Trip to Stanserhorn

Since my husband and I moved to Lucerne, we’ve visited most of the popular mountains in central Switzerland. 1898 meters high Stanserhorn is the latest summit of this area we’ve conquered few weeks ago.

Views from Stanserhorn

Stanserhorn can be found in the canton Nidwalden and is one of many Swiss mountains that can be reached by public transport. A funicular railway and cable car from the town of Stans can take you all the way to the top. There is also plenty of hiking trails, but as I suffered from minor knee injury, we opted for easier option – public transport.

Valley station of Stanserhorn railway is located in lovely historical building

Swiss Railways (SBB) offer plenty of discounted trip offers, including trip to Stanserhorn. Thanks to the additional 50% discount voucher we received from our local grocery store, we were able to bought super discounted tickets at the SBB counter at the Lucerne train station.

Cabrio Cable car to Stanserhorn

Our trip began with 20 minutes train ride from Lucerne to Stans. In Stans we followed the signs to the valley station of Stanserhorn bahn. There we’ve boarded lovely historical funicular railway. The first section of the ascent took us from Stans town to the intermediate station at Kälti. While we were passing low pastures above the town, we were able to enjoy the lovely panoramic views. The higher we got, the better the views were.

Lovely historical funicular railway took us to the middle station at Kälti

At Kälti we changed the railway for the cable car – cable car with open top deck. Despite the ride wasn’t much different from a ride with regular cable car, it was fun and interesting experience.

Stanserhorn Cabro Cable Car

After we’ve reached the top station at Stanserhorn, we strolled to the viewing platform and admired the spectacular views towards the Alps.

The views from the viewing platform were amazing


Then we followed the trail to the highest point of the summit. On the way there there we stopped by the marmots enclosure. Those cute rodents were very active. We spent some time observing them digging holes and interacting with each other. They were such a cute creatures.

Marmots fighting for a space in hole they dug

After we had enough of hanging out with marmots, we continued our walk to the top of Stanserhorn. Again, we admired the panoramic views. Those in direction of the city of Lucerne, Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) and the surrounding mountains impressed me the most.

From left to right: Mount Pilatus, Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee), Bürgenstock and Mount Rigi

When we had enough of scenic views, we returned to the cable car station. We wanted to grab something to eat, but unfortunately we were too late to get warm lunch. Therefore, we’ve only exchanged the vouchers we received as part of SBB offer for drinks. Before we head back down to the valley we’ve chilled out at the wooden deck chairs at the restaurant terrace.

Fantastic views from Stanserhorn

Trip to Stanserhorn is a nice day trip from Lucerne. It is not as high as Mount Pilatus, but the views from the top are no less spectacular. Also, the ride to the top is as scenic and exciting as the ride to more popular Pilatus or Rigi. If you ever find yourself in the Lucerne area, I would recommend visiting Stanserhorn.

Even lower part of the ascent to Stanserhorn is scenic

How to get to Stanserhorn?

By public transport:
By train: Take the train from Lucerne to Stans, then follow the signs to the valley station Stanserhorn Bahn (cc. 5 minutes walk).
By boat & train: Take the boat to Stansstad. From Stansstad you take the train to Stans.

By car:
Follow the A2 motorway in the direction of Gotthard. Take the exit at Stans-Nord. Follow the directions to the town centre of Stans. The Stanserhorn station is on the right-hand side.


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924 thoughts on “Trip to Stanserhorn

  1. sunnydaysinseattle says:

    Aw, beautiful view of Lake Lucerne from a different angle. Ive never seen an open top cable car, must be nice to breath the fresh mountain air. Thank you the recommendation. You live in a paradise!

