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Exploring Bürgenstock and Beyond: Activities to Enjoy in Central Switzerland

Updated: May 5

Perched above Lake Lucerne, Bürgenstock offers a peaceful retreat amidst the Swiss Alps. It appeals to travelers in search of both adventure and relaxation, offering a blend of natural beauty and contemporary conveniences. Here are our favorite things to do when staying in the Bürgenstock resort.

Hammetschwand Lift (The Bürgenstock elevator)

The Bürgenstock elevator, also called the Hammetschwand Lift, is Europe's highest outdoor elevator. Positioned near the Bürgenstock resort, it offers a quick and scenic ascent up the cliffside, providing passengers with impressive views of Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps.

Visit Lucerne 

Explore Lucerne's historic old town, characterized by its charming cobblestone streets, medieval buildings, and well-preserved architecture. Don't miss the iconic Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), one of Switzerland's most recognizable landmarks, adorned with beautiful paintings depicting Lucerne's history. Adjacent to the bridge stands the Water Tower, a 14th-century fortification that offers panoramic views of the city and lake. Immerse yourself in Lucerne's rich cultural heritage by visiting its museums, galleries, and shops showcasing traditional Swiss craftsmanship. Read here about our favorite bars in Lucerne.

Lucerne city center
Lucerne city center

Mount Pilatus

Rising majestically above Lake Lucerne, Mount Pilatus offers amazing views and a range of outdoor activities. Take the cogwheel train, from nearbey Alpnachstad, which has been transporting visitors to the summit since 1889, for an unforgettable journey through rugged alpine landscapes. At the top, enjoy panoramic vistas of the Swiss Alps and surrounding lakes from the observation platforms. In the summer, explore scenic hiking trails amidst alpine flora and fauna, while winter brings opportunities for snow sports such as sledding and snowshoeing.

View from Pilatus
View from Pilatus

Mount Rigi

Accessible by a scenic boat ride from Lucerne, Mount Rigi beckons visitors with its stunning views and recreational opportunities. Known as the "Queen of the Mountains," Rigi boasts a network of hiking trails suitable for all skill levels, offering panoramic vistas of the Swiss Alps and Lake Lucerne. Experience the nostalgia of mountain travel aboard the cogwheel railway, which has been in operation since 1871, or take a leisurely stroll along the Flower Trail, where you can admire the diverse flora of the region.

View from Mount Rigi
View from Mount Rigi

Swiss Chocolate Adventure

Delve into the world of Swiss chocolate-making with a visit to the Swiss Chocolate Adventure in Lucerne. Embark on an interactive journey that showcases the history, production process, and cultural significance of Swiss chocolate. Learn about the meticulous craftsmanship and quality standards that have made Swiss chocolate famous worldwide. Indulge your senses with tastings of premium Swiss chocolate and gain insights into the country's sweetest export.

There are other excellent chocolate factories a bit further away, ideal for dedicated chocolate enthusiasts.

Experience the beauty of Lake Lucerne with a leisurely boat cruise. Choose from a variety of cruise options, ranging from short excursions to full-day tours, all offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains, charming villages, and historic landmarks. Relax on deck and soak in the tranquility of the lake, or hop off at various ports of call to explore lakeside attractions and scenic trails.

Outdoor Activities near Bürgenstock

Surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Swiss Alps, Bürgenstock offers a wealth of outdoor activities for adventurers of all ages. Explore the surrounding mountains with hiking trails that cater to all skill levels, from leisurely strolls to challenging ascents. Mountain biking enthusiasts can tackle scenic routes that wind through forests and alpine meadows, while thrill-seekers can experience the exhilaration of paragliding over the stunning landscapes below. Our favorite hike is up to the Instagram-famous Villa Honegg Hotel with its famous infinity pool.

View from Hotel Villa Honegg
View from Hotel Villa Honegg

Visit Stoos

The world's steepest funicular takes you up to the car-free village of Stoos. Learn how to get there and discover what to do upon arrival in our article.

Just the beginning of the world steepest funicular
Just the beginning of the world steepest funicular

If you are planning a long weekend, take a look at our articles on a weekend trip to Arosa, a day trip to Interlaken, or a 10-day journey through Switzerland.


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