Open Air Stanserhorn Ride with Panorama Cookout – Details
Awesome Views of Alpine Mountains
Stanserhorn is the “little brother” of Mt Pilatus. Although it is less well-known, it offers similar views to what you get from Mt Pilatus but without the tourist crowds.
A short 22 minute train ride takes you to the nearby town of Stans. Then it’s a short walk over to the Stanserhorn Station for a ride through lush green pastures in a refurbished oldtimer funicular train originally installed in 1893, before boarding the world’s first and only open-air “CabriO” cable car. While you are being whisked up to 1800 m/6000 ft, you can either stand indoors or outdoors on the open-air upper deck for an awesome ride with magnificent views over Lake Lucerne and the surrounding mountains.
At the top, follow the circular walk (30 mins) to the outlook platform that extends over the mountain and inhale the majestic 360 degree views of the surrounding Alps and lakes.
At the panoramic grill spot, your guide will build a fire and grill local “Bratwursts” and “Cervelats” in the Swiss way. These are typical Swiss veal and pork sausages that all the Swiss locals eat on an outing along with Swiss wine and chocolates. (Vegetarians also welcome but please advise us in advance so we can be sure to have something vegetarian for the grill.)
Throughout the morning your guide will provide as much information as you would like hear how Switzerland was founded in 1291, why Lucerne is Lucerne and how Switzerland works today in a way that makes it reach the top 10 of just about every social and economic comparison in the world.
On the return journey there is time to walk through the picturesque main square of the historic town of Stans where you will see the memorial to Winkelried, one of Switzerland’s great heroes who died while leading the vastly under-equipped Swiss Confederates to victory against the mighty Hapsburgs 700 years ago.
A one-stop train ride takes you to the shiplanding where you catch the boat back to Lucerne.