Stans – a perfect location for summer and winter recreation

Little, quaint and utterly bewitching, having uncountable number of summer activities available all over the town’s territory and its neighborhood, eight winter sports, and a cross-country skiing areas that pledge sportive diversity in the region (all of which are reached in between 20 and maximum 50 minutes), Stans is a perfect location for both active and more measured pastime and recreation.

Situated in the middle of Switzerland, boasting of having a central plaza of national significance, a unique marketplace, rich cultural life, living traditions, ornate historic buildings, historic funicular up to the Stanserhorn, renowned restaurants, museums showcasing traditions and history, free time activity centers, surrounded by gorgeous mountains, situated at Lake Lucerne, and having been the place for some of the brightest and turning events in Swiss history still commemorating the past and its legends, this tiny town is well worth a visit, and better yet a prolonged stay, if you take into account all the attractions, some of which are completely unique, and possibilities it offers.

Are you wondering what they are? Haven’t heard of this town before? Read, be surprised and add one more spot to the list of “best to go places”!

Interesting things about Stans

Stans is the capital of the canton

Having a population (as of 31 December 2015) of  8,277 people, Stans is the capital of the canton of Nidwalden (Nidwald).

Although the Swiss variety of standard German is the official language of Stans, the language which is predominantly spoken in the area is the local variant of the Alemannic Swiss German dialect.

There are several cities called Stans, which may be confused for one another

There’s a village in Austria named Stans, then there is Stans, a town in Switzerland, and one more ‘Stans’ – Stansstad,  a municipality in the canton of Nidwalden, – that is located a few kilometers away from Stans. Who lacked imagination or thought this was funny to have almost identically named settlements so close to each other is a mystery, but this really confuses the hell out of tourists.

Stans is one of the oldest settlements in the entire Nidwalden valley

The first traces of human settlement date back to the 2nd century BC.  There is hardly any evidence of a settlement during the rule of the Roman Empire. The only indicators might be some Gallo-Roman funeral pyres. Also, the Latin root of the name Stans, stagnum, which means a pool or sump, may be linked to that era.

Stans was already the capital of the same territorial section prior to joining the Swiss Confederation

Stans was first mentioned in 1124. It had already been the capital of  Unterwalden nid dem Kernwald (which later would become the half canton of Nidwalden) before Unterwalden joined Uri and Schwyz in 1291, later forming the Swiss Confederation.

The canton of Nidwalden was originally part of the canton of Unterwalden

Unterwalden is made up of two valleys: Nidwalden and ObwaldenThere has never been a single unified jurisdiction in Unterwalden. In fact, its political situation and the level of independence has changed quite often throughout its history. Initially, it was comprised of such distinct communities as ObwaldenNidwalden and the Abbey of Engelberg. However, it was in 1291 that they were united as it was required for the representatives of all three communities to come together for the Federal Charter. For the following two decades after Unterwalden had united with the then-forming Swiss Confederation, Nidwalden was called as Unterwalden nit dem Kernwald, while Obwalden was known as Unterwalden ob dem Kernwald. When voting took place in the Tagsatzung, the number of Unterwalden’s votes were divided between the two valleys. Hence, it broke down into two separate units which became Obwalden and Nidwalden.

A sacrifice from a soldier from Stans had become a turning point in achieving victory at the Battle of Sempach

In 1386, during the Battle of Sempach – fought on 9 July 1386, between Leopold III, Duke of Austria and the Old Swiss Confederacy that helped turn the loosely allied Swiss Confederation into a more unified nation and is seen as a turning point in the growth of Switzerland – a soldier from Stans, Arnold von Winkelried, is claimed to have thrown himself on the pikes of the Habsburg army which led the Swiss to victory. However, there are doubts about the integrity of the story, and even the existence of such man is dubious as the first mention of his feat arises more than 150 years after the battle. Moreover, according to other sources, a man who might have been Arnold was party to a lawsuit in 1389. Nevertheless, the legend took root in Stans and now a monument and Arnold’s house can be seen in the town.

The town was destroyed in a fire, which influenced its following architecture

Seven towers were built to protect Stans during the Middle Ages. However, there were never any walls constructed in order to encircle the town by connecting all the seven towers.

