The Walen hiking trail is considered to be one of the most picturesque Swiss mountain paths and was chosen by Switzerland Tourism and the Swiss Hiking Trail Federation as one of the 12 most beautiful hiking trails in Switzerland. The route runs from the Engelberg Brunni area to the Wolfenschiessen Bannalp area. The Walen Trail (“Walenpfad”) round-trip ticket means that an attractively priced ticket can be obtained to cover the whole trip, valid for use on cable cars, the PostBus and the Wolfenschiessen-Engelberg Zentralbahn train network.
The starting point for the hike is Ristis above Engelberg. With views across the Engelberg mountains, the trail leads to Walenalp. The firepit barbecue area (firewood and water available) and views over the Mitteland region make this an inviting spot for a rest. The path then climbs upwards to Walegg, which at 1,943 metres above sea level marks the highest point of the approximately 3½ to 4 hour walk. Walegg offers breathtaking panoramic views of magnificent mountain scenery, across the Engelberg valley and beyond. The final destination of the hike, Bannalp, is one of Nidwalden's treasures. Following the trail along the Bannalp reservoir leads to Restaurant Urnerstaffel. A cable car will take you from Bannalp to Oberrickenbach. From there you can take a PostBus to Wolfenschiessen. The trail can also be followed in the opposite direction, and − depending on weather conditions − is feasible from mid-June to mid-October. Detailed information on opening times can be found at www.brunni.ch
The ticket does not include the Ristis-Brunnihütte chairlift. However, showing your round-trip ticket allows you to pay the discounted price of CHF 8 for a single trip.
You will find the entire Swiss public transport timetable online here.
Postbus route 331 (Wolfenschiessen-Oberrickenbach) is open all year round
No bicycle transport fixtures available in/on the vehicle
Limited wheelchair access to the postbus
all services only Hand-operated wheelchairs (tel. +41 58 448 06 22)