Fürstein - a walk between Waldemme and Lake Sarnen

Hiking Trail
8.8 km
Travel time
4 ½ h
Ausblick vom Fürstei im Herbst
Photo: UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch, CC BY, Sconosciuto
Photo: UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch, CC BY, Sconosciuto
Wegweiser Seewenseeli
Photo: UNESCO Biosphäre Entlebuch, CC BY, Sconosciuto
This mountain walk on the Fürstein leads through the wonderful scenery of the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch and Obwalden.
Every step up the Fürstein (alt. 2040 m) is a pleasure. From the Stäldeli alp in Flühli the route climbs towards Lake Seewen. The path is in good condition and passes in and out of the unique moorland terrain. Little Lake Seewen with its chapel is a good spot for a brief break. The ascent to Fürstein begins here. The summit offers stunning panoramic views from the Pilatus in the northeast to the Bernese Alps in the southwest. From Fürstein the path leads steeply downwards through sheep pastures and, initially, very rough terrain to Wasserfallenegg. Here you leave the ridge and head towards little Lake Änggenlauenen. From there the path passes through woods and meadows in gently sloping terrain towards your starting point, Stäldeli.

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Flühli, Stäldeli alp car park
Point of arrival
Flühli, Stäldeli alp car park
4 / 6
690 m
690 m
Best Time of Year
June, July, August, September, October
Stäldeli alp car park - Lake Seewen - Fürstein - Wasserfallenegg - Stäldeli alp car park
Safety information
Steep, at times rough, path between Fürstein and Wasserfallen.
Sturdy footwear. Picnic recommended.
Author’s advice
  • Break ay Lake Seewen.
  • Dip your feet in Lake Änggelauenen.
  • Food available at the Stäldeli alp.
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Good to know

Car parking at the Stäldeli alp is free.
Arrival / Return journey
The UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch is in the heart of Switzerland halfway between the two major tourist destinations of Bern and Lucerne. On leaving Flühli, follow signs for Städeli.
Accessible by bus and train
Public transport
This walk is not accessible via public transport.
Further information & links
UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch
Biosphere Centre
Chloschterbüel 28
CH-6170 Schüpfheim
Telephone: +41 (0)41 485 88 50