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Engelberg valley chapel path

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  • Chapel zur schmerzhaften Mutter, Chapel of protection Burgholz
    / Chapel zur schmerzhaften Mutter, Chapel of protection Burgholz
    Photo: Caroline Pirskanen, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Chapel Heilig-Kreuz, Oberrickenbach
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Caroline Pirskanen, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Chapel Bettelrüti, Altzellen
    Photo: Caroline Pirskanen, Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Chapel St. Joder, Altzellen
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Caroline Pirskanen, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Chapel Grafenort
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Caroline Pirskanen, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
  • / Chapel St. Sebastian im Dörfli
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Caroline Pirskanen, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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Wolfenschiessen–Wolfenschiessen
open
difficult
17.9 km
6:00 h
901 m
901 m
This route leads from Wolfenschiessen to Oberrickenbach and over the Wellenberg. The thematic walk centres on eight lovely chapels and offers magnificent views of the Engelberg valley.
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Nidwalden Tourismus
Updated: February 18, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
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Highest point
1,242 m
Lowest point
510 m
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Tourism information:

Nidwalden Tourismus
Bahnhofplatz 2
6370 Stans
+41 (0)41 610 88 33
info@nidwalden.com
www.nidwalden.com

Eight chapels:
Church of Maria Geburt, Wolfenschiessen
- Beinhaus, Wolfenschiessen
- Chapel Heilig-Kreuz, Oberrickenbach
- Chapel zur schmerzhaften Mutter, Stutzkapelle Burgholz
- Chapel Bettelrüti, Altzellen
- Chapel St. Joder, Altzellen
- Chapel Grafenort
- Chapel St. Sebastian im Dörfli

Brochure: Engelberg valley chapel path

Start

Wolfenschiessen (510 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'672'853E 1'195'619N
DD
46.907682, 8.394889
DMS
46°54'27.7"N 8°23'41.6"E
UTM
32T 453916 5195083
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Destination

Wolfenschiessen

Turn-by-turn directions

This thematic tour begins in Wolfenschiessen. The parish church of Maria Geburt and the ossuary (Beinhaus) are located in the village. We follow Oberrickenbachstrasse to the Brändlen aerial cableway. From here, a footpath leads through the Tannwald forest towards Oberrickenbach. After a short stretch on the main road, we reach the Stutzkapelle Burgholz, Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel. This is a good spot for a short rest. The path continues towards Oberrickenbach and the Chapel of the Holy Cross, which was largely destroyed by an earthquake in 1601. It was immediately rebuilt and consecrated in 1604.

A delightful path leads along the fen to the Eggeligrat vantage point, followed by a narrow path to the Wellenberg, where you need to be sure-footed and have a head for heights. Fantastic views of Wolfenschiessen and the Bürgenberg await on the Wellenberg. After a descent in elevation of around 400 metres, we reach the Bettelrüti chapel, another spot with magnificent panoramic views; it was built in 1700 in memory of Brother Konrad Scheuber. The path then continues to Altzellen to the St. Joder's chapel and then back down into the Engelberg valley and the Grafenort chapel. From there we follow the Aawasser to the Sebastian chapel in Dörfli, which was built after a plague epidemic in 1620. The path continues back to Wolfenschiessen.

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Public transport

Public transport friendly

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Getting there

Route planner to Wolfenschiessen

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'672'853E 1'195'619N
DD
46.907682, 8.394889
DMS
46°54'27.7"N 8°23'41.6"E
UTM
32T 453916 5195083
w3w 
///beaters.consented.regretted
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Signposting
Follow the green logo shown on the yellow signpost for hiking (No. 564, SwitzerlandMobility). To be on the safe side, take a printout of our web map with you on the hike.

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Status
open
Difficulty
difficult
Distance
17.9 km
Duration
6:00 h
Ascent
901 m
Descent
901 m
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