People in a gondola of the Stanserhorn Cabrio cable car.

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Lake Lucerne

This impressive double-decker cable car lets you head up top out into the open air for spectacular views as it whisks you over 1100 vertical metres from its Kälti base station at 711m. The journey takes 6½ minutes and if you're on top and it's windy, hang on to your hat. This is the world’s first cable car with a roofless upper deck.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Lake Lucerne attractions

1. Stanserhornbahn Funicular

0.94 MILES

From 1893 to 1974, Stanserhorn was accessed from Stans in three sections by funicular trains. In 1974 the top two sections were replaced by an aerial…

2. Stanserhorn

1.33 MILES

Looming above the lake, 1898m Stanserhorn (13km south of Lucerne) boasts 360-degree vistas of Lake Lucerne, Mt Titlis, Mt Pilatus and the Bernese Alps,…

3. Richard Wagner Museum

6.64 MILES

Housed in the composer’s former residence in Tribschen, on the lake’s southern shore, this museum harbours historic musical instruments, including…

4. Inseli

7.26 MILES

Just a stone’s throw from the train station, Inseli is a leafy lakefront park where locals congregate in sunny weather to lounge on the grass, play ping…

5. Verkehrshaus

7.34 MILES

A great kid-pleaser, the fascinating interactive Verkehrshaus is deservedly Switzerland’s most popular museum. Alongside rockets, steam locomotives,…

6. Kultur und Kongresszentrum

7.34 MILES

French architect Jean Nouvel’s waterfront arts and convention centre is a postmodern jaw-dropper in an otherwise historic city. Inside, the tall, narrow…

7. Kunstmuseum

7.34 MILES

At this art museum inside the Kultur und Kongresszentrum, the permanent collection garners mixed reviews, but keep an eye out for great temporary…

8. Planetarium

7.35 MILES

Switzerland's largest planetarium, in Lucerne's Verkehrshaus, presents a variety of shows every day on its 508-sq-metre dome. Check the website for full…