The Walenpfad is a varied high-level trail that leads from Ristis to Bannalp. In 2012 it was voted one of the 12 most beautiful hikes by Switzerland Tourism and SWW. The continuation leads to the little known Isenthal, which lies in the heart of Central Switzerland.


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From the Ristis mountain station of the Brunni aerial cableway, the mountain path leads northwards in a leisurely ascent.

The path from the Brunnihütte joins at Rosenbold.

(The Brunnihütte - Rosenbold chairlift variant shortens the day's hike by 30 minutes) Here the view wanders towards Pilatus and Mittelland for the first time.

Particularly in autumn, when the lowlands are covered in fog, there is a wonderful view.

At first maintaining the altitude, then slightly descending, the hiking trail meanders along the hand to Spissegg.

Here begins the highlight of the first hiking day; The Walenpfad.

You can see almost the entire, well-secured path.

At point 1890 the Bannalpersee shows up for the first time.

After a leisurely descent to Ziegenalp Oberfeld (goat cheese, organic farm) the wide basin of Bannalp is reached. Here you have the possibility to stop the hike.

With one of 2 cable cars and the post bus you can reach the station of the Zentralbahn at the bottom of the valley. On the Bannalp there are 2 recommendable mountain restaurants with overnight accommodation: Urnerstaffel and Bannalp, situated directly at the lake. The 2nd day starts with the descent to the Haghütte where you can buy cheese.

Not too much, because here begins the one and a half hour ascent to the highest point of today ; Schonegg.

An extended rest is announced, nevertheless, again a fantastic panorama offers itself to us.

You can almost see the goal of the day - Gitschenen.

The descent through the Sulztal valley rounds off the hiking weekend.

After a well-deserved refreshment in the restaurant, you can stretch your tired legs in the cable car and then in the post bus.

Either by steamboat on the Isleten or by train from Flüelen or Altdorf, you can say goodbye to the hiking paradise of Central Switzerland. equipment