Sadly, the fire of the year 1713 turned two-thirds of the town into ashes. After the fire, new regulations were adopted which ensured that the village square, called Dorfplatz, stayed open and clear of construction. What can be seen nowadays – the large square, enclosed by baroque houses, and Rathaus (the town council house) – is the result of the regulations subsequent to the fire.

Renowned philosopher and educator Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi established his first school in Stans

In 1798, after the decision of  Nidwalden not to adopt the constitution of the Helvetic Republic, the French army stormed the city of Stans. Children orphaned by this event were gathered by Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi – Swiss pedagogue and educational reformer, thanks to whom illiteracy in the 18th century Switzerland was overcome almost entirely by 1830 and whose motto for his first school was “Learning by head, hand, and heart.” Pestalozzi decided to start a school for children. He converted the Convent of St. Klara, which was built between 1621 and 1625, into the school. Unfortunately, the following year the French Army seized the building, and this put an end to the orphan’s school.

How to get to Stans?

By plane:

Since Switzerland has three major international airports: Geneva, Zurich and Basel, tourists have excellent opportunities to choose the airport, which best suits their route and plans. If you’re heading straight to Stans, you should know that Zurich Airport is the closest one, located 57 km away from Stans. Bern-Belp Airport, situated 65,8 km away from the town, comes second and the third option that is relatively close is Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airport with a distance of 95.4 km. Geneva airport is the furthest one, more than 200 km away from the town. The journey from either airport by road takes from about less than an hour to 1 hour 30 minutes maximum if you’re going by car.

What is really comfortable is that Geneva and Zurich airports have built-in railway stations, so you can hop on the necessary train without leaving the building of the airport without any delays.

If you can allow yourself some extra expenses, the airport in Buochs is only 3 km away from Stans, so make a quick transfer from one of the international airports and you’ll be in Stans in no time.

By train:

The railway, particularly SBB, is the most convenient and frequently chosen way of traveling in Switzerland. Stans station is on the Luzern–Stans–Engelberg line.

Lucerne S-Bahn S4 serves trains to and fro Lucerne running twice per hour, and the hourly InterRegio train runs between Lucerne and Engelberg with a stop at Stans. That makes an incredibly fast and comfortable trip with the bonus of enjoying the scenery you pass by, as the majority of trains are adapted for tourists having big panorama windows.

By car or by bus:

This is another fantastic opportunity to make even the time traveling to Stans useful and unforgettable. The Lucerne region, where this town lies, is incredibly beautiful and thankfully covered by top-condition roads and highways. So you can go by your own or rent one in one of the many rental offices (be sure to have your passport and driving license) and enjoy the views, ‘pit stops’ for coffee and taking photos amid surrounding nature. Stans, located in the heart of Central Switzerland, is on the A2 (Basel-Lucerne-Chiasso) motorway, so traveling by car or by bus is a wonderful option too.

How to get around?

Stans covers the area of 11.08 km2 (4.28 sq mi). It is served by public transport as well as local trains. The whole area is easily coverable on foot. You may also catch a taxi or rent a car, which is very convenient, most especially in Stans since the town has got ample parking space and is close to all the major attractions of the region. Thus, you can make adjustments to your plans and hit the road any second you want.

The railway station is a 2-minute walk from the center of Stans. The underground car park is open 24/7 all year around. The well-lit parking lot offers 340 parking spaces (including parking spaces for disabled and women’s parking).

Where to stay and grab a bite?

Stans is a tiny town, but it has got several accommodation options that cover all the tourists’ needs. There are 2 hotels within the town and a few more on the outskirts. Plus you can rent an apartment, go to a resort or a spa complex or even rent a room offered by locals.

Hotel Engel is located on the main square in the commune of Stans. This option is one of the best in the city of Stans! Guests are satisfied with it more than the location of other options in the area. The rooms are furnished with modern furniture, decorated in a minimalist style. The hotel has a café-bar with a terrace and views of the square. Each room is equipped with free Wi-Fi, as well as a telephone, a flat-screen cable TV and a work desk. The spacious bathroom includes a hairdryer.

The hotel’s cozy lighted restaurant serves both innovative and traditional dishes. All rooms and hotel facilities are suitable for guests with reduced mobility.

The train and bus stations are just 100 meters away, and the Stanserhorn cable car is 200 meters away. On the territory of the hotel, parking is provided with a limited number of seats (no advance booking is required).

