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Alp gold at Wirzweli

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  • Käserei Alp Chünern, Käser Andreas Gut
    / Käserei Alp Chünern, Käser Andreas Gut
    Photo: Sbrinz Käse GmbH, www.sbrinz.ch, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Luftseilbahn Dallenwil-Wiesenberg
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Wiesenberg, Dallenwil
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Ächerlipass, kleiner Verbindungspass zwischen Ob- und Nidwalden / Wirzweli
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Käserei Alp Chünern, Alpebeizli
    Photo: Sbrinz Käse GmbH, www.sbrinz.ch, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Zwanzig Tage bleiben die jungen Sbrinzlaiber im Salzbad liegen und bilden während dieser Zeit eine zarte Rinde, Käser Andreas Gut
    Photo: © Sbrinz Käse GmbH, www.sbrinz.ch, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Luftseilbahn Dallenwil-Wirzweli
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Nidwalden Tourismus
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Dallenwil – Wiesenberg – Ächerlipass – Wirzweli - Dallenwil
easy
Distance 13.1 km
3:00 h
500 m
250 m
This hike takes us to the centre of the Alpsbrinz and other cheese dairies. Central Switzerland is the home of the oldest cheese in Switzerland. We take a mini cable car, stride across alp meadows and visit numerous rustic dairies.

Author’s recommendation

This outing will suit cheese aficionados in particular.
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Update: May 31, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,435 m
Lowest point
485 m
Best time of year
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Tips and hints

Tourist information:

Nidwalden Tourismus

Bahnhofplatz 2

6370 Stans

+41 41 610 88 33

info@nidwalden.com

nidwalden.com

 

Info and tips

 

Start

Dallenwil (484 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'672'490E 1'198'421N
DD
46.932928, 8.390571
DMS
46°55'58.5"N 8°23'26.1"E
UTM
32T 453609 5197891
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Destination

Dallenwil

Turn-by-turn directions

From Dallenwil railway station we reach the Dallenwil-Wiesenberg aerial cableway via Parkweg and Stettlistrasse. The mini cable car takes us up to the little musical hamlet of Wiesenberg, home of the Wiesenberg Yodelling Club, which landed the biggest Swiss hit of 2009 with "Das Feyr vo dr Sehnsucht". You start by following Wiesenbergstrasse, then a path leads across meadows and past farms to the Ächerli pass. This is a historic link between Cantons Nidwalden and Obwalden. Legend has it that in 1798 an Obwalden resident showed the Napoleonic troops the way over the Ächerli to Nidwalden. This caused bad blood between the two cantons well into the 20th century. At Ober Holzwang, it's worth making a detour to the Barbara Chapel. Over the pass we reach Heimetli Chienern complete with simple restaurant and alp cheese dairy. We order a "Chäsplättli" (cheese platter) or a hearty "Chässchnitte" (cheese tart) and enjoy the wonderful views of the surrounding mountains. A field path takes us to the Lochhütte alp dairy 10 minutes further on. This is run by the Odermatt family in summer. In the small shop next to the alp hut, you can buy alp cheese, round Mutschli and their own creation, "edelWeyss Chäs" (Edelweiss cheese). 800 metres after that we reach the Niederberger family dairy. The sign "Alpkäse und Bratkäse zu kaufen" (Alpine cheese and fried cheese for sale) invites cheese devotees to pop in. On the way back down to Wirzweli we stop off at the last dairy. The Huismatt is run by the Zumbühl family and is open all year round. You can taste the cheese they make in their farm shop and "Gade" event venue. On request, the family offers guided tours of the cheese dairy and cowshed. A 30-minute walk takes us to Wirzweli village and its witches, where the Wirzweli cable car returns us to Dallenwil.

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all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Bahnfahrt ab Luzern nach Dallenwil. Zum Fahrplan sbb.ch

Getting there

Routenplaner nach Dallenwil

Parking

Park & Rail am Bahnhof Dallenwil verfügbar.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'672'490E 1'198'421N
DD
46.932928, 8.390571
DMS
46°55'58.5"N 8°23'26.1"E
UTM
32T 453609 5197891
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
13.1 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
500 m
Descent
250 m
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