Cable car ride in the Swiss mountainside
Beautiful countryside of Uri
Hiker enjoys the view at Lake Uri

Uphill, downhill between Lake Lucerne and Gotthard

At the end of Lake Lucerne, you find the canton of Uri, with its mountain valleys and mountain paths. Charming small towns and villages are nestled into a picturesque landscape at the foothills of the Gotthard massif.

A special feature of the canton is the high density of cable cars, which are operated by local families and farmers. In little cabins you daily hover into the height and experience walks with wonderful views without having to overcome a lot of altitude. You walk into the picturesque Isenthal and go up to the Eggberge.

After that you walk on the Schächentaler mountain path and visit a typical Alpine dairy in Brunital. This trip shows the Swiss mountains at its best!


Hotel (example): Hotel Höfli

You start your hike with a walk at the rear end of Lake Lucerne. This trail will take you to the first cable car, the "Vorderen Bärchi". The ascend to the upper Bärchi offers a breathtaking panorama over Lake Lucerne and is one of the most beautiful in this hike. 

After a short hike you float down into the Isenthal.

Hotel (example): Hotel Uri Rotstock

approx. 5.5 h
approx. 15.5 km
1'050 m
580 m

From dreamy Isenthal you walk through a steadyway into the Chlital where family Kempf is waiting for you, to transport you up on the Gietisflue with your cable. From here you have a great view of the Reuss plane. 

Through a nature sanctuary you walk back to Altdorf.

Hotel (example): Hotel Höfli

approx. 5 h
approx. 13.7 km
615 m
1'025 m

From Altdorf you go by bus to the valley station Eggbergen, which brings you to the starting point of the Schächentaler Mountain Trail. From here you have a great view over the foothills of Lake Lucerne.

 You continue your hike towards the Klausen Pass, until you take the junction down into the valley Unterschächen to stay there overnight.

Hotel (example): Hotel Alpina

approx. 5.5 h
approx. 18.5 km
740 m
1'185 m

The path takes you from Unterschächen in to the Brunnital where you take the cable car of family Arnold which brings you up to the Sittlisalp. Here you can visit a real Swiss cheese dairy. 

Afterwards, you will travel in a loop through the Brunnital until you arrive at a small mountain restaurant,from there the cable car brings you ultimately back to Unterschächen. From here transfer to Amsteg. 

Hotel (example): Swiss Historic Hotel Stern & Post

approx. 4 h
approx. 11 km
510 m
478 m

A public bus takes you up to Bristen then the ascent continues with a cable car that brings you to the alpine pasture Golzeren. Have a short break at romantic lake Golzeren before you make your way to the mountain hut Windgällen.

After a lunch break you descend down into the valley and enjoy the last walk back to Bristen.

Hotel (example): Swiss Historic Hotel Stern & Post

approx. 5.5 h
approx. 16 km
775 m
1'345 m


Moderate hikes with an average duration of approximately 4 - 5. 5 hours walking time. For these hikes you should bring a good physical condition. 

As you will win altiude quickliy through the cable cars, you are most of the time on an alpine road. Surefootedness is necessary. For the cable car rides in the small, partly open gondolas you have to be free from giddiness.

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The Höhenweg Maderanertal at SwitzerlandMobility

The Höhenweg Schächental at SwitzerlandMobility

Services & Information


  • 6 nights incl. breakfast according to program
  • luggage transfer
  • personal briefing with beverage
  • all cable car rides according to programm
  • guided tour at the cheese dairy Sittlisalp with cheese tasting
  • Transfer Unterschächen - Amsteg
  • well prepared route guidance
  • elaborated travel documents
  • Service-Hotline

Not included:

  • public bus (approx., CHF 10.- p.p.)


  • by car: The hotel in Altdorf has parking spaces where you can park your car for CHF 50.- for the whole week. No reservations accepted.
  • by train: Regular connections from Lucerne and Zurich to Altdorf and there 3 minutes by bus to the hotel.
  • Departure from Amsteg: by bus to Erstfeld. From here you have regular train connections to Lucerne and Zurich.

Further information

  • All cable cars are certified transport companies, which are licensed for passenger transport.

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