Plus, a handy perk is the currency exchange. If you forgot to exchange money or ran out of Swiss francs, there is an exchange office here. Although Switzerland is expensive compared to neighboring countries, this hotel provides excellent value for the Lucerne area.

Hotel Stans-Süd provides guests with comfortable and affordable accommodation too. No matter how late you arrive, you will never have trouble with check-in as it can be done via an automatic check-in machine. That way you will save time and get to your room after a long journey without much hustle and bustle.

The hotel rooms, which are typically soundproof, have a simple but beautiful interior. A hearty breakfast buffet is served in the mornings. Some guests even say that the croissants served at breakfast are the best in the world.

Aside from the delicious bakery, guests enjoy free Wi-Fi access, as well as discounts to use the wellness and fitness center, located across the street from the Stans Süd.

There is a gas station with a car wash and a small grocery shop near the hotel. The distance to the city of Lucerne is only 12 km, and to Lake Lucerne – 2.5 km. On the site at Stans-Süd, you may use private parking free of charge. You can also use the garage for an additional fee.

You can eat at the hotel restaurants or enjoy a meal out in the town, since there are lots of very nice places to grab a quick bite or have a delicious gourmand meal, like at Rosenburg Höfli, which offers high cuisine.

Migros Restaurant, Bahnhof Chalet, Three Monkeys, and Restaurant Hirschen are perfect if you want to have a tasty and nutritious dinner at a reasonable price.

Besides, there are establishments that offer European, traditional Swiss cuisine as well as Italian, Tai, Asian and Mediterranean ones. Take a look at Brasserie le Mirage, Drehrestaurant Rondorama, Cubasia, and Gasthaus Allmendhuisli.

Shopping in Stans

About 50 specialty stores are gathered in the association of the Stanser Dorfläden. In the center, you can find specialty shops at almost every corner. Come in and have a look around! If you are looking for personal advice, the staff will be at your disposal. Look for the Trouvaillen: There is the typical Stanser cobblestone (“Bsetzi“) in delicious chocolate or the best soft cheese from all Northern Europe known as “Stanserfladen.”

The souvenirs from Lucerne can be found in Stans as well but at a more reasonable price. Besides you can buy knives, watches, chocolate, jewelry and sporting and hiking gear.

Cheeses are the specialty of the region. So don’t pass up the opportunity to taste and buy some of the kinds that are produced here. Every May, Stanser Alps Cheese Market takes place on the main square. This event provides the best real culinary traditions of Nidwaldner. There you can taste and buy cheeses of the most excellent quality in the Alpine region. The specialty is Stanser Fladä, which is a must-try for any guest. It is a kind of soft cheese in a wooden package, and it is served with a spoon.

Besides, Wiänachts Märcht is a very atmospheric Christmas market with over 100 stalls is held each December.

Useful tips for those heading to Stans

If CabriO Stanserhorn is on your list of things to do, keep in mind that Swiss Travel Pass gives you a combined offer: journey using public transport and leisure offer (also for existing tickets) to free ride on CabriO Stanserhorn. Those who hold a Swiss Travel Pass receive full coverage for excursions on Pilatus, Rigi, as well as Schynige Platte. Moreover, many other mountain railways offer as much as 50% off.

Plan your tour carefully. That way you will be sure to get the maximum out of it. Make sure to contact the local information center in order to find out about the weather or whether your intended trail is open. It often happens due to the weather conditions that the trail is closed or only partially open.

What is the weather like in Stans?

Commonly to this region, the weather is quite wet and not overly inviting in summer. The average number of rainy days in Stans amounts to about 137 with the yearly precipitation of about 1,2 mm. August is the wettest month, whereas June has more rainy days than any other month, with about 14.2 days, but with the precipitation of only 156 mm. January receives the least amount of rain making it the driest month of the year in Stans.

Still, that has never stopped thousands of tourists from coming here in summer, and if you have stocked up on all the necessary things, like warm clothes, raincoats, and boots along with patience and an umbrella, nothing is going to spoil your vacation.

Be extra careful to pick the footwear. It is advised to choose waterproof shoes which are not slippery. And, of course, a camera and some wipes for it, in case of rain.

What to see and do in Stans?

