Brunnen is a delightful village with a unique lakes and mountains landscape: located on the corner of the lake and with stunning views to the Gotthard peaks. This is the heart of Switzerland, with the Rütli Meadow - birthplace of the Swiss Confederation - close at hand. The colourful Treib assembly house lies just across the lake while the historic Axis Road links Brunnen with Flüelen. This is also Wilhelm Tell country and you will find reminders of his story, particularly along the path of the Swiss Trail. The fairytale scenery has attracted visitors such as Queen Victoria, Churchill and Turner, who painted several watercolours here.
During the summer, you can head to the lively lakeshore for traditional alphorn concerts and boat races. Brunnen is well connected for exploring the region and has a nearby cable car to take you to Mount Urmiberg for spectacular views. You could also take the bus to Morschach's cable car station for journeys to the idyllic village of Stoos and on to Fronalpstock with its sunny plateau.
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Where to stay
Choose from our handpicked Brunnen hotels
What to see and do
Brunnen has great transport connections, perfect for exploring. A cruise on the beautiful lake is a real highlight with plenty more picturesque villages to visit for lunch, such as Stansstad, from where you reach the amazing open topped cable car to the Stanserhorn. Beckenried is a stopping off point for the Klewenalp & Beckenried and after Brunnen the lake flows into Lake Uri where you will be enchanted by the history and legends of Wilhelm Tell. A short hop to Treib brings you to the funicular for Seelisberg, from where you can enjoy views over Urnersee and the Rütli Meadow.
Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus are both nearby, offering dramatic mountain ascents and spectacular views. Why not visit dramatic Mount Titlis at over 3,000m - a train journey brings you to pretty Engelberg and from here it is an incredible journey to the summit, including an amazing rotating cable car which glides above the glacier. Please click here for our summary of the best the region has to offer.
Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site
There are a number of day trips you can undertake from Brunnen to visit a UNESCO site. The Old Town of Bern is a most charming place to browse around and there's more history to be found in the Castles of Bellinzona. The Entlebuch Biosphere is a natural paradise just minutes from Lucerne. Find more Swiss World Heritage Sites here.
Explore the region with our great value travel passes
Our holidays include the Half Fare Card, which entitles you to a 50% discount on most rail, mountain railways, cable cars, boats and PostBuses across Switzerland.
If you are planning daily outings, it can be well worth pre-booking the Tell Pass, as it saves you a great deal of money - and helps you avoid the queues at the ticket office! If you are planning to travel further afield, you might consider the Swiss Travel Pass as an alternative. We will be delighted to help you choose the one that's right for you. Call us on 0800 619 1200 for more advice.
Scenic rail holidays from Brunnen
Enjoy a fantastic two or multi centre holiday, with a scenic rail journey connecting your resorts.
Brunnen is on the route of the scenic boat and rail jouney Gotthard Panorama Express (for Lugano). You can also take the short transfer to Lucerne which has connections to the GoldenPass Line/Luzern-Interlaken Express (for Interlaken or Montreux) and the Pre-Alpine Express (for St. Gallen).
If you prefer to be based solely in Brunnen, there are many lakes and mountains journeys to be enjoyed locally. We can tailor make any itinerary you choose, please contact us for details on 0800 619 1200.