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Route
Hiking Trail
Length
11.2 km
Travel time
approx. 4 h
Tour details
Tour details
Walenpfad
Tickle path around Lake Härzlisee
Photo: Brunni-Bahnen Engelberg AG, CC BY-ND, Nidwalden Tourismus
Walenpfad
Feuerstellen am Härzlisee
Photo: Brunni-Bahnen Engelberg AG, CC BY-ND, Nidwalden Tourismus
Walenpfad
Bannalpsee
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, CC BY-ND, Nidwalden Tourismus
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(Oberrickenbach –) Bannalp – Alp Oberfeld – Walegg – Brunni – Ristis (– Engelberg)
At the beginning and end of this panoramic hike we take the cable car to Bannalp or from Ristis down to Engelberg. But not all differences in altitude have been overcome yet: 561 metres of ascent and 671 metres of descent have to be mastered on the well-secured mountain path - a unique alpine experience for (almost) everyone.

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Bannalp (Oberrickenbach)
Point of arrival
Ristis (Engelberg)
Difficulty
Medium
Condition
4 / 6
Ascent
561 m
Descent
671 m
Best Time of Year
June, July, August, September, October
Directions
From the Bannalp mountain station, the hike starts with the ascent to Walenegg - the highest viewpoint of the Walenpfad. Towards the end of the tour, tired hikers can enjoy an "Älperzneyni" (traditional snack) at the Brunnihütte. On the "Kitzelpfad" around the "Härzlisee" (small lake), you wade on moor, gravel, wood chips and stones and enjoy the tingling feeling of natural relaxation. This is followed by a short descent to Ristis (chairlift as an alternative). The cable car brings us to Engelberg.
Equipment

Eine gute Ausrüstung inkl. Regen- und Wärmeschutz ist empfohlen.

Author’s advice
Tip: Buy the round trip ticket with all cable cars included! www.zentralbahn.ch
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Accessible by bus and train
Yes
Further information & links
More information:
Nidwalden Tourismus
Bahnhofplatz 2
6370 Stans
+41 (0)41 610 88 33
infonidwalden.com
www.nidwalden.com

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