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Hiking from Bauen to Seelisberg, with Lake Lucerne far below

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Marienhöhe above Rütli

Marienhöhe is right above the Rütli, where the cantons of Schywz, Unterwalden and Uri allegedly founded the Swiss Confederation.

Hiking high above Lake Lucerne

You'll be hiking along, and high above the eastern part of Lake Lucerne.


How to reach Bauen, and how to find your way to Seelisberg.


Facts Bauen - Seelisberg

  • Hiking time: 2h20
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 438 - 881 m
  • Distance: 6.2 km
  • Terrain: meadow, town, along lake, valley, forest
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)

About the trail

You'll start hiking in the tiny village of Bauen, along Lake Lucerne. The trail starts with a steep climb to the higher farmlands. After about 1000 m of hiking, you're already 300 m above the lake. After that, the route gradually ascends for another 100 m until you've reached the highest point. The rest of the trail goes up and down a bit, ending in a gradual descent to the village of Seelisberg.

The entire route runs parallel to the Urnersee: the eastern part of Lake Lucerne. You will have beautiful views of the lake, 300 to 400 m below the trail, and the mountains behind. Some sections of the route cross forests. The last section is on the sidewalk along the road to Seelisberg, again with impressive views of the lake far below.

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