Stanserhorn - ride on the nostalgic funicular and the ultra-modern CabriO cable car to the "Faulenzerberg" at an altitude of 1,898 meters.

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Stanserhorn, the lazy mountain
Stanserhorn, the lazy mountain
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The Stanserhorn offers a wide view of Mount Pilatus and the nearby lake district of Lake Lucerne, Lake Sempach, Lake Baldeggersee and Lake Hallwilersee.

  • The revolving restaurant Rondorama allows up to eighty people to experience the whole panorama around the Stanserhorn in three quarters of an hour.

  • The "five-star mountain" Stanserhorn is a destination for excursions from mid-April to mid-November; in winter, the cable cars and the restaurant are in hibernation.

  • The approach to the Stanserhorn is a double experience: first the nostalgic funicular dating from 1893, then change to the ultra-modern CabriO-Bahn with upper deck in the open air.

Stanserhorn: location and approach

The Stanserhorn is the local mountain of Stans, the cantonal capital of Nidwalden. Stans is reached within fifteen minutes from Lucerne by car or train. The bottom station of the mountain railroad is a five-minute walk from Stans train station. It takes a total of 24 minutes to reach the Stanserhorn from the valley station by funicular and from the middle station by CabriObahn.

By train, take the Zentralbahn from Lucerne to Stans. By car, take the A2 to exit 32-Stans-Nord to Stans. There is an associated parking lot at the Stanserhornbahn. However, there are 24 other parking spaces available in Stans. Be careful, parking lots A1-A17 have a limited parking time of two hours maximum.

Ride on the nostalgic funicular railway

The first section of the journey to the Stanserhorn is via a nostalgic funicular dating back to 1893. The technology with automatically acting rail brakes was unique at the time and was considered high-tech.

Until 1974, the funicular ran in three sections up to the Stanserhorn. It took 45 minutes and could carry up to 40 passengers. The gradient reached up to 63%. The old railroad cars of the first section were restored in 2009 and 2010 and are still in operation today.

At a length of 1,556 meters, the railroad runs from Stans (450 meters above sea level) to the Chälti (Kälti) transfer station, which is located at 714 meters above sea level. The maximum gradient on this line is 27.5%, with an average of 17%. The line is single track (with Abt's switch) and has only a few curves. It crosses two bridges and passes through a tunnel. For this first stage, the nostalgia train needs nine minutes. The timetable is currently available online. On busy days, the train runs every ten minutes.

Ride on the modern double-decker - CabriO - aerial tramway

The aerial cableway travels in the second stage of the Stanserhornbahn from the Chälti transfer station (714 meters above sea level) to the top station at 1,850 meters above sea level. On request, the train stops at the former Bluematt station (1,222 meters).

The pure travel time for covering the 2,320 meters (1,139 meters above sea level) is also 9 minutes. Including the transfer time, the lift takes just under 25 minutes for both legs. Up to 60 passengers can be accommodated in a double-decker gondola.

The aerial tramway moves on two pairs of suspension cables, which are five meters apart. The upper deck is accessible from the lower cabin via a central spiral staircase. Operation is by means of two haul rope loops that are endlessly spliced. An upper loop runs between the two cabins, which travel alternately, and the top station. The second runs over the bottom station. This means that in the event of technical defects, cabins can be taken to the next station before repairs are carried out.

The average gradient of the aerial tramway is 56.38%, but reaches a maximum of 73%. For the cabins suspended between the trolleys, rapid pendulum movements are prevented by hydraulic cylinders.

Sights on the Stanserhorn

The Stanserhorn has a nickname: it is called the Lazy Mountain. In 2006, the "Club of Leading Lazy People" declared the Stanserhorn as the Lazy Mountain. Since then, there is the official "lazy zone" at the very top with a panoramic view. The view is explained by tape announcement.

The most beautiful sights on the Stanserhorn are actually the views all around. Even the ride on the CabriO cable car is an experience that can only be taken on the Stanserhorn. In addition, technology freaks can visit a part of the old railroad facilities in a museum.

