Buochserhorn, CH

The summit of the Buochserhorn rises free at the end of the mountain chain on the eastern side of the Engelberg valley. This location allows a unique panoramic view of the mountains and far out into the midlands.


I recommend, you first take the cable car from Niederrickenbach train station up to Maria-Rickenbach. An ascent up to the Buochserhorn poses no great difficulties and the path begins at the Kapellplatz in Maria-Rickenbach. In the back of this mountain village mainly consisting of a monestary for nuns, jagged rock bastions pile up. Behind these craggy cliffs, the gorgeous Musenalp hides with its lush mountain pastures. Before going there, you may want to conquer the Buochserhorn though:

Slightly ascending, a path leads through the Steinrüti up to the rest area at the water reservoir. Here, you leave the path and use the hiking trail which branches off to the left. Still slightly ascending, you reach the mountain forest with a long-drawn forest glade. This leads directly into a wild stream ditch and then up steeply to the Bleikialp. Following the trail, you climb up through the Alp to the Bleikigrat.

Going north, you then reach the saddle from which you can for the first time take a look down Beckenried and far into Eastern Switzerland. The ascent to the top is now along the ridge. The path is partly quite washed out and steep, but easy to handle and in good weather, the great view rewards the efforts of the ascent.

Now the descent follows the other mountain flank until you reach the Bleikigrat again. From there, the scenic ascent via the Rätzelengrat (Alpine Route, use the hands too!) to the highest point of Musenalp with its magnificent panorama begins. A bit exhausting but worth the effort.

From the mountain restaurant Musenalp, the descent leads along the lush alpine meadows down to the stable. Here, the routes fork to Klewenalp and Maria Rickenbach. You probably want to choose the second option and after a few steps you reach the entrance on the edge of the alpine meadows. Between the rocks, a trail initially leads steeply down to the Ahornalp and further on the mountain road to Maria Rickenbach where you catch the cable car down to Niederrickenbach train station.

Getting there

By any means or by choice of public transport services: SBB Timetable, please click here.

The Country

Switzerland is a mountainous Central European country, home to numerous lakes, villages and the high peaks of the Alps. Its cities contain landmarks like capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge.

The country is also known for its ski resorts and hiking trails. Banking and finance are key industries, and Swiss watches and chocolate are world renowned.

The Weather

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