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Obwalden lakes circular tour

Cycling · Giswil
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  • / Seenrundfahrt, Wichelsee
    Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Seerundfahrt Sarnersee
    Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Seerundfahrt Sarnersee
    Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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This tour is suitable for families and combines cycling with being in nature.
easy
36.3 km
3:08 h
489 m
477 m
Starting from Giswil, we explore the Sarneraa valley with its lakes and cycle along the left shore of Lake Sarnen. Passing Wilen, we soon reach the cantonal capital with its ancient buildings such as the Hexen Tower and Landenberg. After Sarnen, a delightful nature trail leads along the Sarneraa towards Lake Wichel. Here you can experience the diversity of protected nature and see many animals, which is bound to please the children. After Lake Wichel comes a short climb (approx. 150 m of elevation gain) up to Siebeneich. There you branch off to the left into the many paths of the Kernwald forest that separates Cantons Obwalden and Nidwalden. In this forest, signs point out the direction to Lake Gerzen.

The return route leads through the village of Kerns, branches off at the roundabout in the direction of Melchsee Frutt and after about 150 m turns right towards Flüeli Ranft. Before the first ascent, the path branches off to the right again, passing a market garden, and soon afterwards you enjoy a descent through a lovely valley along the Grosse Melchaa back to Sarnen. You cross the motorway in Sarnen through a subway. Some 100 m further on, a bridge crosses the motorway and the route follows this road to the Rütimattli junction. The road offers views of Lake Sarnen and the valley. After the village of Sachseln, the regular road leads back to the starting point in Giswil.

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Obwalden Tourismus
Updated: January 05, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
636 m
Lowest point
448 m
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Follow the red signposts for cycling.

The route can also be completed in the opposite direction.

The tour can be started anywhere along the route.

Start

Giswil (484 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'657'060E 1'187'554N
DD
46.836690, 8.186600
DMS
46°50'12.1"N 8°11'11.8"E
UTM
32T 437972 5187337
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Destination

Giswil

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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'657'060E 1'187'554N
DD
46.836690, 8.186600
DMS
46°50'12.1"N 8°11'11.8"E
UTM
32T 437972 5187337
w3w 
///scorched.miss.annual
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
36.3 km
Duration
3:08 h
Ascent
489 m
Descent
477 m

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