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Hiking to Eigenthal and Hergiswald

2. Juni 2012
Report, Photos: Gerhard

Third time's the charm! Twice the tour was already announced and again and again bad weather put a damper on our plans. But this time it worked out. 14 mountain & ski enthusiasts had a great day in the Eigental valley following the tracks of Thomas Widmer, who wrote a report about this hike in the Tagesanzeiger.


By train and post bus we reached Lifelen near Schwarzenberg, the starting point of our hike. Without any Kafi (there is nothing to stop at) we started our ascent to Eigenthal.

Gruppe im Wald

Soon we were hiking through a romantic forest ...

Findling im Wald

... and discovered the mossy erratic blocks.

über satte Wiesen - himmelwärts

The path winds higher and higher through the forest and finally leads across lush meadows towards the sky.


At the Meiestoss we caught a first glimpse of the Eigental.

Eigental und Pilatus

Calmly and peacefully the Pilatus lay before us and presented the still existing snowfields.

Eigenthal vom Pilatus gesehen Eigenthalerhof vom Pilatus aus

And this is what the Eigenthal looks like when you stand on top of Pilatus!

The Eigenthalerhof with the telephoto lens seen from the Pilatus. On the right edge of the picture you can see the Marienkapelle.

Terrasse des Eigenthalerhofs

In the restaurant Eigenthalerhof a table on the terrace was prepared for us. It was wonderful to sit here and enjoy the fantastic view.

Frau Bühler

The boss, Mrs. Bühler took care of us personally. Gordon bleus are the specialty here - and what a specialty it is. The portions were huge and beautifully presented to the eye. Nevertheless, there had to be some space left ...


... for the apple toad!

Marienkapelle Eigenthal

After the long lunch break the hike led to the nearby Marienkapelle.

Marienkapelle Eigenthal Innenansicht

We briefly took a look into the interior of the Marienkapelle.

The picture on the right wall caught my attention.

Maria und Kind Bild Eigenthal

Is there a similarity with the Mariahilf painting by Lucas Cranach?

To view the picture here on the left side, upside down, simply move the mouse over it.

Cranachsches Mariahilfbild
blühender Birnbaum

On the ascent to the Würzenegg, this flowering tree greeted us with all its splendour.

The cheerfully chatting group became a bit quieter with time, as the short ascent demanded a lot of breath because of the sultriness.

Pilatus von der Würzenegg

View of Mount Pilatus and the way we came up..


The hiking group on the Würzenegg (1164m)


The descent, led first over a small forest road. Further down the field of vision opened up and in front of us was Kriens, Lake Lucerne and behind it the Rigi.


The goal, the pilgrimage church Hergiswald is reached. After a short visit to the church, which is impressively decorated in baroque splendour with its beautiful coffered ceiling, we already had to hurry to the bus station. The post bus brought us to Lucerne, where we could take our reserved seats in the train. The youth group arriving just before departure, on the other hand, found their reserved seats occupied and so the young people stood in the aisle with us, making the journey home a bit noisy. Finally we arrived peacefully in Zurich.