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Tannalp circuit Melchsee-Frutt

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  • Langlauf Melchsee-Frutt Tannalp-Loipe
    / Langlauf Melchsee-Frutt Tannalp-Loipe
    Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
  • / Langlauf Melchsee-Frutt
    Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
  • / Langlauf Melchsee-Frutt
    Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
  • / Langlauf Melchsee-Frutt
    Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
  • / Langlauf Melchsee-Frutt
    Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
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The cross-country ski circuit to Tannalp runs through hilly terrain and, thanks to its altitude, is considered very snow-sure. In addition to the view of the Obwalden mountain peaks, the ice fishermen on the frozen lakes along the route are also fascinating.
difficult
Distance 11.8 km
3:27 h
198 m
199 m
The entrance to the cross-country ski circuit is right next to the Panorama Lift by Lake Melch. Before strapping on the skis, it is worth taking the short lift ride up to the viewing platform forty metres above the lake. At the top, a view of the impressive Obwalden mountain panorama awaits, flanked on the east side by the Titlis and extending over the Wendenstöcke and Balmeregghorn to the Brünighaupt on the west side. Below, at a dizzying depth, lies the lake.

The circuit to Tannalp and back is peppered with easy ascents and descents. At the foot of the Bonistock, the circuit first leads along Lake Tannen to the hamlet of Tannalp. What you won't find here, despite the name, are coniferous trees. Where cows spend their alpine summer, in winter you will find a pristine, treeless landscape with views of the Engstlenalp and tne Gen valley.

If you don't want to complete the long circuit in one go, you can take a break at the Berggasthaus Tannalp or pause for a prayer at the chapel next door before returning to Melchsee-Frutt. A second chapel is reached very shortly before the destination. Situated on a peninsula in the reservoir, the Melchsee chapel is a real eye-catcher. You might even catch sight of an unusual sport being practised on the two frozen lakes along the route: Frutt is a mecca for ice fishermen.

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Obwalden Tourismus 
Updated: January 06, 2021
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Highest point
2,024 m
Lowest point
1,893 m
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Tips and hints

Winter season:
The winter season usually lasts from mid-December to early April.

Snow report:
Up-to-date information on snow conditions is posted on the website of Sportbahnen Melchsee-Frutt.

Signposting:
The route is signposted clockwise with marker posts.

Ski rental and cross-country ski pass:
The former cableways terminus is equipped with showers, which can be used on request at the visitor information office. For more information on the local cross-country ski pass, equipment hire and changing and shower facilities, please visit the website of Sportbahnen Melchsee-Frutt.

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Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'663'846E 1'180'679N
DD
46.774232, 8.274593
DMS
46°46'27.2"N 8°16'28.5"E
UTM
32T 444618 5180331
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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Mit dem Zug der Zentralbahn von Luzern oder Interlaken nach Sarnen, umsteigen auf das Postauto nach Stöckalp, von dort mit der Gondelbahn nach Melchsee-Frutt

Busfahrplan

Getting there

Von Luzern/Interlaken auf der A8 bis Sarnen, die Ausfahrt Sarnen Nord Richtung Kerns/ Melchsee-Frutt benützen

Parking

Bei der Talstation Stöckalp hat es genügend gedeckte sowie ungedeckte Parkplätze.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'663'846E 1'180'679N
DD
46.774232, 8.274593
DMS
46°46'27.2"N 8°16'28.5"E
UTM
32T 444618 5180331
w3w 
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
11.8 km
Duration
3:27 h
Ascent
198 m
Descent
199 m
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