574 Vier-Seen-Wanderung
574 Vier-Seen-Wanderung

Hiking

Vier-Seen-Wanderung

Vier-Seen-Wanderung

Melchsee-Frutt–Engelberg (Trübsee)

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Vier-Seen-Wanderung

Vier-Seen-Wanderung

Fabulous mountain scenery around mighty Mount Titlis, unique flora, the crystal-clear waters of Lakes Melch, Tannen, Engstlen and Trüb – this route linking Melchsee-Frutt and Engelberg is justly rated as one of the classic high-altitude hikes.
The Four Lakes Hike starts from the Melchsee-Frutt cable car station. The first lake on the hike is Lake Melch. This sparkling natural reservoir is popular with fishing enthusiasts, who can hook various types of trout and char here. The tiny Melchsee Chapel, often used for weddings, is on the north-eastern shore. Next stop: Lake Tannen, located in a fairly flat high valley, almost on the saddle that leads into the Gental Valley. The barbecue grill with its roofed seating is a welcoming spot for a break.

From here, it's not far to Tannalp with its mountain inn. The high plain, one of the highest Alpine pastures in Obwalden, occupies the rear section of the plateau that includes Lakes Melch and Tannen. After crossing the cantonal border with Bern, the route descends to Engstlenalp with enchanting Lake Engstlen – teeming with fish. This area is known to emanate natural power, from a spot directly next to the remarkably high rock that stands beside a large pine tree. Compasses also go haywire here. Before the most strenuous section of the tour which comes next, you can top up your energy with specialities from the Alpine cheese dairy.

At Lake Engstlen, you then start the climb to the Joch Pass, the border between the cantons of Bern and Nidwalden. There are splendid views of the lake, which gradually recedes into the distance. You deserve a little refreshment at the mountain guesthouse, because you have now reached the highest point of the hike. If the weather is fair, you can see nearby Mount Titlis, the region's highest peak. In the other direction, you look towards the Bernese Alps. The path now descends to the fourth and final mountain lake on the tour: Lake Trüb. Access to this lake is easy, and it is popular with families. An outing in a rowing boat is a wonderful way to discover the lake's beauty before you return to the monastery village of Engelberg.
Fabulous mountain scenery around mighty Mount Titlis, unique flora, the crystal-clear waters of Lakes Melch, Tannen, Engstlen and Trüb – this route linking Melchsee-Frutt and Engelberg is justly rated as one of the classic high-altitude hikes.
The Four Lakes Hike starts from the Melchsee-Frutt cable car station. The first lake on the hike is Lake Melch. This sparkling natural reservoir is popular with fishing enthusiasts, who can hook various types of trout and char here. The tiny Melchsee Chapel, often used for weddings, is on the north-eastern shore. Next stop: Lake Tannen, located in a fairly flat high valley, almost on the saddle that leads into the Gental Valley. The barbecue grill with its roofed seating is a welcoming spot for a break.

From here, it's not far to Tannalp with its mountain inn. The high plain, one of the highest Alpine pastures in Obwalden, occupies the rear section of the plateau that includes Lakes Melch and Tannen. After crossing the cantonal border with Bern, the route descends to Engstlenalp with enchanting Lake Engstlen – teeming with fish. This area is known to emanate natural power, from a spot directly next to the remarkably high rock that stands beside a large pine tree. Compasses also go haywire here. Before the most strenuous section of the tour which comes next, you can top up your energy with specialities from the Alpine cheese dairy.

At Lake Engstlen, you then start the climb to the Joch Pass, the border between the cantons of Bern and Nidwalden. There are splendid views of the lake, which gradually recedes into the distance. You deserve a little refreshment at the mountain guesthouse, because you have now reached the highest point of the hike. If the weather is fair, you can see nearby Mount Titlis, the region's highest peak. In the other direction, you look towards the Bernese Alps. The path now descends to the fourth and final mountain lake on the tour: Lake Trüb. Access to this lake is easy, and it is popular with families. An outing in a rowing boat is a wonderful way to discover the lake's beauty before you return to the monastery village of Engelberg.
15 km | 1 Stage
640 m | 760 m
4 h 40 min
medium (mountain hiking trail) | medium

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Melchsee-Frutt
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Arrival / return travel Trübsee
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Contact

Obwalden Tourismus
Bahnhofplatz 1
6060 Sarnen
Tel. +41 (0)41 666 50 40
info@obwalden-tourismus.ch
www.obwalden-tourismus.ch

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Accommodation

Frutt Resort AG
Frutt Resort AG
Melchsee-Frutt
Bärghuis Jochpass
Bärghuis Jochpass
Engelberg
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Four-lake-hike
Four-lake-hike
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Places

Melchsee-Frutt
Melchsee-Frutt
Engstlenalp
Engstlenalp
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Places of interest

Hells Bells Trail
Hells Bells Trail
Jochpass Trail
Jochpass Trail
Trudy Trail
Trudy Trail
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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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