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Behind the Pilatus

Route
Hiking Trail
Length
8.8 km
Travel time
4 h
Tour details
Tour details
Behind the Pilatus
Aussicht auf Hergiswil
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Behind the Pilatus
Älplermagronen und Kalbsleberli Heitertannli
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Behind the Pilatus
Oberlauelen
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Behind the Pilatus
Mit dem Postauto vom Eigenthal nach Luzern
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Behind the Pilatus
Hergiswil, Aufstieg entlang dem Steinibach
Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Nidwalden Tourismus NWT
Behind the Pilatus
Kalbsleberli "Heitertannli" im Bergrestaurant Alpgschwänd
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Behind the Pilatus
Bergwirtschaft zur Alpgschwänd
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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"Geschlagenes Rindfleisch" in der Alpwirtschaft Unterlauelen
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Behind the Pilatus
Alpwirtschaft Unterlauelen
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Behind the Pilatus
Steinbock am Pilatus
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Behind the Pilatus
In Hergiswil befindet sich auch die berühmte Glasi.
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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Hergiswil NW – Alp Gschwänd – Fräkmüntegg – Unterlauelen
From Lake Lucerne (Hergiswil) via the Fräkmüntegg to the Eigenthal valley. A pleasant round walk that includes a boat trip (e.g. from Lucerne), a section by cable car to Alpgschwänd and a PostBus ride back to Lucerne. You pass the Alpgschwänd mountain restaurant with its traditional Central Swiss specialities. You could also stop for a bite to eat at the Unterlauelen alp restaurant: the perfect place for some peace and quiet and typical farm food.

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Hergiswil, NW
Point of arrival
Alpwirtschaft Unterlauelen, Eigenthal
Difficulty
Medium
Condition
4 / 6
Ascent
1002 m
Descent
385 m
Best Time of Year
March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November
Directions
From Hergiswil, you follow the Steinibach then take the aerial cableway to Alpgschwänd. After a break, it's an hour-and-a-half via the Fräkmüntegg to Unterlauelen. Once back down in the Eigenthal valley, take the PostBus back to Lucerne.
Author’s advice
Do try the Heitertannli veal liver at the Alpgschwänd restaurant and/or the Geschlagene Rindfleisch (larded beef) at Unterlauelen in the Eigenthal.

 

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Arrival / Return journey
By Zentralbahn railway or boat to Hergiswil.
Accessible by bus and train
Yes
Public transport
Take the Zentralbahn railway or the boat to Hergiswil. The return trip to Lucerne is by PostBus from the Eigenthal, Talboden stop. 
Further information & links
Visit nidwalden.com/culinary-hikes for more gastronomy from Nidwalden.