Lake Lucerne

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, among others. Getting to the summit is half the fun – and there's plenty to do when you get there.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Lake Lucerne attractions

1. CabriO

1.33 MILES

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…

2. Stanserhornbahn Funicular

2.26 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…

3. Richard Wagner Museum


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

4. Engelberg Monastery

8.22 MILES

The Engelberg valley was once ecclesiastically governed and the Benedictine abbey was the seat of power. Now the resident monks teach instead of rule, but…

5. Show Cheese Dairy

8.24 MILES

Located on the grounds of Engelberg Monastery is a state-of-the-art cheesemaking operation, where you can watch the cheesemakers, savour dairy goodies in…

6. Inseli

8.36 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…

7. Sammlung Rosengart

8.43 MILES

Lucerne’s blockbuster cultural attraction is the Sammlung Rosengart, occupying a graceful neoclassical pile in the heart of town. It showcases the…

8. Kultur und Kongresszentrum

8.44 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…