Luzern is a must-see location for people travelling to Switzerland. It has everything – charm, history, great restaurants, cool bars, superb hotels, lovely shops, interesting museums and is small enough for people to enjoy in a couple of days.
Personally, I say it’s history and geography rolled into one and it’s the geography side I will concentrate on here.
A not to be missed adventure is to go up a mountain and near Luzern there are 4 of them which are close by and accessible. Here we go with a brief description of all them
The closest to Luzern, Pilatus, the “house” mountain of Luzern at 2132m is a very popular destination and in particular the golden round trip which you can do from Luzern by taking the boat to Alpnachstad, the steepest cog wheel in the world to the summit to admire the views. Take some refreshments at the top or even stay at the hotel before heading down on the opposite side with 2 cable cars, stopping half way to check out the 1 mile mountain roller coaster or the rope park before completing your journey by taking the bus from the cable car station to Luzern – a wonderful day out.
Mount Rigi’s majestic peninsula on Lake Lucerne is the perfect setting for an authentic Swiss mountain experience with unforgettable views of over 13 lakes and the spectacular snow-capped Swiss Alps. Located 10 miles from Luzern, Mt. Rigi at 1832m can be quickly and easily reached by boat or car. It is the Swiss people’s favourite mountain destination, can be accessed via Europe’s first ever cogwheel train (est. 1871) and is renowned for its numerous cogwheel railway and aerial cable car routes. You can visit Mt. Rigi 365 days a year and there’s plenty of outdoor action on offer, including 120km of hiking trails. The numerous lookouts, delightful terraces and the Mineral Baths at Rigi Kaltbad also ensure there are plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation on the Queen of the Mountains.
Mt Titlis at 3339m is the jewel in Central Switzerland’s crown, the highest accessible mountain and the only publicly accessible glacier in the area. You will feel on top of the world as you take in the spectacular panoramic views of snow-covered mountains and unspoilt Alpine landscapes. The Titlis ski area is home to more than 80 kilometres of pistes, with slopes to suit every ability. The season lasts from October until May. And in the summer, the mountain is a mecca for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Do not miss the Rotair – the world’s first revolving cable car taking you to the summit, the glacier cave, the Ice Flyer and the Titlis Cliff Walk
The exciting trip up the Stanserhorn on the CabriO cableway and funicular railway, which dates back to 1893, is like taking a trip through cableway history. The combination of an old funicular and new a(n open air cable car) technology is something to cherish as you climb to 1800m for superb views of the Swiss Alps and the 100 kilometer Alpine chain, 10 Swiss lakes, Stanserhorn rangers, marmots, a plant protection area with enchanting flora and fauna, culinary delights in the Stanserhorn revolving restaurant, the specialty Älplermagronen from an edelweiss pot and lots more are just waiting to be discovered on the Stanserhorn.