Hi Arthur -
<<"I read that the lift to the top is closed due to the construction of the new hotel on top of the Bürgenstock. Do you know anything about this?">>
They have been doing that building work for a few years. I was up there last June. The funicular from near Kehrsiten is closed. The lift was working. There is no reason to close it for the construction....too far away.
Since the elevator was working, we walked the Felsenweg to it.
On that trip, I had a car.
First, I checked all details at the tourist info by track 1 in Luzern HBf, and got specifics. They picked up the phone and got the latest details. We drove up from Stanstad, and parked at a modest parking area just before the construction. Tourist Office stated that we could drive through to the other parking lot, which you access if you come up from Buochs. (That is what we have done usually. We were rewarded with the attached image one time.)
When we walked along the road through the construction area, some supervisors told us that we could not go to the Felsenweg that way. However, I told them that we wanted to go the restaurant (which was open) and they said OK. You never know. The Felsenweg starts very near the restaurant.
I have a first draft of a description of the current access. I tried to attach it, but it may not be an accetable file type.
I'll include it here, knowing that formatting is lost.
I'll try to edit it later.
There is a mountaintop “restaurant” near Luzern on top of the Bürgenstock peninsula at Hammetschwand. It is delightful place to have a light lunch on a sunny day. Or, a not so light lunch. ;-)
More than a sausage stand, it does offer full plates, but, it is more like a glorified sausage stand than a full restaurant. And, prices are a small bit higher due to the need to bring everything in/up to the restaurant.
Because of the 360 degree views, combined with a modest walk on an excellent trail to get there (and back out.) it is a spectacular visual experience, with just enough exercise to help you enjoy the meal or walk off some of it.
Now, in early 2016, the only problem is that construction of new buildings up there has disrupted some of the travel network.
Until the last couple of years, a really nice way to get there was to take a lake boat on Lake Lucerne to near Kehrsiten, then ride the private funicular up the hill side to the famous luxury hotels on top of the peninsula. Their fame has diminished a bit, they are being rebuilt, and new construction includes luxury apartments with stunning views. There is lot of money from other parts of the world that would like to invest in premium Swiss real estate, and the new construction here surely meets the standards for that sort of funding. It is possible to walk safely through/past the construction site, on the road, but the funicular is not running.
So, I’m posting this with the belief that the public transport system will return to its really excellent state in a few years. Meanwhile, it is possible to get there, but it is not quite so straightforward, nor so scenic as the route that I just mentioned.
One way to get there remains the same. It requires a car. Use an automobile to drive up the back side of the peninsula from Buochs and Ennetbürgen to a parking area near Honegg. Walk toward Bürgenstock hotels for 15 minutes or so on a level road. Then as you pass the restaurant on the left, turn right , upwards, past the small church, and enter the Felsenweg (rock path). This a wide smooth trail (suitable for wheel chairs, although it does climb a bit) that runs gradually upward along the cliff face to an outdoor elevator (der Aufzug) which is visible in some of the attached photographs. You do have to pay for it. It takes you in spectacular fashion to the top of the peninsula, where the restaurant awaits. (There is a trail down the backside of the cliff/peninsula to connect with the level road you came in on, so, if you don’t want to pay for the elevator, you can use that strenuous option in either direction. Much less scenic.)
The Felsenweg and the restaurant on top at Hammetschwand are closed in the winter and in months when the Felsenweg is not suitable for walking on.)
Another way is to take the bus from Stanstad to Oberbürgen/ Bürgenstock. Walk a short way, then pick up the level road I mentioned and continue from there. It is in the timetable. It does take a while to make the trip from Luzern.
Once you are up on top, you will be rewarded with the views and food shown in the attached images.">>