Hiking to Bannalp

Previous weekend we were blessed with sunny summer weather – a perfect weather for trip to the mountains. My husband and I decided to explore the area we haven’t yet visited – the Bannalp.

Lake Bannalp (Bannalpsee) at Bannalp

The Bannalp is a hidden gem of the Central Switzerland. It is situated in the Engelberg Valley, high above the villages Oberrickenbach and Wolfenschiessen. It can be reached by foot or by public transport – via two cable cars from Fell: Fell-Chrüzhütte and Fellboden-Bannalpsee. Because my husband and I were up for a challenge, we decided to hike from Oberrickenbach – Fell all the way up to Bannalpsee.

Horses at Bannalp

Two hiking trails lead to from Obberickenbach to Bannalp. We’ve chosen the one via Haghütte. This 5 km long trail is well marked. It ascents from the altitude of 903 m to the altitude of 1713 m. With the total ascent of 810 m is quite steep and demanding. It definitely wasn’t the easiest hike I have ever done, but the beautiful landscape and the will to see what is waiting me at the top, kept me going.

The trail we took is on the map marked with number 2

After a little less than three hours we’ve reached the Bannalp. Tired, but happy we’ve completed the hike and arrived to our destination, we’ve stopped by the Chrüzhütte mountain hut where we’ve refilled our batteries and had delicious lunch.

My lunch

Rested and with our bellies full, we walked to Bannalp’s main attraction –  Lake Bannalp (Bannalpsee), an artificial lake at 1587 meters altitude. The lake covers an area of 16 hectares (40 acres) and is surrounded by the majestic mountains. It is truly breathtaking place well worth all the effort of hiking there.

Beautiful Bannalpsee

Even though we’ve reached the lake in the afternoon was the water still calm enough to reflect the surrounding mountains.

We’ve rested by the lake for a while and as none of us fancy a walk back down to the valley, we decided to take the cable car. We’ve chosen the Fellboden-Bannalpsee cable car which was closer to the lake. We bought out tickets and waited to be called for our ride. Because it was quite busy day at Bannalp and the cable car can only fit up to 8 people, we had to wait for app. 40 minutes to get back to the valley.

One way tickets to the valley

We’ve reached the valley exhausted but happy and grateful we’ve been able to experience another amazing hiking trip to amazing place.


HOW TO GET TO Bannalp?

By public transport:
By train & bus: Take the train  from Lucerne to Wolfenschiessen, there change for bus in direction of Oberrickenbach – Fell.

By car:
Follow the A2 motorway in the direction of Gotthard. Take the exit at Stans-Süd and drive in direction of Engleberg. When you reach the village Wolfenschiessen turn left in direction Oberrickenbach. When you reach Oberrickenbach you’ll find the free parking spaces by the cable car stations Fell and Fellboden.

Till next time Bannalp!



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3,690 thoughts on “Hiking to Bannalp

    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      You’re welcome! 🙂 Yeah, sadly it’s definitely not destination for those on low budget.

    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Definitivno eden lepših in hkrati manj znanih in denarnici prijaznejših kotičkov v Švici. 🙂

  1. Manja Mexi Movie says:

    Beautiful, especially the lake! This reminds me when father was in Rio de Janeiro and he decided to climb to the Jesus in the worst heat instead of taking the funicular, and the only people he met doing the same were a Swiss couple. 🙂

  2. charley says:

    Two of my favorite places on the planet are Switzerland and Slovenia! Going to Switzerland was a childhood dream of mine since fourth grade; I’ve gotten to go three times and loved ever moment of my time there. I forget how many times I’ve been to Slovenia and I am equally in love with your homeland and well!!!

    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Indeed it is. When you do, I would love to read about your experience of this place. 🙂

  3. Ruth says:

    I am amazed by Switzerland landscapes. Those mountains and lakes are so beautiful. I hope I can return to the country one day an enjoy several days of hiking.

    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Indeed! When you do return, don’t hesitate to contact me for some suggestions and tips. 😉

    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      I find food at the mountain huts in Switzerland really good. Of course, if they are not located at the place popular with the tourists. At the touristy places you can find overpriced soggy sandwiches too. 🙂

    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Thank you dear! I thought transport information would be useful for people who might follow my foot-steeps. I’m glad you like it. 🙂
      Ticino is a region I would love to discover better, but because of the long queues in front of the Gotthard tunnel we are rather focusing on other parts of Switzerland. I hope when the summer ends, there won’t be traffic jams anymore and we’ll be able to explore Ticino. 🙂

  4. ourdestinationsblog says:

    Fantastic report with gorgeous pictures. Very inspiring also for our blog which we just started. Since we live in Austria, this place is truly worth a visit sometime soon! enjoy and maybe see you on a Alp somewhen 🙂

    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Yes, Bannalp is a beautiful place. After all the effort to get to the top, is the best feeling, when you reach it and you’re are rewarded with such views. 🙂

    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Thank you dear! Enjoy your time in London! It might not be the best place to go hiking, but is still great town. 🙂
      I’ll take a look at your blog. Thanks for stopping at mine! 🙂

    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Thank you! Actually those are Swiss Alps. 😉 But there are some places in Slovenian Alps that are as stunning as is this place. 😉

  5. TheHelpfulHiker says:

    That picture of Lake Bannalp is absolutely beautiful, like a fairytale. Another amazing hike with such stunning views. I would have taken the cable car down too-I hate walking downhill! Thank you so much for sharing with us at #AdventureCalling

  6. pottyadventures says:

    What amazing views! With a total ascent over 800m it must have been pretty tough going but, like you say, what a reward you got at the top. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling calling I hope you can again tomorrow.

  7. Ariana says:

    For the bus in direction of Oberrickenbach – Fell, what bus stop did you go down and start the hike? Thanks

    • Urska - Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Hi Ariana, we drove to Oberrickenbach by car, but we’ve started our hike close to the cable car station. Bus stop was just next to it, but unfortunately I don’t remember how exactly it is called. My guess would be Talstation or something similar.

  8. Deborah Regen says:

    Switzerland is full of surprises! I did not know about this place, how absolutely beautiful it is. I wonder how they created this artificial lake? Just curious, it adds the perfect touch to the scenery.

  9. Travel Lexx says:

    So stunning – all the photos look like they could easily make it onto postcards! Hiking looks great and you guys had some awesome weather too! Thanks for sharing

  10. Laurel says:

    I have never been, but the pictures are so beautiful! It looks like you had an amazing hike and lunch. #theweeklypostcard

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