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How to reach Bürgenstock

There are two ways to reach the resort: either by bus from the railway station of Stansstad, or by a funicular that leaves right next to the boat dock “Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock”.

Option 1: funicular from the boat dock Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock

A funicular, called the 'Bürgenstockbahn' in German, takes you up over the steep slope between the lake and the Bürgenstock resort. The funicular leaves right next to the boat dock 'Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock', which can be reached by boat from the directions of Lucerne and Weggis-Vitznau. There are modern, direct shuttle boats between Lucerne and Kehrsiten; a single ride takes about 30 minutes. Many of the regular boats on Lake Lucerne stop at Kehrsiten as well.

Option 2: bus or car from Stans

There’s a direct bus leaving from the railway station of Stansstad, which is at a 20-minute train ride from Lucerne. The bus first winds its way up over a curvy road, then crosses some meadows before reaching Bürgenstock. There are five bus stops in and near the resort. Which one’s best, depends on your plans.

Arrival by car is an option too. There are parking lots near the hotels.

Make a round trip

If you don’t spend the entire day up at Bürgenstock, there are several options for a nice round trip throughout the Lake Lucerne region. Here are some suggestions:

  • visit Stanserhorn in the early morning. Then travel from Stans to Stansstad by train and to Bürgenstock by boat. Once you’re done there, take the funicular down to Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock and hop on a boat to Lucerne. Optionally, you can even take a boat to Weggis or Vitznau for a visit to Rigi Kaltbad or Rigi Kulm in the late afternoon;
  • visit Pilatus in the early morning. Travel back to Lucerne and hop on the boat to Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock. Travel back by bus to Stansstad and by train to Lucerne;
  • combine your visit with a long and scenic boat ride over Lake Lucerne: after your stay at Bürgenstock, get down to Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock and board one of the boats heading for Flüelen on the southern part of Lake Lucerne. Travel back by train or boat.

Dates of operation

Bürgenstock can be reached all year round. The bus is available in all seasons. The funicular runs pretty much all year long as well, except for a maintenance stop in early March.

Boats are available at Lake Lucerne all year. In winter, a restricted timetable applies.

The Hammetschwand lift is usually operational from mid-April to fall. It’s closed in winter, and it can be closed at any time in case of rain, wind or other unfavorable weather conditions. Sudden maintenance closures may occur too.

Please check again later for further dates, and check the timetable before you start your trip.


Find train and bus schedules for your trip. The boat dock and valley station of the funicular is called 'Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock'. There are 5 bus stops in Bürgenstock: 'Bürgenstock Resort', Bürgenstock, Ost', 'Bürgenstock, Zentrum', 'Bürgenstock, Residenzen' and 'Bürgenstock, Waldhotel'. Pick the one most suitable for your plans.

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