3 North-South Route
3 North-South Route

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North-South Route

Stage 3, Luzern–Flüelen

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North-South Route

Lake Lucerne is one of Switzerland's largest and most impressive lakes. Its many inlets and reaches link the Mittelland and the Alps. But when the stormy föhn wind blows, the lake shows the wild side of its character.
Built in about 1300, the Chapel Bridge is Lucerne's icon – Europe's oldest preserved wooden bridge. With a total length of 204 meters, it is only slightly shorter than the wooden bridge at Bad Säckingen (Germany), making it the continent's second-longest covered wooden bridge. You will enjoy a superb panorama as you pedal along the lake, with many stately churches on view.

A welcome change: the scheduled boat crossing from Beckenried to Gersau, the oldest spa resort on Lake Lucerne. You'll admire stunning views of the Vitznauerstock (a.k.a. Gersauerstock) and Mount Rigi, the "Queen of Mountains". All the ships and pretty palm trees are somewhat reminiscent of the Riviera or Ticino. Enjoy the journey to Brunnen, a popular summer resort with its venerable Belle Epoque hotels. Although "Stadt Luzern", the ferryboat, roars across the water, you'll be virtually unable to hear the ships once you're on the Axenstrasse. Loud engine noise echoes from the massive rock walls. Some riders may regret not staying on the ship until Flüelen.

But that would also mean missing some highlights – such as Tell's Chapel near Aussertellen, which you reach after Sisikon. And "Tell's slab" – the Tellsplatte. It's worth taking the steep walk of about 10 minutes down to the lake. No wonder that this appealing scenery inspired Tell to make such strenuous efforts to rout the Habsburgs. Soon, a viewing platform appears with a magnificent panorama – an entrancing vista of the lake and the mountains: Gitschen (2,511 m.a.s.l.), Uri Rotstock (2,928), Oberbauenstock (2,117) and even more peaks. But the iconic Uri bull stares fiercely down from the rock walls. Meanwhile, cyclists ride down to Flüeli: to the Reuss Delta and Lake Uri, the southernmost arm of Lake Lucerne.
Lake Lucerne is one of Switzerland's largest and most impressive lakes. Its many inlets and reaches link the Mittelland and the Alps. But when the stormy föhn wind blows, the lake shows the wild side of its character.
Built in about 1300, the Chapel Bridge is Lucerne's icon – Europe's oldest preserved wooden bridge. With a total length of 204 meters, it is only slightly shorter than the wooden bridge at Bad Säckingen (Germany), making it the continent's second-longest covered wooden bridge. You will enjoy a superb panorama as you pedal along the lake, with many stately churches on view.

A welcome change: the scheduled boat crossing from Beckenried to Gersau, the oldest spa resort on Lake Lucerne. You'll admire stunning views of the Vitznauerstock (a.k.a. Gersauerstock) and Mount Rigi, the "Queen of Mountains". All the ships and pretty palm trees are somewhat reminiscent of the Riviera or Ticino. Enjoy the journey to Brunnen, a popular summer resort with its venerable Belle Epoque hotels. Although "Stadt Luzern", the ferryboat, roars across the water, you'll be virtually unable to hear the ships once you're on the Axenstrasse. Loud engine noise echoes from the massive rock walls. Some riders may regret not staying on the ship until Flüelen.

But that would also mean missing some highlights – such as Tell's Chapel near Aussertellen, which you reach after Sisikon. And "Tell's slab" – the Tellsplatte. It's worth taking the steep walk of about 10 minutes down to the lake. No wonder that this appealing scenery inspired Tell to make such strenuous efforts to rout the Habsburgs. Soon, a viewing platform appears with a magnificent panorama – an entrancing vista of the lake and the mountains: Gitschen (2,511 m.a.s.l.), Uri Rotstock (2,928), Oberbauenstock (2,117) and even more peaks. But the iconic Uri bull stares fiercely down from the rock walls. Meanwhile, cyclists ride down to Flüeli: to the Reuss Delta and Lake Uri, the southernmost arm of Lake Lucerne.
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Arrival / return travel Luzern
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Traffic volume
Beware: busy main through-road Hergiswil.
Hint
Vierwaldstättersee lake passage Beckenried–Gersau: Please note boat recommendation No. 28 (ferry not in operation from mid-October to mid-March).
Crossing Vierwaldstättersee
28
Crossing Vierwaldstättersee
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Beckenried–Gersau
or
Gersau–Beckenried
Reason: crossing of Vierwaldstättersee.
Cycle transport: limited space for bikes, no obligation to transport, special ticket required, from 5 persons: reservations at tel. 041 367 67 67.
Please note: departure point ferry and departure point scheduled boats approx. 1.5km apart.
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Danger: Axenstrasse (Brunnen–Flüelen)
Duration
until further notice
Reason
Other
Along Lake Lucerne between Brunnen and Flüelen the route leads over the Axenstrasse. The Axenstrasse is narrow, heavily traveled and very dangerous. We strongly recommend you travel this stretch by train or with an attractive boat trip. Our recommendation is the No. 31 rail connection or No. 29 by boat for this stretch.
Data source: SwitzerlandMobility / Cantonal office
Excursion Vierwaldstättersee
29
Excursion Vierwaldstättersee
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Beckenried–Flüelen SGV
or
Flüelen SGV–Beckenried
Reason: dangerous stretch, Axenstrasse Brunnen–Sisikon, metres in height saved 150m in both directions.
Cycle transport: limited space for bikes, no obligation to transport, special ticket required, from 5 persons: reservations at tel. 041 367 67 67.
Please note: departure point ferry and departure point scheduled boats approx. 1.5 km apart.
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Bypass Brunnen–Flüelen
31
Bypass Brunnen–Flüelen
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Brunnen–Flüelen
or
Flüelen–Brunnen
Reason: dangerous stretch, Axenstrasse Brunnen–Sisikon.
Metres in height saved: approx. 150m.
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Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Flüelen
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Services

