Walking reinforces our relationship with nature and creates awareness of one’s natural pace. But taking exercise in fresh air can also be done through Kneipp hydrotherapy or even gold panning. These five activities in the Lucerne – Lake Lucerne region will help you slow down and enjoy nature to the full.
The Fluonalp is situated in the midst of lush alp pastures bordering the nature and wildlife reserve below the Giswilerstock. The Älplermagronen Trail and four-hour Bärgmändli Trail around the Giswilerstock are accompanied by spectacular views encompassing Lake Sarnen all the way to the Pilatus. With prior notice, you can even make your own alp cheese at the Fluonalp dairy.
Off with your hiking boots, roll up your trousers and enter the 6°C cold water. Faithful to the health teachings of Sebastian Kneipp, the Kneipp facility at the Schwandalpweiher pond above the village of Flühli is a real treat for the body. After your refreshing hydrotherapy session, follow the barefoot path to the relaxation loungers or enjoy walking around the fragrant herb garden after an arm bath. Boost the self-healing power of your body in this idyllic scenery.
The Four Lakes Trail is one of the best high-level hikes in the Lucerne – Lake Lucerne Region. It leads around the mighty Titlis and past glistening Lakes Trüb, Engstlen, Tannen and Melch. With a walking time of 6.5 hours not counting breaks, the Four Lakes Trail requires a good level of fitness. Thanks to the numerous cableways along the way, though, the hike can be shortened to just two hours. Alternatively, you can stay the night at one of the mountain inns and complete the hike in two short days.
The wild gorges of the Napf region are among the best-known in Switzerland. In the gravel and stony banks of the streams, gold flakes are there for the finding – especially if you’re a gold panner. With a local tour guide and panner, you’ll seek out your own Napf gold in the stream gravel, learn about the geology and mineralogy of the region, and discover the long-standing tradition of gold panning in the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch.
Everyone is in their element on the Goldi Family Safari. Whether you take the cable car, PostBus or boat – the five means of transport on this round trip are as diverse as the views of the mountains and Lake Lucerne. The route is dotted with inviting barbecue and lakeside picnic spots as well as restaurants serving regional fare. The round trip starts and ends in Beckenried and takes about 90 minutes.