Hiking the Trans Swiss Trail – Stage 19 Stans to Seelisberg

Stage 19 of the Trans Swiss trail is 20 km long with 820 m ascent and 480 m descent and goes from Stans to Seelisberg. This stage was filled with beautiful views of the Vierwaldstättersee  both from shore and from above. There was also a steep ascent through the Risleten Gorge past a really gorgeous waterfall. This was a wonderful hike and one of the prettier stages we’ve done so far.

Detail Summary
Where:Stans to Seelisberg
Canton Nidwalden and Canton Uri Switzerland
Train/Bus: Zürich HB -> Stans – 1 hr 20 min

Seelisberg, Dorf -> Zürich HB – 2 hr 33 min
What: Trans Swiss Trail – Stage 19 – Stans to Seelisberg
Yellow trail markers Red and White- Trans Swiss Trail Route 2
One section is a red and white mountain trail
Skill: Medium – About 5 hrs 50 min
Length 20 km, Ascent 820 m, Descent 480 m

Additional Information

Photo Stories for Other Stages
Stage 1 – Porrentruy to St-Ursanne
Stage 2 – St-Ursanne to Soubey
Stage 3 – Soubey to Saignelégier
Stage 4 – Saignelégier to St-Imier
Stage 5 – St-Imier to Chézard-St-Martin
Stage 6 – Chézard-St-Martin to Neuchâtel
Stage 7 – Neuchâtel to Murten
Stage 8 – Murten to Laupen
Stage 9 – Laupen to Bern
Stage 10 – Bern to Worb
Stage 11 – Worb to Lützelflüh
Stage 12 – Lützelflüh to Langnau i.E.
Stage 13 – Langnau i.E. to Eggiwil
Stage 14 – Eggiwil to Schangnau
Stage 15 – Schangnau to Sörenberg
Stage 16 – Sörenberg to Giswil
Stage 17 – Giswil to Flüeli-Ranft
Stage18 – Flüeli-Ranft to Stans
Stage 19 – Stans to Seelisberg
Stage 20 – Seelisberg to Erstfeld
Stage 21 – Erstfeld to Wassen
Stage 22 – Wassen to Andermatt
Stage 23 – Andermatt to Passo del San Gottardo
Stage 24 – Passo del San Gottardo to Airolo
Stage 25 – Airolo to Osco
Stage 26 – Osco to Anzonico

Getting There

The Trans Swiss Trail is best done with public transportation as each stage starts and ends at different points. Stage 19 picks right up where stage 18 left off, a short walk from the Stans train station.

To get to the start of our hike we walked up past the Winkelried Memorial (picture 2 above), a fountain dedicated to the memory of Arnold von Winkelried. During the Battle of Sempach, Arnold von Winkelried threw himself onto the pikes of the defensive front sacrificing his life to open a passage for the Swiss Confederacy leading to victory. After admiring the monument, we found our trail sign and we were on our way.

The Trail

The trail starts in town, but soon heads out into the fields, where we had lovely mountain views ahead of us.

Just after crossing the stream in the picture above, we began a short bit of ascent providing us with a lovely view back of Stans and an overview of the airport (picture one).

The trail then begins winding its way down to the lake, first passing through the town of Buochs. The views across the lake were spectacular. The last two pictures below are from where we stopped at a bench to have our picnic lunch.

After we had our lunch, the trail took a few ups and downs through the forest. Just before reaching Risleten Gorge, we came to a picnic area in Breckenreid where dinosaur tracks were found. Don’t expect to see the tracks unless you are rock climbing with a guide who knows where they are, as the tracks are faint and located on the upper flat cliff face in picture two. We talked to a rock climber there who said he’s climbed these rocks many times and still isn’t sure he’s seen them. Just past the dinosaur track area, the trail begins the steep climb up through Risleten Gorge, going past a wonderful waterfall. The dinosaur tracks may have been a bit of disappointment, but the waterfall certainly wasn’t. Beautiful!

After climbing up out of the gorge, the trail had absolutely stunning views of the Vierwaldstättersee.

As we neared the end of the hike, I a snapped a few final picture of the lake behind us and the mountains ahead.

This was a warm day so it was good to be almost done.

Getting Back

When we reached Seelisberg, we quickly found the Seelisberg, Dorf bus station, and the end of the hike.

Since it was a ten minute wait for a three minute bus ride or a ten minute walk to the Seelisberg funicular station, we decided to just walk to the station. There, we caught the funicular down and headed home. This was a long hike, but also a very rewarding one. I really enjoyed this stage, and as always, I am looking forward to the next one.

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