The sights include:

  • Viewing platform
  • Stanserberg place of power
  • Technology museum of the old railroad facilities
  • Murmeli

Viewing platform

The viewing platform is located not far from the mountain station. It offers a view of the following lakes:

  • Lake Lucerne
  • Lake Sarnen
  • Lake Sempach
  • Lake Baldegg
  • Lake Hallwil
  • Lake Zug
  • Lake Wichel
  • Lake Bannalp (reservoir)
  • Lake Gerzen
  • Lake Alpnachersee

Stanserhorn place of power

At its highest point at 1,898 meters above sea level, the Stanserhorn unites the basic rays bundled from three sides, which together produce a value of 22,000 Bovis units. Therefore, the Stanserhorn is considered a place of special power. Its power potential is said to be about the same as that of the Mexican Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacán. This is also considered to be the reason why altitude dizziness and malaise can occur at the Stanserhorn already at about 2000 meters altitude.

Such places of power are sources of lines of force that cover the entire world. Often already in former times cult places, monasteries and churches were established at these places. On the Stanserhorn, one feels this power effect most strongly at the fireplace, which is located in a southeasterly direction.

Technical museum of the old railroad facilities

On the Stanserhorn, in a kind of museum, one can still admire the monumental gear train that belonged to the old drive station of the old funicular railroad on the mountain and was in operation for about eighty years.

The 3rd section of the old funicular ran from Bluematt (1,222 meters) to the summit of the Stanserhorn (1,848 meters) and stopped in the basement of the Hotel Stanserhorn. In 1970, a devastating fire broke out, destroying both the hotel and the top station. The cause at the time was a lightning strike in the Bluematt station, which reached the mountain station under the wooden shingles of the hotel via the 1,276 meter long exposed telephone line.

The two cars were rescued by the machinist, who allowed them to travel to the switch. When the ropes melted at the top station, the old caliper brakes reliably held the cars. The layout of the railroad was restored for the coming season and at the same time planning for modernization began. Until 1974, the railroad was still running in the two upper sections.

Since 1975, an aerial cableway has been running from the Chälti directly to the Stanserhorn. The Restaurant Rondorama was built on the foundation walls of the hotel.

Murmeli on the Stanserhorn

The Murmeli are a marmot enclosure on the Stanserhorn. It is located not far from the Deltaflieger take-off point. The marmot park is best discovered on the way from the summit to the mid station. The marmot enclosure has existed since 1912. It belongs to the Stanserhorn cable car and is looked after by the rangers on the Stanserhorn. A total of up to six animals can live here.

Prices and timetables at Stanserhorn 2021

The season at Stanserhorn runs from April 23 to November 14, 2021

Prices train ride from Stans to Stanserhorn (CHF)

|Single traveler (1.-9.person) |Trip to and from Stans |--------------------------------|-----------------------------|------------------------| |adults | 37,00 | 74,00 | |Half-Fare Card | 18,50 | 37,00 | |GA / Municipal Day Card / Swiss Travel Pass | free | free |

Group travelers (10 or more persons)Trip toReturn
adults25,9051,80
Half-Fare Card12,9525,90
GA / Municipal Day Pass / Swiss Travel Passfreefree

(Children's travel pass valid, children aged 6-16 accompanied by at least 1 parent travel at 1/4 fare, dogs also travel at 1/4 fare, gun dogs free)

Further prices (e.g. round trips and special offers) can be seen on the page Prices of the Stanserhornbahn and on the page Prices for season tickets

Detailed information on passes and prices in Switzerland can be found on the pages Public transport in Switzerland - an overview of all travel and tourist passes and Public transport in Switzerland - an overview of all tickets.

Timetables between Stans and Stanserhorn

DepartureMountain trip from StansDownhill trip from Stanserhorn
daytime08:15, 08:30, every 30 minutes until 16:3008:30, 08:45, every 30 minutes until 17:15
Fridays and Saturdays from 05/21 to 11/13/20214:45 p.m., every 30 minutes until 10:15 p.m.5:00 p.m., every 30 minutes until 11:00 p.m.
Thursdays from 03.06. to 11.11. 202116:45 h, every 30 minutes until 22:15 h17:00 h, every 30 minutes until 23:00 h

The funicular runs between Stans and Chälti (Kälti). There you have 6 minutes time to change to the CabriO-Bahn, which goes from Chälti (Kälti) to the Stanserhorn. When there are many visitors, the funicular runs every 10 minutes during the day.

