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Willisau to Menzberg facing the sun

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  • Blick Richtung Menzberg
    / Blick Richtung Menzberg
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  • / Blick zurück nach Willisau, im Hintergrund der Santenberg
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  • / Aufstieg Richtung Vorberg
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  • / Immer wieder schöne Aussichten
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  • / Typische Wegpassage
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  • / Lindenegg 839 m Abzweigung nach Hergiswil falls die Tour abgekürzt werden muss
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  • / Freundliches Braunvieh
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  • / Seeblenschür 910 m
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  • / Die moderne Kapelle St. Joder 945m
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  • / Oberlehn 1078 m
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  • / Aussichtspunkt Oberlehn mit Pilatuskette
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  • / Panoramatafeln helfen beim bestimmen der Gipfel
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  • / Das Panorama ist wirklich überwältigend
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  • / Unser Ziel - Menzberg 1016 m
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  • / Viele Wege führen nach 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
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: December 15, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,089 m
Lowest point
554 m
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Start

Willisau railway station (554 m)
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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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
w3w 
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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
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly

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