Easy hike in the picturesque village of Stoos

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Stoos is a picturesque mountain village located in Central Switzerland - in the canton of Schwyz - nestled in the centre of a magnificent alpine landscape between rugged mountains and the turquoise waters of Lake Lucerne. The area is particularly famous for being accessible via the world's steepest funicular railway and because it is home to a large number of hiking trails for all interests and fitness levels. In this article, we suggest an easy one and give you some useful tips for planning your hike!

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Stoos is a picturesque mountain village located in Canton Schwyz, Switzerland. The entire area is nestled in the middle of a magnificent alpine landscape surrounded on one side by rugged mountains and on the other side by the turquoise waters of Lake Lucerne. In both winter and summer, the area offers many outdoor and sports activities and a myriad of hiking trails for all levels of fitness. But among locals and international tourists, Stoos is most famous because it is accessible via the world’s steepest funicular railway – the Stoosbahn – which can reach a gradient of 110 per cent in a trip time of four to seven minutes. In addition, the Stoos area is also famous because it is home to one of the country’s most beautiful and scenic hiking trails, the one that runs along the mountain ridge from Klingenstock to Fronalpstock. If, on the other hand, you are looking for something easier, perhaps to combine with an afternoon at the spa or a Sunday lunch, we have just the trail for you in this article!

Hike overview & map

The route we propose starts at the mountain station of the Stoos funicular and follows a path that is mostly on wide dirt and gravel roads. It is an easy circular trail of about 7 km. The incline is gentle, so no special equipment is required other than, as always, good walking shoes. In some sections the trail is uphill. Take your time! Several restaurants are available in the Stoos village area, as well as toilets and water fountains.

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Hiking route

Arriving in Stoos

The alpine village of Stoos is easily accessible from Schwyz via the world’s steepest funicular railway, a jewel of technology that will amaze you. The valley station is large and well organised and has ample parking for those who choose to arrive by car. When planning your visit, we suggest you take into account that during weekends and the summer season, long queues may occur both to buy tickets and to board the funicular. Therefore, our advice is to pre-purchase tickets online to reduce waiting times. All information about the weather situation on site, the operational status of the lifts and trails, and the purchase of tickets can be found on the official website. Once in Stoos, walk to the edge of the village, following the signs for the chairlift to Fronalpstock. But first take a look at the village’s distinctive wooden chapel – Stooskapelle Maria Hilf – nestled on a green hill. It is the landmark of Stoos! If you want, you can easily reach it with a short detour from the route. Our first goal today is the middle station of the Fronalpstock chairlift. To get there, you have to follow a sloping dirt road for about 1.2 km up to the Welesch restaurant (open only in winter months). From here, we continue for about 500 meters more on a sloping hiking trail. Once we reach the station, we can observe the view of Stoos from above. What a marvel!

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Back towards Stoos

Shortly after the middle station of the Fronalpstock chairlift we will be at the halfway point. From here, the rest of the trail continues first on a dirt path and then on wider gravel roads in the middle of a narrow valley. The descent to Stoos has begun and will continue for about 2 kilometers more. Here you will cross the Moorweg – the moor path. This trail, designed especially for children, provides information about the moor through eight information panels and allows for interesting experiences such as walking barefoot on the ground. For the little ones, a brochure is available at the funicular station. Past the Moorweg, we are once again at the edge of the village of Stoos. From here, just a little more effort to reach the Stoos Hüttä restaurant, perfect for your lunch. We recommend making reservations in advance! After a break for lunch or a snack, we are ready to head home by taking the funicular back towards Schwyz.

How to get there

See the location in Google Maps. The starting point of this excursion – the valley station of the Stoos funicular railway – 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 valley station of the Stoos funicular railway – is also accessible by car. To find the best travel option for you, as always we suggest you use Google Maps. A large covered parking area and a outdoor parking area are available near the funicular. Both are chargeable. More information can be found at this link.

Tips

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If you want to add a scenic break to your hike, you can reach the middle station at Fronalpstock and take the chairlift to the top. From here you have a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains and Lake Lucerne to the city of Lucerne! After observing the view, you can take the chairlift back to the starting point to resume your hike as planned.

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No restaurants or cafés are available along the hike, except in Stoos, at the beginning end at the end of the route. So if you plan to have lunch during the hike, we suggest you bring your own lunch!

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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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