Day 10: Flüeli-Ranft to Brünig

Woke up this morning to to a cloudy sky after rain last night. The prediction is for rain later today, but hopefully that is not correct. In any case, getting an earlier start to hopefully avoid any afternoon thundershowers

After a short 40 minute walk down the hill we make our first stop of the day in the village of Sachseln, said to be the geographic center of the country.

Of course we look into the town’s pilgrim church St. Theodul where we pay a quick visit to the tomb of Holy Brother Klaus and admire the frescos that show him giving counsel and thus preventing Swiss civil war.Unfortunately we are too early for the nearby Brüeder Klaus museum, so we Guggenheim it and continue on walking along the Sarnersee towards Giswil, a town first written about in the year 840.

Now we have a climb up to the next lake and the town of Kaiserstuhl.Just past Kaiserstuhl, we find an inn at the north end of Lungerersee that is just too beautiful to pass by … but we must as we have a way to go and a pass to climb. But we do get a good view of the lake and our destination for the day (high up the distant mountain).

The walk around the lake is relatively flat (for a change) and we make good time.

At the end of the lake we see an interesting building – it is a collection point for milk from surrounding farms, and a milk Automat – BYOB?

At the tiny village of Obsee we see the St. Beatus Chapel from 1567 (more about St Beatus in a couple of days).

Then up through the Sattelwald (and wait, are we walking on a Roman road?).Part way up the pass we come to a small shelter where we pause to sign in a pilgrim’s log, and take time to leaf through the register, hoping to catch a familiar name. And we do: Mali the pilgrim dog passed through just a few hours ago with his companions!

Not able to procrastinate longer, we resume the climb.

Yes, there are turnstiles in the middle of nowhere.

Finally we reach the top of the Brünig Pass, where we are spending the night.

Hard climb today, but hardly the Haggenegg! Check out our first up close look at the Bernese Oberland!

5 thoughts on “Day 10: Flüeli-Ranft to Brünig

  1. I look out for your updates every morning and am enjoying seeing parts of Switzerland I have never been to! I think I might just have to take the walk one day. Definitely going on my bucket list! Thank you for sharing…🙏🏻 Deana Wyland-Fries (Mark‘s sister – he would have loved to join you!)

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    1. Hi Deana, glad you are enjoying the walk. Reid and I visited Mark and Fred at Friedhof Enzenbuehl before we started. And yes, Mark was a walker. Remember his trek in Scotland? Maybe he is following along too! All the best!

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