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Willisau to Menzberg facing the sun

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  • Blick Richtung Menzberg
    Blick Richtung Menzberg
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A hike towards the sun from the historic little town of Willisau over the delightful Napf hills to the generally fog-free village of Menzberg.
moderate
Distance 13.7 km
4:00 h
723 m
267 m
1,089 m
554 m
From the Old Town, the trail leads past the bailiff's castle and through the sports facilities towards Chalchtaren. Awaiting you after a steep climb are lovely views of the varied Napf foothills. Your hike takes you along one of the many ridges of one of these foothills via Mettenberg over a delightful plateau to Mörisegg, a former retirement home. At alt. 950 m you arrive at the distinctive St. Joder chapel, known locally as «Tioderchäppeli». Soon after this comes the highest point of the hike, the Oberlehn. To the southwest stands a lime tree on a prominent hill with seating and an information board that describes the panorama and geographical features. Menzberg, the highest village on the Napf with some 600 inhabitants, soon hoves into view. The Hotel Kurhaus serves an excellent meal before the postbus to Menznau brings you to the railway station.

Author’s recommendation

The little detour to the lime tree on the Oberlehn is highly recommended for the fabulous panoramic view it offers!
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Willisau Tourismus 
Update: November 07, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
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Landscape
Highest point
1,089 m
Lowest point
554 m
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 52.44%Road 47.55%
Forested/wild trail
7.2 km
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6.5 km
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Rest stops

Old Town of Willisau

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Start

Willisau railway station (554 m)
Coordinates:
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2'642'351E 1'219'195N
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47.122395, 7.996749
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47°07'20.6"N 7°59'48.3"E
UTM
32T 423901 5219253
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Destination

Menzberg village

Turn-by-turn directions

The path is well signposted and takes in Vorberg, Mörisegg, Underskapf, St. Joder, Oberlehn and Menzberg.

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Willisau can be reached by train. The return journey from Menzberg is by postbus to Menznau for train services to Willisau and Lucerne.

Getting there

Willisau can be reached by motorway via Dagmersellen / Sursee.

Parking

Fee-paying parking is available at Willisau railway station.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'642'351E 1'219'195N
DD
47.122395, 7.996749
DMS
47°07'20.6"N 7°59'48.3"E
UTM
32T 423901 5219253
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Sturdy footwear and something against the rain.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.7 km
Duration
4:00 h
Ascent
723 m
Descent
267 m
Highest point
1,089 m
Lowest point
554 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly

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