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  • Famous "Glasi" glass house in Hergiswil
    / Famous "Glasi" glass house in Hergiswil
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Hergiswil, Aufstieg entlang dem Steinibach
    Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Nidwalden Tourismus NWT
  • / View of Hergiswil
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Bergwirtschaft zur Alpgschwänd
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Calf's liver "Heitertannli" in the mountain restaurant Alpgschwänd
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Typical Swiss Älplermagronen and veal liver "Heitertannli"
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Ibex at Pilatus
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Oberlauelen
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Alpwirtschaft Unterlauelen
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / "Larded beef" at Alpwirtschaft Unterlauelen
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / With the post bus from Eigenthal to Lucerne
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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Hergiswil NW – Alpgschwänd – Fräkmüntegg – Unterlauelen
moderate
8.8 km
3:50 h
1,002 m
385 m
From Lake Lucerne (Hergiswil) via the Fräkmüntegg to the Eigenthal valley. A pleasant round walk that includes a boat trip (e.g. from Lucerne), a section by cable car to Alpgschwänd and a PostBus ride back to Lucerne. You pass the Alpgschwänd mountain restaurant with its traditional Central Swiss specialities. You could also stop for a bite to eat at the Unterlauelen alp restaurant: the perfect place for some peace and quiet and typical farm food.

Author’s recommendation

Do try the Heitertannli veal liver at the Alpgschwänd restaurant and/or the Geschlagene Rindfleisch (larded beef) at Unterlauelen in the Eigenthal.

 

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Nidwalden Tourismus
Updated: March 23, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,442 m
Lowest point
444 m
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Tips, hints and links

Visit nidwalden.com/culinary-hikes for more gastronomy from Nidwalden.

Start

Hergiswil, NW (448 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'666'314E 1'203'846N
DD
46.982368, 8.310268
DMS
46°58'56.5"N 8°18'37.0"E
UTM
32T 447545 5203435
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Destination

Alpwirtschaft Unterlauelen, Eigenthal

Turn-by-turn directions

From Hergiswil, you follow the Steinibach then take the aerial cableway to Alpgschwänd. After a break, it's an hour-and-a-half via the Fräkmüntegg to Unterlauelen. Once back down in the Eigenthal valley, take the PostBus back to Lucerne.

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Public transport

Public transport friendly

Take the Zentralbahn railway or the boat to Hergiswil. The return trip to Lucerne is by PostBus from the Eigenthal, Talboden stop. 

Getting there

By Zentralbahn railway or boat to Hergiswil.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'666'314E 1'203'846N
DD
46.982368, 8.310268
DMS
46°58'56.5"N 8°18'37.0"E
UTM
32T 447545 5203435
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Questions and answers

Question from Klementina Wirth · August 14, 2020 · Community
Ich möchte die Wanderung ohne Bahn machen. Ist der Weg gut ausgeschildert? Ist die 3:50 mit Bahnfahrt eingerechnet?
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Grüezi Frau Wirth Der Wanderweg ist gut ausgeschildert. Ohne Bahn beträgt die reine Wanderzeit 4:30. Wir wünschen Ihnen einen schönen Wandertag! Freundliche Grüsse, Nidwalden Tourismus

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.8 km
Duration
3:50 h
Ascent
1,002 m
Descent
385 m
Public transport friendly Refreshment stops available

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