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    Easy Round Tour from Pilgrim Village Maria Rickenbach

    Niederrickenbach - Bleiki - Niederrickenbach

    Easy Round Tour from Pilgrim Village Maria Rickenbach

    Niederrickenbach - Bleiki - Niederrickenbach

    This easy 2-hour round tour is a favourite for a Sunday afternoon or even for a quick tour after work on a summer evening!

    The location of this idyllic mountain pilgrim village (convent village with gardens and a shop where the sisters sell the products they make: teas, oinments, liqueurs) is very central in Switzerland, near Lucerne, and easy to get to.

    Before starting on the hike you walk through the little village, and the pilgrim's church is worth a peek. Then the trail leads up a paved mountain road to a picnic spot at the foot of the Musenalp where you can roast sausages. The uphill portion to the cheese dairy at Bleiki is a short and easy trek. At the dairy you can also buy homemade cheese.

    A level road from the dairy to the lookout point at the cross affords spectacular views into the Engelberg Valley and to the Stanserhorn in the West. More easy walking on level roads to the descent through a meadow and return to the village along a forest trail.

    Maria-Rickenbach has a pilgrimage history of over 470 years. Legend has it that a farmer's boy rescued a statue of the Madonna in 1528 during the Reformation when religious statuary was being destroyed, and brought it to this location. He hid it in a tree and when he went to retrieve it, the statue could not be removed. Locals like to think that the peaceful environment pleased her so much that she decided to stay.


    Published on 04.01.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 27.12.2015
    Published on 04.01.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 27.12.2015

    Route Details

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    Central Switzerland
    Time Required
    2 hours
    6 km
    330 m
    330 m
    Season Start / Season End
    April - November
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Points of Interest
    Pilgrim Church, Convent Shop. Tours of the convent and weaving mill offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
    Starting Point
    Cable Car Station Niederrickenbach
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Cable Car Station Niederrickenbach
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Pilgerhaus Maria-Rickenbach
    Pilgerhaus Maria-Rickenbach
    Things to Note
    The GA Railway card is good for a free ride on this cable car.

    Route Description

    00:00 From the cable car station in the direction of the village.

    00:05 View the pilgrim church or have something to eat at the Pilgerhaus. Follow the trail marker to Bleiki / Gibel. (Niederrickenbach Rundweg).

    00:20 Arrive at the picnic spot at the edge of the forest. Keep following any trail markers to Bleiki.

    00:50 Arrive at the Bleiki Cheese Dairy. Follow trail markers to Gibel / Niederrickenbach Rundweg.

    00:55 Bench at the cross. Great view over the Engelberg Valley. Continue from here along the road for another 20 minutes.

    01:15 The hiking trail leaves the paved road to the left to head down the hill through the pasture.

    01:35 Trail Marker at Gibel. Head to the left along the side of the mountain back to the village.

    02:00 Back at the car station for the ride down to the valley.





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