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Niklaus von Flüe lived from 1417 until 1487, first as a farmer and councilman, then as a hermit in the Ranft Ravine. The mystic and peacemaker, who was canonized in 1947, is Switzerland's national saint and the patron of numerous churches.

Flüeli-Ranft lies at the entrance of Grosses Melchtal (Great Melch Valley) in Canton Obwalden and is known far beyond the cantonal borders due to the fame of Saint Niklaus von Flüe. The house of his birth and the residence of Brother Klaus (as he called himself when he became a hermit) are located here. His hermit's cell in the Ranft Ravine is one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Switzerland. It was here that Brother Klaus spent the last 19 years of his life as a respected political adviser and spiritual counselor.

The hiking trail from the house of his birth to the grave of Brother Klaus has been designed as a visionary and meditative path. Flüeli-Ranft is also an ideal starting point for hiking and biking tours.

600th anniversary – important information

The 600th anniversary of the birth of Niklaus von Flüe (1417 - 1487) is being celebrated in 2017. The commemoration represents an opportunity to rediscover Niklaus von Flüe’s personality and the timeless values he stood for. One of Switzerland’s most influential leading figures and a creator of a common identity, “Brother Klaus”, as he is commonly known, serves as an iconic inspiration in areas as diverse as mysticism and spirituality, society and politics. But he was also just a man with strengths and weaknesses. Niklaus von Flüe – mystic, mediator and man – and his accomplishments are being brought into public awareness this year.


Sunday, 30 April 2017
State occasion – national act of remembrance

One of the key events taking place during this commemorative year is the state occasion in the form of a national act of remembrance above Sarnen. That Sunday, Obwalden will be hosting Switzerland’s political class.

09.30 Uhr
Procession from the village up to the Landenberg: musical accompaniment by the Feldmusik Sarnen ensemble

ab 09.45 Uhr
State occasion on the Landenberg:
  - Welcome address: Mayor Franz Enderli
  - Speech: Dr. Peter von Matt,
    Emeritus Professor at the University of Zurich
  - Musical intermezzo: Feldmusik Sarnen
  - Performance: Hanspeter Müller-Drossaart
  - Musical intermezzo: Feldmusik Sarnen
  - Address: Federal President Doris Leuthard
  - Closing remarks: Mayor Franz Enderli

Procession from the Landenberg back to the village: musical accompaniment by the Feldmusik Sarnen ensemble

11.30 – 13.30 Uhr
Drinks reception in the village square for all-comers: musical accompaniment by the Feldmusik Sarnen ensemble

12.30 – 16.00 Uhr
Side programme


19 August – 30 September 2017
Visionary commemorative performance

One of the high points is the visionary commemorative performance “vo innä uisä” (from the inside). Scenic images, projections and sounds evoke the mystical world of Brother Klaus.


23 – 25 September 2017
Commemorative days

The commemorative days are taking place on 23, 24 and 25 September 2017. Saturday, 23 September is the day for families, children and young people. The main event on Sunday will be a service of thanksgiving and commemoration in the parish church of Sachseln led by church dignitaries; it will be broadcast live on SRF Swiss Television. Another church service on Monday, 25 September will focus on the local people of Obwalden.

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Obwalden Tourismus
Bahnhofplatz 1
6060 Sarnen
Switzerland

Phone +41 (0)41 666 50 40
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Obwalden Tourismus
Bahnhofplatz 1
6060 Sarnen
Phone +41 (0)41 666 50 40
obwalden-tourismus.ch

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