583 Wichelsee-Weg
583 Wichelsee-Weg

Hiking

Wichelsee-Weg

Wichelsee-Weg

Sarnen–Alpnach Dorf

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Wichelsee-Weg

Wichelsee-Weg

The section from Sarnen to Alpnach is particularly attractive thanks to its enchanting nature reserve on the Wichelsee lake. Simply a must-see, from the wide variety of waterfowl and plants to the massive rock faces on the other side of the lake.
The route begins in the small, historic town of Sarnen and leads out of the town alongside the Sarner Aa river. The region is notable for its extensive, lush green fields and meadows and the outlines of the mountains in the background. You pass a wooden bridge and reach the Wichelsee lake through which the Sarner Aa flows. It affords a breathtaking view of the waters and over the green valley.

The nature reserve fulfils every wish. Gnarled trees, wild-growing, colourful shrubbery and a wide variety of plants line the lake shore. It is truly a paradise with various species of animals, which romp in and around the lake. The rock formations, which tower out of the water on the opposite side of the lake, are also remarkable. Peaceful bays and barbecue spots offer resting places.

The path continues through a shady section of woodland to the dam. Here you cross a bridge, after which a wonderful view of the Alpnachtal valley opens out. Mount Pilatus can also be seen from here in good weather. Finally the route leads past the Alpnach airfield to the centre of the town.
The section from Sarnen to Alpnach is particularly attractive thanks to its enchanting nature reserve on the Wichelsee lake. Simply a must-see, from the wide variety of waterfowl and plants to the massive rock faces on the other side of the lake.
The route begins in the small, historic town of Sarnen and leads out of the town alongside the Sarner Aa river. The region is notable for its extensive, lush green fields and meadows and the outlines of the mountains in the background. You pass a wooden bridge and reach the Wichelsee lake through which the Sarner Aa flows. It affords a breathtaking view of the waters and over the green valley.

The nature reserve fulfils every wish. Gnarled trees, wild-growing, colourful shrubbery and a wide variety of plants line the lake shore. It is truly a paradise with various species of animals, which romp in and around the lake. The rock formations, which tower out of the water on the opposite side of the lake, are also remarkable. Peaceful bays and barbecue spots offer resting places.

The path continues through a shady section of woodland to the dam. Here you cross a bridge, after which a wonderful view of the Alpnachtal valley opens out. Mount Pilatus can also be seen from here in good weather. Finally the route leads past the Alpnach airfield to the centre of the town.
7 km | 1 Stage
30 m | 50 m
2 h 30 min
medium (for wheelchair users) | difficult (for wheelchair users)

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Information for wheelchair users
The sightseeing attractions and overnight accommodation suggested by Switzerland Mobility are not necessarily wheelchair accessible. More information on accessibility is found at www.procap.ch/tourisme-inclusif or www.rollihotel.ch.

Obstacle-free routes, grade of difficulty see PDF.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Sarnen
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Barrier-free travel / public transport
Arrival is via the support railway station of Luzern, from which the S-Bahn (S5) operates with low-floor trains. These allow level boarding and alighting in Sarnen and Alpnach.
Wheelchair-suitable parking spaces
Sarnen railway station has two parking spaces for wheelchair users.

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WC Sarnen railway station
WC Sarnen railway station
Sarnen railway station has a Eurokey toilet. WC info: door width: 80cm; movement area 150x85cm; seat height 48cm; hand grips, left moveable, right fixed; access left; mirror height 140cm; washbasin underside clearance 75cm.
Restaurant Gschaffig
Restaurant Gschaffig
The Restaurant Gschaffig is completely wheelchair accessible and has a wheelchair-accessible toilet. WC info: door width 80cm; movement area (DxB) 130x90cm; seat height 50cm; hand grips left fixed, right moveable; access right; mirror height 130cm; washbasin underside clearance 75cm.
gschaffig gastro gmbh
Milchstrasse 2
6060 Sarnen
Tel. +41 (0)41 620 89 89
zmittag@cafegschaffig.ch
http://www.cafegschaffig.ch/
km0 - km1.3
km0 - km1.3
The path up to km0.3 is half easily-negotiable cobbles and half asphalt. Then asphalt to km0.6. This is followed by a well-negotiable gravel path, which has two narrow points, each 80-90cm wide.
WC multi-purpose complex
WC multi-purpose complex
A Eurokey toilet is located at the Ei multi-purpose complex. WC info: door width 80cm; movement area 150x85cm; seat height 48cm; hand grips, left moveable, right fixed; access left; mirror height 140cm; washbasin underside clearance 75cm.
km1.3 - km5.8
km1.3 - km5.8
At km1.3 is a small bridge with uphill and downhill gradients each of 15% for about 10m. The route between km2.4 and km3.6 is asphalted. From here the route is again along a gravel path to km5.8.
km5.8 - km7.3
km5.8 - km7.3
At km5.8 is a bridge with a synthetic surface. This is followed by a gravel section with a fall of 12% for a length of about 15m. Then the path to the railway station is asphalted. The underpass at km6.6 has an uphill gradient of 10% over a length of 40m.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Alpnach Dorf
SBB Timetable Show stop and route on map
Barrier-free return journey / public transport
The return journey is made with the low-floor trains of the S-Bahn (S5) from Alpnach to the support station at Luzern. These allow level boarding and alighting in Sarnen and Alpnach.

Contact

Procap Reisen & Sport
Frohburgstrasse 4
4600 Olten
Tel. +41 (0)62 206 88 30
tourismus@procap.ch
www.procap.ch/tourismus-inklusiv

Services

Accommodation

Hotel Kurhaus am Sarnersee
Hotel Kurhaus am Sarnersee
Wilen (Sarnen)
B&B Restaurant Peterhof Garni
B&B Restaurant Peterhof Garni
Sarnen
Camping Seefeld Park Sarnen
Camping Seefeld Park Sarnen
Sarnen
Haus des Schweizer Rudersports
Haus des Schweizer Rudersports
Sarnen
Hotel Krone Sarnen
Hotel Krone Sarnen
Sarnen
Landgasthof Schlüssel Alpnach
Landgasthof Schlüssel Alpnach
Alpnach Dorf
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Places

Sarnen
Sarnen
Alpnachstad
Alpnachstad
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Swimming

Seefeld waterpark Sarnen
Seefeld waterpark Sarnen
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Signalization

Signalization
In general the «Barrier-free Paths» lead along the hiking routes marked yellow. Additional white signs with green route fields for «Barrier-free Paths» indicate the route at key points. The white signs should be followed where «Barrier-free Paths» differ from the hiking route network. To be certain, please take a print-out of our web map with you.
Signalization