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A Hidden Gem of a Lake: Spilauersee

Summit station Chäppeliberg/Spilau - Schön Chulm - Alpe Selez - Ruegig (Brügg)

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A Hidden Gem of a Lake: Spilauersee

Summit station Chäppeliberg/Spilau - Schön Chulm - Alpe Selez - Ruegig (Brügg)

Published on 11.01.2016 by GabrielleMerk | Tour Date: 22.06.2014 | Favourite Entries (6)

The Riemenstalden Valley is an idyllic side valley of the Reuss Valley in Canton Uri, reached by a switchback road from the tiny town of Sisikon on Lake Uri. The valley itself is worth a drive, but a trip up to the Spilau Alp with the privately run cable car from Riemenstalden-Chäppeliberg offers many unexpected surprises.

For starters, the 7-minute ride up in the open air 4-seater cable car offers spectacular views across Lake Uri and Seelisberg to Lake Lucerne, Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi, and also of the Fronalpstock / Chlingenstock ridge. Just behind the summit station is a small shop where you can buy the cheese produced on site at the Spilau Alp, and also have something to eat on the terrace. On the hill just above the station is the Brother Klaus Chapel originally established by the Furrer Family, and recently upgraded.

The 45-minute hike to the little gem of a lake passes through lush meadows filled with alp roses, herbs and a large variety of alp flowers. The Furrer Family who have been making alp cheese in the summer for generations allow their cows free grazing up here. The abundance of aromatic and wholesome herbs give the milk a special flavour. The milk is processed fresh every day and made into the specialty cheese called "Hay Cheese". This and other cheeses can also be purchased at the Spilau Alp near the lake.

In all directions the stunning geological formations feed the senses. It's quite unlike anything else, and offers a feast for the eyes at every bend of the path.

After reaching the saddle 300m West of the lake, the 20 minute detour to the cross on the look-out point is definitely recommended, for the 360-degree views across the Uri and Schwyzer Alps.

On the descent toward Eggbergen and the Schächen Valley there are a variety of options for shorter or longer routes. The route toward the Biel-Kinzig Station also passes by the Alp Selez mountain restaurant, and provides an additional 45 minutes of walking past the Ruegig station. Alternately at a fork in the trail one can head to the right to the Eggbergen cable car (descends to Flüelen).

Total time options, including detour to the look-out would be (approx.):

  • Chäppeliberg/Spilau to Ruegig station: 3 hours
  • Chäppeliberg/Spilau to Biel-Kienzig station: 3:45 hours
  • Chäppeliberg/Spilau to Eggbergen station: 3:45 hours



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Published on 11.01.2016 by GabrielleMerk | Tour Date: 22.06.2014 | Favourite Entries (6)

Route Details 

Central Switzerland
Time Required
2 hours 40 minutes
8 km
501 m
489 m
Max. Altitude
2172 m
Min. Altitude
1716 m
Season Start / Season End
June - October
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Points of Interest
Alp restaurant and hostel Spilau makes their own cheese in the old tradition. Cheese can be purchased at the cable car station or at the restaurant.
Starting Point
Summit Station of Chäppeliberg/Spilau cable car
Starting Point with Public Transport
Summit Station of Ruogig/Brügg cable car
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Alp Spilau, Alp Selez
Hotels, Restaurants and Tourist Information
The bus from Sisikon to Riemenstalden runs officially only 2x/day each way, and requires pre-reservation at least 60 mins. before (call 079 249 47 02). The bus can be ordered like a taxi at any other time, approx. 30Fr

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