Take the cable car from Beckenried to Klewenalp, which happens to be the longest cable car ride in Central Switzerland! Pass Brisenhaus, a mountain hut located at 1753m. Descend on a rocky path, arriving in Niederrickenbach, a hamlet only accessible to the general public by cable car or on foot. Explore the small Cloisters area and the lovingly kept garden. Return to the cable car and return to Beckenried, or for those who still have the energy, follow the easy woodland trail to Stockhuette (see seperate route notes/GPS track)
Starting from the cable car station of Kwenenalp (1593m), the loop walk begins with an easy wide gravel track heading towards the Bruisenhaus SAC and onto Niederrickenbach. The majority of the route is well signposted but do look out for yellow diamond waymarks or red and flashes painted on rocks and tress to help guide you. Depending on conditions there are plenty of cafes and benches to perch up at and admire the views across the Lake or the surrounding mountains. After turning at Bruisenhaus SAC (where it is worth taking a break), the terrain becomes rougher under foot and you will walk on narrow grassy/rocky footpaths, across grazing pastures, along rivers and through farms. Just before reaching Niederrickenbach, you can turn off and begin the return walk if you wish to make the route a few km’s and reduce the volume of ascent and descent. However, the small hamlet is a lovely lunchspot and the convent gardens are a place of peace to appreciate your surrounds.
Your return route is predominately uphill for around 4km, until you reach the large white cross and can see the lake. From just beyond this point, you will begin to recognise your route from the morning walk and can stop at one of the many inviting alpine cafes for a cool beer or afternoon tea! This is the most strenuous walk of the tour but is well worth the effort. If you prefer something easier, please refer to the walk to Stockhuette.
Today is about savouring the crisp mountain air and experiencing Swiss mountain life. Just before begining the walk, the bakery 'Christian Beck' on the main street of Beckrenreid has some great breads and sandwiches you can supplement with food from the Volg supermarker just before cable car station. There are some great pinic spots after leaving the main path at Bruisenhaus, where you can settle by a river or on a grassy patch overlooking grazing cows. If good weather is forecaset, consider leaving early to make the most of being up high and in the peace of Swiss mountain life.
Always be prepared for a change in conditions and do wear weather appropriate kit. Always carry enough food and water with you and personal kit that is necessary to your well being. Good, sturdy walking shoes are required and if you usually walk with poles, you may like to use these today as you will be descending over uneven ground.
The routes are well marked and generally in very good condition. Much of the descent today will be on rough gravel dirt tracks and grassy hill paths over even ground, so be careful of your footing. You will be walking through fields where cows and other livestock graze. Although docile, do keep your distance and walk calmly when passing through fields of cows. Be vigilant of cows when passing cows with calves.
You will walk through hillside villages and along country and farm roads. Please always be mindful of traffic, especially on sections that have no pedestrian footpath.
As per you walk yesterday, always check the weather before leaving Beckenreid. You will ascend by cable car to Kwenenalp (1593m) and will reach an altitude of 1753m. It is therefore it is possible to expect a change of conditions on. It's always useful to pack an extra layer, wind and waterproof layers along with sun protection. Do wear clothes comfortable for walking, ones which have quick drying properties are excellent in very hot or wet conditions.
Good footwear is essential. A good sturdy walking shoe will suffice but being a more challenging walk today, boots would be preferential. You may also like to use walking poles today to help soften some of the descents, especially over the uneven terrain.
Do take a supply of food and drink with you and any necessary medication, together with a very simple first aid kit.
Please refer to the kit provided in your information pack for a list of other suggested items.
Lastly - don't forget your maps and route notes!
Points of Interest
1) Kwenenalp Cable Car. The longest cable car journey in central Switzerland takes you from Beckenried (453m) to Klewenalp-Stockhütte at 1593m. Here you can absorb crisp mountain air with surrounding lake and mountain views. You can also visit the the small marmot farm which gives you the opportunity to see these cheeky rodents up close.
2) Coffee at Bruisenhaus SAC. Located at 1753m, enjoy on coffee on the terrace surrounded by the peaks of Risentenstock (2290m), Brisen (2464m) and High Brisen (2413m).
3) Visit the convent gardens at the Niederrickenbach. In the small hamlet of Niederrickenbach are the wonderfully manicured gardens and vegetable patches of the village convent. Sit and listen to the church bells before heading back uphill to begin the return walk to Kwenenalp.
This tour is available on the following itineraries: