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Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • Luftseilbahn Diegisbalm
    / Luftseilbahn Diegisbalm
    Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Miseren
    Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Gummenalp, Blick Richtung Engelbergertal
    Photo: Caroline Pirskanen, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Miserengrat, Blick Richtung Stanserhorn
    Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Hexenboden, Wirzweli
    Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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Grafenort – Geissmattli – Bielen – Diegisbalm – Oberalp – Gummenalp – Wirzweli – Dallenwil 
easy
Distance 11.2 km
2:55 h
180 m
95 m
1,580 m
485 m
Nidwalden is rich in attractive cable cars. In the Engelberg valley they lead from the valley floor up to hamlets, and on to alps near the forest line. This panoramic high-level hike is - thanks to the cable cars - not very tough.

Author’s recommendation

The Berggasthaus Gummenalp or the Gasthaus Restaurant Waldegg on Wirzweli are ideal for a break on the way.
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Nidwalden Tourismus 
Update: July 07, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
1,580 m
Lowest point
485 m
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Tips and hints

More information:

Nidwalden Tourismus
Bahnhofplatz 2
6370 Stans
+41 (0)41 610 88 33
info@nidwalden.com
www.nidwalden.com

More hiking trails:  nidwalden.com/hiking

Start

Grafenort (569 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'671'169E 1'191'396N
DD
46.869887, 8.372131
DMS
46°52'11.6"N 8°22'19.7"E
UTM
32T 452150 5190896
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Destination

Dallenwil

Turn-by-turn directions

From Geissmattli the cable car takes us to Bielen. Almost parallel to the altitude, the path leads over to Diegisbalm, which is also connected with a cable car from the valley. We take the upper section up to Oberalp and from here we hike 45 minutes to Gummenalp with the mountain restaurant. If you have tired legs after the "Kafi Träsch", you can take the cable car down to Wirzweli, where the restaurant Waldegg is located right next to the valley station. From Wirzweli you take the cable car to Dallenwil. (Time calculation considering the cable cars, pure walking distance: 6.5km)

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Option 1:
By train to Grafenort station, SBB timetable. It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the valley station of the Bielen cable car.

Option 2:
By train to Wolfenschiessen station. Rent a Nextbike at the station and ride to the valley station of the Bielen cable car. There you can return the bike. Sign up here for free.

Getting there

Route planner to Grafenort

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'671'169E 1'191'396N
DD
46.869887, 8.372131
DMS
46°52'11.6"N 8°22'19.7"E
UTM
32T 452150 5190896
w3w 
///boxer.clutter.paddlers
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
11.2 km
Duration
2:55 h
Ascent
180 m
Descent
95 m
Highest point
1,580 m
Lowest point
485 m
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