Hike the Climate Audio Trail around Göscheneralp Lake

Glacier blooms and time travel – two stories, one challenge

The circular hike around the Göscheneralpsee, a lake in Central Switzerland, is one of the more popular hikes in the region. There is also plenty to admire in the area; from the diverse flora to the impressive mountain backdrop with its various glaciers and the vast expanse of water.

This unique and well described circular hike around the Göscheneralpsee really shouldn’t be missed. Spend an unforgettable day along the beautiful turquoise lake surrounded by formidable glaciers and breathtaking mountains. With a bit of luck, you may even come across some of the 150 mountain goats that spend their summer grazing on the Göscheneralp. The circular hike is more than just a leisurely stroll, however, with high steps and steep gradients requiring a sure foot. Sturdy footwear is a must as the middle part of the trail leads over stone slabs, and these tend to be slippery.

The trail starts at the dam and continues over Alpine rose slopes before reaching the sparse terrain of the Damma Glacier, and then onto a lateral moraine and through high and low moors. Hikers are bound to discover the marvellous relationships in nature along the trail.  There is also plenty to explore in terms of water and the climate, with information on the natural environment and outdoor adventures (Wasserwelt Göschenen) available from the Damma Glacier restaurant. There is also an audio tour from myclimate, with nine listening stations dotted around the Göscheneralpsee lake at which hikers can learn interesting climate-related facts. The audio guide can be downloaded to your smartphone via the Izi.Travel app. There are two versions available, one for adults and the other for children.

Back in Göschenen, a tour of the village is highly recommended. This tour is dedicated to the history of the longest railway tunnel of the 19th century and the development of transport in Gotthard. A village steeped in history with plenty of cultural highlights – and certainly not to be missed!

Journey Details

Duration 3 hours
Difficulty medium
Distance 8.1 Kilometres
Altitude difference 426 Metres
Arrival Train journey to Göschenen. Take the 411 PostBus  route travelling in the direction of Göscheneralp. This route is only available between Göschenen and the Göscheneralp during the summer season (July to October).
Return travel From Bannalp take the Bannalp Fell-Chrüzhütte cable car (open all year round) or the Fellboden Bannalpsee cable car (open 9 May – 25 October 2020) to Oberrickenbach, and from there take the PostBus, route 331, stop Oberrickenbach, valley station to Wolfenschiessen and travel home by train 

Additional information

Buy ticket

Buy your ticket from the SBB Shop or SBB Mobile app. You can also buy a ticket from the driver, at all ticket terminals, PostBus sales offices and at the counter of your nearest railway station.

Timetable / travel information

You will find the entire Swiss public transport timetable online here.

Timetable no. 60.411 Göschenen–Göscheneralp

Route not open all year


For groups of 10 people or more, a reservation is required on the previous day until 16.00 h at the latest. 
Tel. +41 58 448 06 22

Bicycle transport

Bicycle transport fixtures available in/on the vehicle.

Special comments:
Space is limited, reservations required.
Tel. +41 58 448 06 22

Wheelchair accessibility

Limited wheelchair access to the postbus

Special comments:
Reservations required, tel. +41 58 448 06 22

Contact details


Wasserwelten Göschenen
Göscheneralpstrasse 6
6487 Göschenen