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Hiking in the surroundings

ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 7, Luzern–Altdorf
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Waldstätterweg
Waldstätterweg
Stage 1, Brunnen–Vitznau
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Waldstätterweg
Waldstätterweg
Stage 2, Vitznau–Küssnacht
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Cycling in the surroundings

North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 3, Luzern–Flüelen
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Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Stage 3, Luzern–Brunnen
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Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 4, Flüelen–Sörenberg
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Panorama Bike
Vitznau
Vitznau Fortress (Festung Vitznau)

Vitznau Fortress (Festung Vitznau)

The artillery fortress was constructed in the cliffs of Rigi as part of the Gotthard defence during and for World War II. For many decades it remained a well-kept secret and was always ready for battle.
The fortress was opened to the public in 1998, enabling you to discover the caverns, ammunition depots, tunnels, casemates and artillery stands on a guided tour. The existence of the Swiss alpine fortress (called "Réduit") became known sixty years ago. In bunker after bunker from Lake Geneva to Lake Constance, cannons, tank barriers and entire hospitals were hidden behind ingenious camouflages. Only a select few have ever entered the secret fortress.

But now the past has been brought to life in Vitznau. You can visit the once top-secret Vitznau Fortress, which is open all year round, as well as the original Fortress Hotel.

Guided tours: Militiamen from the Swiss Army, either retired or still serving actively, will disclose the secrets of the Vitznau Fortress to you. Some 500 meters of tunnels, gigantic ammunition depots, cannons, a power station, an operating room, workshops, a small "hotel" and much more await you.
The artillery fortress was constructed in the cliffs of Rigi as part of the Gotthard defence during and for World War II. For many decades it remained a well-kept secret and was always ready for battle.
The fortress was opened to the public in 1998, enabling you to discover the caverns, ammunition depots, tunnels, casemates and artillery stands on a guided tour. The existence of the Swiss alpine fortress (called "Réduit") became known sixty years ago. In bunker after bunker from Lake Geneva to Lake Constance, cannons, tank barriers and entire hospitals were hidden behind ingenious camouflages. Only a select few have ever entered the secret fortress.

But now the past has been brought to life in Vitznau. You can visit the once top-secret Vitznau Fortress, which is open all year round, as well as the original Fortress Hotel.

Guided tours: Militiamen from the Swiss Army, either retired or still serving actively, will disclose the secrets of the Vitznau Fortress to you. Some 500 meters of tunnels, gigantic ammunition depots, cannons, a power station, an operating room, workshops, a small "hotel" and much more await you.

Vitznau Fortress (Festung Vitznau)

Adresse

Luzern Tourismus
Bahnhofstrasse 3
6002 Luzern
Tel. + 41 (0)41 227 17 17
luzern@luzern.com
www.luzern.com

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Places

Vitznau
Vitznau
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Accommodation

See- und Seminarhotel FloraAlpina
See- und Seminarhotel FloraAlpina
Vitznau
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Hiking in the surroundings

ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 7, Luzern–Altdorf
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Waldstätterweg
Waldstätterweg
Stage 1, Brunnen–Vitznau
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Waldstätterweg
Waldstätterweg
Stage 2, Vitznau–Küssnacht
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Cycling in the surroundings

North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 3, Luzern–Flüelen
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Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Stage 3, Luzern–Brunnen
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Alpine Panorama Route
Alpine Panorama Route
Stage 4, Flüelen–Sörenberg
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Biking in the surroundings

Panorama Bike