Full of sunny plazas, peppered with charming bridges and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, the elegant city of Lucerne has been constantly featuring on the ‘world’s prettiest cities’ list for a long time now. Known for its clear blue lake and its ethereal well-preserved medieval architecture, dreamlike Lucerne proves to be the perfect setting for a memorable Swiss vacation. And if you are someone who prefers to explore the wilderness surrounding a destination, here are 7 majestic mountains around Lucerne for you to conquer!
A beautiful place near Lucerne, the way to the top of Stanserhorn mountain is full of adventure. It begins with a quick ride up to Kälti in a cute little funicular railway that dates back to the 1800s. From there, you need to hop onto CabriO which is the world’s first double-decker aerial cableway. Now that’s one ride with a view! If you prefer hiking over funicular railways and cableways, Stanserhorn mountain is speckled with hiking trails that take you to charming destinations.
A year-round destination, in the summers, visitors can go on magnificent hikes in the Rigi and in winters, one can go skiing and sledging or can partake in winter barbequing. Also, did you know that the ride up Rigi mountain is done in Europe’s oldest mountain railway? Now that’s one fact you can boast about for ages to come!
3. Mount Titlis
Mount Titlis probably needs no introduction! From Switzerland Tourism ads to Bollywood, this mountain’s exquisiteness has been shown to us enough number of times for it to leave a lasting impression! And as if its beauty was not enough, the mountain also hosts several activities all year round – revolving cable car rides, scootering, glacier cave expeditions, skiing, mountain biking, fun activities at the glacier park, snowboarding, TITLIS Cliff Walks on Europe’s highest suspension bridge, and hiking, to name a few!
4. Mount Pilatus
You should definitely head over to Mount Pilatus on your Swiss vacation if you want to take a ride on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway (it has a gradient of approximately 48%)! Apart from giving you stunning panoramic views of the Lucerne Lake, the mountain’s summit also proves to be a good spot for hiking, cycling and photography. And when, or if, you get hungry, the Pilatus Kulm hotel at the top is known for its fine dining options.
Located half an hour’s drive from Lucerne, Klimsenhorn is an offbeat and relatively lesser-known mountain to summit; its neighbour, Mount Pilatus, is more famous. The mountaintop used to be home to the Hotel Klimsenhorn which was unfortunately demolished. All that remains now is the ethereal Klimsen chapel which used to belong to the hotel. The chapel is now a protected historical monument.
6. Brienzer Rothorn
Located in the Emmental Alps, the Brienzer Rothorn is the highest summit in its mountain range. There are two modes of transport to reach the summit- either you can hop on the quaint Brienz Rothorn Railway at Brienz and chug yourself to the top, or you can enjoy panoramic views in a cable car ride from Sorenberg. Either way, the journey will definitely be as lovely as the destination!
A hike or funicular ride up Bürgenstock will open up a world of extravagance for you! Because right at the top of the mountain, just near the summit, lie two luxury hotels, a few spas that’ll pamper you rotten and even a medical wellness center that’ll take care of your holistic well being. So, for a rejuvenating time on your Swiss vacation, you now know where to head over to!