The mountain lakes of the Alpstein

3-lake hike.

From Wasserauen you walk along the Schwendibach stream and climb to Seealpsee lake. Its idyllic location, clean water and two alpine inns make Seealpsee one of the most popular destinations in the Alpstein. At the end of the lake the route heads left up to the captivating little herdsmen’s village of Meglisalp. The path continues with a steep ascent to the Widderalpsattel followed by a pleasant descent to the Widderalp. Surrounded by the steep cliffs of Hundstein to the north, Altmann to the west and Kreuzberge to the south, are the almost pitch-black waters of Fählensee lake. The route now goes down the valley on a good path to Sämtisersee lake. Both the Fählensee and the Sämtiesersee flow underground and do not reappear until they reach the Rhine valley. After a short uphill section the route descends quickly through the mystical Brüeltobel as far as Brülisau.



Wasserauen – Seealpsee – Unterstrich – Meglisalp – Widderalpsattel – Bollenwees am Fählensee – Sämtisersee – Plattenbödeli – Brülisau


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Type of hiking tour

Hiking in the mountain


17.62 km


1194 m


1142 m


6 hours 45 minutes

Starting point / End

Wasserauen, Bahnhof / Brülisau