7 ViaGottardo
7 ViaGottardo
7 ViaGottardo
7 ViaGottardo
7 ViaGottardo
7 ViaGottardo

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ViaGottardo

Stage 5, Zofingen–Sursee

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ViaGottardo

Peaceful paths run through typical Mittelland surroundings. A high point is the Santenberg with the Chätzigerhöchi, from which you have views over the Wauwilermoos plain and the entire northern foreland of the city of Luzern. The stage destination is Sursee on the Sempachersee lake.
Zofingen boasts one of Switzerland's best-preserved old town quarters, mainly featuring buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. After the start at the railway station, you pass the St. Mauritius Town Church. Today's church building dates back to the foundation of a chapter of canons by the Froburgers in the 11th century. A little later, you reach Thutplatz, named after the town's hero Niklaus Thut. With the old town quarter left behind, the free-standing powder tower then grabs your attention. It's part of the ancient town wall and was built as a bulwark with an almost square base. Below the Heiternplatz, known for its Heitere Open-Air Festival, the route leads through neighbourhoods. At the Riedtalbach, it branches off into the forest and passes the former Benedictine abbey of Tubenrain Marienburg. Continue onwards through the small village of Wikon and across farmland to reach Reiden shortly after that.

After the residential areas in Reiden, the route ascends across lovely pastures and into the Sertelwald forest. Behind you, the Jura chain is in plain sight. Coming out of the woods and passing through pristine farmland again, you reach Dagmersellen shortly after. Here, the parish church of St. Laurentius catches the eye. It was constructed 1818-22 with classicist, late baroque elements. You then pass a residential area and the two motorway entrances and exits before the route enters the forest again. By now, you have been on the move for over three hours.

Once the first 150 metres in altitude difference are behind you, the path continues through a pleasantly cool forest of the Santeberg. Across Chätzigerhöchi the panoramic view opens up to the Alps. Onward to Schönbühl and past the shooting range, a delightful section takes you along the forest edge. Following on scenic trails and the Vita Parcours for the final part, you approach St. Erhard – with magnificent views of the Alps with Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau along the way. At St. Erhard, the spectacular sights include the Pilatus and Rigi. Leave the high-altitude trail towards the railway station. Continuing along the railway line and through a forest section, this long stage ends in the small town of Sursee.
Peaceful paths run through typical Mittelland surroundings. A high point is the Santenberg with the Chätzigerhöchi, from which you have views over the Wauwilermoos plain and the entire northern foreland of the city of Luzern. The stage destination is Sursee on the Sempachersee lake.
Zofingen boasts one of Switzerland's best-preserved old town quarters, mainly featuring buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. After the start at the railway station, you pass the St. Mauritius Town Church. Today's church building dates back to the foundation of a chapter of canons by the Froburgers in the 11th century. A little later, you reach Thutplatz, named after the town's hero Niklaus Thut. With the old town quarter left behind, the free-standing powder tower then grabs your attention. It's part of the ancient town wall and was built as a bulwark with an almost square base. Below the Heiternplatz, known for its Heitere Open-Air Festival, the route leads through neighbourhoods. At the Riedtalbach, it branches off into the forest and passes the former Benedictine abbey of Tubenrain Marienburg. Continue onwards through the small village of Wikon and across farmland to reach Reiden shortly after that.

After the residential areas in Reiden, the route ascends across lovely pastures and into the Sertelwald forest. Behind you, the Jura chain is in plain sight. Coming out of the woods and passing through pristine farmland again, you reach Dagmersellen shortly after. Here, the parish church of St. Laurentius catches the eye. It was constructed 1818-22 with classicist, late baroque elements. You then pass a residential area and the two motorway entrances and exits before the route enters the forest again. By now, you have been on the move for over three hours.

Once the first 150 metres in altitude difference are behind you, the path continues through a pleasantly cool forest of the Santeberg. Across Chätzigerhöchi the panoramic view opens up to the Alps. Onward to Schönbühl and past the shooting range, a delightful section takes you along the forest edge. Following on scenic trails and the Vita Parcours for the final part, you approach St. Erhard – with magnificent views of the Alps with Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau along the way. At St. Erhard, the spectacular sights include the Pilatus and Rigi. Leave the high-altitude trail towards the railway station. Continuing along the railway line and through a forest section, this long stage ends in the small town of Sursee.
26 km
580 m | 520 m
6 h 45 min
easy (hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Zofingen
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Blocking during shooting operation: Wauwil
Duration
25.02.2019 - 27.02.2022
Reason
Other
Hiking trail is closed during shooting. Diversion is not signalled.
Status
validated
Data source: Swiss Hiking Federation and Cantonal hiking associations

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Sursee
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