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Panoramic route: Sempach-Buttisholz-Sempach

Route
Cycling
Length
38.4 km
Travel time
3 h
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Lose yourself in the mesmerising lake and mountain panorama on this round tour through pristine scenery from Lake Sempach into the Rot valley and back.
As you leave the Suren valley floor after Sempach and Neuenkirch and slowly climb the flank of the Ruswilerberg, you understand where the tour’s name of Panoramic Route comes from. The views from here are incomparable. Rising above Littau and Malters is the extended flank consisting of the Schwandenegg, Blatterberg and Sonnenberg, which stands like a guardian in front of the Pilatus massif, thrusting mightily skywards. Calling to mind a beauty contest, the Pilatus stands alongside a chain of alpine peaks populating the horizon from left to right.

 

The route follows delightful trails and passes ancient farmsteads as it descends into the Rot valley to Buttisholz and Grosswangen. You return to the Suren valley and the idyllic shores of Lake Sempach via the Leidenberg, from where you can enjoy views of the lake that lies at the heart of our region.

Technical details

Tour type
Cycling
Starting point
Sempach
Point of arrival
Sempach
Difficulty
Difficult
Condition
5 / 6
Ascent
475 m
Descent
475 m
Best Time of Year
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Directions
Camping Seeland Sempach-Neuenkirch-Homel-Huprächtige-Mittelarig-Buttisholz-Allmend-Grosswangen-Sigerswil-Sursee-Oberkirch-Nottwil-Sempach.
Equipment
Anyone with binoculars or a camera with wide-angle lens would be in a position to take full advantage of the stunning and wide-ranging views.
Author’s advice
Alongside the amazing views, you will find it worthwhile pausing at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre in Nottwil or the Mittler farmstead in Huprächtigen, which dates from 1734.
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Accessible by bus and train
Yes