Select a key location...
On the Rathausplatz (town hall square) stand the Türmli, one of the oldest buildings in Altdorf (13th-16th century), and the Telldenkmal, a monument to the legend of William Tell.
The village of Andermatt, in the remote Urseren valley at the foot of the Gotthard massif, is a real Alpine crossroads. To the north you reach Altdorf and Lake Lucerne in Central Switzerland. To the south, the Gotthard Pass leads to Ticino and Italy. To the west, the Furka Pass leads to the Valais, and to the east, the Oberalp Pass leads to Graubünden.
Beggeriäd (in local dialect) or Beckenried is a village in Canton Nidwalden on the shores of Lake Lucerne. It is the starting point for the cable car ride to Klewenalp (1593m) or the car ride to Seelisberg above the Rütli.
We are here on the lakeside quay, near the boat pier. Opposite us is the Seelisberg, the mountain that overlooks the mythical Rütli meadow, where in 1291 representatives of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden renewed an old pact that is now considered the founding act of Switzerland.
We are here at the western entrance to the abbey grounds. Our short stroll of 17 panoramas takes you to its southern entrance through its blooming gardens on a very stormy August day, before the rain.
Our view is north-west facing, with Lake Lucerne to the left of the cross and the town of Brunnen/Ingebohl at the foot of the Rigi massif. Opposite the small town, you can see the tip of the Seelisberg, the mountain that overlooks the Rütli.
The Furka Pass, 2429 m over sea level, is a high mountain pass in the Swiss Alps, connecting the Goms Valley (Valais/Wallis), to Andermatt (Uri, Central Switzerland). Scenes of Goldfinger, with Sean Connery as James Bond, were shot here.
The Gotthard Tunnel is notorious for traffic jams that last for hours, so take the pass road instead! Here's what you'll see at the top if you get away from the crowded tourist areas.
Küssnacht am Rigi
We are here at the Hauptplatz, the main square of the village. Our stroll will take you along the Unterdorf, the street that leads to the lake. Follow the panorama arrow!
The Brünig Pass connects Central Switzerland to the Bernese Oberland. It runs first along Lake Sarnen and then up to the much wilder Lake Lungern. We have shot for you some panoramas at 3 beautiful viewpoints where you can easily park by the roadside.
With its famous wooden bridge Kapellbrücke, Lucerne is the best-known tourist destination in Central Switzerland. Every year, 4 million people from all over the world visit the city on the shores of Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee).
Cross the bridge over the river Muota and follow this road to reach this picturesque part of the village. Here you will see flowered cottages, a beautiful church and a lovely chapel.
Even on cloudy days, the Rigi offers spectacular views and countless hiking opportunities. There are two train lines to the Rigi, one from Vitznau on Lake Lucerne and the other from Goldau south of Lake Zug.
We are standing on the Dorfplatz (village square) of the capital of the canton of Obwalden, which together with Nidwalden forms the canton of Unterwalden, one of the founding States of Switzerland.
August 2022: some panoramas shot near the Giswil campsite on the southern side of the lake on a very stormy day. In the distance, you see the Seestern, the small boat that runs a regular service on the lake from April to October.
At the foot of the two Mythen Peaks, tranquillity, tradition and innovation characterize Schwyz, the village that gave its name to Switzerland. Rich in historic buildings, the village center features a big place considered as one of the most beautiful of Switzerland.
We are here in the village of Seelisberg, on the mountain overlooking the hard-to-reach meadow that was the scene of Switzerland's founding legend in 1291, the mythical Rütli Oath. The "Schiller balcony" is the best place to get a bird's eye view of the meadow. It can be reached from the lakeside village of Beckenried.
A pretty little town at the south-eastern end of the lake of the same name, in the canton of Lucerne. It was here that the Battle of Sempach took place in 1386, which saw the victory of Lucerne and Waldstätten (Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden) over the vastly superior Austrians, which marked the true beginning of Swiss independence.
Stans is the capital of the half-canton of Nidwalden, which together with Obwalden forms the canton of Unterwalden, one of the three founding states of Switzerland. We are here in the centre of this large village, at the corner of the Catholic church of St Peter and Paul, in front of the Ölbergkapelle (chapel of the Mount of Olives, end of 15th century).
The revolutionary Cabrio cable car (seen here below) takes you up to the Stanserhorn after a trip from Stans to Kälti (bottom station) in an authentic funicular from 1893. Technological shock guaranteed! The Cabrio, unique in the world, is topped by an open-air platform. If you are not prone to vertigo, you can enjoy a truly breathtaking journey!
The present Maria Hilf Chapel was built in 1930-1932 on the site of an earlier chapel from the early 18th century. It is built entirely of wood and stands on a small hill overlooking the entire Stoos plateau. It is a 3-minute walk from the start of the chairlift to the Fronalpstock summit.
The top station of Rotair is perched on the summit of Kleintitlis ("Little Titlis"), at 3028m. The Titlis is a short distance away and only 10m higher. A large terrace with tables, benches and even cushions serves as an observation platform.
The path around the lake is a themed trail for families with children. This "Smugglers and Muleteers Trail" is just over 3km long, with a restaurant, picnic and play areas, in a beautiful alpine landscape.
One of the lines to the top of the Rigi runs from Vitznau in the canton of Lucerne, with the other line running from Goldau in the canton of Zug on the other side of the mountain. As Vitznau is not served by any other train line, many visitors combine the trip with a cruise on the lake.
The 360° Pictorial Guides

© 1988-2024
All rights reserved for all countries