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In the witches' paradise – Wirzweli/Wiesenberg

Route
Hiking Trail
Length
10.5 km
Travel time
3 ½ h
Tour details
Tour details
In the witches' paradise – Wirzweli/Wiesenberg
Hexenboden, Wirzweli
Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
In the witches' paradise – Wirzweli/Wiesenberg
Blätterteig Hexenhut vom Alpenrestaurant Wirzweli
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
In the witches' paradise – Wirzweli/Wiesenberg
Wiesenberg, Dallenwil
Photo: Erna Blättler-Galliker (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
In the witches' paradise – Wirzweli/Wiesenberg
Wirzweli, Blick Richtung Engelbergertal
Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
In the witches' paradise – Wirzweli/Wiesenberg
Blick Richtung Wirzweli
Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
In the witches' paradise – Wirzweli/Wiesenberg
Ächerli - Stanserhorn
Photo: Roland Baumgartner (Nidwalden Tourismus), Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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(Dallenwil –) Wirzweli – Gummenalp – Ächerli – Ober Holzwang – Wiesenberg (–Dallenwil)
Two aerial cableways travel between Dallenwil and the Wirzweli area south of the Stanserhorn. Anyone wanting a Sunday brunch should make a beeline for the Alpenrestaurant Wirzweli, which is next to the upper cableway terminus: it's a great opportunity to fortify yourself with fruity, savoury and warm fare from the buffet before setting off on a walk. So let's go! A panoramic hike of almost three hours starts at Wiesenberg (Gummenalp) and takes you via Ächerli over to the Wiesenberg upper terminus. Children love climbing the Witches' Trail to the Gummenalp, but then they may be too tired for the subsequent hike. So instead, you could take the gondola cableway up to the Gummenalp. To return to the Engelberg valley, take the aerial cableway from Wiesenberg to Dallenwil.

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Wirzweli, upper terminus
Point of arrival
Wiesenberg, upper terminus
Difficulty
Medium
Condition
4 / 6
Ascent
440 m
Descent
671 m
Best Time of Year
May, June, July, August, September, October
Directions
From Dallenwil, take the dual-cabin aerial cableway to Wirzweli. The aerial cableway between Eggwald and Gummenalp is faster than walking up. Starting at the restaurant at Gummenalp, the route leads to Ächerli via Ronenhütte and Dürrenboden with no great ups or downs. It's worth taking the detour to St. Barbara's chapel. From Ober Holzwang, you pass through meadows to Unter Holzwang and on to Wiesenberg with its vintage chairlift to Dallenwil, which goes past the pilgrimage chapel.
Author’s advice
Why not end your Sunday brunch with a puff pastry witch's hat , which has an apple filling and is made on the premises.
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Good to know

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