Activities on the Stanserhorn

Although it is called the "lazy mountain, there are popular activities on the mountain. These include, first and foremost, hiking. But the Stanserhorn is also very famous for hang gliding and paragliding. The Deltaclub Stans has been active here since the 1970s.

On a 30-minute tour of the summit, you can see marmots in an enclosure and meet rangers who will name the mountains around or explain the plants along the way if you wish. The path starts next to the mountain restaurant and leads to the Adlerfluh. The view goes far into the Obwaldnerland and towards Brünig.

The further path runs gently to the summit and offers a view of up to 100 km of alpine chain and the ten lakes. The Murmeli Park is discovered on the way down. The mountain Stanserhorn is also called five-star mountain.

Among the most popular activities at Stanserhorn are:

  • Hang gliding and delta flying
  • Paragliding
  • Hikes

Hang gliding and delta flying

The oldest delta flying club in Switzerland is active on the Stanserhorn. Deltaflieger, hang gliders or hang gliders are motorized aerial sports devices that are carried by the pilot during takeoff and landing. During the flight, the pilot hangs in a harness sitting or belly-down under the wing.

The altitude difference during a jump from the Stanserhorn is about 1,300 meters. The three landing sites Wolfenschiessen, Ennetmoos and Oberdorf/Büren are located at an altitude of just over 500 meters.

The delta planes are set up on an area next to the hiking trail below the summit. There is a wind indicator at the launch site. The takeoff is next to the trail in southern direction. A second take-off site towards the north is slightly elevated directly next to the set-up area.

Typically, delta planes consist of a wing with a wingspan of about eleven meters and a surface, covered with fabric and held in shape by a sturdy frame. For ground transportation, the plane can be folded and carried in a long bag.

The transport of the deltas is taken over by the Stanserbahn for an extra charge up to the middle station and from there it continues on the deck of the gondola every second trip. On busy days, transports are taken over by the railroad only before ten o'clock and after two o'clock. The Deltaclub Stans clarifies all important questions on the page Stanserhorn. Tandem flights from the Stanserhorn are offered by surrounding flight schools.

Paragliding

Paragliding on the Stanserhorn is becoming increasingly popular. Above the Rinderalp, east of the restaurant, is the official paragliding launch site. It is reached after about ten minutes of descent via a hiking trail.

The starting altitude is on the alpine pasture at about 1,650 meters above sea level (coordinates: 669.570/198.320). Exceptionally, paraglider pilots also use the south launch site of the Delta pilots. In the mornings, take-offs are made to the south in the steep grassy slopes, otherwise the normal take-off orientation is to the north.

The landing site is in Stans, usually above the Cantonal Hospital on mowed meadow (the windsock gives a hint). Rope cables must be observed. Tandem flights can be booked at nearby flight schools. Detailed information can be found on the page of the dhv.de (Deutscher Gleitschirm- und Drachenflugverband e.V.).

Easy hikes on the Stanserhorn and difficult ascents

On the Stanserhorn, there are both easy hiking trails and more challenging mountain trails. On the ridge at 1,226 meters is the popular little vacation resort of Wirzweli.

From the Stanserbahn, special round trip rates are offered for short and easy round trips. In this flyer of the Stanserhornbahn, further hikes are described and supplemented with an overview map.

These are the two hikes:

Stans - Stanserhorn - Wirzweli - Dallenwil - Stans

The hike starts with the ascent from Stans to the Stanserhorn. The hike from the top of the mountain to Wirzweli takes about 2.5 hours. At Wirzweli take the cable car for the descent to Dallenwil and from there take the train S4 back to Stans.

Stans - Stanserhorn - Wiesenberg - Dallenwil - Stans

After the ascent to the Stanserhorn, a two-hour hike leads to Wiesenberg. The cable car to Dallenwil departs from Wiesenberg. Return from Dallenwil to Stans with the S4 train.

