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  • Cableway Dallenwil-Niederrickenbach
    / Cableway Dallenwil-Niederrickenbach
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  • / Niederrickenbach
    Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Dessert "Alpöhi" at Pilgerhaus Maria Rickenbach
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / On the way to Niederrickenbach
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / "Plättli" at Brisenhaus
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Brisenhaus
    Photo: Brisenhaus, Brisenhaus
  • / Nidwalden "Bratchäs" at Musenalp
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Views of Musenalp
    Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Cableway to Musenalp
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Niederrickenbach – Alpboden – Haldigrat – Brisenhaus – Musenalp (– Niederrickenbach)
moderate
11.5 km
5:03 h
1,153 m
1,154 m
The convent village of Maria-Rickenbach (Niederrickenbach) is reached from Dallenwil (Niederrickenbach lower terminus) with the aerial cableway. Many visitors pop into the Pilgerhaus near the summit terminus to learn the secret of the Alpöhi dessert. It takes half-an-hour to reach the lower terminus of the unusual chairlift to Haldigrat: it can only carry eight passengers a time. You then walk to the Brisenhaus and via Bärenfallen to the Musenalp opposite. After a snack – do try the well-known Nidwalden Bratchässchnitte – take the aerial cableways back down to the valley. The walking time from Haldigrat is two-and-a-half hours, not counting breaks.

Author’s recommendation

A Nussstange hazelnut pastry at the Brisenhaus refuge, then a Nidwalden Bratchässchnitte at Musenalp to round off the outing: in contrast to raclette, this cheese slice is made by melting grated cheese in a frying pan and spreading it over a slice of wholemeal bread.
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Nidwalden Tourismus
Updated: November 17, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
2,071 m
Lowest point
1,155 m
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Visit nidwalden.com/culinary-hikes for more gastronomy from Nidwalden.

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Niederrickenbach (1,156 m)
Coordinates:
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46.929726, 8.427164
DMS
46°55'47.0"N 8°25'37.8"E
UTM
32T 456392 5197514
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Destination

Niederrickenbach

Turn-by-turn directions

It takes half-an-hour to walk from Niederrickenbach upper terminus to the chairlift at Haldigrat. After a break in the restaurant, there are two ways of reaching the Brisenhaus refuge (run by the Pilatus section of the Swiss Alpine Club): a 150 m climb, then via Peterslücke and around the Zwelfer; or first a descent northwards and then a flat walk. You then follow a mountain path via Bärenfallen to the Musenalp opposite. Have a bite to eat here before taking the aerial cableways back to the valley.

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Public transport

Public transport friendly

Zentralbahn railway to Niederrickenbach

Coordinates

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46.929726, 8.427164
DMS
46°55'47.0"N 8°25'37.8"E
UTM
32T 456392 5197514
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Piotr Pociej
November 08, 2020 · Community
Awesome hike, quite flexible if you want to adjust it on the way. Great views!
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.5 km
Duration
5:03h
Ascent
1,153 m
Descent
1,154 m
Public transport friendly Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent

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