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Behind the Pilatus

Hiking Trail · Hergiswil (NW)
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  • Famous "Glasi" glass house in Hergiswil
    / Famous "Glasi" glass house in Hergiswil
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Hergiswil, Aufstieg entlang dem Steinibach
    Photo: Roland Baumgartner, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / View of Hergiswil
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Bergwirtschaft zur Alpgschwänd
    Photo: Bergwirtschaft Alpgschwänd, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Calf's liver "Heitertannli" in the mountain restaurant Alpgschwänd
    Photo: Bergrestaurant Alpgschwänd, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Typical Swiss Älplermagronen and veal liver "Heitertannli"
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Ibex at Pilatus
    Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Oberlauelen
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Alpwirtschaft Unterlauelen
    Photo: Alpwirtschaft Unterlauelen, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / "Larded beef" at Alpwirtschaft Unterlauelen
    Photo: Alpwirtschaft Unterlauelen, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / With the post bus from Eigenthal to Lucerne
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Hergiswil NW – Alpgschwänd – Fräkmüntegg – Unterlauelen
moderate
Distance 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 as well at the Restaurant Fräkmüntegg with delicious Rösti creations. 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

A must try: The "piquant Drachenrösti" at the Fräkmüntegg restaurant or the " Geschlagene Rindfleisch (larded beef)" at the Unterlauelen Alpwirtschaft in Eigenthal.
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Update: June 15, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
1,442 m
Lowest point
444 m
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More information:

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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 Tanja Eichkorn · August 18, 2021 · Community
Hallo, ich wollte mal nachfragen, welche Kosten, für die Bahnen usw. auf uns zukommen, bei Wanderung .
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Answered by Nidwalden Tourismus  · August 18, 2021 · Nidwalden Tourismus
Grüezi Frau Eichkorn Vielen Dank für Ihre Anfrage. Die Kosten für den Transport sind wie folgt: - Schifffahrt Luzern – Hergiswil, Billette ab CHF 10.50 oder Bahnfahrt Luzern - Hergiswil, Billette ab CHF 3.10 (www.sbb.ch) - Panoramabahn Alpgschwänd, Erwachsene einfach CHF 7.- / retour CHF 12.- (www.alpgschwaend.ch) - Postautofahrt Eigenthal – Luzern, Billette ab CHF 4.30 (www.sbb.ch) - Weitere Kosten: Verpflegung unterwegs und Souvenirs Freundliche Grüsse, Nidwalden Tourismus
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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Answered by Nidwalden Tourismus  · August 18, 2020 · Nidwalden Tourismus
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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