4 Alpine Panorama Route
4 Alpine Panorama Route

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Alpine Panorama Route

Stage 4, Flüelen–Sörenberg

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Alpine Panorama Route

Lake Lucerne is a lake with many faces in the heart of Switzerland and often whipped up by the wind. Lovely Lake Sarnen is close to where Brother Klaus, also known as Niklaus von der Flüe, once lived. And the crowning glory for bike riders: Panoramastrasse, a steep mountain pass leading to the Entlebuch valley.
Lake Lucerne is the fifth largest lake in Switzerland. Its German name is linked to the country’s four original cantons (Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden and Lucerne). The southern part between Flüelen and Brunnen is known as Lake Uri and it is usually a bit on the wild side. Traveling by regular boat service is a great alternative to the busy road along the shore. A boat trip is a lot of fun and Tell‘s Chapel can just as well be seen from the water. If you want to visit some Belle Epoque hotels, disembark in Brunnen. The car ferry in Gersau will later take you to Beckenried on the other side of the lake.

Between Beckenried and Buochs the tour follows the lake for a short while. Past the military airfield with Pilatus planes and along meadows, pastures and farmers bringing in the hay, the bike route continues to Stans, Nidwalden’s capital. If you don’t mind crowds of tourists, take a quaint funicular and a state-of-the-art double-decker gondola up to Stanserhorn Mountain. The views of a 100 km mountain chain and ten lakes are awe-inspiring. Alpnachersee, another part of Lake Lucerne, is a quiet spot. But Alpnachstad has a major highlight in store: the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, in operation since 1889, and with a gradient of up to 48 percent takes the travellers to Mt. Pilatus. However, the story of Niklaus von der Flüe goes even further back. Born in Flüeli above Lake Sarnen in 1417, the hermit from the Canton Obwalden is Switzerland’s patron saint. He was canonised in 1947.

Yodeller Ruedi Rymann is not a saint (at least, not yet), but the Schacherseppli discovery trail created in his honour in Giswil is an experience. Be prepared - the fun is over now: the road across Glaubenbielen Pass is steep and strenuous. On the side of the road you will see old farm houses and some of the steep mountainsides are still being mowed by hand. The lifts at Mörlialp make it obvious that this is a ski area in winter. No wonder the vegetation on the downhill ride through Mariental to Sörenberg is so vigorous and healthy. After all, you’re already in the region where the Entlebuch UNESCO biosphere reserve is located.
Lake Lucerne is a lake with many faces in the heart of Switzerland and often whipped up by the wind. Lovely Lake Sarnen is close to where Brother Klaus, also known as Niklaus von der Flüe, once lived. And the crowning glory for bike riders: Panoramastrasse, a steep mountain pass leading to the Entlebuch valley.
Lake Lucerne is the fifth largest lake in Switzerland. Its German name is linked to the country’s four original cantons (Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden and Lucerne). The southern part between Flüelen and Brunnen is known as Lake Uri and it is usually a bit on the wild side. Traveling by regular boat service is a great alternative to the busy road along the shore. A boat trip is a lot of fun and Tell‘s Chapel can just as well be seen from the water. If you want to visit some Belle Epoque hotels, disembark in Brunnen. The car ferry in Gersau will later take you to Beckenried on the other side of the lake.

Between Beckenried and Buochs the tour follows the lake for a short while. Past the military airfield with Pilatus planes and along meadows, pastures and farmers bringing in the hay, the bike route continues to Stans, Nidwalden’s capital. If you don’t mind crowds of tourists, take a quaint funicular and a state-of-the-art double-decker gondola up to Stanserhorn Mountain. The views of a 100 km mountain chain and ten lakes are awe-inspiring. Alpnachersee, another part of Lake Lucerne, is a quiet spot. But Alpnachstad has a major highlight in store: the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, in operation since 1889, and with a gradient of up to 48 percent takes the travellers to Mt. Pilatus. However, the story of Niklaus von der Flüe goes even further back. Born in Flüeli above Lake Sarnen in 1417, the hermit from the Canton Obwalden is Switzerland’s patron saint. He was canonised in 1947.

