The tour starts at the train station in Giswil and takes you via the foot and bike path toward Grossteil, the school and Durnacheli. Here you’ll notice how scattered the village’s buildings are. This style of settlement dates back to Alemannic times.
After the school, ride along the Laui, one of Switzerland’s largest and most dangerous mountain streams. You cross it via a wooden bridge, and soon you pass the old church which was built in memory of the flooding of 1629. This quiet place will give you strength for the next leg, which takes you to the Helferweg path. Then you follow the Altibach brook toward Emmetti.
But first you pass the beautifully restored Schlegel sawmill. Then the trail follows a dirt road through the forest (Sakramentswald), after which the church high above Giswil is named. If the steep climb makes you thirsty, you can have a drink of water from the well next to the chapel.
The trail continues over Alp Emmetti and offers beautiful views of Lake Lungern, the Brünig Pass and the Bernese Alps. The route then takes you to Bürglen, a village that is part of Lungern in canton Obwalden. If you still have the energy, you can follow the lakeside route (Option B), or go directly to Bürglen after Kaiserstuhl. There, the bike route takes you along the famous Way of Saint James, which also leads back to Giswil. After some wonderful forest trails, you’ll find yourself back at Giswil’s train station. Nearby, a nice restaurant with a patio offers well-deserved refreshments and a chance to reflect on the day’s experiences.
Sights worth seeing:
Alte Kirche (Old church):
After the flooding of 1629, a part of Giswil was under water. The «old church» was rebuilt here in 1935.
Schlegelsäge (Schlegel sawmill):
Using old blueprints and parts of the original, this unique mill was rebuilt and is now open to visitors.
Sakramentskapelle (Sacrament chapel):
After robbing the church in Lungern, the thieves fled into the forest called Sakramentswald. In the spot where they threw away the communion wafers, water began to flow.
Option A: Visit the chapel with a short detour along the forest road. (additional altitude: 80m)
Option B: Extend the tour along Lake Lungern. (additional distance: 8km)
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Tour history (B00441)
First published: Donnerstag, 27. Oktober 2005
Last updated: Donnerstag, 24. September 2015
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