Paragliding in Central Switzerland - the 10 best spots

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The area of inner Switzerland, with countless mountains and lakes and a fantastic panorama, is ideally suited for spectacular flights with higher and lower jump heights.

Paragliding flight at Hoch Ybrig

The view goes from the eastern Swiss Alps to the 4,000-meter mountains in the Bernese Oberland. The lakes shimmering everywhere form a fantastic contrast. Very popular are flights just before sunset in summer because of the wonderful colors and contrasts.

Almost all flight areas of Central Switzerland can be used all year round. We have collected for you the 10 most beautiful paragliding flights in inner Switzerland:

Paragliding flight at Hoch Ybrig

The enchanting scenery of Hoch Ybrig offers jump heights of about one thousand meters from its highest point near Sternen. You can easily see the peaks of the Mythen in the direction of Lake Lucerne. Even in winter people like to jump here.

The lift operators usually prepare a tamped start slope next to the mountain station. In the morning you can often find upwinds at Roggenstock, in the afternoon the rock face to the east of the cable car carries well. The cable is marked and therefore easily visible. The lower drop-off point above Weglosen is at about 1,100 meters.

The best way to reach the hiking and winter sports area Hoch Ybrig is to take the aerial cableway from Weglosen, which lies 1,035 meters above sea level in the Waag valley. The cable car goes up to Seebli at 1,460 meters and from here you continue with the chair lift. With it you reach the mountain stations Spirstock and Sternen at 1,771 and 1,856 meters respectively.

You can easily reach Weglosen by car from Unteriberg or by post bus from Einsiedeln. The take-off and landing areas are located directly next to the mountain and valley stations.

Paragliding from the Rigi

The Rigi is an impressive mountain massif with peaks between about 1,600 and almost 1,800 meters. It is picturesquely situated between Lake Zug, Lake Lucerne and Lake Lauerz and is also called the Queen of the Mountains. Paragliding flights take place here all year round when the weather is suitable.

The most beautiful jump is from the Rigi Kulm, the highest peak of the massif. The altitude difference to the landing site here is at least 1,000 meters, offering flight times of at least fifteen minutes, or even thirty minutes with a suitable updraft. For the whole trip you should allow about two hours. The Rigi offers other launch sites, which are selected depending on the wind direction.

Take-off sites and jump directions of Rigi:

  • Rigi-Kulm (southeast to southwest)
  • Rigi-Staffelhöhe (west to northwest)
  • Rigi-Scheidegg (northeast)
  • Rigi-Rotstöckli (north to northwest)

The landing site is located north of Goldau, in Kräbel, Weggis, Kreppen or Küssnacht, depending on the drop-off point. A small landing site in Vitznau is also sometimes used. Good evening thermals make flights in the evening hours until shortly before sunset a special experience.

Several cable cars and cogwheel railroads lead up there. The most important are the Vitznau and the Arth-Rigibahn, which are cogwheel railroads going up to Rigi-Kulm. Rigi-Staffelhöhe is another mountain station of these railroads. Even the ride on the rack railroad is an experience. The Rigi cable car starts in Weggis and takes ten minutes to Rigi-Kaltbad. From there you need another two minutes with the rack railroad to Staffelhöhe.

Other cable cars go from Kräbel to Rigi-Scheidegg, from Obergschwend to Rigi-Burggeist, from Vitznau to Hinterbergen or Wissifluh and from Brunnen to Urmiberg.

Paragliding Rigi

Jump from Seebodenalp

Seebodenalp, surrounded by dense forest, is located in the north below the Rigi and offers a wonderful view of Lake Lucerne and Lake Zug as a hiking area and winter ski resort. The cable car runs every thirty minutes from Küssnacht to Seebodenalp. It takes about eight minutes and arrives at a sun-drenched high plateau on the north side of the alp.

From here, after a ten-minute walk in a southwesterly direction, you reach the drop-off point at an altitude of about 1,032 meters on a small hill above the Ruedisegg alpine farm. About twelve meters lower, there is another drop-off point between the alpine farm and the mountain station. The altitude difference is about 560 to 570 meters, the landing site is located at 461 meters on the meadow near Küssnacht-Eichholtern below the main road in the direction of Weggis. It is approached from the north or south.

This landing site is located near the valley station of the cable car. The landing site in Küssnacht-Ebnet is reserved exclusively for delta pilots and may not be approached by paragliders.

