Begin of tour: Rütli
Access starting point: Accessible from Lucerne by ship
Point of arrival: Brunnen
Access point of arrival: By train back to Lucerne
Hiking time: 11 h
Distance: 35 km
Physical fitness: challenging
Difficulty: medium difficulty
Difference in elevation: 400 m
Culmination point: 864 m
Season: May - October
Gastronomy: Seelisberg, Bauen, Isleten, Füelen, Sisikon, Morschach, Brunnen
Literature: Map of Switzerland 1:50'000, Map 5008 (Vierwaldstättersee/Lake Lucerne), Internet: www.weg-der-schweiz.ch
Starting point of the hiking tour is the historic Rütli Meadow, accessible by lake cruise ship. After a hike through the shady forest you will reach the Seelisberg vantage point, a well-known pilgrimage site and spa resort. The lake is at your feet. On the bank across the lake the town of Brunnen, with its myriad myths, is to be found.
On mule tracks and pilgrim paths, and past Beroldingen Castle, the trail descends to the lake shore. The first stage, Bauen, is reached after a pleasant 3-hour hike. On two subsequent stages of the hiking tour around the lake, you will reach Tell's Chapel with its historic frescoes dedicated to the story of William Tell, the legendary Swiss national hero.
The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.