B Restaurant Peterhof Garni
Sarnen
Camping Seefeld Park Sarnen
Camping Seefeld Park Sarnen
Sarnen
Haus des Schweizer Rudersports
Haus des Schweizer Rudersports
Sarnen
Hotel Krone Sarnen
Hotel Krone Sarnen
Sarnen
Kurhaus am Sarnersee
Kurhaus am Sarnersee
Wilen (Sarnen)
Seehotel Wilerbad
Seehotel Wilerbad
Wilen am Sarnersee
Daniela’s BnB
Daniela’s BnB
Kerns
Erlebnisbauernhof Weid
Erlebnisbauernhof Weid
Kerns
Bio Hof Eggmatt
Bio Hof Eggmatt
Alpnach Dorf
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Bookable offers

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Places

Brünigpass
Brünigpass
Meiringen
Meiringen
Innertkirchen
Innertkirchen
Schönbüel OW
Schönbüel OW
Lungern
Lungern
Giswil
Giswil
Flüeli-Ranft
Flüeli-Ranft
Sachseln
Sachseln
Sarnen
Sarnen
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Places of interest

Aareschlucht
Aareschlucht
Meiringen–Reuti
Meiringen–Reuti
Chaltenbrunnen
Chaltenbrunnen
Lungern–Brünigpass
Lungern–Brünigpass
Brother Klaus Museum, Sachseln
Brother Klaus Museum, Sachseln
Burial chapel of Brother Klaus
Burial chapel of Brother Klaus
High Bridge, Kerns
High Bridge, Kerns
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Swimming

Bathing complex Sachseln
Bathing complex Sachseln
Seefeld waterpark Sarnen
Seefeld waterpark Sarnen
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