Best Hiking in Switzerland – Lake Lungern

Lungern See – fast facts

Lake Lungern (Lungern See in German) is a Swiss lake located in the canton of Obwalden and a perfect spot for hiking in Switzerland. It is situated in the Sarner valley, at an elevation of 1,114 meters above sea level. The lake is approximately 3.5 kilometers long and 0.5 kilometers wide, with a maximum depth of about 35 meters. The surrounding area is home to the charming village of Lungern and the beautiful countryside of the Swiss Alps. The lake is a popular spot for hiking in Switzerland, swimming and fishing, as well as sailing and windsurfing. The surrounding area is also home to several ski resorts, making it a popular destination for winter sports as well.

Some eye candy below – we took this picture during our hike around the lake during Winter. We can still feel the freezing cold we experienced on this day, but the views were worth it!

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Incredible views from the North side of the lake

Hiking in Switzerland for ‘beginners’ – Rundweg Lungernsee

One of our favourite hikes in Lungern is called ‘Rundweg Lungerersee‘ (note ‘Rundweg’ basically refers to a round trip), which offers spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding mountains – as can be seen in the picture above taken during one of many times that we visited Lake Lungern. This may not be a hike with crazy elevation, or a hike that boosts your heart rate above 180 BPM, but regardless we added this one to our list of best hiking trails in Switzerland.

The hike is approximately 10 kilometers long, and depending on your pace can take approximately 3 hours. In our experience it will take less than three hours (e.g. more in 2,5 hours range), but add in some extra time to absorb the breathtaking views and taking 1000’s of pictures for your instagram account and making your friends jealous ;-).

Diesselbach Waterfall

There are many amazing viewpoints along the way, however one of the spots you should not be missing when hiking in Switzerland regards the Diesselbach Waterfall on the Southside of the lake (not too far from the parking area mentioned further below in this post).

Direct location pinpoint to the Diesselbach Waterfall:

Hiking trail info

Detailed info on the hike can be found here:

It is basically a round trip, so no need to worry on getting lost or anything. Just follow the road, forget about all the stress and create memories of a lifetime during one of the best hiking trips in Switzerland that is also suited for beginners.

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View on Diesselbach Waterfall at Lungernsee – short walking distance from the parking lot mentioned below

How to get there

By car (approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes from Zurich) – navigate to the following location (lots of parking available):

By Public transport

Depending on your location travel to train station ‘Lungern’ – you can use the following travel planner (or Google maps if preferred)

From station Lungern it is a short 10 minute walk to the lake (see map below)

Hiking in Switzerland – Lake Lungern – Some further eye candy

Below some further pictures in case you weren’t convinced yet in paying Lake Lungern a visit when hiking in Switzerland!

As always have fun and enjoy all nature has to provide when hiking in Switzerland! In case of any questions please feel free to leave a comment below.

Other cool spots for hiking in Switzerland

Be sure to also check out our other posts and explore further Swiss lakes when hiking in Switzerland! One of our suggestions for example would be a hike near Wagitalersee:

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