Hiking is king in the Lake Lucerne Region. The landscape impresses with its fascinating mountain landscape with broad valleys and crystal-clear lakes. These beautiful tours should be on your bucket list.

Raiffeisen Skywalk

At 374 m, the Skywalk is one of Europe’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, 58 m above the Lauitobel gorge. Hikers and strollers are drawn to Europe’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge. Various circular routes are proposed starting from the other side of the gorge: “der pfad” leads across the Halsbann up to the Kreuz and back down to the Herrenboden.

Walkers experience the forces of nature at work, and their effects can be observed at various natural power spots – Stone Circles, Stone Gate, Stone Vein Path, Tree and Yin-Yang. Each staging point has detailed descriptions and illustrations. Best season: May till October.

Salbitbrücke Hiking Trail

Nepal-style trekking…over a 90-meter long and 64-cenimeter wide hanging bridge by Salbitschijen, which unites the two Salbit and Voralp (pre-Alp) SAC mountain huts. Talk is of a an unbelievably spectacular mountain trail at 2380-meter altitude, amid the wild and rugged scenery of the towering Salbitschijen granite rocks, together with views of the Dammakette glacial world and Sustenhorn. You can’t get much closer to that thrilling Himalayan-bridge feeling than this … unless of course you’re there!

The mountain tour from the parking place/PostBus stop to the Salbit Hut – Hanging Bridge – Voralp Hut takes around 5.5 hours and is recommended solely for well-practised mountain hikers.

The Swiss Path – Hiking in Historic Cantons

The Swiss Path leads to historic sites pertaining to the Swiss Confederation. The path is divided into stages that are partially wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by ship or by train. Overnight stays are possible at the end of some of the trails.

The 35-kilometer long Swiss Path was created as a joint project by all cantons on the occasion of the 700-Year Anniversary of the Confederation (1291 – 1991). The path begins on the Rütli Mountain, the birth place of the Confederation, leads around Lake Urn and ends in Brunnen at Platz der Auslandschweizer.

The thematic hiking trail is well constructed and connects sights worth seeing such as Schillerstein, the pilgrimage chapel Maria Sonnenberg, the little castles of Beroldingen and A Pro, as well as the Tell Chapel and the old Axenstrasse (Axen Street). The multifaceted Swiss Path: A lake landscape with historic and religious sites at the original and spiritual heart of Switzerland.

So, no matter what type of tour near Lucerne you are looking for, I hope this list inspires you. I for myself would LOVE to do the Salbitbrücke Hiking Trail.


photo credits: Switzerland Tourism, Schweiz Tourismus (swiss-image.ch/Franziska Pfenniger)