Stans has plenty of beautiful and interesting places to see. Lucerne and the surrounding mountains are especially attractive for tourists with all the beautiful landscapes around. No matter how you choose to explore the area – on foot or by bike – there is a lot to see and to do for everyone. Nidwalden mountains are known for the numerous cable railways to connect some of the summits around. There are both quite old, but well-maintained, and modern cable cars. You are guaranteed the most thrilling experience with the topless double-decker cable car that heads up to Stanserhorn Mountain, where you’ll have a chance to observe the panoramic view of the region from the top.

But cable cars aren’t the only highlights of this town and its neighborhood. Let’s figure out what else one can experience in Stans!

Enjoy a ride on one of the earliest-built railways through the mountains in Switzerland!

The Stanserhorn (1,898 m (6,227 ft)) is not just a mountain but also a popular tourist resort. The Stanserhornbahn (1893), one of the oldest Swiss mountain railways provides access to the top. You can also take a cable car.

Originally, the Stanserhornbahn was a rack and pinion railway comprising three sections. In 1970, a lightning strike cause fire and the upper part was completely ruined. In five years’ time, the destroyed section was replaced by an aerial cable car.

Enjoy the feeling of wind in your hair on the open top deck of CabriO!

The most important thing that sets Stans aside from other cities is the only cabrio cable car cabin in the world. The cableway with an open roof deck is an exciting attraction that allows you to enjoy a breathtaking view without any cables overhead. It is a truly fascinating experience just to stand on the roof of a double-deck cabin where a panoramic view opens up in all its magnificence. But the main thing is to go there in good weather unless you want to take a shower and freeze up on the way, plus the showering would be the only reward since the stunning view will be definitely obscured.

Ascent the summit of the Stanserhorn and enjoy a fantastic panorama!

Those who have traveled a lot in Switzerland and have seen many places say that aside from their favorite Pilatus, Stanserhorn definitely comes second in the list of places to visit. It’s not as well-known as Pilatus and Titlis, but it has an incredibly beautiful view of the mountains, lakes, there is a possibility of walking and seeing the panorama from different directions!  All in all, the summit of the Stanserhorn opens up a fantastic view that spreads over 100 km away. From the peak, you can marvel at the Swiss lakes and even see as far as the Black Forest of Germany. Take the hiking trail around the peak of the Stanserhorn to wander around the place. On your way, you may come across rangers, who will gladly assist you and tell you about the local nature and landscape.

Take a walk amid the scenic location of the Stanserhorn!

You will start the walk from the rotating restaurant near the viewing terrace of the mountain. In a short while, after a gentle ascent to the mountaintop,  you will be amazed by an awe-inspiring panorama that will showcase all the scenic parts of the area that could never be seen from the bottom: majestic peaks covered with an emerald carpet of forests, and breathtaking lakes. The view is absolutely magical! The walk is approximately 30 minutes long if you don’t count lingering to take a photo here and there, and it is not difficult. Just keep in mind that it’s always very windy there. Besides, you will be able to observe little marmots in their natural habitat at a marmot sanctuary that you will come across while descending from the summit.

Feed and try to play with the Alpine marmots, while you are hiking!

The alpine marmot is a species of marmot found in mountainous areas of central and southern Europe, and a small population of Marmots is kept near the trail atop the Stansehorn.

Many a time, the alpine marmot is considered the largest of the squirrel species due to their size. For example, an adult alpine marmot can be 18 cm in height and may grow up to 54 cm in length, excluding the tail, which may be as long as 16 cm. In the past, it was believed that the marmot’s fat was a remedy for rheumatism and also could be used as food. Therefore, marmots were widely hunted in the old days, which caused a considerable decrease in the number of these animals. Nowadays, however, some people still hunt marmots merely for sport or their fat.

They are definitely not as fast as their traditional red relatives due to their body size, but cute and curious. So why not feed it and this way let it come closer? Besides various grasses and herbs, alpine marmots feed on spiders, insects, and worms. It highly unlikely that you’ll be digging out worms or catching insects to treat this fluffy mammal, but you can buy a small pack of grain, which is one of the marmots’ favorites as well.

No jokes, these animals are just SO cute and fluffy, you won’t be able to resist an urge to cuddle one to your chest, that is, if you will manage to wake it up and lure it closer in the first place. And beware of the claws too, or you’ll go straight down to see a doctor while resembling a Bengal tiger.

Dine in style at a revolving restaurant!

