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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dream now - travel later

Dear guests and visitors

We give you informations by telephone and mail. You can contact us from Monday to Friday from 07.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.

Phone: +41 (0)41 610 88 33
mail: infonidwalden.com
or online: www.nidwalden.com
Order brochures online
Follow us on Facebook: @nidwalden.tourismus


General Information

  • The Swiss government announced a countrywide ban on gatherings of more than five people in public spaces. For groups up to 5  persons there has to be a space of 2 meters between the persons. This remains until June 8, 2020.
  • Controls are currently being conducted at the borders with Italy, Germany, France and Austria. Only Swiss citizens, persons with a residence permit and persons travelling to Switzerland for professional reasons are allowed to enter the country. Transit traffic remains permitted. From May 11, 2020, the restrictions of immigration will be eased step by step as well as the public transportation services will be intensified progressively.
  • The lockdown in Switzerland will be eased stepwise within the following weeks. Protection and hygiene measures will continue to have to be followed.
  • Open/Permitted from May 11, 2020:
    • Shops and travel agencies
    • Museums and libraries
    • Gastronomy (max. four people per table
  • Open/Permitted from June 8, 2020:
    • Zoos, swimming pools, theatres, cinemas and church services
    • Mountain railways
    • Gatherings of more than five people
  • Takeaway establishments, meal delivery services, shops selling food and goods for basic needs, as well as post offices, railways stations, banks, pharmacies, drugstores and healthcare facilities still remain open
  • As of March 17, the Federal Council has banned public and private events. Large events with more than 1000 people will probably remain prohibited until the end of August. The regulation of events with less than 1000 persons is yet unclear. 
  • For further information on the situation in Switzerland please visit: www.bag-coronavirus.ch

Restaurants, Bars und Cafés

Restaurants, bars and cafés etc. are permitted to resume their operations from May 11, under condition to follow defined protective measures. Takeaway establishments, meal delivery services, grocery stores and restaurants for hotel guests still remain open.


Hotel accomodation
Hotels are still allowed to remain open, however, certain establishments are closed due to the current situation. Information and bookings: www.nidwalden.com/hotels or directly at the hotels. A list of open hotels can be found here.

Holiday appartments
May continue to receive guests, provided that protective measures are observed. Information and bookings: www.nidwalden.com/appartments

Dürfen Gäste, unter Einhaltung von Schutzmassnahmen, weiterhin aufnehmen. Informationen und Buchungen: www.nidwalden.com/en/accommodation/apartments

Mountain railways and cableways

The operation of all mountain railways is suspended until June 8, 2020. For details regarding specific mountain railways please refer their websites.

Navigation Company on Lake Lucerne

The Operation of the Lake Lucerne Navigation Company (SGV) is suspended until at least the end of May 2020. The planned start of the spring timetable on April 18, 2020 has been postponed indefinitely. Further information on www.lakelucerne.ch.

Public transport

SBB (Swiss Federal Railways)/National public transportation system
The gradual reinstatement of regular public transport timetables began on April 27, 2020. International services have been suspended. Some cross-border regional connections are still running. Please check the online timetable shortly before starting any journey. The timetable will be updated by 8 p.m. to provide information about services the following day. As far as the use of public transport is concerned, the FOPH's hygiene regulations should be followed.

The S44 and S55 lines, as well as the Lucerne – Engelberg ski and hiking express, group trips, historic and extra trips are cancelled. Other trains are running according to a modified timetable. The Bistro at the Luzern-Interlaken Express is closed until April 26. Please refer to the online timetable before starting any journey. Details: www.zentralbahn.ch

The buses will be running according to a reduced timetable from Monday, March 23, 2020. From Monday to Saturday, please refer to the Saturday timetable and check the online schedule. The buses will be running according to timetable on Sundays and public holidays. Please buy the tickets for buses at the ticket machines, at the counter or via mobile app. There are no ticket sales on the buses. The «Nachtstern» lines are suspended.

Cultural and sport events and locations

Due to the current situation concerning the Sars-CoV-2 virus and the instructions of the Federal Council, various events have been cancelled. Please inform yourself directly with the organizers.

Most events are only available in German. To the calendar of events in german.

Travel restrictions

There are restrictions affecting foreigners travelling to Switzerland. These restrictions will be eased progressively from May 11, 2020. There are no travel restrictions in Lucerne or within the Lake Lucerne Region. Public transport services operate according reduced timetables.