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ViaJacobi
Stage 8, Flüeli-Ranft–Brünigpass
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Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 17, Giswil–Flüeli-Ranft
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Stage 16, Sörenberg–Giswil
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Route 584, Giswil–Sarnen
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Lakes Route
Stage 5, Meiringen–Sarnen
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Stage 4, Flüelen–Sörenberg
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Stage 1, Giswil–Stans
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Lungererseerundfahrt
Lungererseerundfahrt
Route 701, Lungern–Kaiserstuhl–Lungern
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Route 702, Sarnen–Sachseln–Wilen–Sarnen
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Giswil

The village of Giswil in Canton Obwalden lies on the valley floor of the Sarnersee at the foot of the Brünig and Glaubenbielen Passes. The largely unspoilt pretty landscape is dotted with several preserved century-old wooden houses.
Giswil (485 metres altitude) is the last village before the ascent to the Brünig Pass. In the second half of the 19th century, Giswil enjoyed a significant economic upturn when the pass road over the Brünig (1868) and the railway line (1889) were opened. The A8 road tunnel bypassing the village was opened in 1994, relieving it of heavy through traffic. Another road, the Panoramastrasse, leads with a gradient of up to 12% over the 1611 metre-high Glaubenbielen Pass to Sörenberg, continuing into the Entlebuch valley to Schüpfheim.

The largely unspoilt landscape is dominated by the pretty Sarnersee and the Giswilerstock peak. The Giswiler Lauibach stream running through the valley can swell to a torrent in heavy rainfall and has been responsible for many past floods. In 1629, it swept the old parish church away and forced the inhabitants to abandon a part of the village.

This widespread municipality has several preserved medieval wooden buildings. A historic footpath leads to these houses and other objects of interest. The presumably oldest house – Schrotenmatt - was built in 1467. The parish church of St. Laurentius stands on the former fortress hill; the hilltop ruins supplied construction material for the new church that was built on the same site in 1635. The ruins of the Rudenz fortress and remains of a further fortress can be found in the Kleinteil region of Giswil.

The shore of the Sarnersee with the camping site is a few minutes away from the village. Behind the camping site, the Steinibach stream flows down from the Glaubenberg. Millennia of erosion have carved out a primeval-looking landscape of woodland interspersed with boulders and rock. It is a popular area for summer bathing and hiking.

The small ski region of Mörlialp lies above Giswil on the road to Glaubenberg. It is served by a chairlift and several smaller lifts. The area also has attractive opportunities for tobogganing, winter hiking, snowshoe trekking and occasionally snow biking.

Highlights

  • Panoramastrasse – narrow pass road leading over the Glaubenbielen Pass to Sörenberg and Schüpfheim, affording beautiful views of the Sarnersee and Stanserhorn peak.
  • Mörlialp – small family-friendly ski region with a surprisingly wide range of winter sports activities.
  • Sarnersee – pretty pre-Alpine lake offering a wide range of water sport activities. Giswil’s camping site is located at the lakeside.
  • Brünigbahn – The narrow-gauge Brünig Railway runs from Interlaken via Brienz to the Brünig Pass and past the Sarnersee, continuing to Lucerne and Engelberg. An interesting trip that doesn’t just appeal to railway enthusiasts.
The village of Giswil in Canton Obwalden lies on the valley floor of the Sarnersee at the foot of the Brünig and Glaubenbielen Passes. The largely unspoilt pretty landscape is dotted with several preserved century-old wooden houses.
Giswil (485 metres altitude) is the last village before the ascent to the Brünig Pass. In the second half of the 19th century, Giswil enjoyed a significant economic upturn when the pass road over the Brünig (1868) and the railway line (1889) were opened. The A8 road tunnel bypassing the village was opened in 1994, relieving it of heavy through traffic. Another road, the Panoramastrasse, leads with a gradient of up to 12% over the 1611 metre-high Glaubenbielen Pass to Sörenberg, continuing into the Entlebuch valley to Schüpfheim.

The largely unspoilt landscape is dominated by the pretty Sarnersee and the Giswilerstock peak. The Giswiler Lauibach stream running through the valley can swell to a torrent in heavy rainfall and has been responsible for many past floods. In 1629, it swept the old parish church away and forced the inhabitants to abandon a part of the village.

This widespread municipality has several preserved medieval wooden buildings. A historic footpath leads to these houses and other objects of interest. The presumably oldest house – Schrotenmatt - was built in 1467. The parish church of St. Laurentius stands on the former fortress hill; the hilltop ruins supplied construction material for the new church that was built on the same site in 1635. The ruins of the Rudenz fortress and remains of a further fortress can be found in the Kleinteil region of Giswil.

The shore of the Sarnersee with the camping site is a few minutes away from the village. Behind the camping site, the Steinibach stream flows down from the Glaubenberg. Millennia of erosion have carved out a primeval-looking landscape of woodland interspersed with boulders and rock. It is a popular area for summer bathing and hiking.

The small ski region of Mörlialp lies above Giswil on the road to Glaubenberg. It is served by a chairlift and several smaller lifts. The area also has attractive opportunities for tobogganing, winter hiking, snowshoe trekking and occasionally snow biking.

Highlights

  • Panoramastrasse – narrow pass road leading over the Glaubenbielen Pass to Sörenberg and Schüpfheim, affording beautiful views of the Sarnersee and Stanserhorn peak.
  • Mörlialp – small family-friendly ski region with a surprisingly wide range of winter sports activities.
  • Sarnersee – pretty pre-Alpine lake offering a wide range of water sport activities. Giswil’s camping site is located at the lakeside.
  • Brünigbahn – The narrow-gauge Brünig Railway runs from Interlaken via Brienz to the Brünig Pass and past the Sarnersee, continuing to Lucerne and Engelberg. An interesting trip that doesn’t just appeal to railway enthusiasts.

Arrival and return Giswil

Adresse

Giswil-Mörlialp Tourismus
Bahnhofplatz 1
6074 Giswil
Tel. +41 (0)41 675 17 60
info@giswil-tourismus.ch
www.giswil-tourismus.ch

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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
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Hiking in

Giswil
ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 8, Flüeli-Ranft–Brünigpass
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Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 17, Giswil–Flüeli-Ranft
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Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 16, Sörenberg–Giswil
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Sarnersee-Uferweg
Sarnersee-Uferweg
Route 584, Giswil–Sarnen
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Cycling in

Giswil
Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 5, Meiringen–Sarnen
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Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 4, Flüelen–Sörenberg
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Unterwalden-Route
Unterwalden-Route
Stage 1, Giswil–Stans
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Lungererseerundfahrt
Lungererseerundfahrt
Route 701, Lungern–Kaiserstuhl–Lungern
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Sarnerseerundfahrt
Sarnerseerundfahrt
Route 702, Sarnen–Sachseln–Wilen–Sarnen
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Mountain biking in

Giswil
Panorama Bike
Grossteilerberg Bike
Giswil Bikeparcour