    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Thank you. 🙂 From the Stanserhorn you can get the sense how large and uniquely shaped Lake Lucerne is. Quite amazing. I am very happy to be able to live in such a beautiful place. 🙂

  2. rosemaylily2014 says:

    Such a beautiful place and some superb photos! I love the way the Swiss make it so easy to get to the mountains. We’ve been up Rigi a few times in both directions and Pilatus too. Alas my husband has a real phobia about cable cars so I would never get him into an open top one – I had to do the cable car section by myself at Pilatus! Will remember this for future visits to Switzerland! 🙂

    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Thank you Resemary! 🙂 I couldn’t agree more! To get to the 2000 meters high mountain in Switzerland is almost as easy as to catching the bus or train to work. 🙂
      Oh, I know how terrible can be fright of cable cars. My mother in law is afraid of riding the cable cars. I guess we couldn’t get her to ride this one to Stanserhorn either. 🙂 But then again, it is double deck cable car. If you ride in the lower floor, it is just like a ride with a regular cable car. 🙂

      • rosemaylily2014 says:

        I hope to persuade him if we go there again Urska – we have been to Rigi a few times and also Pilatus but this would be a new mountain to see! He would definitely need to be on the lower deck though! 🙂

    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Yes indeed! Especially if you consider the fact, they started to build some of those railways way back in the 19th and early 20th century.

  3. Dancing With Shadows says:

    I have been to Lucerne 3 times but have not heard of Stanserhorn! Such a breathtaking place. I will definitely make it a point to go there if I am lucky enough to get the chance to go to Switzerland. Even the train station looks so damn good!

    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      I think Stanserhorn is not as nearly as popular as Rigi or Pilatus. But it is one of those less known places, that are equally impressive as their more famous counterparts. 🙂

    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Oh yes, it wouldn’t make sense going up there in cloudy and rainy weather. You would miss the most impressive feature of this trip – the views.

  4. Grey World Nomads says:

    Urska, you know Switzerland better than I do as a Swiss! What a adventures cable car going up to the Stanserhorn! I have to do that next time with my South African partner, George! He will be excited!

    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Oh, thank you! I’m trying to get most of my time here in Switzerland, that’s why I’m exploring as much as possible. 🙂 I’m sure you would both enjoy the trip. Would love to read about it. 🙂

  5. Lindsay says:

    For whatever reason, Switzerland always sits on the back burner of my bucket list – for no good reason!! Ugh, it’s so beautiful – I love your photos. I need to re-prioritize some things…

  6. Katy says:

    Those views are incredible Urska. I love all the different types of transport you need to use to get there too. Thanks for sharing on #farawayfiles

  7. Juliette | Snorkels To Snow says:

    Woah those views are simply gorgeous! If there was ever a time to use the word ‘breathtaking’ I’d say now would be highly appropriate! Would love to visit – but would definitely want to go in winter when everything is covered in snow. So beautiful! #farawayfiles

  8. Clare Thomson says:

    I’d love to ride on that funicular railway! Those views are extraordinary.This looks like a wonderful thing to do from Lucerne. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  9. hip2trekem says:

    Those views look absolutely incredible. I’m not so sure about the cable car but if you get to see those views and the marmots then I could be persuaded! #adventurecalling

  10. Sarah Irving | The Urban Wanderer says:

    Oh what a stunning place to visit! I think the funicular looks like an amazing way to travel too – I have been hunting out the UK ones to visit, actually.

    A friend of mine is soon moving to Switzerland so I hope that she and her partner will be able to take us up to Stanserhorn. I really don’t know much about Switzerland so it is exciting to read about it in your blog. 🙂 I’m glad to have found you. #adventurecalling

  11. Gareth Mate says:

    Looks Great!! Really love this region and the extended mountains. I’ve had a few trips out here in the past and this makes me want to go back. Thanks for the share!


  12. David - Potty Adventures says:

    Another wonderful post and adventure full of great scenery and experiences. We’re in the process of moving house this summer so are a little tied to that but next summer we are planning a European roadtrip and Switzerland in hopefully part of the agenda, so I’ll be asking for your top places to see. Ps: I love the photo of the Marmots fighting haha. Thanks for joining us on #adventurecalling . We open for new posts again tomorrow morning.

  13. Lauren The Helpful Hiker says:

    I love the fact that so many amazing places in Switzerland are accessible by public transport. It makes it so easy for families (and people with bad knees!) to get outside and experience the amazing landscapes. Great pictures and love the marmots! Thanks for sharing with us #AdventureCalling

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