Melchsee-Frutt / Melchtal / Kerns

Lucerne - Lake Lucerne Region







The small holiday region of Melchsee-Frutt / Melchtal / Kerns lies at the heart of central Switzerland, surrounded by lakes and mountains. The centre for tourism in this expansive region is the high valley of Melchsee-Frutt at an altitude of 2000 metres, with its traffic-free, family-friendly resort on shores of the little mountain lake.

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Melchsee - Frutt / Melchtal

The Melchtal stretches from Kerns between the Sarnersee and Lake Lucerne southwards to the Stöckalp, where a cableway (suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs) gives access to the invitingly green, high valley of the Melchsee-Frutt. The sunny little village on the shores of the Melchsee has plenty of barbecue spots, a playground and a pleasant walking path to Tannalp. Another highlight is the Fruttli Train, offering popular adventure rides between Melchsee-Frutt and Tannalp.

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.


  • Bruder Klaus – 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.
  • Melchsee-Frutt panorama lift – the viewing platform almost 40 metres above the Melchsee offers a stunning view of the impressive mountain scenery.

Top Events

  • 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).
  • Alpine cattle descent, Kerns – after a “summer holiday” of around three months, the beautifully decorated animals return to the valley.

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