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Butterfly Trail Lungern

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  • Schmetterlingspfad Lungern
    / Schmetterlingspfad Lungern
    Photo: Cornelia Burch, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Schmetterlingspfad Lungern
    Photo: Cornelia Burch, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Schmetterlingspfad Lungern
    Photo: Cornelia Burch, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Schmetterlingspfad Lungern
    Photo: Carla Hendry, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Schmetterlingspfad Lungern
    Photo: Martina Kiser, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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moderate
Distance 12.7 km
3:57 h
294 m
1,111 m
1,742 m
693 m
The starting point of the Butterfly Trail, the only one in Switzerland (SwitzerlandMobility route No. 575) can be reached with the Lungern-Turren cable car. Thanks to traditional, ecological cultivation by mountain farmers, a rich flora and fauna line the mountain path leading down to the valley. More than 100 species of diurnal butterflies have been shown to have their habitat in the mosaic of dry meadows of national importance. The most obvious ones are described on 17 information panels along the way. Most of the colourful butterflies can be seen from June to August.

At the Turren and Sädel vantage points, the hike also offers a grandiose panorama, mainly of the Bernese and Central Swiss Alps and emerald-green Lake Lungern; from the Äschligrat, the views extend far out into the Sarneraa valley to Lake Lucerne. In Blattisdurren and Schäfschlüecht one encounters unique erratic gneiss blocks, which were once deposited here by a branch of the Aare glacier.

From Bürglen, you can reach the Zentralbahn's Kaiserstuhl station in a few minutes, or you can continue along the west bank of Lake Lungern back to the lower terminus of the Lungern-Turren cable car.

Author’s recommendation

Most butterflies can be observed in fine weather between June and late August.
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Update: January 05, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
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Highest point
1,742 m
Lowest point
693 m
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Start

Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'652'620E 1'182'143N
DD
46.788383, 8.127778
DMS
46°47'18.2"N 8°07'40.0"E
UTM
32T 433427 5182017
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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'652'620E 1'182'143N
DD
46.788383, 8.127778
DMS
46°47'18.2"N 8°07'40.0"E
UTM
32T 433427 5182017
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Nature Trails

  • Sturdy, comfortable and preferably waterproof footwear
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Umbrella
  • 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
moderate
Distance
12.7 km
Duration
3:57 h
Ascent
294 m
Descent
1,111 m
Highest point
1,742 m
Lowest point
693 m

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