The Melchtal stretches from Kerns between the Sarnersee and Lake Lucerne southwards to the Stöckalp, where a cableway gives access to the invitingly green, high valley of the Melchsee-Frutt. The sunny little village on the shores of the Melchsee has a children’s zoo, play areas, camp-fire sites and various themed footpaths.
Picturesque Melchtal, once a of pilgrimage, is home to the Benedictine Monastery Convent of St. Niklaus von Flüe, named after the hermit popularly known as Bruder Klaus. The huge sports complex in the Melchtal is geared primarily towards group travellers, clubs and schools.
Situated between the Bernese Oberland holiday destination of Hasliberg and the central Swiss resort of Engelberg, the Melchsee-Frutt is a popular hiking area. The Hasliberg - Melchsee-Frutt - Engelberg mountain trail is a classic and the six-hour, four-lake section from Melchsee-Frutt via Tannalp, Engstlenalp, Jochpass and Trübsee to Engelberg is a particular favourite. Large sections of the walk can be shortened by using the chairlifts and mountain railways.
In summer the Frutt is a fabulous sea of flowers. Keen anglers are not the only visitors to be captivated by the deep blue mountain lakes of the Melchsee and Tannensee, which are teeming with trout. There are also plenty of adventures to be had climbing the imposing Boni rock faces.
The altitude of the car-free winter sport area Melchsee-Frutt ranges from 1080 m to 2255 m. This high valley, with sunny winter hiking trails and cross-country ski tracks, is flanked by two ski areas: Balmeregghorn and Erzegg, with broad sunny slopes and the freestyle park fruttpark.ch. Steeper slopes run from Mount Bonistock down to Stöckalp, with a difference in altitude of over 1000 metres. The 8-kilometre slope to Stöckalp is a must for sledgers. In Fruttli Park, kids can enjoy themselves on the magic carpet and ski carousel.
- In the 15th century, the peacemaker and recluse Niklaus von der Flüe, popularly known as Bruder Klaus, sought seclusion as a hermit in the gorge near Flüeli-Ranft.
- The highest covered bridge in Europe: the ‘Hohe Brücke’ between Kerns and Sachseln, is 48 metres long. Built in 1893, it spans the Ranft Gorge near Flüeli at a height of 100 metres.
- Nature trail: a 90-minute circular walk on the Bonistock provides an insight into the geological structure of the Melchtal and wonderful views across to the Titlis.
- Classics on the Alp: classical music weeks half-way between heaven and earth on the Melchsee-Frutt (August).
- Tannalp Fair and Bonistock Fair: folk festivals with yodelling competitions in the high-lying valley of the Melchsee-Frutt (July and/or August).
- Melchsee-Frutt wrestling and alpine festival: wearing drill trousers, the heavy weights in alpine wrestling compete in the sand against the imposing backdrop of the mountains (August).