Steep and longer mountain hikes

A rather difficult hike because of the ascents of more than 1,300 meters in altitude starts at the middle station in Chälti and takes at least 4.5 hours. The path is marked white-red-white

The longer mountain hikes on the Stanserhorn are always panoramic hikes. A huge alpine panorama and ten lakes, including the large Lake Lucerne, impress every mountain hiker. The signposts for mountain hikes are yellow with white-red-white tip next to the destination name, trail markers on the way are white-red-white.

These hiking routes are especially popular:

  • Stanserhorn - Ächerlipass - Arvigrat - Gräfimattnollen - Schluchberg - Storeggpass
  • Wirzweli - Stanserhorn
  • Stanserhorn - Ächerli - Arvigrat - Gummen (Wirzweli)

Events on the Stanserhorn and Stanserhorn Ranger

Individual events on the mountain are, for example, events of the Jodlerclub Wiesenberg or hikes from the lake to the mountain. These hikes start as a day or night hike in Lucerne and end at the Stanserhorn. The day hike starts in Lucerne at 8:00 in the morning. Arrival at the Stanserhorn is 22:00. The night session starts 19:00 in Lucerne and ends around 7:00 at the Stanserhorn. The Stanserhorn Mountain Run is also a regular event on the mountain.

Mountain weddings can be held on the Stanserhorn. Mountain services with musical accompaniment always take place on August 01 and 15 as well as on other Sundays.

A special feature on the Stanserhorn is the presence of 16 rangers. These Stanserhorn rangers are available to visitors on the mountain. Every day between the revolving restaurant and the summit a ranger is on the way between 10.00 - 16.00 o'clock. He points out special features in flora and fauna or tells anecdotes. Rangers can be booked for group tours.

All current events can be found on the events page of the Stanserhornbahnen.

Restaurants and overnight accommodations on the Stanserhorn

On the Stanserhorn itself, overnight stays have not been possible since 1970. The Hotel Stanserhorn was completely destroyed by a lightning strike back in 1970. The revolving restaurant at the summit lets up to 80 people turn once around 360 degrees in 43 minutes.

Hotels in Stans are:

Five-star revolving restaurant Rondorama

The revolving restaurant at the summit has a five-star floor plan and rotates on its own axis inside with up to eighty guests. The Stanserhornbahn shows the floor plan of the restaurant, which was built in 2001.

rooms and locations:

  • 200 people can be seated in the Rondorama, of which the revolving table holds 80 guests.

  • 50 persons in the Bucher & Durrer Stubli

  • 40 persons in the Stanserhorn Stubli, directly accessible via a spiral staircase from the entrance of the Rondorama or via a ramp near the terrace

  • 100 persons in the exhibition room

  • 400 persons on the sun terrace

Open daily on days when the cable cars are also running. Groups of 20 people or more are served at the table at lunchtime, and 50 people or more in the evening.

The self-service restaurant offers Älplermagronen as a speciality. They are served in the Edelweiss pot. The restaurant uses only ingredients from Switzerland and the wider Alpine region. On fine weather days, a self-service outdoor kiosk is also open.

Thursday evening trips:

On these evenings, in addition to the self-service restaurant, table service is available from 6pm. Hot a la carte cuisine is available until 9 pm. Cheese fondue can be picked up in the self-service restaurant. Prior reservation is advisable on these evenings. The cable car runs every 30 minutes, last descent is at 11 pm. From 17 o'clock reduced evening tariff of the railroad.

Romantic Candle Light Dinner on the summit

On Fridays and Saturdays, dinner is served in the evening from 6 p.m. in the revolving restaurant. Train ride and dinner can be booked in full. Last descent is 11 pm, reservation in the restaurant is important.

Zmorge on the Stanserhorn

On weekends and holidays a tray is prepared between 9 am and 10:30 am with Birchermüsli, mountain cheese, apricot juice and other ingredients. In addition, a selection of bread and croissants is available. During the week there is self-service breakfast. Combined Zmorge-Bahn tickets are offered.