Plan a route here Copy route
Nature Trail recommended route

Visions Trail

Nature Trail
Responsible for this content
Obwalden Tourismus Explorers Choice 
  • Weg der Visionen
    / Weg der Visionen
    Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
  • / Geburtshaus Bruder Klaus
    Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
m 800 700 600 500 400 3,0 2,5 2,0 1,5 1,0 0,5 km
The Visions Trail, both a footpath and a meditation path, begins thematically in the Flüeli near Brother Klaus' birthplace and ends in the burial chapel in Sachseln.
easy
Distance 3.4 km
1:00 h
6 m
244 m
Visions are special God-given and (inner) experiences of holy people, to whom Brother Klaus and his wife Dorothee belonged. This special pilgrim's way is devoted to the inner and outer life of Brother Klaus. The first five visions are the experiences of Brother Klaus, but the sixth is an inner vision of Dorothee.

The six metal sculptures along the path and the drawings in this booklet are by the Obwalden artist André Bucher (1924 - 2009). The path was inaugurated in 1991 - on the anniversary of “700 years of the Swiss Confederation”.

The meditation path begins at the birthplace in Flüeli-Ranft and ends at the grave of Niklaus von Flüe in the parish and pilgrimage church of Sachseln.

 

Vision 1: stone, star, holy oil

Niklaus von Flüe sees signs while still an infant that show him the way.

Vision 2: a tall, beautiful tower

The sixteen-year-old Niklaus sees a tall tower at the place where he later lives as a hermit. Henceforth he seeks the "unifying being".

Vision 3: decision of the young man

Niklaus meets three men, the symbol of the Trinity, and decides to serve God completely from now on.

Vision 4: well vision

Niklaus sees a well overflowing with wine, oil and honey overflows and realises that he himself is this fountain.

Vision 5: triple thanksgiving

God the Father, Mother Mary andSon Jesus thank Niklaus for having come to the aid of Christ on the cross.

Vision 6: Easter experience by Dorothee

Visions run through the life of Niklaus von Flüe. Dorothee accompanies him, even if she does not understand everything. At her husband's grave, a messenger consoled her, saying he had seen Niklaus as a sign of perfection with the victory flag.

The path is freely accessible and can also be followed in the opposite direction.

Author’s recommendation

Recommendation: brochure “Visions Trail - guide”, available from the pilgrimage office in Sachseln, Paxmontana kiosk in Flüeli, and from the Ranft shop.
Profile picture of Obwalden Tourismus
Author
Obwalden Tourismus 
Updated: January 08, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
730 m
Lowest point
487 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Start

Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'663'307E 1'191'547N
DD
46.872040, 8.269038
DMS
46°52'19.3"N 8°16'08.5"E
UTM
32T 444295 5191203
w3w 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Von Interlaken oder Luzern mit der Zentralbahn nach Sachseln. Von Sachseln fährt das Postauto bis Flüeli-Ranft.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'663'307E 1'191'547N
DD
46.872040, 8.269038
DMS
46°52'19.3"N 8°16'08.5"E
UTM
32T 444295 5191203
w3w 
///slowness.broads.reactions
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Questions and answers

Ask the first question

Would you like to the ask the author a question?


Rating

Write your first review

Help others by being the first to add a review.


Photos from others


Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.4 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
6 m
Descent
244 m
Public-transport-friendly Cultural/historical value Point to Point

Statistics

  • Contents
  • Show images Hide images
Features
2D 3D
Maps and trails
Duration : h
Distance  km
Ascent  m
Descent  m
Highest point  m
Lowest point  m
Push the arrows to change the view