Lucerne — The Myth-man

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An exhilarating ascent to a spectacular summit with an unforgettable panoramic view of the Alps, Lake Lucerne and the surrounding villages and towns — that’s the Great Myth. Together with the myth-man Armin Schelbert, we will take you up this unique mountain on the first hike.

Armin has climbed the Great Myth more than 4,600 times and knows the mountain like the back of his hand. Whether in the dark, to watch the sunrise on the summit, by day to bring the mail to the Mythen hut or simply to enjoy the mountain and the view — Armin climbs the summit several times a day. Let yourself be fascinated by the mountain and join us on the Great Myth.

For the challenging hike, you will need some alpine experience, good footwear, and sure-footedness, then you can get started. From the Brunni-Holzegg mountain station, you will climb up the 47 hairpin bends to the summit. You will certainly meet the myth-man — you will probably bump into Armin when you are strengthing yourself at the Mythen hut with delicious nut and almond peaks, if not before. Oh and if you meet the 74-year-old on the way, try your best to keep up with him: it takes him about 40 minutes to ascend — the average hiker one hour and 20 minutes...

But, there is much more to discover and experience around Lucerne than just the Great Myth. That's why we've put together ten experiences in the region in this Collection. Whether you are looking to hike long distances or just for the day, you will find the right experience for you in Lucerne: from scenic tightrope hikes to leisure lakeside strolls, hikes for foodies or with a cable car ride.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    01:18
    1.05 mi
    0.8 mph
    1,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Armin Schelbert is a summiteer and the Mythen-Mensch. He has climbed the Great Myth more often than anyone else - more than 4,600 times. Let yourself be fascinated by the mountain as well as Armin and come up with it - especially beautiful are the sunrises on the summit.At the mountain station Brunni-Holzegg the hike starts, for which you need sturdy shoes, good condition, surefootedness and alpine experience. If you want to experience the sunrise, you need a headlamp for the ascent in the dark. From the starting point you wander first slightly, then steeper and steeper. Soon you climb the rocky road in tight turns. At each of the 47 corners you will find a number on the rock, so you know how far it is up to the top. The real reason for the numbering is that you can specify your location if you are in trouble. On the way up you will pass a Madonna statue and a stone bench where you can rest.The last section to the hut on the Big Myth is really steep again. Once at the hut, you can either take a break and recharge your batteries with the consumption of the legendary nut and almond toppings, or you can hike a few meters to the summit. After enjoying the view and maybe even the sunrise, you can return to the Mythen Hut on the way back. In all likelihood, you will even meet the Mythen-Menschen personally: Armin Schelbert climbs several times a day on the Big Myths and brings the hut crew the post office, picks up the postcards of the hikers or helps the innkeeper in the service.

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  • Intermediate
    01:47
    2.72 mi
    1.5 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the ridge trail Stoos from Klingenstock to Fronalpstock you will enjoy an unforgettable view of countless lakes and alpine peaks of Central Switzerland. But not only in the distance there is a lot to discover, but also on the side of the road - there are pretty alpine flowers.The tightrope walk starts at the top station of the Klingenstock. The chairlift takes you from the valley station Brunnerboden, which is very close to the mountain village of Stoos. The hiking trail then takes you from the starting point Klingenstock over the Rot Turm, a summit of the Chlingenstocks, in the direction of Nollen. On the way you permanently enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view. Behind the house-stick, it goes over a rock-cut path down to Furggeli. The route requires head for heights and surefootedness, but is assured with chains. From Furggeli you finally climb up to the Fronalpstock summit. Here you will find the highest restaurant in the canton Schwyz - the perfect place to relax and let the hike come to an end. The chairlift takes you back to Stoos.

