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Gersau

Gersau occupies a romantic location on the southern slopes of the Rigi by Lake Lucerne, on what is sometimes called the "Riviera of Central Switzerland". High above Gersau is the Rigi-Scheidegg area, both a paradise for walkers and a small winter sports area, with excellent views.
The resort of Gersau in the canton of Schwyz is a self-contained area in a hollow on the sunny, sheltered southern slopes of the Rigi. Until the 19th century, Gersau could only be reached by water or over the Gätterli Pass from Lauerz. From the 15th century until 1817, the secluded Gersau was a separate republic, measuring just 24 square kilometres, until the village – against its will at the time – was incorporated into the canton of Schwyz. The museum of local history tells of the long history of its independence.

From the shores of the lake, Gersau stretches along the slopes of the Rigi up to the viewing terrace of Rigi-Scheidegg (1656 m). In 1840 a large sanatorium with 300 beds was built here. On the themed walk called "On the tracks of culture”, walkers can learn about the interesting history of the Scheidegg. Today, two cable-cars lead to the area: on the Gersau side, one goes from Gschwänd to Rigi-Burggeist, about 100 metres below the Scheidegg. The second cable-car goes from the Kräbel stop on the Arth-Rigi railway line up to the Rigi-Scheidegg plateau.

The most well-known way of reaching the Scheidegg is from Rigi-Kaltbad (a stop on the Vitznau-Rigi line), taking the easy footpath along the former railway line from Rigi-Kaltbad to the Scheidegg. Nowadays this route is a panoramic walk with splendid views and popular places for picnics or making a barbecue.

Summer

In summer, Gersau is part of the extensive network of footpaths on the Rigi, the "Queen of Mountains”. Being located right by the water, Gersau has two open-air pools. A wide range of accommodation and restaurants, an adventure nature trail, tennis courts, minigolf, outdoor climbing wall, biking routes, pedalos for hire etc. complete the list of amenities that Gersau has to offer. It is worth taking a trip on a stately Lake Lucerne steamer to reach the finest tourist attractions around the lake.

Winter

In winter the small area around Rigi-Scheidegg is great for skiing, sledging, winter walks, cross-country skiing or long snow-shoe walks. Larger nearby winter sports centres in the canton of Schwyz include Mythen, Stoos-Fronalpstock, Sattel-Hochstuckli and Hoch-Ybrig.

Highlights

  • Rigi - the "Queen of Mountains" in the heart of Central Switzerland, surrounded by Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug and Lake Lauerz. The sunrises on the Rigi-Kulm are legendary.
  • Panorama Way – this gentle walk from Rigi-Kaltbad to the Rigi-Scheidegg has fantastic views and numerous places for picnics.
  • Lake Lucerne - historic steamers and launches invite you to discover the landscape from the water.
Gersau occupies a romantic location on the southern slopes of the Rigi by Lake Lucerne, on what is sometimes called the "Riviera of Central Switzerland". High above Gersau is the Rigi-Scheidegg area, both a paradise for walkers and a small winter sports area, with excellent views.
The resort of Gersau in the canton of Schwyz is a self-contained area in a hollow on the sunny, sheltered southern slopes of the Rigi. Until the 19th century, Gersau could only be reached by water or over the Gätterli Pass from Lauerz. From the 15th century until 1817, the secluded Gersau was a separate republic, measuring just 24 square kilometres, until the village – against its will at the time – was incorporated into the canton of Schwyz. The museum of local history tells of the long history of its independence.

From the shores of the lake, Gersau stretches along the slopes of the Rigi up to the viewing terrace of Rigi-Scheidegg (1656 m). In 1840 a large sanatorium with 300 beds was built here. On the themed walk called "On the tracks of culture”, walkers can learn about the interesting history of the Scheidegg. Today, two cable-cars lead to the area: on the Gersau side, one goes from Gschwänd to Rigi-Burggeist, about 100 metres below the Scheidegg. The second cable-car goes from the Kräbel stop on the Arth-Rigi railway line up to the Rigi-Scheidegg plateau.

The most well-known way of reaching the Scheidegg is from Rigi-Kaltbad (a stop on the Vitznau-Rigi line), taking the easy footpath along the former railway line from Rigi-Kaltbad to the Scheidegg. Nowadays this route is a panoramic walk with splendid views and popular places for picnics or making a barbecue.

Summer

In summer, Gersau is part of the extensive network of footpaths on the Rigi, the "Queen of Mountains”. Being located right by the water, Gersau has two open-air pools. A wide range of accommodation and restaurants, an adventure nature trail, tennis courts, minigolf, outdoor climbing wall, biking routes, pedalos for hire etc. complete the list of amenities that Gersau has to offer. It is worth taking a trip on a stately Lake Lucerne steamer to reach the finest tourist attractions around the lake.

Winter

In winter the small area around Rigi-Scheidegg is great for skiing, sledging, winter walks, cross-country skiing or long snow-shoe walks. Larger nearby winter sports centres in the canton of Schwyz include Mythen, Stoos-Fronalpstock, Sattel-Hochstuckli and Hoch-Ybrig.

Highlights

  • Rigi - the "Queen of Mountains" in the heart of Central Switzerland, surrounded by Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug and Lake Lauerz. The sunrises on the Rigi-Kulm are legendary.
  • Panorama Way – this gentle walk from Rigi-Kaltbad to the Rigi-Scheidegg has fantastic views and numerous places for picnics.
  • Lake Lucerne - historic steamers and launches invite you to discover the landscape from the water.

Arrival and return Gersau

Adresse

Gersau Tourismus
Seestrasse 27
6442 Gersau
Tel. +41 (0)41 828 12 20
tourismus@gersau.ch
www.gersau.ch

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Hiking in

Gersau
ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 7, Luzern–Altdorf
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Waldstätterweg
Waldstätterweg
Stage 1, Brunnen–Vitznau
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Rigi Scheidegg-Weg
Rigi Scheidegg-Weg
Route 831, Gersau–Rigi Scheidegg
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Cycling in

Gersau
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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Mountain biking in

Gersau
Panorama Bike
Höch Flue
Brennwald
Rigi Tour
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Canoeing in

Gersau
Vierwaldstättersee Kanu
Vierwaldstättersee Kanu
Stage 3, Gersau (Rotschuo)–Brunnen
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