Lined by churches, monasteries and chapels, this hiking tour offers a unique experience on historical paths through varied cultural landscapes. Switzerland’s most beautiful lakes, chapels and churches are strung like pearls along the Via Jacobi. The high peaks of the Central Swiss Alps and the Bernese Oberland will guide you on your way from Einsiedeln to Interlaken.
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Route Profile: Medium. The hiking tour leads on comfortable forest trails, only on the leg to Stans on the shores of Lake Lucerne you have to deal with smaller trails. For the long legs you have to have a very good stamina.
Distance: 117 km
Travel Season: Departures daily from April 8 to October 15, 2023
Season 1: April 15 – May 12 and September 23 – October 15
Season 2: April 8 – April 14 and May 13 - September 22
3* hotels and local inns
Lined by churches, monasteries and chapels, this hiking tour offers a unique experience on historical paths through varied cultural landscapes. Switzerland's most beautiful lakes, chapels and churches are strung like pearls along the Via Jacobi. The high peaks of the Central Swiss Alps and the Bernese Oberland will guide you on your way from Einsiedeln to Interlaken.
Arrival in Einsiedeln
Your trip starts in Einsiedeln, Switzerland’s most famous pilgrimage place. Enjoy the shores of Lake Sihl and admire the monastery.
Einsiedeln – Brunnen 24 km + 635 m - 1095 m
The trail over Haggenegg leads through the beautiful high valley of Alp towards the two Mythen peaks. The stately Au Convent and panoramic views of the Glarner Alps and the valley basin of Schwyz and Brunnen are feasts for the eyes.
Brunnen – Stans 20 km + 650 m - 670 m
This section includes a boat trip from Brunnen to Treib, the ancient refuge harbour at the point where cantons Uri, Schwyz and Nidwalden meet. The chapels along the way and the Winkelried memorial in Stans are worth seeing.
Stans – Sarnersee 20 km + 800 m - 750 m
Following the first ascent after Stans, impressive views open up to Stanser Boden, the Vierwaldstättersee and the Innerschweiz Mountain peaks. Highpoint at the end of the section is the hermitage of Niklaus von Flüe and the Ranft chapels. In the end you reach the shores of Lake Sarnen with its emerald blue waters.
Sarnersee – Brienz/Surroundings 24 km + 935 m - 800 m
Flüeli affords outstanding views. The varied route follows the shores of the Sarneree and Lungernsee lakes and from Lungern church along the Brünigweg which, as a pilgrimage pfennig (coin) shows, was once a pilgrims’ path. Brünig offers a magnificent mountain panorama with the high Bernese Oberland summits and eternal snow.
Brienz/Surroundings – Interlaken 23 km + 630 m - 715 m
The trail leads along sunny slopes above the Brienzersee Lake, allowing you to experience an exceptionally lovely landscape.
Departure or extra nights
- 6 nights’ accommodation with breakfast
- Daily Luggage transfer
- Thorough route guidance
- Boat ride Brunnen - Treib
- Detailed travel documents 1 per room
- GPS data available
- Service Hotline
- Rides with public transport (approx. 10.00 per person)
- Tourist taxes, payable locally
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