A luxurious resort and a spectacular elevator
Those who can splurge will have plenty of options at the beautifully located resort of Bürgenstock, at a mountain ridge above Lake Lucerne. There’s also more than enough to do for lovers of the outdoors. The hike to the spectacular Hammetschwand lift is just one example.
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Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By funicular
Escort: independent (no guide)
Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
Duration: 1 day or less
Luxury and beautiful views at the Bürgenstock resort
The Bürgenstock resort has a long history: the first hotel at this ridge overlooking Lake Lucerne was founded in 1873. After a recent update, the resort features luxurious hotels, spa facilities, business facilities and numerous restaurants. Apart from that, Bürgenstock is an easy-to-reach, beautiful viewing point. You can enjoy hiking, biking and other outdoor activities here.
What to expect at Bürgenstock
Hotels and restaurants are the main features at Bürgenstock. There are four hotels, each with its own style and decoration. Some offer luxury spa facilities too. Visitors have a wide choice of bars and restaurants, with different cuisines ranging from Swiss specialties to oriental meals. In the arcade between the Bürgenstock you’ll find luxury shops, including a Swatch store and the Swiss Chocolate Chalet. Sports lovers can use the alpine golf court or join a guided outdoor trip. The options include hiking, biking and adventure sports. In winter, there’s an ice rink near the hotels and several fun snow activities are offered.
Bürgenstock can be enjoyed on a budget too. The bus ride from Stansstad is free with several rail passes, and the resort can be used as viewing point and as a base for non-guided, free hikes.
The Hammetschwand lift
One of the main hiking options is the “Felsenweg” or Cliff Walk”: an easy trail above the lake with information about the history of the Bürgenstock area, accessible through QR codes on your mobile device. Using several paths (either gradually curved or with steeper stone steps) you can reach the Hammetschwand lift. This is an iconic structure dating from 1905, that can be seen from far and that’s lit by night. The elevator is attached to the steep rock wall. Its frame of glass and steel allows you to keep enjoying the views, as you’re ascending 152 vertical meters at an impressive speed. At the top, you’ll find a cosy restaurant with a terrace and you can continue hiking in several directions.
How to prepare
No special preparations are needed for a visit to Bürgenstock, unless you plan on hiking or other outdoor activities. In that case you’ll need proper gear and check weather forecasts. If you suffer from fear of heights, you may want to skip the Hammetschwand elevator.
Combine your visit to Bürgenstock with other activities
You can easily combine a short visit to Bürgenstock with other activities:
- One of the ways to access Bürgenstock is by funicular. Its valley station is located next to the boat dock Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock. A boat trip over Lake Lucerne before or after your visit to Bürgenstock is an excellent choice.
- Another way up is by bus from Stansstad. From Stansstad, you can easily visit the Stanserhorn.
- Find all activities in the area here.