Bürgenstock Felsenweg circular hike




5.17 km long
round trip
difficulty: easy
  • 01:45 h
  • 200 m
  • 200 m
  • 858 m
  • 1,114 m
  • 256 m
  • 5.17 km
  • start: Bürgenstock
  • destination: Bürgenstock
Bürgenstock – Känzeli – Honegg – Bürgenstock

In order to allow his guests a walk on the northern slope, tourism pioneer Josef Bucher-Durrer had this path built at the beginning of the last century.  The road construction took five years.


The construction of the Felsenweg at Bürgenstock was associated with considerable difficulties. In order to construct a viable route, blasting had to be carried out and retaining walls six to seven metres high had to be erected. At the same time, rock cut-outs were made and small tunnels constructed. In the rear part of the path, suspension devices are embedded in the rock and the path is led over these supporting devices. The structural execution and today's maintenance are demanding and dangerous according to the topographical conditions. Miners from the Tyrol were entrusted with the work at the beginning of the last century - for a daily wage of five to six francs.


Best season

depending on the weather


The Felsenweg begins next to the Bürgenstock hotels, Lake Lucerne lies at your feet in the truest sense of the word. A short detour to the Hammetschwand Restaurant is tempting with the highest open-air lift in Europe before continuing the summer hike along the rocks and through several tunnels to Känzeli. Past the Hotel Honegg and modern architecture on the south side back to the Bürgenstock Resort, where you can finish the hike in on the sun terrace of the Restaurant Osteria Alpina

Tour information

  • Loop Road


Highway A2 Basel-Lucerne-Gotthard-Chiasso. Exit Stansstad. Take the main road to the Fürigen/Bürgenstock junction. Drive uphill on main road via Fürigen/Obbürgen to Bürgenstock Resort (parking spaces available for a fee).
paid parking
By train: Zentralbahn from Lucerne with stop in Stansstad. By post bus to the Bürgenstock.

By ship: By (shuttle) ship across Lake Lucerne to Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock. By the Bürgenstock railroad to the resort.

Additional information

More information:

Nidwalden Tourismus
Bahnhofplatz 2
6370 Stans
+41 41 610 88 33
[email protected]

More hiking trails:  nidwalden.com/hiking

More information about this hike


Nidwalden Tourismus


Nidwalden Tourismus


The Hammetschwand Panoramalift is only for those who are free from vertigo. However, the view of the steeply sloping rocks down into the lake is very impressive and breathtaking. In less than a minute, the highest freestanding outdoor lift in Europe takes you up to the impressive Bürgenstock viewing terrace. The 152.8 m high lift is one of the most daring tourist facilities of the "Belle Époque".
Enjoy an aperitif after the hike in the Berggasthaus Hammetschwand.

Safety guidelines

Die Öffnung des Felsenwegs und des Hammetschwand Lifts ist wetterabhängig. Den aktuellen Öffnungsstatus kann hier geprüft werden.






Getting there
Bürgenstock Felsenweg circular hike
6363 Bürgenstock