2 Trans Swiss Trail
2 Trans Swiss Trail
2 Trans Swiss Trail
2 Trans Swiss Trail
2 Trans Swiss Trail
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Trans Swiss Trail

Stage 17, Giswil–Flüeli-Ranft

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From the Sarnersee lakeside path steeply up to the Flüeli-Ranft pilgrimage site, where eremite Niklaus von Flüe retreated into a gorge, to live as a cleric, visionary, warning voice and counsellor. His birthplace is one of Switzerland’s oldest wooden dwellings.
Giswil is located at the foot of the Brünig and Glaubenbielen passes and is characterised by the lovely lake of Sarnen, dominated by the Giswilerstöcke peaks and crossed by the Lauibach stream. An economic upswing came to the village with the Brünig road in 1868 and the Brünig railway in 1889. Since 2004, a bypass tunnel on the A8 has relieved the Obwalden village of heavy transit traffic.

After leaving the village, you follow the course of the small stream Melchaa to the lake of Sarnen at the Giswil customs station. The hike to Sachseln takes about an hour and runs between the lake and the railway. Did you know that the municipality also includes the Älggi-Alp, which is the geographical centre of Switzerland? However, if you follow the small Melchaa and the Älggibach streams, it is still about five hours away.

The lovely path with splendid views now leads through the village, past Brother Klaus' burial chapel by the old Sachseln church tower, and continues uphill towards Flüeli-Ranft. The place of birth and work of the influential hermit is reached through lush meadows, pastures and a few short forest sections. Niklaus von Flüe was born into a peasant family in 1417. At the age of 50, he retired to the nearby Ranft, a hillside terrace a little further down the gorge. Here the hermit worked as a man of God, visionary, admonisher and counsellor. To this day, the Ranft is a well-known place of pilgrimage.
From the Sarnersee lakeside path steeply up to the Flüeli-Ranft pilgrimage site, where eremite Niklaus von Flüe retreated into a gorge, to live as a cleric, visionary, warning voice and counsellor. His birthplace is one of Switzerland’s oldest wooden dwellings.
Giswil is located at the foot of the Brünig and Glaubenbielen passes and is characterised by the lovely lake of Sarnen, dominated by the Giswilerstöcke peaks and crossed by the Lauibach stream. An economic upswing came to the village with the Brünig road in 1868 and the Brünig railway in 1889. Since 2004, a bypass tunnel on the A8 has relieved the Obwalden village of heavy transit traffic.

After leaving the village, you follow the course of the small stream Melchaa to the lake of Sarnen at the Giswil customs station. The hike to Sachseln takes about an hour and runs between the lake and the railway. Did you know that the municipality also includes the Älggi-Alp, which is the geographical centre of Switzerland? However, if you follow the small Melchaa and the Älggibach streams, it is still about five hours away.

The lovely path with splendid views now leads through the village, past Brother Klaus' burial chapel by the old Sachseln church tower, and continues uphill towards Flüeli-Ranft. The place of birth and work of the influential hermit is reached through lush meadows, pastures and a few short forest sections. Niklaus von Flüe was born into a peasant family in 1417. At the age of 50, he retired to the nearby Ranft, a hillside terrace a little further down the gorge. Here the hermit worked as a man of God, visionary, admonisher and counsellor. To this day, the Ranft is a well-known place of pilgrimage.
10 km
340 m | 100 m
2 h 45 min
easy (hiking trail) | easy

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Giswil
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Guides
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Flüeli-Ranft, alte Post
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Contact

Signpost management
Signposting is managed by the cantonal hiking trail organisation on behalf of the communities.
Obwaldner Wanderwege
6061 Sarnen
info@ow-wanderwege.ch
www.ow-wanderwege.ch

Services

Accommodation

Hotel Bahnhof
Hotel Bahnhof
Giswil
Camping International Sarnersee Giswil
Camping International Sarnersee Giswil
Giswil
Landgasthof Zollhaus
Landgasthof Zollhaus
Giswil
Seehotel Wilerbad
Seehotel Wilerbad
Wilen am Sarnersee
Hotel Kurhaus am Sarnersee
Hotel Kurhaus am Sarnersee
Wilen (Sarnen)
Verena’s Boutique Villa au Lac
Verena’s Boutique Villa au Lac
Sachseln
Camping Seefeld Park Sarnen
Camping Seefeld Park Sarnen
Sarnen
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Bookable offers

2 Trans Swiss Trail: Emmental & Lake Lucerne
2 Trans Swiss Trail: Emmental & Lake Lucerne
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Places

Giswil
Giswil
Sachseln
Sachseln
Flüeli-Ranft
Flüeli-Ranft
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Places of interest

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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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.
Signalization