Hi Everyone, I thought I would make a quick trip report on my recent visit to the Stanserhorn the other day (late May). I traveled from Zurich to Stanserhorn via Luzern. 45 minutes direct train to Luzern. Then an easy 10-minute connection time at Luzern train station and about 15/20 minutes to Stans. From the Stans train station you have about a 5-7 minute walk across town (well-signed) to your first stop to board the funicular. We arrived on a holiday Thursday (with very good weather!) at about 10am and there was no line up at all! On busy days they sell you a 5chf boarding pass for a specific time so you can wander the town a bit if there are long lines (this boarding pass can be used as a voucher at the restaurant or souvenir shop). The Funicular takes you on about a 10 minute trip up the mountain where you switch to the “Cabrio” gondola; which has access to the roof for you to enjoy an ‘open-air’ ride to the top (about 1900 meters). At the top, there is a large cafeteria-style restaurant with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. We enjoyed a nice lunch at the top with some amazing views of nearby mountains (you can see all the big mountains of Switzerland from here if it isn’t too cloudy) and also Lake Luzern (Vierwaldstättersee). We walked up to the peak (less than 10 minutes from the Gondola station) and enjoyed the views and took pictures. There are some nice walking trails around the top (short and very long) and you can hike up or down the mountain if you like! (5 hours estimated hike up and it is very steep). All in all we spent about 2 or 2.5 hours at the top with lunch before heading to Luzern for an hour (it was 30 degrees that day) for ice cream on the lake, before heading back to Zurich. It was a great trip and a nice, easy alternative to the more popular nearby mountains of Pilatus, Titlis and Rigi. Pictures are attached - on a good day you can see the Eiger, Jungfraujoch and many others. Mt. Pilatus (pic "Pano2001") is very close to Stanserhorn.
Great pictures. I agree with your comment about what you can see up there. It really lets you se a lot of the region and the mountain chains. Your pictures show it, too.
We planned this trip last summer but on arriving at talstation there were long queues and a lady selling these boarding passes was directing everyone to join the line - earliest ascent available to us was in an hour and a half! We didn't fancy spending all that time waiting in line in the heat - no-one else was going for a wander just joining the queue so we assumed if we didn't line up we would not be able to board at scheduled time as others would have got in line ahead of us. So we abandoned the idea and went off elsewhere! Sad because it was on our "haven't done this yet" list!
Loved your trip report and photos, especially the panorama shots!
I'm sure the tourists were paranoid about losing their spot as well (and maybe didn't get explanations in English?) :)
You should have been ok for a wander and return later but now you have a new place to visit next time!
Yes, I wasn't expecting to see all those mountains from there so it was a nice surprise!
I'm guessing a similar view from Pilatus is possible as well? I haven't been there but a Swiss friend who has been living in Canada for 20 years went a few weeks ago and thought the cogwheel train itself was worth the trip.
Thanks for your report! Stanserhorn is great viewing point indeed. How did you like the Cabrio Open-Air gondola? I haven't experienced it myself yet. It's on my "must do list", just like Maggie's. Also thanks for sharing our beautiful pictures!
Hi Lucas -
from the forum.
It was a pretty unique experience! Apparently there is something similar in Canada as well - but they only let you on the roof on the way up and not down - have no idea why.
It sounds like the gondola was refitted to have people on the roof and not designed like that in the first place - which doesn't sound as.....good? haha
Great pics. After a heavy duty morning at the Swiss Museum of Transport this morning we caught the Luzern to Engelberg Express. Thought we might try Stanserhorn but when we got to Stans it was covered in cloud so we just continued on the Engelberg and returned. Very scenic roundtrip courtesy of the Swiss Travel Pass.
A question - in the area just before you enter the long tunnel that leads to Engelberg there are a series of small "sheds" which look as though they form the base stations for small cable cars. Are these private cable cars. They are situated out in farmland.
>> A question - in the area just before you enter the long tunnel that leads to Engelberg there are a series of small "sheds" which look as though they form the base stations for small cable cars. Are these private cable cars. They are situated out in farmland.
There are a number of other cable cars etc in the area. Perhaps that's what you saw. Some of them are described as "Buiräbähnli", small alpine cable cars commonly used by local farmers. Apparently hikers can use them.
wow. beautiful pictures. I cant seem to get off of this forum. lol
No worries. We're happy to have you! :)
I don't know whether I can ask this question here or not. But while going through the forum I came to know about this place n after seeing the pictures posted by you it looks like a nice idea. Additional bonus is that it is xovered under Swiss pass. We are in Lucerne right now; finished My Rigi & Mt Titlis, yesterday & today. Planning to go to Pilatus tomorrow morning. I wanted to know will it be a good idea to visit this place in the late afternoon? Is it doable in few hours? The time table days from May 5th onwards the gondola will run till 10 pm. But no one here in our hotel seems to know clearly. Any additional information would be of great help.
Thanks in advance,
The SBB timetable might help.
It looks like 45 minutes from Luzern to the top of Stanserhorn.
Twice per hour.
You should have plenty of time, but, try to go to Pilatus early, just to be safe.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday the cable car runs to 10pm, the rest of the week it is 5pm. :)
https://www.stanserhor n.ch/en/travel/timetab le/
Hi Lucas & Slowpoke,
Thanks for the replies. We had been to Stanserhorn yesterday & the place is beautiful. The open cable car experience was very unique & very different from all the other cable car rides that I did in SwotSwitzer. The view from the peak were stunning & the best part was that the crowd was very thin when compared to the other famous peaks. The complete trip took 3 n a half hours from Lucerne. We did it in the evening after finishing the Pilatus trip n taking a short break. Overall a great experience. :)
It's Switzerland. Sorry for the typo.
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