Set between the mountains and lakes, Central Switzerland’s miles of hiking trails, impressive mountain peaks and record-breaking cableways offer spectacular nature vistas. As the cradle of Switzerland, the region is both historically significant and culturally vibrant.
Whether you come to swing in the air in the high rope park Rigi, hike, ski, go sledding, ice-skate, enjoy the incredibly beautiful sunrise, take a nostalgic ride with a steam train, funicular or cable car, or go on a royal cruise with a boat – the queen of the mountains is always
Make the journey itself an adventure! Take a cruise on Lake Lucerne with a lunch boat, trips to famous sights such as the Tellsplatte, Rütli or the Swiss Museum of Transport, or a round trip to Mount Rigi with a boat and railway.
Discover Lucerne’s “own” mountain by taking a full- or half-day Golden Round Trip with a boat, funicular, cable car, and panorama gondola. Design your summer or winter adventure just the way you like it, to include sledding, air-boarding, Zipfel bobsledding, summer-, winter- or snowshoe-hiking, rock-climbing, biking, paragliding, adventure playground, or the Dragon Moor.
Enjoy the fresh alpine air and hike, leisurely or sportily, uphill to the Klewenalp or downhill to the valley. You will be remunerated with a marmot park, Ricola herb garden, alpine flora trail, and sophisticated gastronomy at the top. If you want to enjoy a fast ride into the valley, we recommend renting a bike board – a skateboard with three wheels. An original climbing garden is waiting for you in the valley with up to 20-meter-high rock towers. In the Goldi Family Safari, you first go up with a cable car, then walk to the Stockhütte and finally catch a post bus or a boat back to Beckenried.
In summer, a nostalgic funicular, the world’s first CabriO and the revolving Rondorama restaurant wait to be discovered at the Stanserhorn, a lazybones mountain offering lovely views in connection with cosiness and great cuisine.
Around 100 domestic and European wild animal species have found an appropriate habitat on 42 acres of generous enclosures in this wild and romantic land slide area. Spacious free zones, picnic areas, and guided tours offer an opportunity for active interaction between man and animal. Visitors can observe deer, wolves, bears, lynxes, and birds of prey from close up – 365 days a year from 9 a.m.
Discover the home of the world-famous Swiss army knife and make an original Swiss Army Knife for yourself. Open daily in summer and 6 days a week in winter.
Glass has been made in Hergiswil since 1817. At the Glasi-Museum, recognized by the European Council as «one of the most beautiful museums in Europe», you can walk through the charmingly-designed cabinet of illusions, discover glasses of historic value, admire the craftsmen during their rhythmic work and try and blow a glass ball yourself at the viewers’ gallery. Find your way through the glass labyrinth, touch, feel and be amazed at the phenomenal glass effects.
Relax and enjoy a comfortable horse-carriage ride through Weggis and the surrounding country. Coffee and cake await you at the farm afterwards. Registration possible a day in advance.
Book your carriage ride at the reception.
Make use of our bikes available for free. Take a bike tour along the shore of Lake Lucerne and combine your trip with a picnic (book in advance) or a boat trip on the lake.
Weggis and its surroundings are a paradise for Nordic Walking fans. Diverse trails in all degrees of difficulty lead through the whole region. Make use of our Nordic Walking poles available for free at the Vitalis reception.
Order your picnic or grill picnic one day in advance and borrow a kayak directly at our hotel. There are numerous picnic and grill areas all around the lake.
In summer, the cool waters of Lake Lucerne attract both young and old. As our hotel guest, you can enjoy free entry to the Lido pool, which lies opposite, as well as our Vitalis Spa. To enter Lido, please show your visitor’s card.
This alpine trail leads through the woods and fields along the slopes of the Mount Rigi and can be comfortably divided into stages thanks to regular bus- and boat connections.
Boat station – Unterdorf – Zopf – Rämsi – Zingeli – boat station
On this circular walk, you can discover Weggis’ points of interests and enjoy the beautiful view of the lake and mountains: traditional Lucerne country houses, lush meadows full of fruit trees, stately cows and the smell of Weggis’ roses.
Weggis – Bodenberg – Felsentor – Romiti – Rigi Kaltbad – Rigi Kulm
Mark Twain was really taken with Mount Rigi. To honour him, eight information boards line the traditional path to Mount Rigi.
This comfortable hike leads from Weggis over Hügeri-Eggisbühel in the Herrenwald to the Hertenstein peninsula. For cool refreshments, we recommend a side trip to Haldihof.
The water tower was built shortly before the bridge and for a long time it served as an archive, vault, examination (and torture) room and prison. A bit later, the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) was built, named after the adjacent St. Peter’s Chapel. With its beautiful interior paintings depicting scenes of the Swiss and the history of the city, it has become the symbol of Lucerne.
For centuries, Swiss farmers were mercenary soldiers in foreign armies. To remember the heroic death of those who died at the Tuileries in 1792, a lion was hewn out of solid rock. The American writer Mark Twain praised the sculpture of the lion of Lucerne as «the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world».
Adjacent to the train station, directly on the bank of Lake Lucerne, you can find the Culture and Convention Centre of Lucerne (KKL Luzern). Its concert hall with 1840 seats is famous for its phenomenal acoustics. The view of the lake and the old town from its two roof terraces is also impressive.
The Glacier Garden of Lucerne is located in the immediate vicinity of the famous Lion Monument. Its 20-million-year-old glacier potholes from the Ice Age and the even older former seashore have been arousing great interest from both researchers and general public for over 100 years. Discover the cosy park and learn more about the Earth’s earliest history of Switzerland at the Museum and get mixed up in the «prettiest mirror maze on Earth».
Technical achievements enable us to today to reach just about every spot in the world within a short period of time. Experience the fascinating history of mobility and the vehicles of yesterday, today and tomorrow travelling on roads, tracks, and water, as well as in the air and space, at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne.
Right in the middle of the lively centre of Lucerne, you can find the building of a former branch of the National Bank which today houses an extraordinary art history treasure: here you can admire the works of Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee and 23 other artists of the Impressionism and Classical Modernism periods – an absolute MUST SEE for all who are interested in the arts.
As a symbol of distinction from the increasingly more threatening National Socialism, the Bandesbrief Museum was built in the town of Schwyz between 1934 and 1936 to underline the paramount importance of the Bandesbrief (Federal Charter) of 1291, the foundation deed of the Swiss confederation. Nowadays, it is a modern museum that shows the rich history of conflicts and ruptures, compromises and collaboration in the old confederation.