Tannalp circuit Melchsee-Frutt




11.84 km long
round trip
difficulty: difficult
condition: difficult
cross country skiing
  • 01:30 h
  • 198 m
  • 199 m
  • 1,893 m
  • 2,024 m
  • 131 m
  • 11.84 km
The cross-country ski circuit to Tannalp runs through hilly terrain and, thanks to its altitude, is considered very snow-sure. In addition to the view of the Obwalden mountain peaks, the ice fishermen on the frozen lakes along the route are also fascinating.

The entrance to the cross-country ski circuit is right next to the Panorama Lift by Lake Melch. Before strapping on the skis, it is worth taking the short lift ride up to the viewing platform forty metres above the lake. At the top, a view of the impressive Obwalden mountain panorama awaits, flanked on the east side by the Titlis and extending over the Wendenstöcke and Balmeregghorn to the Brünighaupt on the west side. Below, at a dizzying depth, lies the lake.

The circuit to Tannalp and back is peppered with easy ascents and descents. At the foot of the Bonistock, the circuit first leads along Lake Tannen to the hamlet of Tannalp. What you won't find here, despite the name, are coniferous trees. Where cows spend their alpine summer, in winter you will find a pristine, treeless landscape with views of the Engstlenalp and tne Gen valley.

If you don't want to complete the long circuit in one go, you can take a break at the Berggasthaus Tannalp or pause for a prayer at the chapel next door before returning to Melchsee-Frutt. A second chapel is reached very shortly before the destination. Situated on a peninsula in the reservoir, the Melchsee chapel is a real eye-catcher. You might even catch sight of an unusual sport being practised on the two frozen lakes along the route: Frutt is a mecca for ice fishermen.


Best season

depending on the weather

Tour information

  • Loop Road


Von Luzern/Interlaken auf der A8 bis Sarnen, die Ausfahrt Sarnen Nord Richtung Kerns/ Melchsee-Frutt benützen
Bei der Talstation Stöckalp hat es genügend gedeckte sowie ungedeckte Parkplätze.

Mit dem Zug der Zentralbahn von Luzern oder Interlaken nach Sarnen, umsteigen auf das Postauto nach Stöckalp, von dort mit der Gondelbahn nach Melchsee-Frutt


Additional information

Winter season:
The winter season usually lasts from mid-December to early April.

Snow report:
Up-to-date information on snow conditions is posted on the website of Sportbahnen Melchsee-Frutt.

The route is signposted clockwise with marker posts.

Ski rental and cross-country ski pass:
The former cableways terminus is equipped with showers, which can be used on request at the visitor information office. For more information on the local cross-country ski pass, equipment hire and changing and shower facilities, please visit the website of Sportbahnen Melchsee-Frutt.


Obwalden Tourismus


Obwalden Tourismus


Getting there
Tannalp circuit Melchsee-Frutt
6068 Melchsee-Frutt