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Stage 7, Stans–Flüeli-Ranft
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Stage 18, Flüeli-Ranft–Stans
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Stage 17, Giswil–Flüeli-Ranft
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Bruderklausenweg
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Route 571, Stans–Sachseln
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Route 702, Sarnen–Sachseln–Wilen–Sarnen
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Flüeli-Ranft

Flüeli-Ranft

Flüeli-Ranft was the home of hermit and ascetic Niklaus von Flüe, also known as Brother Klaus. He had great influence on 15th century Switzerland as a politician, mystic and visionary. Flüeli-Ranft is a popular place of pilgrimage to this day.
Flüeli-Ranft belongs to the municipality of Sachseln and lies at an altitude of 728 meters. The tranquil pilgrimage site and holiday resort is home to the «Hohe Brücke» or high bridge, which is considered Europe’s highest wooden bridge and crosses the Melchaa River flowing 100 metres below.

The main attraction is the hermitage of Brother Klaus in the narrow valley of the Melchaa: Sachseln’s most famous inhabitant, Niklaus von Flüe (Nicholas of Flüe), lived in the hamlet of Flüeli-Ranft. He was a farmer, politician, judge and officer in the Swiss army who left his family in 1467 to live as a hermit in the Ranft gorge. Known as Brother Klaus, legend has it that he lived there for nineteen years without food except for the Eucharist. His counsel is said to have prevented a civil war between the cantons who met at the Diet of Stans in 1481. The advice he gave them remains a secret. Revered during his lifetime, he was canonised in 1947 and is Switzerland’s only saint.

The upper Ranftkapelle or chapel with the adjoining hermitage bears witness to the life of Brother Klaus. His cell remains largely intact in its original form. The chapel was rebuilt in 1693 and contains a picture cycle illustrating the life of Brother Klaus. The lower Ranftkapelle built in 1501 is an excellent example of late-Gothic architecture. Its interior contains 16th century fresco paintings.

The Visionenweg or vision theme path was opened in 1991, and is a hiking and meditation path, leading from Niklaus von Flüe’s birthplace to the so-called Grabkapelle (tomb chapel) near the parish church. The house Niklaus von Flüe lived in is in Flüeli-Ranft village and can be visited. The furnishings are reminiscent of the late medieval period.

Sachseln and Flüeli-Ranft have been important stages on the Route of St. James since late medieval times. The Route of St. James from Stans to Ranft is identical with the Brother Klaus Path, opened in 1981 to commemorate Brother Klaus’ mediation between the cantons of the Swiss Confederation.

Highlights

  • Niklaus von Flüe, also known as Brother Klaus (1417-1487) – the hermitage, birthplace and house of husband, father, hermit, farmer, visionary, politician, mystic and Switzerland’s only saint. The hermitage and two chapels in the narrow valley of the Melchaa River are a popular pilgrimage site.
  • Wooden bridge – Europe’s highest roofed wooden bridge crosses the Melchaa at Flüeli-Ranft at a height of 100 metres. It was built by the Swiss Army in 1943.
  • Pax Montana Hotel – the historic art nouveau hotel built on a terraced situation with stucco ceilings, paintings and wood panelling has been restored in keeping with national heritage criteria.
Flüeli-Ranft was the home of hermit and ascetic Niklaus von Flüe, also known as Brother Klaus. He had great influence on 15th century Switzerland as a politician, mystic and visionary. Flüeli-Ranft is a popular place of pilgrimage to this day.
Flüeli-Ranft belongs to the municipality of Sachseln and lies at an altitude of 728 meters. The tranquil pilgrimage site and holiday resort is home to the «Hohe Brücke» or high bridge, which is considered Europe’s highest wooden bridge and crosses the Melchaa River flowing 100 metres below.

The main attraction is the hermitage of Brother Klaus in the narrow valley of the Melchaa: Sachseln’s most famous inhabitant, Niklaus von Flüe (Nicholas of Flüe), lived in the hamlet of Flüeli-Ranft. He was a farmer, politician, judge and officer in the Swiss army who left his family in 1467 to live as a hermit in the Ranft gorge. Known as Brother Klaus, legend has it that he lived there for nineteen years without food except for the Eucharist. His counsel is said to have prevented a civil war between the cantons who met at the Diet of Stans in 1481. The advice he gave them remains a secret. Revered during his lifetime, he was canonised in 1947 and is Switzerland’s only saint.

The upper Ranftkapelle or chapel with the adjoining hermitage bears witness to the life of Brother Klaus. His cell remains largely intact in its original form. The chapel was rebuilt in 1693 and contains a picture cycle illustrating the life of Brother Klaus. The lower Ranftkapelle built in 1501 is an excellent example of late-Gothic architecture. Its interior contains 16th century fresco paintings.

The Visionenweg or vision theme path was opened in 1991, and is a hiking and meditation path, leading from Niklaus von Flüe’s birthplace to the so-called Grabkapelle (tomb chapel) near the parish church. The house Niklaus von Flüe lived in is in Flüeli-Ranft village and can be visited. The furnishings are reminiscent of the late medieval period.

Sachseln and Flüeli-Ranft have been important stages on the Route of St. James since late medieval times. The Route of St. James from Stans to Ranft is identical with the Brother Klaus Path, opened in 1981 to commemorate Brother Klaus’ mediation between the cantons of the Swiss Confederation.

Highlights

  • Niklaus von Flüe, also known as Brother Klaus (1417-1487) – the hermitage, birthplace and house of husband, father, hermit, farmer, visionary, politician, mystic and Switzerland’s only saint. The hermitage and two chapels in the narrow valley of the Melchaa River are a popular pilgrimage site.
  • Wooden bridge – Europe’s highest roofed wooden bridge crosses the Melchaa at Flüeli-Ranft at a height of 100 metres. It was built by the Swiss Army in 1943.
  • Pax Montana Hotel – the historic art nouveau hotel built on a terraced situation with stucco ceilings, paintings and wood panelling has been restored in keeping with national heritage criteria.

Arrival and return Flüeli-Ranft

Adresse

Obwalden Tourismus Infopoint
Kiosk Flüeli
Flüeliplatz 2
6073 Flüeli-Ranft
Tel. +41 (0)41 666 50 40
info@obwalden-tourismus.ch
www.obwalden-tourismus.ch

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Landgasthof Zollhaus
Landgasthof Zollhaus
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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
Älggialp, geogr. centre of Switzerland
Älggialp, geogr. centre of Switzerland
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Hiking in

Flüeli-Ranft
ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 8, Flüeli-Ranft–Brünigpass
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 7, Stans–Flüeli-Ranft
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Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 18, Flüeli-Ranft–Stans
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Trans Swiss Trail
Trans Swiss Trail
Stage 17, Giswil–Flüeli-Ranft
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Bruderklausenweg
Bruderklausenweg
Route 571, Stans–Sachseln
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Cycling in

Flüeli-Ranft
Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 5, Meiringen–Sarnen
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Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 6, Sarnen–Zug
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Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 4, Flüelen–Sörenberg
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Wiggertal–Glaubenberg
Wiggertal–Glaubenberg
Stage 2, Wolhusen (Werthenstein)–Sarnen
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Unterwalden-Route
Unterwalden-Route
Stage 1, Giswil–Stans
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Wichelseerundfahrt
Wichelseerundfahrt
Route 703, Sarnen–Wichelsee–Alpnach–Sarnen
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Sarnerseerundfahrt
Sarnerseerundfahrt
Route 702, Sarnen–Sachseln–Wilen–Sarnen
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Flüeli-Ranft
Panorama Bike
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