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Lake Gerzen winter walk

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The circular walk from the village of Kerns to Lake Gerzen can be undertaken in winter as well as in summer.
easy
Distance 8 km
2:05 h
60 m
60 m
593 m
542 m
From Kerns post office, the path leads along Untergasse to Holzbau Bucher and circles the settlement via Huwel - Rüti to Kägiswilerstrasse. Here it crosses the Kernmattbach stream and climbs up to the Windeggli nursery. The walk continues to Siebeneich and to the chapel in Hostettli, built in 1722 and dedicated to the "weeping Mother-of-God of Budapest". This is why it is regularly visited as a place of pilgrimage by Hungarians living in Switzerland.

From Hostettli, the path takes a shortcut eastwards along the edge of the forest and reaches the little road in the Kernwald forest, which leads to Zubersrüti. Here a generously equipped picnic area complete with barbecue invites you to linger. This is in the middle of the realm of the "Chärwald Robbers", who tell legendary stories on a varied adventure trail.

A prehistoric landslide from the Stanserhorn created the Kernwald's unique topography between Cantons Obwalden and Nidwalden. Idyllic Lake Gerzen is five minutes' walk from the picnic area, radiating natural charms at different times of the year.

Passing the Brandigütsch, the forest road leads to Hübeli and back to Kerns via Ribeten-Mülimatt.

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Update: January 06, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
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Highest point
593 m
Lowest point
542 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

This path not specially signposted or groomed for use in winter.

Start

Kerns post office (561 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'663'706E 1'194'744N
DD
46.900757, 8.274721
DMS
46°54'02.7"N 8°16'29.0"E
UTM
32T 444758 5194391
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Destination

Kerns post office

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Ab Luzern/Interlaken mit dem Luzern-Interlaken-Express nach Sarnen, in Sarnen umsteigen auf das Postauto nach Kerns. 

Getting there

Von Luzern her im Tunnel auf die A8 Richtung Interlaken, Sarnen wechseln und dann auf der A8 weiter bis zur Ausfahrt, Sarnen Nord, Kerns. Bei der Ausfahrt die Linke Spur verwenden in Richtung Kerns.

Von Interlaken via Brünig auf der A8 bis zur Ausfahrt Sarnen Nord, Kerns. Bei der Ausfahrt rechts einspuren und abbiegen nach Kerns. 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'663'706E 1'194'744N
DD
46.900757, 8.274721
DMS
46°54'02.7"N 8°16'29.0"E
UTM
32T 444758 5194391
w3w 
///groom.work.helpful
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
8 km
Duration
2:05 h
Ascent
60 m
Descent
60 m
Highest point
593 m
Lowest point
542 m
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