Accommodation

B&B Haus im Löchli
B&B Haus im Löchli
Luzern
Backpacker’s Lucerne
Backpacker’s Lucerne
Luzern
Hotel Continental Park
Hotel Continental Park
Luzern
Jugendherberge Luzern
Jugendherberge Luzern
Luzern
The Bed + Breakfast
The Bed + Breakfast
Luzern
Holiday Inn Express Luzern-Kriens
Holiday Inn Express Luzern-Kriens
Kriens
TCS Camping Luzern - Horw
TCS Camping Luzern - Horw
Horw
Bauernhof Familie Waser
Bauernhof Familie Waser
Stans
Gasthof Schützenhaus Wil
Gasthof Schützenhaus Wil
Oberdorf/Stans
TCS Camping Buochs Vierwaldstättersee
TCS Camping Buochs Vierwaldstättersee
Buochs
Hotel Nidwaldnerhof
Hotel Nidwaldnerhof
Beckenried
Hotel-Restaurant Rössli
Hotel-Restaurant Rössli
Beckenried
Seminarhotel Seeblick
Seminarhotel Seeblick
Emmetten
See- und Seminarhotel FloraAlpina
See- und Seminarhotel FloraAlpina
Vitznau
Chlosterhof
Chlosterhof
Brunnen
City-Hotel
City-Hotel
Brunnen
Hotel Schmid & Alfa
Hotel Schmid & Alfa
Brunnen
Seehotel Waldstätterhof
Seehotel Waldstätterhof
Brunnen
Ferienhof Rüti
Ferienhof Rüti
Morschach
Jugendherberge Seelisberg
Jugendherberge Seelisberg
Seelisberg
Wissig-Hof
Wissig-Hof
Seelisberg
Hotel Tourist
Hotel Tourist
Flüelen
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Bookable offers

3 North-South Route Basel-Chiasso
3 North-South Route Basel-Chiasso
Swiss
Swiss "Schoggi"-Tour
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Places

Bürgenstock
Bürgenstock
Lucerne
Lucerne
Alpnachstad
Alpnachstad
Stansstad
Stansstad
Stans
Stans
Buochs
Buochs
Beckenried - Klewenalp
Beckenried - Klewenalp
Emmetten
Emmetten
Vitznau
Vitznau
Gersau
Gersau
Brunnen
Brunnen
Morschach
Morschach
Seelisberg
Seelisberg
Sisikon
Sisikon
Flüelen
Flüelen
Altdorf
Altdorf
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Places of interest

Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
Glacier Garden
Glacier Garden
Hammetschwand Lift Bürgenstock
Hammetschwand Lift Bürgenstock
KKL Luzern
KKL Luzern
Lake Lucerne
Lake Lucerne
Lion Monument
Lion Monument
Musegg Wall
Musegg Wall
Rosengart Collection Lucerne
Rosengart Collection Lucerne
Schweizerhofquai/Nationalquai
Schweizerhofquai/Nationalquai
Swiss Museum of Transport
Swiss Museum of Transport
Hergiswil Glassworks
Hergiswil Glassworks
Medieval town of Stans
Medieval town of Stans
Nidwalden Museum
Nidwalden Museum
Wood Trail und Natural Bike Park
Wood Trail und Natural Bike Park
Vitznau Fortress (Festung Vitznau)
Vitznau Fortress (Festung Vitznau)
Swiss Knife Valley Visitor Center
Swiss Knife Valley Visitor Center
Museum of the Swiss Charters of Confederation
Museum of the Swiss Charters of Confederation
Aussichtsparadies Stoos-Fronalpstock
Aussichtsparadies Stoos-Fronalpstock
Swiss Holiday Park
Swiss Holiday Park
Treib - Seelisberg Cable Railway
Treib - Seelisberg Cable Railway
Rütli
Rütli
Sweet chestnuts on Lake Lucerne
Sweet chestnuts on Lake Lucerne
Axenstrasse (Flüelen–Sisikon–Brunnen)
Axenstrasse (Flüelen–Sisikon–Brunnen)
Monument of Wiliam Tell
Monument of Wiliam Tell
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
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Swimming

Swimming complex Mooshüsli Emmen
Swimming complex Mooshüsli Emmen
Park bathing complex Kriens
Park bathing complex Kriens
Lido Horw
Lido Horw
Lido Hopfräben Brunnen
Lido Hopfräben Brunnen
Swiss Holiday Park Morschach
Swiss Holiday Park Morschach
Lido Seelisberg
Lido Seelisberg
Flüelen lido
Flüelen lido
Swimming baths Altdorf
Swimming baths Altdorf
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
Bathing islands Lorelei Altdorf
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Signalization

Signalization
For cycling, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization

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