Bürgenstock - Central Switzerland

Magnificent mountain peninsula

About Bürgenstock

Available: May-October

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Tell Pass: FREE travel and ride on the Hammetschwand Lift

Half Fare Card/Swiss Travel Pass: 44 Sfr return from Lucerne, 18 Sfr for the Hammetschwand Lift

This is a beautiful spot for walking, enjoying the views and breathing in fresh mountain air while the Bürgenstock resort offers elegant shopping and dining. The Hammetschwand Lift is the highest exterior elevator in Europe. It connects a spectacular rock path with the Hammetschwand lookout point on the Bürgenstock plateau overlooking sparkling Lake Lucerne.

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Hammetschwand Lift

This is the highest public external elevator in Europe and the fastest elevator in the world. The metal lattice tower has a surface area of 2x2 metres, is 152 metres high and is located on a 44 meter high rock pit. The elevator entrance, the engine room and the first 14 metres are situated completely inside the mountain, while the next 30 metres are elevated above ground. The whole trip lasts approximately 50 seconds! At the top station of Hammetschwand, there are breathtaking views of the Lake of Lucerne and the Alps. Return trip 18 Sfr per adult; April-October.

Taverne 1879

The restaurant has recently been renovated and offers 65 seats as well as a generous terrace for visitors and hikes. Guests can enjoy authentic Swiss cuisine here. The restaurant is open from Monday to Friday 09.00-18.00 and is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Bürgenstock Resort

New to this favourite beauty spot is the Bürgenstock Resort. This elegant complex comprises hotels, a variety of fine dining restaurants, a choice of spas, shopping, cinema, golf course, tennis and ice skating. Enjoy the luxury set amidst the wonderful lakes and mountains views.


This magnificient mountain peninsula is reached by a journey on the lake and a restored funicular. The stylish new catamaran MS Bürgenstock departs every hour from Lucerne.

There is a year round alternative route from Lucerne to Stansstad and then by PostBus to Bürgenstock.

If you would like to try the Hammetschwand lift, it is a scenic 35 minute walk, rewarded by tremendous views of the lake.

Please check before travel for maintenance closures.


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Call us on 0800 619 1200 or email us at info@swissholidayco.com

View from Bürgenstock

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

Steamer at Seelisberg on Lake Lucerne

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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