Paragliding from Seebodenalp

Paragliding Braunwald

Braunwald is a popular thermal flying area. It is located between the Glarus Alps and the Klausen Pass, is car-free and has many springs as well as large forest areas. The Oberblegisee lies at an altitude of 1,422 meters and, like the neighboring Guppensee, appears almost mystical with its steel-blue water. You reach Braunwald from Linthal with the funicular in only seven minutes. The jumping-off point at 1,234 meters above sea level (Braunwald Kiosk) is a two-minute walk away. Because of the good accessibility, you can fly 600 meters into the depth every half hour. A little further west is another drop-off point at 1,300 meters. In winter, the Gumen combined lift leads from Braunwald after a ten-minute walk via a chairlift further up to the Gumen Braunwald mountain station.

Here you will find the winter launch site below the station at an altitude of 1,883 meters. From here you will overcome about 1,300 meters of altitude with a paragliding flight. Winter flights just before sunset are very popular because of the particularly picturesque landscape. It takes about twenty minutes to walk from Gumen Braunwald to the Gumen Grat take-off point at 2,040 meters.

Be careful with north and northeast winds. In addition, the paragliding flight to the south leads over ropes on the Urnerboden and an invisible rope between the rock face and Linthal, where the landing site is located. The altitude difference from here is about 1,400 meters.

Oldest paragliding sites in Switzerland - Pilatus

Mount Pilatus is a mountain massif south of Lucerne and the city's local mountain. Within central Switzerland, the flying area is considered one of the most alpine and at the same time oldest paragliding areas. The highest point is on the Tomlishorn at 2,128.5 meters, the valley of the Pilatus area reaches the lowest point at 432 meters at the confluence of the Reuss and Emme rivers

Jumps are a very special experience because of the panoramic view of mountains and lakes even before the jump, but especially during the flight with excellent thermals. A large number of surrounding airfields makes paragliding here more challenging than elsewhere. Also, you should know the wind systems that prevail at the jump sites.

The Pilatusbahn is a rack railroad and takes you from Alpnachstad to the mountain station Pilatus Kulm in thirty minutes. This railroad is the steepest rack railroad in the world. It overcomes a height of about 1.5 kilometers on 4.6 km and leads through six tunnels, which are between forty and almost one hundred meters long.

The Dragon Ride aerial cableway takes you from Fräkmüntegg to Pilatus in three and a half minutes. The special shape and quiet operation of the aerial cableway give you a taste of paragliding even as you ascend. A jump-off point for paragliders is located directly below the restaurant at the Pilatus Kulm mountain station.

The meadow quickly turns into a scree slope and requires a good take-off technique. Jumps are made to the south and southwest; in winter, the Pilatus Kulm takeoff point is unsuitable. From 2,040 meters you can reach a height difference of about 1,600 meters. From the top station you can reach the Klimsenkapelle jumping-off point only with good footwear. It is located northwest at 1,878 meters, is not so demanding in the jump and also allows jumps over 1,600 meters in summer.

Another starting point is the Steiglihorn, which can be reached on foot in 15 minutes from Kulm in the direction of Chilchsteine. Here the rack railroad turns off. This launching site can also be used in winter. Landing sites are in Alpnach at the western exit of the village and in Kriens / Allmend Luzern.

Especially popular are thermal flights on summer evenings from Klimsen over Lucerne to Allmend with a wonderful panoramic view over the city and Lake Lucerne.

Paragliding from Pilatus

Paragliding flights with unforgettable views from Niederbauen / Emmetten

From Niederbauen to Emmetten you fly with the paraglider for about 15 minutes, covering an altitude difference of 850 meters. Thermal flights are extended to about 30 minutes. The flights are carried out all year round. You should allow at least 1.5 hours for the flight. The take-off point is a slope on meadow. It is located in the immediate vicinity of the mountain station of the 8-seater aerial cableway Niederbauen, which stands at 1,575 m above sea level.

The cable car takes you from Emmetten to Niederbauen every half hour in about eight minutes. Already from the gondola you have a direct view of Lake Lucerne and the jump is also in the direction of the lake. The landing site in Emmetten is slightly inclined and easy to approach when the wind is not too strong from the west. Even in the late afternoon there are still good flying conditions here. The route is considered one of the most beautiful for paragliding.

Paragliding Niederbauen Emmetten

Paragliding from Büelen

The Büelen mountain area is somewhat sheltered from the wind in the Engelberg valley at about 1,100 meters and is reached by cable car from Geissmattli (Wolfenschiessen). The ground station is located at an altitude of 550 meters. There are two take-off sites here.

