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Bürgenstock Felsenweg circular hike

Hiking Trail · Luzern · open
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Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • Blick vom Felsenweg Richtung Luzern
    / Blick vom Felsenweg Richtung Luzern
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Restaurant Hammetschwand (Bürgenstock)
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus
  • / Die Rakete – der Hammetschwand-Lift
    Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Verein Weg der Schweiz
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In order to allow his guests a walk on the northern slope, tourism pioneer Josef Bucher-Durrer had this path built at the beginning of the last century.  The road construction took five years.
open
easy
5.2 km
1:45 h
200 m
200 m
The construction of the Felsenweg at Bürgenstock was associated with considerable difficulties. In order to construct a viable route, blasting had to be carried out and retaining walls six to seven metres high had to be erected. At the same time, rock cut-outs were made and small tunnels constructed. In the rear part of the path, suspension devices are embedded in the rock and the path is led over these supporting devices. The structural execution and today's maintenance are demanding and dangerous according to the topographical conditions. Miners from the Tyrol were entrusted with the work at the beginning of the last century - for a daily wage of five to six francs.

Author’s recommendation

The Hammetschwand Panoramalift is only for those who are free from vertigo. However, the view of the steeply sloping rocks down into the lake is very impressive and breathtaking. In less than a minute, the highest freestanding outdoor lift in Europe takes you up to the impressive Bürgenstock viewing terrace. The 152.8 m high lift is one of the most daring tourist facilities of the "Belle Époque".
Enjoy an aperitif after the hike in the Berggasthaus Hammetschwand.

outdooractive.com User
Author
Nidwalden Tourismus
Updated: June 22, 2020

Difficulty
easy
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Highest point
1114 m
Lowest point
858 m
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Tips, hints and links

More Informations: www.felsenweg.ch

Turn-by-turn directions

The Felsenweg begins next to the Bürgenstock hotels, Lake Lucerne lies at your feet in the truest sense of the word. A short detour to the Hammetschwand Restaurant is tempting with the highest open-air lift in Europe before continuing the summer hike along the rocks and through several tunnels to Chänzeli. Past the Hotel Honegg and modern architecture on the south side back to the Bürgenstock Resort.

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Public transport

Public transport friendly

Coordinates

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46.996323, 8.378658
DMS
46°59'46.8"N 8°22'43.2"E
UTM
32T 452758 5204942
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Status
open
Difficulty
easy
Distance
5.2 km
Duration
1:45h
Ascent
200 m
Descent
200 m
Public transport friendly Loop

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