Lake Gerzen winter walk

Winter Hiking
8.0 km
Travel time
approx. 2 ½ h
Tour details
Tour details
Lake Gerzen winter walk
The circular walk from the village of Kerns to Lake Gerzen can be undertaken in winter as well as in summer.
From Kerns post office, the path leads along Untergasse to Holzbau Bucher and circles the settlement via Huwel - Rüti to Kägiswilerstrasse. Here it crosses the Kernmattbach stream and climbs up to the Windeggli nursery. The walk continues to Siebeneich and to the chapel in Hostettli, built in 1722 and dedicated to the "weeping Mother-of-God of Budapest". This is why it is regularly visited as a place of pilgrimage by Hungarians living in Switzerland.

From Hostettli, the path takes a shortcut eastwards along the edge of the forest and reaches the little road in the Kernwald forest, which leads to Zubersrüti. Here a generously equipped picnic area complete with barbecue invites you to linger. This is in the middle of the realm of the "Chärwald Robbers", who tell legendary stories on a varied adventure trail.

A prehistoric landslide from the Stanserhorn created the Kernwald's unique topography between Cantons Obwalden and Nidwalden. Idyllic Lake Gerzen is five minutes' walk from the picnic area, radiating natural charms at different times of the year.

Passing the Brandigütsch, the forest road leads to Hübeli and back to Kerns via Ribeten-Mülimatt.

Technical details

Tour type
Winter Hiking
Starting point
Kerns post office
Point of arrival
Kerns post office
2 / 6
60 m
60 m
Best Time of Year
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Safety information
This path not specially signposted or groomed for use in winter.
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Arrival / Return journey

Von Luzern her im Tunnel auf die A8 Richtung Interlaken, Sarnen wechseln und dann auf der A8 weiter bis zur Ausfahrt, Sarnen Nord, Kerns. Bei der Ausfahrt die Linke Spur verwenden in Richtung Kerns.

Von Interlaken via Brünig auf der A8 bis zur Ausfahrt Sarnen Nord, Kerns. Bei der Ausfahrt rechts einspuren und abbiegen nach Kerns. 

Accessible by bus and train
Public transport
Ab Luzern/Interlaken mit dem Luzern-Interlaken-Express nach Sarnen, in Sarnen umsteigen auf das Postauto nach Kerns.