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Flüeli-Ranft circular walk

Route
Hiking Trail
Length
8.1 km
Travel time
3 h
Tour details
Tour details
Flüeli-Ranft circular walk
Rundwanderung Flüeli-Ranft
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Flüeli-Ranft circular walk
Rundwanderung Flüeli-Ranft
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Flüeli-Ranft circular walk
Rundwanderung Flüeli-Ranft
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Flüeli-Ranft circular walk
Rundwanderung Flüeli-Ranft
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Flüeli-Ranft circular walk
Rundwanderung Flüeli-Ranft
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Flüeli-Ranft circular walk
Rundwanderung Flüeli-Ranft
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Flüeli-Ranft circular walk
Rundwanderung Flüeli-Ranft
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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Niklaus von Flüe is one of the most influential figures in Swiss history. The trail takes us past the places where he lived as a man, a mediator and a mystic.
The trail begins in Flüeli at the home where Niklaus von Flüe lived as a farmer, family man and councillor. From here, it leads down to the Ranft, where he worked as a counsellor and peacemaker as Brother Klaus.

Behind the Ranft Chapel, the trail continues over a footbridge past the chapel at Müsli, up to Melchtalerstrasse. After a short stretch through the forest, you can already see the church of St. Niklausen. The free-standing bell tower and the interior of the church with its medieval frescoes and rural-baroque painted ceiling are well worth inspecting.

The trail continues north-eastwards to the Dominican convent of Bethanien. From there it leads to Hinter Egg and then down the Eggallmend to Unter Egg and the Hohe Brücke, the highest wooden bridge in Europe, which spans the 103-metre-deep Melchaatobel. The Melchi estate on the right after the bridge once belonged to Niklaus von Flüe. From here it is only a short distance along the Melchaa gorge back to Flüeli.

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Difficulty
Easy
Condition
2 / 6
Ascent
336 m
Descent
336 m
Best Time of Year
May, June, July, August, September, October
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