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Bürgenstock Felsenweg circular hike

Hiking Trail
5.2 km
Travel time
2 h
Tour details
Tour details
Bürgenstock Felsenweg circular hike
Die Rakete – der Hammetschwand-Lift
Photo: Nidwalden Tourismus, Region Luzern-Vierwaldstättersee
Bürgenstock Felsenweg circular hike
Blick vom Felsenweg Richtung Luzern
Photo: Roland Baumgartner, Nidwalden Tourismus
Bürgenstock Felsenweg circular hike
Restaurant Hammetschwand (Bürgenstock)
Photo: Roland Baumgartner, Nidwalden Tourismus
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.

Technical details

Tour type
Hiking Trail
1 / 6
200 m
200 m
Best Time of Year
April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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.
Author’s advice

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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Accessible by bus and train
Further information & links
More Informations: www.felsenweg.ch