Yodeller Ruedi Rymann is not a saint (at least, not yet), but the Schacherseppli discovery trail created in his honour in Giswil is an experience. Be prepared - the fun is over now: the road across Glaubenbielen Pass is steep and strenuous. On the side of the road you will see old farm houses and some of the steep mountainsides are still being mowed by hand. The lifts at Mörlialp make it obvious that this is a ski area in winter. No wonder the vegetation on the downhill ride through Mariental to Sörenberg is so vigorous and healthy. After all, you’re already in the region where the Entlebuch UNESCO biosphere reserve is located.
77 km
Asphalted: 77 km
Natural surface: 0 km
1650 m | 900 m
difficult

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Arrival / return travel Flüelen
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Danger: Axenstrasse (Brunnen–Flüelen)
Duration
until further notice
Reason
Other
Along Lake Lucerne between Brunnen and Flüelen the route leads over the Axenstrasse. The Axenstrasse is narrow, heavily traveled and very dangerous. We strongly recommend you travel this stretch by train or with an attractive boat trip. Our recommendation is the No. 31 rail connection or No. 29 by boat for this stretch.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office
Bypass Brunnen–Flüelen
31
Bypass Brunnen–Flüelen
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Brunnen–Flüelen
or
Flüelen–Brunnen
Reason: dangerous stretch, Axenstrasse Brunnen–Sisikon.
Metres in height saved: approx. 150m.
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Excursion Vierwaldstättersee
29
Excursion Vierwaldstättersee
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Beckenried–Flüelen SGV
or
Flüelen SGV–Beckenried
Reason: dangerous stretch, Axenstrasse Brunnen–Sisikon, metres in height saved 150m in both directions.
Cycle transport: limited space for bikes, no obligation to transport, special ticket required, from 5 persons: reservations at tel. 041 367 67 67.
Please note: departure point ferry and departure point scheduled boats approx. 1.5 km apart.
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Hint
Rail/bus/boat: Vierwaldstättersee lake passage Gersau–Beckenried: please note boat recommendation No. 28 (ferry not in operation from mid-October to mid-March).
Crossing Vierwaldstättersee
28
Crossing Vierwaldstättersee
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Beckenried–Gersau
or
Gersau–Beckenried
Reason: crossing of Vierwaldstättersee.
Cycle transport: limited space for bikes, no obligation to transport, special ticket required, from 5 persons: reservations at tel. 041 367 67 67.
Please note: departure point ferry and departure point scheduled boats approx. 1.5km apart.
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Season

Season
Please note: Glaubenbielen pass open from approx. May to October. Info Tel 163.

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Ascent Glaubenbielen
43
Ascent Glaubenbielen
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Giswil, Bahnhof–Glaubenbielen, Parkplatz
or
Sörenberg, Rothornbahn–Glaubenbielen, Parkplatz
Reason: metres in height saved Giswil–Glaubenbielen 1130m, Sörenberg–Glaubenbielen 340m.
Cycle transport: limited space, reservation required tel. 058 448 06 22.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Sörenberg, Post
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Services