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  • Difficult
    10:43
    21.4 mi
    2.0 mph
    3,800 ft
    3,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The path of Switzerland is about 35 kilometers long and takes you on beautiful hiking trails around Lake Uri to historical stations of the Swiss Confederation. The path starts in Brunnen (Rütli) and is divided into three stages. Stage locations are Seelisberg and Flüelen. The goal of the hike is well.As a joint effort of all cantons, Switzerland's path to the 700th anniversary of the Confederation (1291-1991) was born. Starting point is the Rütli - birthplace of the Confederation. From here the path leads you through the mountains on Lake Uri and along long stretches also directly along its shore. From the higher elevations you have a magnificent panoramic view of the blue lake, which is surrounded by impressive peaks. On the shallow sections right along the shore, you can enjoy the proximity to the lake, the beaches where you can refresh yourself, and the inviting places with cozy restaurants and cafes. The aim of the hike is in Brunnen on the square of the Swiss Abroad.Tip: You can ideally complement the Swiss way with a cruise and shorten some sections. You can also travel to Rütli or depart from Brunnen by boat. You drive through a fjord-like landscape over Lake Lucerne.

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  • Difficult
    05:23
    9.29 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,750 ft
    2,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The four lakes hike takes you from the Melchsee over the Tannensee and the Engstlensee to the Trübsee. On the way, the fantastic mountains around the mighty Titlis, the unique flora and the views of the Central Swiss Alps await your discovery.The hike starts at the Seibahnstation Melchensee-Frutt. From here you walk to the Melchensee, which is a natural reservoir. Continue on relatively flat paths to Tannensee. If you want, you can take a break here at the fire pit with covered seating. Or you can hike on to the Engstlenalp, where you can stop off in comfort. You can also find an alp cheese dairy here, which will provide you with delicious specialties.Freshly strengthened, you make your way back on the road and pass shortly after the Engstlensee. Behind the lake begins the ascent to the Joch Pass. To recharge your batteries, you can take a little refreshment at the Berghaus. Then you descend on the other side to the Trübsee. At the end of the hike you can rent a rowboat and discover the lake from the water.

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  • Intermediate
    02:43
    4.59 mi
    1.7 mph
    450 ft
    1,975 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The approximately seven kilometers of wilderness trail leads you from the mountain station Eggberge to the mountain station Oberaxen above Lake Uri. On the way, you will hike through light pine forests, past gloriously blooming wildflowers and across steep meadows, which are still mown by hand today. The farmers in Uri keep the old hay culture and tradition alive by laboriously working with scythes on the steep slopes, the so-called "Wildi" mow. On the one hand, they have enough food for their animals in winter, and on the other, farmers make an important contribution to the preservation of biodiversity in the Swiss mountains.Between Eggeberge and Oberaxen you will learn about this ancient tradition on various information boards and, with a bit of luck, you can even watch live as the farmers take action. In addition, you can enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the blue Lake Urnersee in the valley and the impressive mountains in the background. To round off the hike, you have both at the starting point and at the destination of the hike opportunities to stop off comfortably.

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  • Difficult
    04:44
    6.94 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,375 ft
    750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Above Vitznau, at the valley station of the Hinterbergen cable car, the guided full moon hike starts on the Rigi. For the demanding hike you need a good condition, sturdy shoes and a headlamp.Starting from the starting point, you walk with the group at full moon step by step up to the Rigi Kulm. At the summit you will experience the sunrise - an unforgettable experience. After enjoying this moment, you will hike along with the group to the nearby alpine forest Chäserenholz. Here you can fortify yourself with an extensive brunch and let the hike end comfortably.The guided hike will take place on 15 June, 20 July, 17 August and 14 September 2019. You can sign up for the hike at the following link: rigi.ch/Media/Angebote/Vollmondwanderung-dem-Sonnenrahen-gegen.

