loading ...
spinner

At the foot of the Brisen

Route
Hiking Trail
Length
11.5 km
Travel time
5 ½ h
Tour details
Tour details
At the foot of the Brisen
Luftseilbahn Dallenwil–Niederrickenbach
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
At the foot of the Brisen
Niederrickenbach
Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
At the foot of the Brisen
Dessert "Alpöhi" im Pilgerhaus Maria Rickenbach
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
At the foot of the Brisen
Auf dem Weg nach Niederrickenbach
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
At the foot of the Brisen
Brisenhaus-Plättli
Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
At the foot of the Brisen
Brisenhaus
Photo: Brisenhaus, Brisenhaus
At the foot of the Brisen
Nidwaldner Bratchässchnitte im Alpbeizli Musenalp
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
At the foot of the Brisen
Blick Richtung Musenalp
Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
At the foot of the Brisen
Musenalpbahn
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
×
Niederrickenbach – Alpboden – Haldigrat – Brisenhaus – Musenalp (– Niederrickenbach)
The convent village of Maria-Rickenbach (Niederrickenbach) is reached from Dallenwil (Niederrickenbach lower terminus) with the aerial cableway. Many visitors pop into the Pilgerhaus near the summit terminus to learn the secret of the Alpöhi dessert. It takes half-an-hour to reach the lower terminus of the unusual chairlift to Haldigrat: it can only carry eight passengers a time. You then walk to the Brisenhaus and via Bärenfallen to the Musenalp opposite. After a snack – do try the well-known Nidwalden Bratchässchnitte – take the aerial cableways back down to the valley. The walking time from Haldigrat is two-and-a-half hours, not counting breaks.

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Niederrickenbach
Point of arrival
Niederrickenbach
Difficulty
Medium
Condition
4 / 6
Ascent
1153 m
Descent
1154 m
Best Time of Year
June, July, August, September, October
Directions
It takes half-an-hour to walk from Niederrickenbach upper terminus to the chairlift at Haldigrat. After a break in the restaurant, there are two ways of reaching the Brisenhaus refuge (run by the Pilatus section of the Swiss Alpine Club): a 150 m climb, then via Peterslücke and around the Zwelfer; or first a descent northwards and then a flat walk. You then follow a mountain path via Bärenfallen to the Musenalp opposite. Have a bite to eat here before taking the aerial cableways back to the valley.
Author’s advice
A Nussstange hazelnut pastry at the Brisenhaus refuge, then a Nidwalden Bratchässchnitte at Musenalp to round off the outing: in contrast to raclette, this cheese slice is made by melting grated cheese in a frying pan and spreading it over a slice of wholemeal bread.
Export
GPX Download

Click on the altitude profile

Good to know

Accessible by bus and train
Yes
Public transport
Zentralbahn railway to Niederrickenbach
Further information & links
Visit nidwalden.com/culinary-hikes for more gastronomy from Nidwalden.