Through the heart of Switzerland

On your walk from the canton of Glarus to the Bernes Oberland, you will make your way through some of the „wildest“ mountain regions in Switzerland. Idyllic pastures and unspoilt alpine villages make this part of Via Alpina one of the most authentic hikes one can do in Switzerland.

Your walk features one of the biggest pastures in Switzerland, Altdorf with the tale of Willhelm Tell and the snow-covered peak of Mount Titlis. The charming village of Meiringen in the Bernese Oberland marks the end of this walk along Via Alpina.


From Linthal via a steep forest path to Braunwald, a sunny depression in the landscape, and on along wooded bands of rock to the largest Swiss alp with 1200 cows. Open, flat, rugged terrain along the Fätschbach river to Urrnerboden.

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 13 km
815 m
300 m

Modest alps and mobile bee boxes on Klausenpass, fascinating high-level panorama trail above Schächental valley, then steep descent to the valley floor.

approx. 5.5 h
approx. 17 km
850 m
915 m

Busride to Altdorf. Easy walk to the village Attinghausen and with the cable car up to Brüsti. After a steep section, the trail leads over a scenic ridge to the historic Surenenpass. The rock bastions on Brunnistock and the valley basin are imposing. A varied valley trail leads to the monastery town of Engelberg.

approx. 6.5–7 h
approx. 20 km
910 m
1'415 m

The trail leads over two rises to the scenic Trübsee lake at the foot of the Titlis and on over the Jochpass into the Bernese Oberland. The goal is Engstlenalp, an idyllic hotspot with lake, nostalgic hotel and thousands of Alpine roses.

approx. 5 h
approx. 11 km
1'265 m
400 m

Through Alpine flora to Tannalp with dairy, inn and lake. The ridge hike over Balmeregghorn, with wonderful views of the Eiger, Mönch & Jungfrau is truly impressive. Muggenstutz the dwarf and a sculpture garden promise variety on the way to Meiringen.

approx. 6.5 h
approx. 21 km
715 m
1'940 m


You can shortcut the long last leg with cable car rides. This trip leads through scarcely populated areas. Good physical condition, surefootedness and experience in alpine hikes is needed.

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Services & Information


  • 6 overnight stays with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Cablecar Attinghausen – Brüsti
  • Carefully elaborated route
  • Detailled route instructions
  • Service Hotline

Not included

  • Busride to Altdorf

Arrival / parking / departure

  • Parking in Linthal. CHF 3.- per day.
  • Return travel via Interlaken, Bern and Zürich to Linthal. Duration: 4.5 h

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