Niederbauen-Kulm, CH

The Niederbauen-Chulm is a mountain of the Urner Alps, overlooking Lake Lucerne in Central Switzerland. Its 1,923 metre high summit is located on the border between the cantons of Nidwalden and Uri.


Anyone in search of panoramas and lovers of Tritt cheese will be familiar with the ridge of the Niederbauen. From the Hundschopf you get an amazing view of Lake Uri, and an even more inspiring vista awaits you after the steep climb up to the Niederbauen Chulm.

But let’s start at Emmeten: Seasoned summiteers (yes, that includes myself) skip the first 800 metres of the climb – the small blue cable cars that glide up from Emmetten to Alp Niederbauen are too tempting.

To avoid taking the same route twice, I recommend the ascent via the Hundschopf. The slope up to the Gütsch (Niederbauen) is very steep, but the 200-metre ascent is rather quickly conquered. You follow the outer ridge on the right, with constant views down to Lake Uri and towards the Gotthard.

The Niederbauen Chulm is a rewarding destination, offering panoramic views of the blue inlets of Lake Lucerne down below, a jagged range of peaks to the east, the perfectly pyramidal Bristen to the south, Mount Pilatus to the west and, finally, the Rigi to the north.

You descend via the “normal route”, on which a visit to the Tritt Alpine hut, where you can enjoy outstanding cheese and beverages, is a must.

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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