Published/updated on 03.08.2019 by GabrielleMerk | 26552 points | Date of Tour: 27.07.2019
This easy hike from Alpnachstad to Stansstad along the South end of Lake Alpnachersee is another piece of the 115-km long "Waldstätterweg" around Lake Lucerne.
The trail takes you from the base station of the Pilatus Mountain Railway (the steepest cogwheel railway in the world) on a flat easy trail past an important protected marsh (dogs must be on leash) and ecological restoration area (Schlierenkanal), through a cool forest lightly ascending to an upper meadow from where you can see down on the lake and the city of Stansstad, as well as Mount Bürgenstock and Lake Lucerne beyond the bridge.
More forest and meadow trails heading straight toward Mount Stanserhorn double back into a short 15-minute walk through the Rotzloch Gorge before emerging again at the lake on the grounds of the large gravel factory. After 20 minutes along the road and past another large marsh, you regain the lakeshore for a rather pleasant stroll right to the train station at Stansstad.
This is a very nice hike to do with children as there is a park with a small kiosk and swimming area near the marina at Alpnachstad.
Städerried Marsh all along the South side of the lake // There is a small park with refreshments (badibeiz) and playground with small swimming pool just past the boat storage and marina and near the start of the marsh. On this side of the first canal is also a beach with lake Access (Strandbad Alpnachstad).
Alpnachstad (Plaza to the West of the station), Badibeizli just past the boat storage
Things to Note
Ships dock near the train station at Alpnachstad and also at Rotzloch as well as in Stanstad (400m North of the Station on the Lake Lucerne side) so you can combine this outing with a boat ride on this lake or Lake Lucerne // The marsh area at the South end of the lake is a protected area and can only be accessed at two places. Keep an eye on the signs that mark where you cannot enter. DOGS MUST BE ON LEASH AT ALL TIME due to the vulnerability of the rare animal species that live here.
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