This revolving restaurant was built at the peak of the Stanserhorn in 2001. Friday nights are especially a great time to dine here. A candle-lit dinner a thousand meters above Lake Lucerne is definitely worth your time. You will first take a ride on the funicular from Stans to the Kälti mid-station and then arrive at the Stanserhorn mountain station in a modern aerial cable car. There you will enjoy a delicious dinner while admiring magnificent vistas of all the ten Swiss lakes and the impressive Alpine chain. This fantastic restaurant stands on a rotating platform, which makes a full turn in 43 minutes and gives an opportunity to contemplate the neighborhood during lunch. Be sure to take a typical Swiss dish “alpen magroni” – alpine pasta with flavored applesauce and cheese. It’s absolutely delicious! Keep in mind that reservations are mandatory, and be sure to book in advance, as this place is trendy.

See and have a coffee at Dorfplatz and admire unusual architecture!

After the fire of the year 1713, the village square was rebuilt entirely following the plan by Josef Aebi and Ludwig Gassmann in 1715. Two monuments adorn the square: the Winkelried fountain (carved by Ferdinand Schlöth in a Gothic Revival style) and the sculpture Der Tod und das Mädchen (done by Rudolf Brem). Carrarain marble was used to make the Winkelried monument. It was transported to Stans in 1865 after having been carved in Rome.

Come look at the Parish church of St. Peter and Paul!

Built between 1641 and 1647, the Parish church of St. Peter and Paul was planned by the architect Jakob Berger. While the church was designed in an early-Baroque style, the bell tower has a Romanesque design. The three nave Basilica was built south of the earlier church, though the older bell tower dates from this previous church. The white, golden and black interior is decorated with simple interior ornamentation designed by Lombardy, and Georg Allhelg made the altar figures. There is a two-story chapel and ossuary for the nearby Capuchin monastery next to the church.

Visit the Museum für Kultur und Brauchtum at Winkelriedhaus!

The early Winkelriedhaus was an unusually tall building, half of which was made of timber. A part of it was once owned by the Winkelried family. However, Arnold von Winkelried did not dwell in the house. In fact, there is no evidence that he existed at all. The first part of the house that was built dates back to the middle of the 15th century. The building was known throughout much of central Switzerland. The Winkelrieds were not its owners for very long, though. In 1541, the house was purchased by the Lussy family. It was then that the Gothic building was renovated into a much larger, Renaissance mansion. It took them half a century to complete. In 1766, the owners changed again. This time the Landammann Jost Remigi Trachsler acquired the property. The Winkelriedhaus was renovated once more, and several rococo frescos were added on the walls of the house. In 1815, the Kayser family purchased the house, which remained in their possession until 1974 when it was passed to the canton. Between 1983 and 1991 it was under restoration and then was made into the Museum für Kultur und Brauchtum.

Take a look at a beautiful ornate altar and mystical painting on it at the Convent of St. Klara!

The construction of the buildings took place between 1621 and 1625. Katharina and Maria Gut founded the Convent of St. Klara in 1618. In 1799, an orphanage and school were established in the buildings of the convent by Heinrich Pestalozzi. A simple structure of the convent church was built in 1723. Its ornate altar by Johann Ritz was adorned with a mystical altar painting by Johannes Brandenburg. In 1980, the church was renovated. From the convent cemetery a path leads to the nearby Capuchin monastery, so you can go on to climb the hill, which is also a nice observation point.

Go up the hill to see the Capuchin monastery!

The Capuchin monastery was established by Melchior Lussy in 1583. At first, the order of Counter-Reformation monks was met with much resistance because of poverty, simple habits, and beards. In 1777, a Latin school was opened by the monks. It experiences much suppression from the Helvetic Republic between 1798 and 1803. In 1803, the monks opened the Kollegium of St. Fidelis. Much later in 1988, it was acquired by the canton. As for the monastery church, it was constructed in 1683 and underwent renovation in 1980. A memorial tablet in honor of Melchior Lussy was installed at the monstery’s gate in 1956.

Visit the museum Salzmagazin!

The Salzmagazin, which literally means Salt storage house, was initially constructed in order to store grain and salt for the community. Since it was built in 1700, it was used for many other purposes. It was once a theater, then it was made into a secondary school, and eventually, it was turned into a museum. The north gable depicts the coat of arms of the builder and Landammann Nicolaus Keiser together with two lions and a two-headed eagle.

Enjoy the exhibits at some other museums!

