For its 150th anniversary* in 1988, the Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo) determined that Älggialp was the geographic center of Switzerland.
"Älggialp is a worthy center," is what the engineers found. Far from the bustle and traffic of settled areas, Älggialp is an ideal place to find peace and quiet.
The municipality liked the idea of marking the spot and donated the terrain around the small knoll. Swisstopo provided a surveying pyramid and the "Steinmanndli Club" built a wall around the spot in the shape of Switzerland.
Because the exact center was an inaccessible rocky cliff, the authorities decided to shift the center 500 meters to the southeast.
From the little hill near the Älggi guesthouse, there's a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and the Swiss midlands.
Älggi is accessible via car, but hiking there is the more attractive option. Possible starting points include Sachseln, Zollhaus, Giswil, Lungern, Käserstatt, Melchsee-Frutt and Stöckalp.
(*In 1838, the soon-to-be General Guillaume-Henri Dufour founded the "Bureau topographique fédéral" in Geneva.)
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