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Two Winter Walks: Sun and Shade in Marbachegg

Marbachegg - Wittenfärren - Nesselboden - Lourdes Grotte - Marbach (Talstation)

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Marbachegg - Wittenfärren - Nesselboden - Lourdes Grotte - Marbach (Talstation)

Published/updated on 10.02.2019 by GabrielleMerk | 27362 points
 | Date of Tour: 06.02.2019 | Favourite Entries (2) 

Marbachegg is a small family-friendly ski area in the Entlebuch part of Switzerland, mostly frequented by locals. This sunny high plateau near the Luzern/Bern border can be accessed by a gondola lift from the town of Marbach at the valley bottom. The trip up is worth it (in winter pedestrians pay only 10 SFr. for a return trip with the gondola cable-car) just to bask in the sunshine and take in the sweeping views of the Bernese Alps from Mount Stockhorn in the West to Mount Wetterhorn in the East, including the distinctive peaks of Mounts Shreckhorn and at 4272m the highest peak in the Bernese Alps: Mount Finsteraarhorn.

The view is best enjoyed near the end of the 1km long Gassenegg Trail, which takes you right to the border stone between the two Cantons, with many benches along the way.

The two main winter trails starting in Marbachegg lead on one side down a sunny trail to Bumbach in the South, or down the shady North side back to Marbach. There are positive aspects to both, but the longer 2-hour trail on the North side offers more winter atmosphere, as the snow stays longer on the trees, and the snow on the road surface doesn't melt as quickly down to asphalt.

Once back down in Marbach, you can visit the Lourdes Grotto just a couple of minutes off the trail (charming when the sun shines on the snow-covered trees and creek), buy locally-produced cheeses and more at the Marbach Cheese Dairy, and if coming by car, return from here in about 15 minutes to the valley station of the Marbach cable-way.

Published/updated on 10.02.2019 by GabrielleMerk (27362 points) | Date of Tour: 06.02.2019

Route Infos

Central Switzerland
Time Required
2 hours 45 minutes
10 km
88 m
675 m
Max. Altitude
1469 m
Min. Altitude
867 m
Season Start / Season End
November - March
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Points of Interest
Views, Lourdes Grotto, Marbach Cheese Dairy
Starting Point
Starting Point with Public Transport
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Marbachegg, Marbach
Things to Note
Trail 1 "Gassenegg Trail": Loads of Sunshine. Trail 2 "Marbach": 1st 35 minutes in sunshine, the next ca. 1 hour mostly in shadow of the hill, until you reach the valley bottom before Marbach (but here the winter wonderland is beautiful). // The first section of Trail 2 where you cross the ski piste is steep and slippery, might be better to stay on the right side of the ski piste.

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