57 Obwaldner Höhenweg
57 Obwaldner Höhenweg

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Obwaldner Höhenweg

Stage 1, Alpnachstad (Pilatus)–Langis

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Obwaldner Höhenweg

Up to Pilatus with the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Sensational panorama of countless Alpine summits; historic hotel. Lovely moorland landscapes on the way through the Schlierental and across the Schlierengrat in the region of the Entlebuch biosphere reserve.
The world’s steepest cogwheel railway with a maximum gradient of 48% travels from Alpnachstad to the summit of Mt. Pilatus. Lucerne’s very own mountain was once known as a source of treacherous storms and floods as well as the home of dragons and other monsters. It is said that the mountain took its name from Pontius Pilate, the governor of a Roman province at the time of Jesus Christ. Legend has it that he was buried in the lake at the mountain top. The route starts at Pilatus Kulm. It heads down to the valley and offers a magnificent view across the lakes of Central Switzerland, the city of Lucerne and countless mountain peaks. Within about a two-hour walk, it descends approximately 1000 meters in altitude, first on a steep path followed by a gravel road and surrounded by craggy mountain cliffs and blossoming meadows.

After Lütholdsmatt the route goes gently uphill again. A broad gravel road leads to Wängen where it briefly changes to a path. Taking a look behind you now and then, toward the start of today’s tour and to Stanserhorn Mountain on the other side, is well worth it. After hiking more than four hours, an attractive two-hour section starts at Chrüzliegg and continues to Schlierengrat, going gently up and down along the white-red-white trail markers. Through blueberry bushes, past gnarled pines and spruce, some of which have died off, you reach Bärnerstig, an old crossing to the Entlebuch region.

Next you pass through a fantastic moorland area leading to Schwendi Kaltbad, once a recognized health resort with a sanatorium. It was known for the healing power of its mud and sulphur baths. In the summer, Alpine church services and weddings are held in the small chapel. It doesn’t take long to get to Langis from here, the end of this lovely, but sometimes strenuous hike. Langis is located above Lake Sarnen. It is popular with cross-country skiers as well as winter and snowshoe hikers. In the summer, it is an insider tip among nature enthusiasts because of the beautiful protected moor landscape with birches, pine trees and mountain meadows.
Up to Pilatus with the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Sensational panorama of countless Alpine summits; historic hotel. Lovely moorland landscapes on the way through the Schlierental and across the Schlierengrat in the region of the Entlebuch biosphere reserve.
The world’s steepest cogwheel railway with a maximum gradient of 48% travels from Alpnachstad to the summit of Mt. Pilatus. Lucerne’s very own mountain was once known as a source of treacherous storms and floods as well as the home of dragons and other monsters. It is said that the mountain took its name from Pontius Pilate, the governor of a Roman province at the time of Jesus Christ. Legend has it that he was buried in the lake at the mountain top. The route starts at Pilatus Kulm. It heads down to the valley and offers a magnificent view across the lakes of Central Switzerland, the city of Lucerne and countless mountain peaks. Within about a two-hour walk, it descends approximately 1000 meters in altitude, first on a steep path followed by a gravel road and surrounded by craggy mountain cliffs and blossoming meadows.

After Lütholdsmatt the route goes gently uphill again. A broad gravel road leads to Wängen where it briefly changes to a path. Taking a look behind you now and then, toward the start of today’s tour and to Stanserhorn Mountain on the other side, is well worth it. After hiking more than four hours, an attractive two-hour section starts at Chrüzliegg and continues to Schlierengrat, going gently up and down along the white-red-white trail markers. Through blueberry bushes, past gnarled pines and spruce, some of which have died off, you reach Bärnerstig, an old crossing to the Entlebuch region.

Next you pass through a fantastic moorland area leading to Schwendi Kaltbad, once a recognized health resort with a sanatorium. It was known for the healing power of its mud and sulphur baths. In the summer, Alpine church services and weddings are held in the small chapel. It doesn’t take long to get to Langis from here, the end of this lovely, but sometimes strenuous hike. Langis is located above Lake Sarnen. It is popular with cross-country skiers as well as winter and snowshoe hikers. In the summer, it is an insider tip among nature enthusiasts because of the beautiful protected moor landscape with birches, pine trees and mountain meadows.
22 km
1000 m | 1600 m
7 h 00 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Pilatus Kulm
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Season

Season
Beware: snowfields possible into summer months on high-level sections

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Langis
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Contact

Signpost management
Signposting is managed by the cantonal hiking trail organisation on behalf of the communities. Lend a hand by becoming a member in your canton.
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Obwaldner Wanderwege
6061 Sarnen
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Places

Pilatus
Pilatus
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Places of interest

Pilatus rope park & summer toboggan run
Pilatus rope park & summer toboggan run
Mount Pilatus
Mount Pilatus
Glaubenberg
Glaubenberg
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
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