Flüeli - Sachseln

6.6 km
Travel time
approx. 3 h
Tour details
Tour details
Flüeli - Sachseln
If it has snowed all the way down to the valley floor, this is an out-of-the-ordinary snowshoe tour in the Sarneraa valley that is rich in history and views.
The house built by Niklaus von Flüe (1417-1487), where he lived with his family as a farmer and councillor before retiring to the Ranft as Brother Klaus in 1467, is located on Flüeliplatz. A footpath runs via Bitzi - Hostettli - Balmetschwand gently up to Schluecht - Oberriedmattli, from where you reach a cross-country forest path. This leads southwest along the edge of the forest to Point 842 and then through the ravine of the Sachsler Dorfbach stream and the Schwandenwald forest to the geographical centre (Point 857) of Canton Obwalden. In 2009, at the completion of the official cadastral survey (AV93), it was marked with a column, and a shelter with barbecue was erected next to it. There are not many places where can you enjoy such a comprehensive overview of the entire Sarneraa valley.

If there is enough snow, you can hike directly down the wide slopes from Gloters to Spilmoos, parallel to the footpath that leads down to the village stream at Point 686, then along it to the shooting range and via Steinen to the pilgrim village of Flüeli-Ranft. Here it is worth visiting the parish church, which has housed the tomb of Brother Klaus since 1679, whose work as a mystic, mediator and man was commemorated in 2017. Restaurants invite you to take a well-deserved rest after your endeavours.

Technical details

Tour type
Starting point
Point of arrival
Sachseln station
2 / 6
259 m
516 m
Best Time of Year
January, February, March, December
Safety information
The trail is not signposted.
Author’s advice
Geographical centre of Canton Obwalden at coordinates 661'442/189'581.

This tour takes you up to alt. 981 m and can be done with snowshoes onlyif it has snowed all the way down into the valley. Please check the snow conditions in advance.

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Arrival / Return journey

Auf der A2 von Luzern her im Tunnel auf die A8 Richtung Interlaken, Sarnen wechseln und dann der Strasse folgen bis zur Ausfahrt Sarnen Süd. . Bei Kreissel die dritte Ausfahrt Richtung Sachseln nehmen. 

Von Interlaken via Brünig auf der A8 bis zur Ausfahrt Giswil Norn. Weiter auf der Hauptstrasse bis nach Sachseln.

Accessible by bus and train
Public transport
Ab Luzern oder Interlaken mit dem Luzern-Interlaken-Express nach Sachseln. Ab Sachseln weiter mit dem Postauto nach Flüeli-Ranft.