The capital of Canton Nidwalden has it all. Museums, historical buildings and a rich cultural life make Stans a popular place to stay.
Stans offers an attractive programme of events for locals and tourists alike. Festivities take place all year round, including the Stanser Summer, Winkelried Festivities and Red and White Picnic. Local products are available at the village square market as well as the alp cheese market, both regular events. Tradition and customs are writ large in Stans: the Älperchilbi fair, for instance, attracts several thousand visitors every year. You can explore Stans using the free map or join a guided tour.
A relaxing trip up the Stanserhorn begins with the vintage funicular railway from 1893. At the intermediate terminus of Kälti, you change to the modern CabriO aerial cableway. You can spend the ascent on the cabin's open-air upper deck with the wind in your hair while admiring the wide-ranging views. The alternative is to hike to the summit of the Stanserhorn. Once up there, the revolving restaurant represents the next highlight. You can take a short tour of the summit, meet the friendly Stanserhorn Rangers, discover pretty alpine flowers and observe marmots.
There's also a lot to see and do in Stans when it's raining. Regardless of the weather, there are exhibitions in the three Nidwalden museums, there's the "Länderpark" shopping centre (a good place meet friends), and the Rex sports centre offers bowling and tennis.
Stans is centrally located and can be reached by public transport and car in around 15-20 minutes from Lucerne.
- A world first: CabriO® cableway
- Variously themed village tours
- Lots of events on the village square
- Alp cheese market in May