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Lake Lungern circular walk

Route
Hiking Trail
Length
9.8 km
Travel time
3 h
Tour details
Tour details
Lake Lungern circular walk
Lungerersee Rundweg
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Lake Lungern circular walk
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Lake Lungern circular walk
Lungerersee Rundweg
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Lake Lungern circular walk
Lungerersee Rundweg
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Lake Lungern circular walk
Lungerersee Rundweg
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Lake Lungern circular walk
Lungerersee Rundweg
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Lake Lungern circular walk
Lungerersee Rundweg
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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This wonderful walk around the lake can be started from Lungern or Kaiserstuhl railway stations. On the way, barbecue spots supplied with firewood invite you to linger.
From Lungern station, the route leads along Bahnhofstrasse, past the chapel and down to the lakeshore, where you turn right. After a short while you catch sight of the idyllically situated Inseli recreational area. Continue along the lakeside path to the village exit, where you cross the main road and follow the path up the little Mülibach road past farms and pastures. The views are even more beautiful up here. The route follows unmetalled roads and then down, where an underpass takes you to the lakeside path again. In Kaiserstuhl, the restaurant and its exceptional cuisine are a tempting proposition. The unique mountain panorama stretches far into the Bernese Alps with the three prominent peaks of the Wetterhorn group. The path continues on the far side of the lake. Before Obsee, signposts indicate the short detour to the Dundelbach Falls, which are definitely worth a visit. The last section now leads back to Lungern station.

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Difficulty
Easy
Condition
2 / 6
Ascent
76 m
Descent
101 m
Best Time of Year
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Directions
The village of Lungern awakes with the first rays of sunshine. The birds chirp a morning song. Meadows and forests glow in lush green. Cowbells ring from the nearby pastures. The fresh mountain air invites the visitor to take a walk around Lake Lungern. I set off with a spring in my step and admire the beauty of the region. The people are friendly and the houses well kept. The surrounding mountains are reflected in the emerald green water.

At the lake, I sit on a bench, watch a fisherman and let my thoughts wander as I enjoy my day off. I am amazed at the fish he has just caught. The cable car glides silently up the mountain. I walk on, past waterfalls and streams, spying a deer at the edge of the forest and a bird of prey circling over the lake. Again I stop and look at the idyllically situated village from a distance. I study the information along the path and learn a lot about this unique place. A mild breeze makes the leaves dance on the trees as I listen to the music of nature. Passing gardens and wooden houses, I reach the chapel, which is worth a visit. The hostelry invites me to take another break. I enjoy the view and the foam on the coffee.

I have to go on, as I am only half way, but there is no hurry. I could also take the train, but then I would see and learn less. The fragrance of wood, wild garlic and mown grass is in the air. Orchids and lilies bloom in the meadows, which attract rare insects. Colourful summer birds accompany me. The valley opens up and I see the islands in the lake and the imposing church. A little lower is the old church tower; the door is open. I climb up it and admire the solid workmanship. Astonished, I learn about the historical calamity that happened in this place.

The lake is a magnet for swimmers, stand up paddlers, and anglers; it also offers boat cruises. Next time I will bring the family and pause at one of the numerous barbecue spots. I love this landscape, the nature, the people and the culture. I feel at home here in Lungern.

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Good to know

Accessible by bus and train
Yes
Public transport
Mit dem der Zentralbahn von Luzern oder Interlaken direkt nach Lungern.
Further information & links
The circular walk described here is suitable for strollers.