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In the witches' paradise – Wirzweli/Wiesenberg

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  • Hexenboden, Wirzweli
    / Hexenboden, Wirzweli
    Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Puff pastry witch's hat, Alpenrestaurant Wirzweli
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Wiesenberg, Dallenwil
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Wirzweli, view of Engelberg valley
    Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Views of Wirzweli
    Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Ächerli - Stanserhorn
    Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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(Dallenwil –) Wirzweli – Gummenalp – Ächerli – Ober Holzwang – Wiesenberg (–Dallenwil)
moderate
Distance 10.5 km
3:30 h
440 m
671 m
Two aerial cableways travel between Dallenwil and the Wirzweli area south of the Stanserhorn. Anyone wanting a Sunday brunch should make a beeline for the Alpenrestaurant Wirzweli, which is next to the upper cableway terminus: it's a great opportunity to fortify yourself with fruity, savoury and warm fare from the buffet before setting off on a walk. So let's go! A panoramic hike of almost three hours starts at Wiesenberg (Gummenalp) and takes you via Ächerli over to the Wiesenberg upper terminus. Children love climbing the Witches' Trail to the Gummenalp, but then they may be too tired for the subsequent hike. So instead, you could take the gondola cableway up to the Gummenalp. To return to the Engelberg valley, take the aerial cableway from Wiesenberg to Dallenwil.

Author’s recommendation

Why not end your Sunday brunch with a puff pastry witch's hat , which has an apple filling and is made on the premises at the restaurant Wirzweli.
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Updated: June 15, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Stamina
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Highest point
1,579 m
Lowest point
1,006 m
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More information:

Nidwalden Tourismus
Bahnhofplatz 2
6370 Stans
+41 41 610 88 33
info@nidwalden.com
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Start

Wirzweli, upper terminus (1,220 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'670'729E 1'196'291N
DD
46.913960, 8.367119
DMS
46°54'50.3"N 8°22'01.6"E
UTM
32T 451807 5195797
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Destination

Wiesenberg, upper terminus

Turn-by-turn directions

From Dallenwil, take the dual-cabin aerial cableway to Wirzweli. The aerial cableway between Eggwald and Gummenalp is faster than walking up. Starting at the restaurant at Gummenalp, the route leads to Ächerli via Ronenhütte and Dürrenboden with no great ups or downs. It's worth taking the detour to St. Barbara's chapel. From Ober Holzwang, you pass through meadows to Unter Holzwang and on to Wiesenberg with its vintage chairlift to Dallenwil, which goes past the pilgrimage chapel.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Zentralbahn railway to Dallenwil

Getting there

Dallenwil, station

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'670'729E 1'196'291N
DD
46.913960, 8.367119
DMS
46°54'50.3"N 8°22'01.6"E
UTM
32T 451807 5195797
w3w 
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.5 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
440 m
Descent
671 m
Public-transport-friendly Loop Cableway ascent/descent

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