Surrounding sights of Lucerne include: Emmen, Tribschen, Kriens, Sonnenberg, the chapel of Maria Loreto and the ascent of Mt Pilatus.
A 16th C. gallows was excavated in the suburb of Emmen in 1988-89. This was the first to be found in Switzerland and had been in use until the 18th C.
Tribschen (Wagner Music Museum)
The Richard Wagner Museum, once a country house rented by Wagner himself from 1866 to 1872, contains valuable manuscripts, original scores, paintings and as well as a collection of instruments.
Kriens - Schauensee Castle
Southwest of Lucerne is the industrial suburb of Kriens (alt. 482 m/1,581ft), with the little castle of Schauensee (1595, with a 13th C. round tower).From here there is a funicular up the Sonnenberg (780 m/2,559ft), which affords superb views. Here too is the lower station of a cableway up Mt Pilatus.
Hergiswald (Maria Loreto chapel)
5km/3mi southwest of Kriens at Hergiswald there is the beautiful 17th C. pilgrimage chapel of Maria Loreto (flight of 1,000 steps; timber ceiling with more than 300 symbolic images of the Virgin by K. Meglinger, 1654). The road continues to the mountain resort of Schwarzenberg (831 m/ 2,727ft).
Ascending Mt Pilatus usually involves a trip up on the cableway and down on the cog railroad.
The Bürgenstock is a limestone ridge 10km/6mi long and between 1.5 and 3km/1 and 2mi broad, covered with forests and Alpine meadows, which forms a peninsula in Lake Lucerne. Its north side rises steeply to a height of 500 m/1,641ft above the lake; the south side slopes more gently down to the Stans valley.This select health resort and magnificent viewpoint can be reached by road from Stansstad (5km/3mi) or from the landing-stage of Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock (30 minutes from Lucerne) by funicular (944 m/3,097ft, gradient 45%, seven minutes). At the upper station of the Bürgenstock funicular, the oldest in Switzerland (opened in 1888), are the Bahnhofsrestaurant, the Park-Hotel and the Palace Hotel; 300 m/328yd southwest is the Grand Hôtel, the furnishing of which include a notable collection of pictures.
Felsenweg (Hammetschwand Tour)
This two-hour tour is strongly recommended:Starting from the Bürgenstock hotels, walk along the Felsenweg on the Hammetschwand cliffs (30 minutes) to the Hammetschwand lift, which runs up the vertical rock face to the upper station (restaurant) at 1,115 m/3,580ft. Take the lift down again and continue on the Felsenweg, the finest stretch of which begins here: 20 minutes to the Honegg-Känzeli, and from there another 30 minutes, past the Kurhaus Honegg and the golf-course, back to the hotels. The narrow road which runs from the hotels by way of the Honegg saddle to Ennetbürgen can be used by cars only from the Kurhaus Honegg.
Golden Pass Route (rail service)
Route: Lucerne-Interlaken-Zweisimmen-Montreux and vice versa.Length: over 237km/147mi; duration 5.5 hours. Highlights: The Golden Pass route is one of the classic rail journeys in Switzerland. Passing through magnificent scenery, it runs from the banks of the Lake of the Four Forest Cantons as far as the Swiss Riviera.Special Points: You first travel by the narrow gauge Brünig line to Interlaken, and then continue on the Lötschberg Railroad (administration in Berne); previously belonging to the BLS; as far as Zweisimmen and then continuing on a narrow gauge railroad of the Montreux-Oberland Railroad (MOB) to Montreux. This last stretch is particularly enjoyable since panorama coaches (Panoramic and Super-panoramic Express) were introduced.
Kriens - Belpark Museum
A forum for history, art, photography and video plus photo documentation of the growth of the region.
Address: Luzernerstrasse 21, CH-6011 Kriens, Switzerland
Opening hours: 2pm-5pm; Sun: 11am-5pm; Closed: Mon, Tue
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday - Christian, Good Friday - Christian, Corpus Christi - Christian, Easter - Christian
Entrance fee: FREE
Facilities: Gift shop, Restaurant or food service
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