Lucerne - Lake Lucerne region

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The Lucerne - Lake Lucerne Region offers water in all its facets. Lakes, mountain streams, waterfalls and rivers invite you to adventure hiking, biking and boat tours. Lucerne is considered the gateway to the Alps. You will find spectacular mountain railroads such as the world's steepest cogwheel railroad to Mount Pilatus. The Rotair gondola turns around itself to the Titlis. Here are 21 of the most beautiful winter sports areas in Switzerland. 500 km of slopes and a 2 km long downhill run on the Titlis promise pure skiing fun.

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The region has almost everything you need for a vacation. Wonderful lakes, embedded in beautiful mountain landscapes and in between baroque castles or pretty villages.

Switzerland is said to have been founded on the Rütli in 1291 on a picturesque meadow by Lake Lucerne. According to tradition, representatives of the original cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Obwalden took the Rütli oath here. In doing so, they rebelled against the claims of the Habsburgs.

This was also the time of William Tell, whom you will meet here in the region at every turn. A popular sight is the Tells Chapel. It was built near the Tellsplatte. William Tell is said to have jumped onto this stone slab while fleeing from the bailiff Gessler. Right next to the Tells Chapel is the largest carillon in Switzerland. It consists of 37 bells. Every hour on the hour, a song is played that you can select beforehand by pressing a button.

A tour by bike or e-bike around Lake Lucerne is a special experience. There are viewpoints everywhere and every time the view of the lake is a little different. East of Beckenried you can reach the waterfall of the Risleten Gorge. It falls a few meters over rocks into the lake and (still) is an insider tip. On the other side of the headland, you can find the Rütli meadow. In summer you should visit the mountains. The trip to the top of the mountain is an additional experience. The following lifts in the area are particularly spectacular:

  • Pilatus: the steepest cog railway in the world has been going up Pilatus since 1889. The ride takes about 30 minutes.

  • Titlis: the first Rotair aerial cable car rotates 360 degrees during the ride and has been around since 2014, taking about 5 minutes from Stand to Klein Titlis.The first leg from Engelberg takes 16 minutes on the eight-seater gondola.

  • Rigi: the very first mountain railroad in Europe began operating in 1871 between Vitznau and Rigi Staffelhöhe. The ride takes about an hour.

  • Stoos: the steepest funicular in the world runs at 110% incline and you still always stand level.

  • Stanserhorn: the cable car with an open upper deck is a world novelty. The ride starts at the middle station Kälti and takes about nine minutes. A nostalgic rack railway brings you to the starting point. In total, you'll travel up to the Stanserhorn in just under half an hour.

The mountain railways to the Titlis, the Rigi and to Stoos are also in operation in winter.

The largest of the 21 classic ski areas include the following ski regions:

  • Engelberg-Titlis with 82 kilometers of slopes and 28 ski lifts,
  • Sörenberg - Rothorn/Dorf with 60 kilometers of slopes and 16 lifts
  • Hoch-Ybrig / Oberiberg with 50 kilometers of slopes and twelve lifts
  • Melchsee-Frutt with 36 km of pistes and 16 ski lifts

Melchsee-Frutt offers the longest toboggan run with a length of eight kilometers. The Mythenpark is an absolute must for freestylers. It is approximately 500 meters long and located on a sunny slope along the Grossboden-Brünnelistock ski lift. It is easily accessable, even when the weather is bad.