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Geographical centre of Switzerland

Switzerland’s geographical centre is on the Älggialp; it was measured using state-of-the-art technology to mark the 150th anniversary of swisstopo, the country’s geo-information agency.

As the actual centre is located inside a steep flank of rock, it was decided to shift the centre 500 metres southeastwards. The local cairn enthusiasts’ club erected a wall in the shape of Switzerland to surround the triangulation pyramid marking the spot. Standing on the little rise near the Älggi mountain inn, the visitor can enjoy views of the Alpboden, the surrounding ring of mountains and the Swiss Central Plateau.

"Älggi is a centre worthy of the name," declared the lead surveyor; traffic-free and far from any bustle, its peace and quiet provides a perfect setting for relaxation – and perhaps for rediscovering one's own centre.

Actually, Älggi can be reached by car, but it's much nicer to walk there. Possible starting points for a hike are Sachseln, Zollhaus, Giswil, Lungern, Käserstatt, Melchsee-Frutt and Stöckalp.

Traffic regulations

Please note the special traffic regulations that apply to Älggialp. A one-way traffic system operates at alternating times on the last 5 km of road on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

  • Ascents (even hours): 
    e.g. 8 & 10 a.m., noon, 2 & 4 p.m.
  • Descents (odd hours): 
    e.g. 9 & 11 a.m., 1, 3 & 5 p.m.

A narrow, well-maintained road leads from Sachseln to Älggialp. This road can be used by minibuses carrying up to 14 persons. The Berggasthaus Älggialp inn is open between June and mid-October. The alp is in hibernation between mid-October and June, during which time no facilities (e.g. toilets, water) are available.

Possible starting points for a hike
Hikes Älggialp


Location and contact

Obwalden Tourismus
Älggialp - Mittelpunkt der Schweiz
+41 41 666 50 40