A long walk which can be shortened with the use of public transport in various places.
Say goodbye to the busy town of Lucerne! You will be walking back into it in about a week's time. Follow the national trails 3 and 4 to the town of Adlingenswil before continuing on country roads and descending to lake level at the town of Kuessnacht. From here, ascend once more to follow country trails along the hillside, offering fantastic views of the lake. Pass by Greppen (a short detour into the town is optional) before continuing to the picturesque lakeside town of Weggis.
The day starts at bustlling Lucerne but soons heads onto quiet country roads, into forests and through open pasture where cows graze.
The route is well marked with yellow ''wanderweg'' signs, yellow diamond markers and/or signage to the various villages and towns you will pass through. However, please always refer to your route notes, maps and if you are using it, the navigation app for the specific directions for this route.
Leaving Lucerne town, walk along the waterside before ascending up through residential roads, forests and fields of grazing cows (where you can hear the gentle tinkle of their bells!). Descend to the small town of Adlingenswill, where you can refuel with food and fuel if required (there is co-op, cafes and an ATM within a few metres of arriving into Adlingenswill). Climbing out of Adlingenswill via paved and gravel routes leads once more through cow-filled fields and past traditional wooden farmhouses and their well-tended flower boxes. Soon you will be presented with lake views and the town of Kuessnacht below. Descending to Kuessnacht (just over halfway) where there are plenty of opportunities to sample locally produced Swiss chocolates and enjoy a lunch at one of the many cafes. Beyond Kuessnacht, the route offers excellent views of the lake, with higher peaks coming into view. There are plenty of picnic benches along the route so take a seat and relax with the wonderful views! The long paved climb out of Kuessnacht, descends towards Greppen before the final climb towards Weggis, through several farms. On the approach to Weggis, higher peaks dominate the sky line as you begin your final descent towards the lake.
Options to shorten:
Lucerne to Weggis - Ferry (40mins)
Lucerne to Kussnacht - Train (20 mins)
Kussnacht to Weggis - Bus (20 mins)
Greppen to Weggis - Bus (5 mins)
Today you're never far from villages and small lakeside towns, so there is plenty of time to appreciate the stunning Lake Lucerne. Howevrer, the second half of the route from Kussenacht onwards has many more panoramic lake views. You may like to consider taking a coffee break and a quick bite in Kuessnacht (just over half way) before continuing on the ascent towards Weggis. Along this route there are plenty of picturesque benches where you can enjoy a picnic, accompanied by the gentle sounds of traditional cow bells. Alternatively, Kuessnacht is the best spot for lunch today in one of the many bars and cafes behind the large church (see the note at km 13.6).
*If you are walking on a Sunday many shops and services are closed so do purchase provisions the night before.
Always be prepared for a change in conditions and do wear weather appropriate kit. Always carry enough food and water with you and personal kit that is neseccary to your well being. Good, sturdy walking shoes are required.
The routes are well marked and generally in very good condition. You will be walking through fields where cows and other livestock graze. Although docile, do keep your distance and walk calmly when passing through fields of cows. Be vigilant of cows when passing cows with calves.
You will walk through towns, villages and along country and farm roads. Please always be mindful of traffic, especially on sections that have no pedestrian footpath.
Tips, hints and links
Points of Interest
1) Lion at Lucerne. The Lion Monument in Lucerne is an impressive and moving monument to those soliders from central Switzerland who lost thier lives, serving King Louis XVI during the French Revolution. On 10 August, 1792, the soliders defended the Royal Tuileries Castle in Paris to allow the French Royal family time to escape. Carved into the rock, above the water, the monument is worth the detour on foot and takes around 10-15 minutes to reach from the Seebrucke Bridge. The Lion can be visited at Lowendenkmal, Denkmalstrasse.
2) Appreciating lake views and cowbells. Today will be the first of many days where you can happily realx on a bench amongst alpine farms, gardens and the enchanting sounds of Swiss cowbells. A simple but very enjoyable pleasure.
3) Astrid Kappelle Chapel. In 1935, Queen Astrid of Belgium died in a car accident here. A lakeside chapel was constructed in her memory and is also a musuem to her life and death. Born in Sweden, Queen Astrid was a princess of Sweden's royal House of Bernadotte and the chapel is visited by many Swedish and Belgium nationals since her death.
This tour is available on the following itineraries:
Book recommendations for this region:
Despite not walking high into the mountains, the weather can change. It's always useful to pack an extra layer, waterproofs and sun protection. Do wear clothes clothes comfortable for walking, ones which have quick drying properties are excellent in very hot or wet conditions. Good footwear is essentilal. A good sturdy walking shoe will suffice but you may prefer to wear boots.
Do take a supply of food and drink with you and any neseccary meditcation, together with a very simple first aid kit.
Please refer to the kit provided in your information pack for a list of other suggested items.
Lastly - don't forget your maps and route notes!