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Sunday, April 26, 2015
Wissifluh; a perfect Sunday getaway
I have been living in Lucerne, the main city in the heart of Switzerland, for over a year now and I cannot stop being amazed by the natural beauty that surrounds it! Your eyes will be constantly spoilt by an incredibly idyllic nature of mountains in their varied shapes and sizes, historical villages around the lake marked by the heroic legend of Wilhelm Tell , lavish hilly fields dotted with imposing wooden farm houses and the snow-capped Alps visible in the distance. The irregularly shaped Lake Lucerne (or its real name Lake of The Four Cantons, in German Vierwaldstättersee) unifies this idyll in a unique and compacted geographical area belonging to the Cantons of Lucerne, Schwyz, Uri and Unterwald (today split into the Canton of Nidwalden and Obwalden).
Apart of the world's most known mountains such as Rigi Kulm, Pilatus, Stanserhorn and Engelberg, the area offers an infinite number of unique hidden spots to be discovered. One of my favourite ones is Wissifluh which offers a thrilling cable-car journey to the top of the mountain and a mind-blowing view over Lake Lucerne.
View over Lake Lucerne from Wissifluh
From Lucerne travel to Vitznau by car along the Lakeshore, a 45 minute drive, or enjoy a leisurely cruise by an old steamer (for boat rides: http://www.lakelucerne.ch/en.html). Then make your way to the cable car bottom station of Wissifluh (5 minute walk up-hill) which runs upon request via a phone call installed in the station. Just follow the instructions written on the wall and the owners of the top located hotel will activate the cable car once you have entered the tiny 4-seater red cable car and properly locked the door. The 10 minute cable car ride is a thrilling and towards the end pretty frightening experience; however UNIQUE!
The thrilling 4-seater cable car ride
Walk 50 metres through the forest and you will reach the Berghotel Wissifluh where the very friendly Trionfini family will be happy to welcome you with a drink and a local meal. I very much recommend you tasting their rich brunch of organic local products with home-made bread, milk and Wissifluh cheese as well as their delicious, strong, dark-brown honey. It is recommended to reserve especially during the low season. For more information check-out: http://www.wissifluh.ch/
Brunch cost around CHF 30.00 per person and the Cable Car ride is CHF 12.00 per person (return). You can also return back to Vitznau by an easy and pleasant 1 1/4 hour walk.