Holidays To Brunnen - Central Switzerland

A perfect lakeside setting in the heart of Wilhelm Tell country

Brunnen is a delightful village with a unique lakes and mountains landscape: located on the corner of the lake and with stunning views to the Gotthard peaks. This is the heart of Switzerland, with the Rütli Meadow - birthplace of the Swiss Confederation - close at hand. The colourful Treib assembly house lies just across the lake while the historic Axis Road links Brunnen with Flüelen. This is also Wilhelm Tell country and you will find reminders of his story, particularly along the path of the Swiss Trail. The fairytale scenery has attracted visitors such as Queen Victoria, Churchill and Turner, who painted several watercolours here. 

During the summer, you can head to the lively lakeshore for traditional alphorn concerts and boat races. Brunnen is well connected for exploring the region and has a nearby cable car to take you to Mount Urmiberg for spectacular views. You could also take a short bus ride to visit the sunny plateau of Morschach and from there, the idyllic village of Stoos and the Fronalpstock with its panorama walk.

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What to see and do from Brunnen

Brunnen has great transport connections, perfect for exploring. A cruise on the beautiful lake is a real highlight with plenty more picturesque villages to visit for lunch, such as Stansstad, from where you reach the amazing open topped cable car to the Stanserhorn. Beckenried is a stopping off point for the Klewenalp & Beckenried and after Brunnen the lake flows into Lake Uri where you will be enchanted by the history and legends of Wilhelm Tell. A short hop to Treib brings you to the funicular for Seelisberg, from where you can enjoy views over Urnersee and the Rütli Meadow.

Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus are both nearby, offering dramatic mountain ascents and spectacular views. Why not visit dramatic Mount Titlis at over 3,000m - a train journey brings you to pretty Engelberg and from here it is an incredible journey to the summit, including an amazing rotating cable car which glides above the glacier. Please click here for our summary of the best the region has to offer.

Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site from Brunnen

There are a number of day trips you can undertake from Brunnen to visit a UNESCO site. The Old Town of Bern is a most charming place to browse around and there's more history to be found in the Castles of Bellinzona. The Entlebuch Biosphere is a natural paradise just minutes from Lucerne. Find more Swiss World Heritage Sites here.

Explore the Central Switzerland region with our great value travel passes

Our holidays include the Half Fare Card, which entitles you to a 50% discount on most rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.

If you are planning daily outings, it can be well worth pre-booking the Tell Pass, as it saves you a great deal of money - and helps you avoid the queues at the ticket office! If you are planning to travel further afield, you might consider the Swiss Travel Pass as an alternativeWe will be delighted to help you choose the one that's right for you. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice.

Scenic rail holidays from Brunnen

Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.

Brunnen is on the route of the scenic boat and rail jouney Gotthard Panorama Express (for Lugano). You can also take the short transfer to Lucerne which has connections to the Luzern-Interlaken Express (for Interlaken), GoldenPass Express (for Montreux) and the Pre-Alpine Express (for St. Gallen).

If you prefer to be based solely in Brunnen, there are many lakes and mountains journeys to be enjoyed locally. We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200

How to get to Brunnen

Your ticket wallet will contain comprehensive travel instructions to help you reach your destination with ease, including recommended rail connection times and platform numbers. These are the most common routes for your Brunnen holiday. 

Fly to Zurich

Flights available from London, Luton, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow.

Swiss Railways: Zurich Airport > Rotkreuz > Brunnen with a transfer time of around 1 hour 20 minutes. 

Fly to Geneva

Flights available from London, Luton, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle.  

Swiss Railways: Geneva Airport > Lucerne > Brunnen with a transfer time of around 4 hours. 

Travel by international rail

Rail from London St. Pancras via Paris to Basel.

Swiss Railways: Basel > Lucerne > Brunnen with a transfer time of around 2 hours 40 minutes. 


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