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Walk to Urnerboden

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  • / Sun leaves the valley
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  • / Road into the distance in the valley
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  • / Long road
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  • / Cliffs shelter the valley
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A simple and well-signed walk through woods and meadow before dropping into Urnerboden valley and following the river into the village.
Distance 13.6 km
4:00 h
385 m
264 m
1,482 m
1,215 m
From Braunwald, take the high balcony path to the resort of Urnerboden. The Urnerboden valley is one of the most dramatic in the alps, with a large flat bottom covered in typical pasture and farmland, with impressively tall walls on both sides, rock faces towering above you and a long and straight road splitting the valley in two. 
Highest point
1,482 m
Lowest point
1,215 m

Safety information

The weather can change rapidly in the Alps, always check the forecast before you start the days hiking and pack appropriately. If the weather is too rough, do not begin the trek.

There can be left over snow drifts early in the season, they have sometimes melted underneath - particularly if it covers moving water. Just because it looks solid, it doesn't mean it is. Exercise extreme caution when crossing such snow drifts and if possible walk around them to where you can see the solidity of the ground clearly.

Some of the ground can be uneven, with rocky/pebbly paths and even ice. Ensure you have suitable footwear with ankle support, and step cautiously when needed. 

Much of the path is on clifftops and there has been some erosion, for this reason, the path is sometimes unclear, be careful of the drop and of loose rocks and edges to the cliffs.

Some of the gates are cattle deterrents and are electrified, be sure to use the plastic handles and reattach the cable to the housing when you pass through, they are 12 volts, so not dangerous but very unpleasant.

Tips and hints

Food and Drink

Braunwald has plenty of spots for food and drink, but after that, there are no stops until Urnerboden so do make sure you have water and snacks.


Points of Interest


A quaint little vehicle free hamlet, perched on the clifftops with beautiful views of the surrounding mountain ranges and a selection of quality shops and cafes.


Urnerboden river

This river runs through the valley, winding through meadows, pine forest and stony paths it is unbelievably clear. The water is crystalline, and you can see all of the underwater life from river trout to interesting flora. The temptation for a dip is strong, but be warned - the water is cold!


Urnerboden valley

This huge valley, framed with towering cliff faces that fall steeply to a wide flat bottom, is visually inspiring.  The wide grassy plane at the bottom is home to a few villages and some farm animals, and in the winter the population drops to 24 with snowfall of up to 3 metres.




Braunwald Funicular Station (1,244 m)
2'718'750E 1'199'801N
46.938677, 8.998283
46°56'19.2"N 8°59'53.8"E
32T 499869 5198349


Urnerboden Gondola Station

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km - From the funicular station, come to the junction ignore the left and right turns and BEAR RIGHT slightly to ascend the trail, signed Urnerboden

0.70 km - BEAR LEFT as the path forks, keep following the signage which is very clear on this route

1.60 km - BEAR LEFT as the path forks

3.50 km - BEAR RIGHT as the path forks in the woods, take the ascending path

4.60 km - BEAR RIGHT as the path forks in the woods, take the ascending path

6.50 km - As you come out of the woods, the trail meets a road, TURN LEFT descending

7.40 km - At the second hairpin, BEAR RIGHT to ascend and leave the road, joining a clear path where you TURN RIGHT

9.50 km - TURN LEFT off the road onto a path, this path passes through a small quarry and then continues to follow the river, clearly signed, up the valley

10.50 km - Cross the bridge and continue on the trail on the other side of the river

11.10 km - Cross the bridge and continue on the trail

12.80 km - TURN RIGHT off the trail, you will see the gondola station above you, you have finished the days walking. 


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the funicular from Linthal to Braunwald. Make your way to the Linthal-Braunwaldbahn funicular station, and take it up to Braunwald. The funicular takes about 10 mins and runs from early morning. Check for timetables. 


2'718'750E 1'199'801N
46.938677, 8.998283
46°56'19.2"N 8°59'53.8"E
32T 499869 5198349
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


As well as the appropriate shoes and layered clothing for the changeable weather and other essentials, you should consider walking poles, UV sunglasses and factor 30 suncream. The sun is bright and high UV in the higher Alps and the snow can reflect it and intensify the exposure.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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13.6 km
4:00 h
385 m
264 m
Highest point
1,482 m
Lowest point
1,215 m
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