Stoos - Central Switzerland

Amazing funicular and fabulous views

Stoos funicular
About Stoos

Available: all year

Example travel costs

Tell Pass: FREE 

Swiss Travel Pass: FREE

Half Fare Card: 33 Sfr return from Lucerne

This car-free mountain village lies on a 1,300m high plateau at the foot of the Fronalpstock. It is reached by a fabulous new funicular railway - the world's steepest! - or cable car. The wider region offers a wealth of peaceful walking and nature experiences, as well as unforgettable views over the very heart of Switzerland.

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The funicular runs every few minutes between the base station (near Schwyz) and Stoos village. It has a maximum incline of 110 percent, which is a world record! The unique design allows for a comfortable ride (and easy wheelchair access), all the while negotiating a 744m elevation gain over the 1,740m track.

This amazing feat of engineering brings you up to the delightful mountain village of Stoos, where you can take a wander and soak up the picturesque atmosphere. There is a small reservoir lake to enjoy, with picnic spots and children's water play areas.


From Stoos you can travel even higher, to the summit of the Fronalpstock at 1,922m. You can purchase tickets in Stoos for the covered chairlift, or if you are going to be doing a lot of travelling, consider a day pass from the Schwyz valley station which covers the funicular, the Fronalpstock lift and the Morschach cable car. 

From the summit, you will enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view – ten lakes, Pilatus, Rigi, Säntis, the high Alps and the mountains all the way to the Jura region. Look straight down and you can see Brunnen and the Rütli meadow.

You might wish to undertake one of the hiking trails, such as the panoramic circular hike (less than an hour) or the more challenging ridgeway hike which connects Fronalpstock with Klingenstock. On one side of the ridge, far below, is sparkling Lake Lucerne and on the other Muotatal. Alternatively, you may prefer to wander, enjoy the view and have lunch in the rustic mountain restaurant, which also has a large sun terrace.


On a sunny plateau lies the charming village of Morschach, overlooking Lake Lucerne. It is highly recommended that you visit the village during your day in the region as there is Swiss charm aplenty here and fabulous views over the water and across to the mountains. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants to tempt you and plenty of sports and adventure activities from which to choose locally. 

A small cable car connects Morschach and Stoos, so you can decide which village to visit first.

You may also like to note that Morschach lies on the classic Swiss Trail path, taking you through the heart of Switzerland. 

Hölloch caves

The fascinating Hölloch is considered one of the largest cave systems in the world at over 200km, created by the power of nature over the course of a million years. There are 2 hour guided tours available: a comfortable walk through the first 700m of the cave. The guide will be able to tell you a lot about the formation of the cave, the animals that live there and the unique acoustics! The temperature remains at a constant 6 degrees Celsius (and a humidity of over 90 percent), so you will need to wear warm clothes and sturdy footwear. You will be provided with a helmet and headlamp. Must be pre-booked.

Bödmeren Forest

The Bödmeren wood – one of Europe's most beautiful forests – can be visited while you are in the region. In contrast to the bare mountain karst, there are slim pines, willows and a dense, sub-Alpine spruce forest. You can take a guided hike through the forest to learn about its development and history, as the path leads you through individual vegetation phases following the retreat of the glaciers.

Winter visits

The area can be enjoyed all year round. In winter, there is skiing as well as thrilling toboggan runs and scenic winter hiking trails. The short winter hiking trail on the summit will show you the entire 360-degree snow-covered panorama.


From Brunnen and Lucerne take the train to lively Schywz, the regional capital town, followed by the bus to the Stoosbahn funicular valley station.

Alternatively, from Brunnen, you can take the bus to Morschach, then pick up the Stoos cable car. 

Please check before travel for maintenance closures. 


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