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  • Difficult
    05:10
    9.39 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,100 ft
    2,100 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this hike the perfect mountain experience awaits you: In two stages, you hike from the Lungern-Turren-Bahn to the Giswilerstock and over the Sädel back to the starting point. On the way you spend the night on the Fluonalp.From the starting point, you first hike uphill on the butterfly trail. With a bit of luck, you can observe many different large butterflies here. Namely, more than 115 diurnal butterfly species live in Switzerland's most species-rich butterfly area. There follows a short descent that brings you to the Fluonalp. Here you have already reached the milestone. So you have enough time on the first day of hiking to explore the lush alpine meadows and the adjacent nature and wildlife sanctuary below the Giswilerstocks. The Fluonalp offers you a simple place to stay and delicious house specialties to strengthen you.The second stage takes you early in the morning to the Giswilerstock. At 1,824 meters altitude you can enjoy the sunrise and the magnificent view of the Central Swiss Alps and the lakes in the valley. On the way back you can stop at the Fluonalp and have a hearty breakfast. Then you are ready for the day and wander over the Sädel and the Aegean Forest back to the aerial cableway Lungern-Turren.

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  • Difficult
    26:59
    49.9 mi
    1.9 mph
    12,400 ft
    12,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The moorland trail takes you on 80 kilometers through the moorland of the UNESCO Biosphere Entlebuch. You will hike on five stages past barren raised bogs, flower-filled lowland moors and pristine moorland landscapes. Start and finish of the round trip is Sörenberg. The stage destinations are Kemmeribodenbad, Flühli, Gfelle (Finsterwald / Entlebuch) and Stäldili (Flühli). All waypoints can also be reached by public transport, so you can also plan individual stages as day hikes.On the way, you will alternately walk on old pass routes, stony mountain paths and alpine and forestry development paths. The landscape changes constantly. Sometimes you walk on soft ground through sparse forest of a haunted moorland and sometimes past impressive rock formations high peaks. Along the long-distance hiking trail countless rest stops in alpine huts, restaurants or cafes await you, so that you can always strengthen yourself with regional specialties.

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  • Difficult
    16:12
    30.0 mi
    1.8 mph
    11,700 ft
    11,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This hike is all about cable cars, because this means of transport is a very important part of the two- to three-day hike. With the former cable cars of the mountain farmers you overcome so a few meters - without effort. The former material webs - in dialect Buiräbähnli - go only when needed. To call them, you pick up the receiver of the station phone, turn the handle and order your cable car.You can divide up the exciting circular walk through the Engelberg mountains in two to three stages. Along the way, you'll have plenty of retreats and lodgings in mountain huts and in the places you pass. The starting point and destination of the hike is Engelberg.

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  • Intermediate
    03:05
    6.96 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the Beromünster radio path you will learn all about the radio station "Radio Beromünster", which conquered German-speaking Switzerland in the 1930s. The approximately eleven-kilometer hiking trail is one of the Swiss cultural routes and begins at the bus station Beromünster. From here he leads you past seven listening stations where you can listen to original sound files, learn more about the radio and the people behind it.At the highest point of the hike, on the Bloseberg, you pass the radio tower. Here you can take a break and barbecue at the fireplace. Afterwards, the hike takes you past Lake Sempach to Sursee, where the hike ends. In Sursee you have many refreshments to enjoy the hike.

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  • Intermediate
    02:50
    5.89 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,075 ft
    2,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the Marbacher Genuss-Tour you not only enjoy the wonderful mountain scenery and the beautiful nature, but also culinary highlights along the route.At the gondola Marbachegg it starts. From here you first wander comfortably through the village to the Lourdes Grotto. Here you can take a moment to enjoy yourself and enjoy the silence. Then you go along the Steiglenbach to the cheese dairy Marbach. Here is a fine aperitif from the cheese cellar waiting for you. In addition, you will get an insight into the production of the various cheeses made from cow and buffalo milk on the visitor gallery.From the cheese factory you walk along the Schonbach to the Hotel Sporting. Here you can have a delicious lunch and relax. Strengthened you then make you with the panoramic gondola on the way to the mountain inn Marbachegg. On the sun terrace you can enjoy the sweet dessert in combination with the fantastic view. Finally, you hike back to the starting point in the valley.Tickets for the Marbacher Genuss-Tour are available at the tourist office Marbach.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    148 mi
  • Duration
    80:55 h
  • Elevation
    41,050 ft
Lucerne — The Myth-man
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