Michelsamt LU, walking from Gormund to Rickenbach

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Michelsamt LU, walking from Gormund to Rickenbach

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The Michelsamt is a geographical region in the northern part of the canton of Lucerne, not far from Lake Sempach. Although the area's gentle hills offer leisure possibilities for all seasons of the year, we recommend a visit especially in spring, when the entire area is painted in the deep green of the crops and the yellow of the rapeseed flowers. In this article, we tell you about our spring route from Gormund to Rickenbach and give you some useful tips for planning your excursion!

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The Michelsamt is a geographical region in the northern part of the canton of Lucerne, not far from Lake Sempach. Originally under the control of the Beromünster Monastery, it later became part of Canton Lucerne and was gradually reduced in size. Today, the Michelsamt includes the municipalities of Pfeffikon, Rickenbach, Beromünster and others, and together with the Sursee region, closer to the shores of Lake Sempach, is a popular hiking destination for easy, affordable walks surrounded by lush nature and the enchanting view of the Alps in the background. We usually open the hiking season in these regions, to gradually pick up the pace with long but not demanding trails and to enjoy – between April and May – the blossoming of the rapeseed, which is common in these areas. Therefore, in this article, we tell you about our spring route from Gormund to Rickenbach and give you some useful tips for planning your hike!

Hike overview & map

The route we propose starts at the bus stop “Neudorf, Gormund” and, following a well-marked path through hills and forests, reaches the town of Rickenbach (LU), where it ends. It is an easy route of about 16 kilometres, with few short inclines, running mostly on a paved road or dirt track. So no special equipment is required, except for comfortable shoes and, for those who prefer it, trekking sticks. During the route, you will have access to some viewpoints over the hills in the area, Lake Sempach and the snow-covered Alps in the background. A couple of barbecue and picnic areas are available along the route, but no restaurants except in Rickenbach, at the end of the route. We therefore suggest that you take your lunch with you.
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Hiking route

From Gormund to Blosenberg

The starting point of this walking route can be reached by bus, which will drop you off at the bus stop “Neudorf, Gormund”. Here you will find a small self-service shop selling farm produce and cold drinks. You might find it useful to get some food or something to drink for your hike. Crossing the road, you will immediately get a view of the small Gormund chapel, located at the top of a small hill. The church is always open and it is possible to visit the inside. After the visit, the hike begins, which for a good first part runs along the edge of a golf field, between hills and a few residential areas. After about 2.5 kilometres, you will find yourself surrounded by rapeseed fields and woods on a gently sloping path. Continue for another 4 kilometres and you will reach the Blosenberg picnic area, just a few steps away from the old broadcasting tower. If you are curious and want to know more about the tower, you can read its history on Wikipedia (german only). You are already halfway there. So this is the perfect time to take a break and eat your lunch!

From Blosenberg to Rickenbach

After lunch, we continue on our way to our destination. A downhill section of about 2.5 kilometres to the lowest point of the hike starts here, which is followed by a gently sloping ascent of about 4 kilometres. Part of the trail runs along a forest on uneven ground. Please be careful. The last downhill section of the route follows an asphalt road to the village of Rickenbach. Here, a few steps away from the bus stop “Dorf” you will find a bakery/cafe for a quick snack or a short break while waiting to take the bus back.

How to get there

See the location in Google Maps. The starting point of this excursion – the bus stop Neudorf, Gormund – can be reached by public transport. The route can be purchased via the SBB website or SBB app and as always, we suggest that you use the same website or app to check the timetables and different travel options in advance.

See the location in Google Maps. The starting point of this excursion – the bus stop Neudorf, Gormund – is also accessible by car. To find the best travel option for you, as always we suggest you use Google Maps. However, the area has no parking spaces, with the exception of the parking area for customers of the Gormund Restaurant (currently closed). Since this is also a one-way linear route, we suggest using public transport.

Tips

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No restaurants or cafés are available along the hike, except in Rickenbach, at the end of the route. On the other hand, you will find several picnic areas or scenic benches. So we suggest you take your lunch with you!

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The area around Lake Sempach is particularly fascinating in spring, when the rape crops are in bloom. In the same area, we suggest two other excursions worth considering: this one and this one!

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Are you planning an excursion here and have doubts or concerns? Let us know by leaving a comment below and we will give you a feedback as soon as possible!

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