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Over the Schlierengrat

Route
Hiking Trail
Length
10.4 km
Travel time
3 ½ h
Über den Schlierengrat
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Über den Schlierengrat
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Über den Schlierengrat
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Über den Schlierengrat
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Über den Schlierengrat
Photo: Obwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
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This wonderful round walk in the largest continuous stretch of moorland in Switzerland is notable for its views and the diversity of its flora.
Starting from the Restaurant Langis, where the Moor Bear Trail, complete with information about the moorland landscape and unique flora and fauna, begins, you ascend a small rise to the east as you head for Schwendi Kaltbad, a popular destination for families and hikers. In earlier days, guests of the former spa house hoped for healing from the iron-rich mineral spring bubbling up here. During the summer months, the pretty chapel (1865) hosts services for alp herdsmen and visitors, as well as weddings. 

Keeping westwards on the access road, you pass the Andresenhütte refuge, first over pastureland and then ascending in the forest on the Schlierengrat to Bärnerstig, an old pass into the Entlebuch. From there the Schlierengart leads northwards in gentle ups and downs through blueberry bushes and past gnarled pines and spruces. After about three quarters of an hour you reach the signpost at point 1718. The descent begins here via Rosenwang: following the white-red-white mountain path markings, you pass through woodland and pastures offering superb views of the Schlieren valley and Lake Lucerne as far as Rorersmatt. At the alp refuge you head south via Bärzopf on a pasture path and through a stream ditch over flat moorland down to the little Schlieren valley road; this rises gently as you pass from the lower to the upper part of the valley. A signpost points down to the Grosse Schliere, where the path leads up the meandering course of the river, past several inviting picnic/barbecue spots to Schwendi Kaltbad. The route leads back to Langis over the slight rise on the edge of a protected moorland habitat. This round walk can be taken in either direction. It is also popular with snowshoe hikers in winter.

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
Starting point
Restaurant Langis
Point of arrival
Restaurant Langis
Difficulty
Medium
Condition
3 / 6
Ascent
419 m
Descent
419 m
Best Time of Year
May, June, July, August, September, October
Author’s advice
Noted for its grill and cheese specialities, the Schwendi-Kaltbad restaurant (alt. 1444 m) is nestled in enchanting alpine scenery in the wild and romantic Schlieren valley, which is in the Langis-Glaubenberg region.
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Arrival / Return journey
Car: on leaving the village, turn into Schwanderstrasse at the roundabout and continue to Langis. PostBus: runs weekends only.
Accessible by bus and train
No
Public transport
The Langis is easy to reach by car or PostBus. Browsing for "Langis" will take you to the current timetable.