You will find the take-off site Büelen right next to the mountain station on a small but moderately steep meadow, to the site Büelenhang you climb up the slope for about ten minutes. The landing site is located in front of the Neu-Fallenbach farm north of the cable car station at 540 meters. In the valley the wind can be very strong in spring and summer. There are many ropes to watch out for when landing.

Access to the landing area is prohibited for all vehicles, they must be parked at the valley cable car station without exception. Since the place is considered as a training and examination place, it is often very crowded. It is known for its good infrastructure with food kiosk, folding area and seating area. The Engelberg valley is about 25 kilometers long and lies in the midst of an impressive mountain landscape, which is also very worth seeing in winter.

Paragliding from Büelen

Paragliding Rotenfluh

The 1,571 meter high mountain Rotenfluh (also called Rotenflue) is the local mountain of the canton capital Schwyz. Due to its direct proximity to the Großer Mythen, it is often used as a starting point for hikes there. The Rotenfluebahn is an 8-seater gondola lift (single-cable circulating railroad).

It runs all year round from Rickenbach via the Rätigs middle station to Rotenflue and climbs 958 meters in altitude in twenty-six minutes. While paragliding, you have a wonderful view of the Mythen mountains to the north and Lake Lucerne and Lake Lauerz to the west. The take-off point is located at 1,519 meters below the mountain inn, a ten-minute walk from the mountain station.

The maximum height difference you can reach is 1,109 meters. A rarely used second drop-off point is located directly at the top station. When the foehn is blowing, it is not allowed to fly from both jumping-off points. Landing is in Rickenbach on the landing field at the eastern end of the village.

Paragliding Rotenfluh

Paragliding Engelberg / Brunni

The Brunni area is located on the sunny side of Engelberg and has three take-off sites for paragliders. The Tümpfeli launch site, located at 1,800 meters, faces south and southeast. You can reach it by taking the Ristis cable car of the Brunni lifts and then the Ristis-Brunnihütte chairlift. Afterwards you have to descend by foot for about ten minutes.

At 1,870 meters you will find the launch site Härzlisee (at the Brunni hut) facing west. The walk from the top station of the chairlift takes about four minutes at the same altitude. The way to the Schonegg place, on the other hand, takes twenty minutes upwards; in winter you can take the ski lift. At an altitude of 2,000 meters you jump from here to the south and southwest

All three jump points are located in moderately sloping meadow terrain. The official landing site is a meadow at an altitude of 1,095 meters, located between the Sportingpark and the Wyden sports field in Engelberg. Another landing site can be found at 1,095 meters southeast of Engelberg on the Herrenrütiwiese near the Fürenalpbahn.

Northwest of Engelberg, there is now also a meadow in Grafenort at the valley station of the Grafenort - Brunniswald cable car. Fallenbach north of Grafenort can also be approached for landing. The paragliding flight shows you especially on one of the longer flights a beautiful mountain panorama of the Uri Alps from the Gross Walenstock and Rigidalstock to the Gross Sättelistock and the Brunnistock.

The peaks range between 2,500 and 3,000 meters above the Brunnis, with the mountain ranges of the three-thousanders behind them. Flights last between ten and sixty minutes, depending on the landing site and the thermals. Several ropes are located in the flight area.

Paragliding Engelberg Brunni

Paragliding Zurich

Zurich's local mountain is the 870 meter high Üetliberg. It forms the end of the Albis mountain range to its north. The magnificent view goes over Zurich and Lake Zurich and is a unique experience, especially in the summer evening hours just before sunset. For paragliding on the Üetliberg, a good wind from the north-east (bise) is a mandatory prerequisite. The flight time varies between fifteen and sixty minutes, in total you should allow at least three hours.

To get to the mountain, take the train to Adliswil, walk to the Adliswil LAF cable car, which will take you up to Felsenegg. From there it is about twenty minutes (flat path). If you take the path from the landing site, it's about a twenty to thirty minute climb. Paragliding at Üetliberg is possible all year round.

The launch site, located at 730 meters above sea level in Balderen, is surrounded by trees and is very small. It was originally created by a landslide. The strength of the breeze is an important condition, since it is a kind of cliff launch. The average wind should be between 15 and 30km/h. Since the take-off point is very small, the glider must be prepared offside.

You will best use the backward technique during the launch. The flight is actively controlled, several airfields around are to be observed. The landing site is located at 560 meters in Zurich-Leimbach. The altitude difference is 170 meters.

In front of the old people's home in Oberleimbach the path leads in the direction of Üetliberg, the landing site is visible after two hundred meters (air bag), but still twenty minutes away on foot. Landing is also allowed on the Allmend.

Paragliding Zurich Uetliberg

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