Free time in Central Switzerland
Nestled between mountains and lakes, Central Switzerland offers spectacular views of nature on miles of hiking trails, from imposing mountain peaks and record-breaking mountain railways. As the cradle of Switzerland, it is historically as important as it is culturally exciting.
Excursion tips & activities
365 days an experience for young and old
Whether swinging through the air in the Rigi rope park, hiking, skiing, tobogganing, ice skating, enjoying the incredibly beautiful sunrise, a nostalgic ride on the steam train, a royal tour by boat, cogwheel train and aerial cableway - the Queen of the Mountains is always a sensation.
Boat trip on Lake Lucerne
Round trips and excursions from Weggis
Make the way an experience! Take a round trip with the midday boat on Lake Lucerne, excursions to famous sights such as the Tellsplatte, the Rütli or the Verkehrshaus or a Rigi round trip by ship and train.
With the steepest cog railway in the world
Discover Lucerne's local mountain on the Golden Round Trip as a full or half-day excursion by boat, cogwheel train, cable car and panorama gondola. Design your summer or winter experience just as you like it with tobogganing, airboarding, Zipfelbob rides, summer, winter or snowshoe hikes, climbing, biking, paragliding, an adventure playground or Drachenmoor.
Hiking, discovering nature, bike arena, bike board, Goldi family safari & climbing garden
Enjoy the fresh alpine air and hike leisurely or sporty to the Klewenalp or from there down into the valley. At the top, you will be rewarded with a marmot walk, Ricola herb garden, alpine flower trail and varied gastronomy. For the rapid descent into the valley, we recommend renting a bike board - a roller board with three wheels. In the valley there is an original climbing garden with rock towers up to 20 m high. The Goldi family safari takes you up the cable car, on foot to the Stockhütte and back to Beckenried by postbus and boat.
Stanserhorn – Cabrio train
Nostalgic funicular and the world's first convertible railway
In the wild and romantic landslide area, around 100 native and European wild animal species have found a species-appropriate home in the spacious enclosures on 42 hectares. Extensive free-roaming zones, rest areas and guided tours invite people and animals to meet actively. Visitors can observe deer, wolves, bears, lynx and birds of prey up close – 365 days a year from 9 a.m.
Swiss Knife Valley Visitor Center
Home of the Swiss Army Knife
Discover the home of the world-renowned Swiss Army Knife and create your own original Swiss Army Knife. Open daily in summer, 6 days a week in winter.
Glasi HergiswilExperience for the whole family
Glass has been made in Hergiswil since 1817. In the Glasi Museum, which the Council of Europe has rated as "one of the most beautiful museums in Europe", you can wander through the lovingly designed illusion cabinet, discover historically valuable glasses, marvel at the craftsmen at their rhythmic work and try to blow a glass ball yourself in the spectator gallery. You will find your way through the glass labyrinth, touch, feel and marvel at the phenomenal effect of glass.
Horse-drawn carriage ride in Weggis Today a leisure experience, previously a necessary means of transport
You can relax and enjoy the landscape on the comfortable carriage ride through Weggis. Coffee and cake await you at the farm afterwards. Registrations are possible until the day before. Reserve your carriage ride at the reception
Bike tour around Lake Lucerne
Whether romantic for two or adventurous with the whole family
Use our bicycles, which are available to you free of charge. Take a tour along Lake Lucerne and combine your excursion with a picnic (by prior arrangement) or a trip on the lake.
Train endurance in a way that is easy on the joints
You can borrow sticks from us free of charge for Nordic walking tours. Contact the Vitalis reception.
Kayaking on Lake Lucerne
Nature experience for water rats
Order your picnic or barbecue picnic for the next day the night before and rent kayaks directly from us at the hotel. There are numerous picnic and barbecue areas around the lake.
Heated swimming pool or refreshing lake?
In summer, Lake Lucerne lures young and old into the cool water. As a hotel guest, you enjoy free entry to the Lido Bad opposite and to our Vitalis Spa. To enter the Lido, please show your guest card.
Hiking around Weggis
Rigi Lehnenweg | 6.5 hours max
Immensee - Küssnacht - Greppen - Weggis - Vitznau - Gersau
The Höhenweg leads through the forests and fields along the Rigi slopes and can be easily divided into stages thanks to regular bus and boat connections.
Weggis Village Tour | 1.5 hrs
Boat station - Unterdorf - Zopf - Rämsi - Zingeli - boat station
On this tour you will discover the special features of Weggis and enjoy the wonderful view of the lake and the mountains: traditional Lucerne farmhouses, lush meadows full of fruit trees, stately cows and the scent of Weggis roses.
Mark Twain Way | 3 to 4 hours
Weggis - Bodenberg - Felsentor - Romiti - Rigi Kaltbad - Rigi Kulm
Mark Twain was drawn to the Rigi. In his honor, eight information boards line the traditional route up the Rigi.
Herrenwald in Hertenstein | 2 hours
Weggis - Unterdorf - Eggisbühel - Herrenwald - Röhrli - Dörfli - Weggis
The leisurely hike leads from Weggis via Hügeri-Eggisbühel into the Herrenwald on the Hertenstein peninsula. For a cool refreshment we recommend a detour to the Haldihof.
Water Tower and Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
The symbol of Lucerne
The water tower was built just before the bridge and for a long time served as an archive, vault, interrogation (and torture) room and as a prison. Shortly thereafter, the Chapel Bridge was built, which takes its name from the neighboring St. Peters Chapel. With the beautiful picture panels depicting the scenes of the Swiss ) and the history of the city, it is the symbol of Lucerne.
Lion Monument in Lucerne
The Dying Lion of Lucerne
For centuries, Swiss farmers served as mercenaries in foreign armies. The lion was carved into the natural rock to commemorate the heroic death of those who died in the Tuileries in 1792. The American writer Mark Twain elevated "the Lion of Lucerne to the saddest and most moving piece of stone in the world".
Culture and Convention Center
The Culture and Congress Center Lucerne (KKL Luzern) is located next to the train station directly on the shore of Lake Lucerne. The 1840-seat concert hall is famous for its phenomenal acoustics. The view of the lake and the old town from two roof terraces is impressive.
Museums and Cultural
Glacier Garden Lucerne
Glacier, relief map, labyrinth
The Lucerne Glacier Garden is in the immediate vicinity of the famous Lion Monument. The 20-million-year-old glacial potholes from the Ice Age and the much older former sea beach have aroused great interest among scientists and the public for more than 100 years. Discover the secluded park and learn more about the most recent geological history in Switzerland in the museum and allow yourself to be confused in the "most beautiful mirror labyrinth on earth".
Swiss Museum of Transport
For explorers and fans of mobility
Technical achievements enable us to reach almost every point on earth within a short time. At the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, you can experience the fascinating history of mobility and its vehicles – yesterday, today and tomorrow – on the road, rail and water, but also in the air and in space.
Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso
In the middle of the busy center of Lucerne is the building of a former branch of the National Bank, which today serves as home to an extraordinary art-historical treasure. Here you can marvel at works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and 23 other Impressionist and Classic Modern artists - an absolute MUST for anyone who enjoys and is interested in art.
History between myths and facts
The Museum of Federal Letters in Schwyz was established between 1934 and 1936 as a means of demarcation against the increasingly threatening National Socialism. The Federal Charter of 1291, which was considered the founding document of the Confederation, was of central importance. Today the museum is a modern museum that illustrates the checkered history between conflicts and breaks, compromises and cooperation of the Old Confederation.