Accommodation

Hotel Tourist
Hotel Tourist
Flüelen
Jugendherberge Seelisberg
Jugendherberge Seelisberg
Seelisberg
Wissig-Hof
Wissig-Hof
Seelisberg
Ferienhof Rüti
Ferienhof Rüti
Morschach
Chlosterhof
Chlosterhof
Brunnen
City-Hotel
City-Hotel
Brunnen
Hotel Schmid & Alfa
Hotel Schmid & Alfa
Brunnen
Seehotel Waldstätterhof
Seehotel Waldstätterhof
Brunnen
Seminarhotel Seeblick
Seminarhotel Seeblick
Emmetten
See- und Seminarhotel FloraAlpina
See- und Seminarhotel FloraAlpina
Vitznau
Hotel Nidwaldnerhof
Hotel Nidwaldnerhof
Beckenried
Hotel-Restaurant Rössli
Hotel-Restaurant Rössli
Beckenried
Gasthof Schützenhaus Wil
Gasthof Schützenhaus Wil
Oberdorf/Stans
TCS Camping Buochs Vierwaldstättersee
TCS Camping Buochs Vierwaldstättersee
Buochs
Bauernhof Familie Waser
Bauernhof Familie Waser
Stans
TCS Camping Luzern - Horw
TCS Camping Luzern - Horw
Horw
Bio Hof Eggmatt
Bio Hof Eggmatt
Alpnach Dorf
Landgasthof Schlüssel Alpnach
Landgasthof Schlüssel Alpnach
Alpnach Dorf
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
Landgasthof Zollhaus
Landgasthof Zollhaus
Giswil
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
Bärghuis Schönbüel
Bärghuis Schönbüel
Lungern
Bauernhof Salwideli
Bauernhof Salwideli
Sörenberg
Berggasthaus Salwideli
Berggasthaus Salwideli
Sörenberg
Birkenhof
Birkenhof
Sörenberg
Hotel Rischli
Hotel Rischli
Sörenberg
Hotel Sörenberg
Hotel Sörenberg
Sörenberg
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Bookable offers

4 Alpine Panorama Route
4 Alpine Panorama Route
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Places

Altdorf
Altdorf
Flüelen
Flüelen
Sisikon
Sisikon
Seelisberg
Seelisberg
Morschach
Morschach
Brunnen
Brunnen
Gersau
Gersau
Emmetten
Emmetten
Vitznau
Vitznau
Beckenried - Klewenalp
Beckenried - Klewenalp
Buochs
Buochs
Bürgenstock
Bürgenstock
Stans
Stans
Stansstad
Stansstad
Alpnachstad
Alpnachstad
Pilatus
Pilatus
Sarnen
Sarnen
Flüeli-Ranft
Flüeli-Ranft
Sachseln
Sachseln
Giswil
Giswil
Schönbüel OW
Schönbüel OW
Brienzer Rothorn
Brienzer Rothorn
Sörenberg
Sörenberg
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Places of interest

Monument of Wiliam Tell
Monument of Wiliam Tell
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Axenstrasse (Flüelen–Sisikon–Brunnen)
Axenstrasse (Flüelen–Sisikon–Brunnen)
Rütli
Rütli
Treib - Seelisberg Cable Railway
Treib - Seelisberg Cable Railway
Sweet chestnuts on Lake Lucerne
Sweet chestnuts on Lake Lucerne
Aussichtsparadies Stoos-Fronalpstock
Aussichtsparadies Stoos-Fronalpstock
Swiss Holiday Park
Swiss Holiday Park
Museum of the Swiss Charters of Confederation
Museum of the Swiss Charters of Confederation
Swiss Knife Valley Visitor Center
Swiss Knife Valley Visitor Center
Wood Trail und Natural Bike Park
Wood Trail und Natural Bike Park
Vitznau Fortress (Festung Vitznau)
Vitznau Fortress (Festung Vitznau)
Hammetschwand Lift Bürgenstock
Hammetschwand Lift Bürgenstock
Medieval town of Stans
Medieval town of Stans
Nidwalden Museum
Nidwalden Museum
Hergiswil Glassworks
Hergiswil Glassworks
Mount Pilatus
Mount Pilatus
Brother Klaus Museum, Sachseln
Brother Klaus Museum, Sachseln
Burial chapel of Brother Klaus
Burial chapel of Brother Klaus
High Bridge, Kerns
High Bridge, Kerns
Mire landscapes Salwiden
Mire landscapes Salwiden
Mooraculum Sörenberg Entlebuch
Mooraculum Sörenberg Entlebuch
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Swimming

Swimming baths Altdorf
Swimming baths Altdorf
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Flüelen lido
Flüelen lido
Lido Seelisberg
Lido Seelisberg
Swiss Holiday Park Morschach
Swiss Holiday Park Morschach
Lido Hopfräben Brunnen
Lido Hopfräben Brunnen
Lido Horw
Lido Horw
Seefeld waterpark Sarnen
Seefeld waterpark Sarnen
Bathing complex Sachseln
Bathing complex Sachseln
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