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Brünig pass - Ober Brünig - Lungern

Route
Snowshoeing
Length
7.7 km
Travel time
approx. 3 ½ h
Tour details
Tour details
Brünig pass - Ober Brünig - Lungern
Schneeschuhtour Brünigpass-Ober Brünig-Lungern
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
Brünig pass - Ober Brünig - Lungern
Schneeschuhtour Brünigpass-Ober Brünig-Lungern
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
Brünig pass - Ober Brünig - Lungern
Schneeschuhtour Brünigpass-Ober Brünig-Lungern
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
Brünig pass - Ober Brünig - Lungern
Schneeschuhtour Brünigpass-Ober Brünig-Lungern
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
Brünig pass - Ober Brünig - Lungern
Schneeschuhtour Brünigpass-Ober Brünig-Lungern
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
Brünig pass - Ober Brünig - Lungern
Schneeschuhtour Brünigpass-Ober Brünig-Lungern
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
Brünig pass - Ober Brünig - Lungern
Schneeschuhtour Brünigpass-Ober Brünig-Lungern
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Obwalden Tourismus
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A historically interesting snowshoe tour in the border region of Obwalden and Bern that is also scenically idyllic and remote. Following permitted paths in the wildlife protection zone, with a bit of luck you will cross the tracks left by foxes, hares and deer.
The Brünig pass was already an important north-south axis in the Alps at the time of the Romans. The tour first leads south of the pass past the Wacht up to the Brüniger Älpeli and through the once disputed border area and ever-changing terrain alternating with forest sections. The trail continues through the Schäriwald forest around Gspan.

Crossing the cantonal border, you reach Ober Brünig in Canton Obwalden and, from one snowy valley to the next, the Rüti. At the Jägerhüttli hunter's hut, a border stone (probably moved) from 1785, colourfully decorated with both cantonal coats of arms, is a reminder of the old times.

Green wildlife protection signs warn you not to leave the path, which now crosses the Letzi and leads down to the cantonal road. From there it goes over the Balmiflue to the rest area at the castle chapel. On the way, gaps in the trees offer magnificent views of the Sarneraa valley as far as the Pilatus and Lake Lungern, nestled between the mountains, as well as the village of Lungern. A small road leads from there down to Lungern station, halfway down is the "Wätterloch" (weather hole): if cold air flows out of it, it indicates good weather; warm air suggests rain is on the way!

Technical details

Tour type
Snowshoeing
Starting point
Brünig
Point of arrival
Lungern
Difficulty
Medium
Condition
3 / 6
Ascent
207 m
Descent
460 m
Best Time of Year
January, February, March, December
Safety information
The snowshoe tour and its description were developed in collaboration with local mountain and tour guides. It is only a suggested tour and is not signposted or protected from alpine hazards. It does not pass through wildlife protection zones and avoids obvious danger spots provided the snow and avalanche conditions are normal.

Good preparation for the tour with the appropriate equipment is essential. Information about the latest avalanche situation can be found in the links below.

You undertake the tour at your own risk. Obwalden Tourism declines all liability in the event of personal injury or damage to property on the suggested snowshoe tour.

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Arrival / Return journey
Von Luzern fährt jede Stunde der Luzern-Interlaken-Express der Zentralbahn nach Brünig-Hasliberg. Wer mit dem Auto anfährt kann beim Bahnhof Lungern parkieren und von hier die Zentralbahn zum Ausgangspunkt der Wanderung auf dem Brünigpass benützen.
Accessible by bus and train
No
Further information & links
www.slf.ch

www.wildruhezonen.ch