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Bürgenstock Felsenweg circular hike

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  • Aussicht auf dem Bürgenstock, Hammetschwand Lift im Hintergrund
    Aussicht auf dem Bürgenstock, Hammetschwand Lift im Hintergrund
    Photo: Christina Bucher, Nidwalden Tourismus
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Bürgenstock – Känzeli – Honegg – Bürgenstock
Open
easy
Distance 5.2 km
1:45 h
200 m
200 m
1,114 m
858 m
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.

 

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.

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Nidwalden Tourismus 
Update: August 11, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,114 m
Lowest point
858 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 27.17%Path 30.91%Road 38.11%Unknown 3.79%
Forested/wild trail
1.4 km
Path
1.6 km
Road
2 km
Unknown
0.2 km
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Tips and hints

More information:

Nidwalden Tourismus
Bahnhofplatz 2
6370 Stans
+41 41 610 88 33
info@nidwalden.com
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Start

Bürgenstock (867 m)
Coordinates:
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2'671'498E 1'205'457N
DD
46.996323, 8.378658
DMS
46°59'46.8"N 8°22'43.2"E
UTM
32T 452758 5204942
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Destination

Bürgenstock

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 Känzeli. Past the Hotel Honegg and modern architecture on the south side back to the Bürgenstock Resort, where you can finish the hike in on the sun terrace of the Restaurant Osteria Alpina

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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

By train: Zentralbahn from Lucerne with stop in Stansstad. By post bus to the Bürgenstock.

By ship: By (shuttle) ship across Lake Lucerne to Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock. By the Bürgenstock railroad to the resort.

Getting there

Highway A2 Basel-Lucerne-Gotthard-Chiasso. Exit Stansstad. Take the main road to the Fürigen/Bürgenstock junction. Drive uphill on main road via Fürigen/Obbürgen to Bürgenstock Resort (parking spaces available for a fee).

Parking

paid parking

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'671'498E 1'205'457N
DD
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
1:45 h
Ascent
200 m
Descent
200 m
Highest point
1,114 m
Lowest point
858 m
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