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January 11, 2019

Switzerland: Bürgenstock


The Bürgenstock Resort

Bürgenstock is a mountain that rises from the shores Lake Lucerne across the water from the city of Lucerne in central Switzerland. That’s more than we knew 24 hours before we arrived there in May of 2018 to spend a night.

In the process of looking for a place to stay in Switzerland somewhere between Stein am Rhein and La Chaux-de-Fonds a room at the resort hotel on the Bürgenstock ridge popped up in a Booking.com search. The pictures looked spectacular. On a whim we booked a rather expensive room for a night imagining that we were getting some sort of last minute discount.

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Perhaps visiting Bürgenstock should have been part of a well-researched grand once in a lifetime splurge with all of the expectations and excitement built in. But it wasn’t. We were just there because the brochure we’d just seen looked nice.

The Bürgenstock Resort is the type of place where the rich and famous arrive by helicopter. For those less rich and famous only to their friends and family there’s another attractive but less grandiose option to reach the resort: A ferry meets guests near Lucerne’s train station and takes them across the lake to the resort’s lower funicular station. The funicular then shuttles visitors up the hill to the hotel complex.

There is a third option to get to the resort, which we took. We arrived using the tradesmen’s route driving our rental car up the switchbacks to the hotel. It is a pretty drive, but we’d tag along on the helicopter next time if invited.

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In a short time at the resort we packed a lot in. Soon after arriving we hiked a kilometer or so on a trail along the side of the mountain to the “Hammetschwand Elevator”. We rode the lift up 153 meters (500 feet) to the summit and then walked back to the hotel through alpine pastures and forest. There remained enough time afterwards to take the funicular down to the ferry for a visit to the city of Lucerne.

To do all of this we had to somehow escape the mesmerizing view from our room window. There was a sound argument that spending all our time in the room admiring the stupendous view was a sufficiently worthy goal for our stay.

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Kapellbrücke or “Chapel Bridge”, Lucerne’s iconic bridge

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