Glass Factory - Central Switzerland

Fascinating glassworks, a boat ride from Lucerne

 
About Glass Factory

Available: all year round.

Costs

Tell Pass/Swiss Travel Pass: FREE travel

Half Fare Card: half price rail/boat travel 

Entrance payable locally: Museum 7 Sfr per adult and child over 10 years; Glass Labyrinth 5 Sfr per adult and child over 10

Glasi Hergiswil is the only glass works in Switzerland where glass is manually shaped and blown into unique contemporary forms. A visit to Glasi Hergiswil is an adventure. You can watch the glassblowers at their work, visit the museum and the Glasi Park, and purchase beautiful souvenirs.

Open from 09.00-18.00 Monday to Friday, from 09.00-16.00 on Saturdays. Closed on Sundays.


Highlights

Glass Labyrinth

Expect to be enchanted! This is a unique adventure, combining a special light show and a specially composed Glasi sound world. You will be given slippers and gloves for your tour of the labyrinth when you purchase a ticket at the entrance.

Blow your own glass

This is a popular attraction. Using a special small-scale furnace, the same glass is melted on the spectators’ grandstand as in the big furnace. A glassmaker takes the liquid glass from the furnace with a pipe, forms a ball and gets it ready for blowing. Now visitors can blow their own ball. After it has been allowed to cool for about a quarter of an hour, you can collect the Glasi souvenir you have created yourself and take it home with you. (An important note is regarding how long your souvenir will last. As the ball has not been allowed to cool slowly in the cooling furnace (a process normally lasting hours), the glass has inner stress. It may shatter on the day after your visit, or in a year’s time. But then again, it could last a lifetime!).  

Professional glassblowers

You have an ideal view of the glassmakers’ platform, in order to observe the craftsmen working.

Museum

The 'Formed by Fire' museum tells the story of glass and of Glasi Hergiswil in particular. Rooms with different presentations detail the development of the craft. Let yourself be captivated by the fascinating story. The shop offers beautiful souvenirs.

Glasi Park

The Glasi Park features a 7m high marble run, a long slide (reinforced with fibreglass), a big quartz sand pit (quartz sand being the most important raw material in glass production) and other adventures. There is even a huge dragon called Leandra, who spews out fire and smoke, giving delight to both young and old. 

Water games

Water is fascinating – and not just for children. The special equipment provided gives you the opportunity to form water into bizarre shapes. 

Pedal boats

A popular place for relaxing and swimming. There is a wide wooden staircase at the front of the Glasi, taking you down to Lake Lucerne. The pedal boats moored here can be hired for a trip around Hergiswil Bay.

Refreshments

The cafe bar is open for snack all week (except Mondays), while on Saturdays you can also enjoy a drink by the lakeside in the Glasi Bar. 


Directions

By rail: The Glass Factory at Hergiswil can be reached by the Zentralbahn from Lucerne. You should leave the train at Hergiswil train station and not at Hergiswil Matt station. From the Hergiswil train station, the glass works is only a 3 minute walk along the lake. 

By boat: A fantastic way of getting to the Glassworks is to take the boat from Lucerne. The boat station is just a five minute walk away from the factory.

More excursions in the region

There are numerous wonderful days out to enjoy in this beautiful area. From incomparable mountain vistas to leisurely cruises on a nostalgic paddle steamer, walks through stunning scenery and a whole host of fabulous journeys on mountain railways, cable cars and funiculars.

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Your choice of resorts

The heart of Switzerland is blessed with beautiful lakes and mountains views. You can choose to stay in charming Lucerne, from which it is all easily accessible, or opt for a more peaceful village beside the lake or up in the mountains.

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