You may also visit such museums as Museum FreyNäpflin and Nidwaldner Museum. The former houses works of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. And Nidwaldner Museum with the Fürigen fortress that stems back to the 2nd World War has some fascinating history exhibitions, concerning the life of the canton.

Take part in the festivals and cultural life of Stans!

There are lots of various events organized in Stans. This land is very rich in cultural traditions. The Stanser Fasnacht carnival takes place in February. It is the “fifth season” in Stans with an exciting program to entertain people of all ages.

For music lovers, Stanser Music Days Music is a great festival that can be visited by up to 30,000 visitors. It is held after Easter.

Stanser Summer is a bright cultural festival which is held on the main square in July. Laugh till your jaws hurt during Stans laughs –a humor Festival occurring in September.

Älpler Chilbi takes place in October. It is known for its festive gathering and procession with good old Älpler sayings. In Stans, one of the well-known processions is the annual St. Nicholas procession that takes place on December 5. This day Santa Claus together with his helpers, swede and torch bearers, servants parade through the village. And crowds of bell ringers known as Trychlers accompany Santa Cause.

Have a ride on one of the summer toboggan runs!

An wonderful pastime for both kids and adults! Speed, adrenaline, lots of fun and impressions are guaranteed. It’s an excellent alternative for winter tobogganing if you’re having a vacation in summer. These runs are accessible by cable cars. There are 3 major ones: Wirzweli (above Dallenwil), Brunni (above Engelberg) and Fräkmüntegg at the Pilatus (above Kriens).

Have a nice workout or do some sports and recreation activities at Sports & Recreation Center Rex Stans!

Billiards, bowling, tennis, squash, badminton, darts and so much more are available at this center. It is an excellent spot for hanging out if the weather is bad, or just to play games and have some fun.

Plunge into the beauty of local nature during a boat ride aboard a historic steamboat on Lake Lucerne!

Set aside some time to admire the beauty of the Vierwaldstättersee. Stans is located on its shore, so why not experience the ultimate grandeur of the nature of the Lake Lucerne region at its greatest up-close. Taking a boat trip on board of a historic steamboat will undoubtedly bring you lots of unforgettable impressions and memories.

The sight is simply bewitching! Crystal clear blue, almost turquoise waters reflecting the sky and the mountains it is surrounded by, scenic hills and valleys with little houses and small quaint towns create a completely surreal atmosphere, especially in the evening.

Visit the most beautiful city in Switzerland – Lucerne and all its attractions!

Last, but not least, since Stans is some dozen kilometers from Lucerne, it would be a crime not to drop there for a while. However, Lucerne is Lucerne – the most visited and beautiful city in Switzerland, so rich in various gorgeous and exciting places; you’ll be stuck in there for more than “a while,” that’s for sure.

Nestled at the foot of the majestic Swiss Alps and on the shores of crystal blue Lake Lucerne, entwined by an equally blue ribbon of the river Reuss, this beautifully idyllic place, full of intricately decorated houses with centuries-old ornaments, towers and spires, which are proudly rising in the blue skies similarly to neighbouring mounts Pilatus and Rigi, without a doubt justifies the claim of being the most beautiful city in Switzerland. Each year millions upon millions of tourists flock to Lucerne, lured by its airy beauty and irresistible charm.

Starting from ancient architecture of ornate gingerbread-like houses and wooden covered bridges to the Swiss Museum of Transport , which is one of the most interesting in the world and the largest comprehensive museum in Europe exhibiting all forms of transport, starting from locomotives, automobiles, motorcycles, ships and ending by aircraft and space shuttles, and the Lion of Lucerne, a sculpture of a mortally-wounded lion that had struck the American writer Mark Twain so much, that he named it “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.”, carved in the rock, by a Dutch sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen in 1821commemorating the hundreds of Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792, Lucerne has innumerable attractions it seems.

One thing is for certain: either you take a head-spinning ride on the world’s steepest cogwheel railroad or leisurely admire snow-white swans, swimming in the blue lake of Lucerne, while strolling over a world-famous ancient wooden bridge, or simply take in the genuine beauty of nature that is vividly displayed there, you will find time spent in Lucerne an absolutely unforgettable experience!

Thankfully, the distance between Lucerne and Stans is so small that going hither and thither won’t be a problem. Just set aside some quality time for this touristic mecca, especially if you’re going there in summer or in spring.