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Stanserhorn view

Morning view from the top of the Stanserhorn.

The Stanserhorn

The Stanserhorn is a mountain of 1850 m with a panoramic restaurant and several hiking opportunities, accessible by funicular and cable car from April-May to November.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

A trip to the Stanserhorn

The Stanserhorn can be reached from the village of Stans, where you take the funicular and the cable car up the mountain. The cable car, called CabriO, has two decks. The upper deck is open and offers a great opportunity to take pictures.

What to expect at Stanserhorn

  • A wide view unfolds at the top. You can see the Pilatus and Lake Lucerne in the north, and the Bernese Alps in the south.
  • The panoramic restaurant has a section with a revolving floor, allowing you to view the 360° panorama in 45 minutes without leaving your seat. Regular seats are available too. On Fridays and Saturdays you can have romantic candlelight dinners here. The last cable car ride down is around 11 pm.
  • You can make a 30-minute walk to the summit, but Stanserhorn is also the starting point for much longer hikes into the valley.
  • There's a small mountain marmot zoo where you can watch the animals up close.
  • You can book a thrilling tandem paragliding flight from the top to the valley. You'll land near Stans.
  • A designated "lazy zone" at the top allows you to relax and take in the panorama from comfortable lounge chairs.

Preparation

Check the weather forecast to make sure it will be clear enough to enjoy the views from Stanserhorn. Make sure you dress appropriately: it can be cold and windy at the top. If you plan to hike, please read these hiking tips.

Insider tips about Stanserhorn

  • There's limited space at the upper cable car deck. In high season, you can beat the crowds by leaving early.
  • The rotating platform in the restaurant is located in the center of the dining room, so you’re not very close to the windows there. Non-rotating seats next to the windows are available too.
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