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Lake Lungern: My Favorite Swiss Lake

by Katie McCabe  |  @awelltraveledpair  |  June 4th, 2018

As John and I drove along the winding mountain hills, I couldn't help but feel butterflies in my stomach the entire time. We were back in our favorite country, Switzerland, and we were heading to a town we'd never seen before. I saw photos of Lake Lungern in a magazine once and I just knew that one day I would be amongst those rolling green hills and turquoise waters. We turned the corner and there it was in all its glory. It was May 2018, 67°F, and slightly overcast. A perfect day for exploring! As John parked the car, we giddily smiled at each other. I had a feeling Lungern would become one of our favorite places in the world. A feeling that was spot on.

How to Get There

The easiest way to get to Lungern is by train. The average travel times are as follows... 


Lucerne to Lungern - 50 minutes

Lauterbrunnen to Lungern - 1 hour

Zurich to Lungern - 1 hour 45 minutes

Geneva to Lungern - 4 hours


Driving to Lungern is also quite easy. If you prefer to drive, just remember, Lungern is a very small town, and there isn't a lot of public parking. I find it best to park in town, near the hotels and restaurants, and explore from there. 

What to Do

Explore! Travelers visit Lungern to experience the beautiful outdoors. Summertime activities include hiking, windsurfing, and fly fishing. The wintertime brings skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding down the beautiful snow-powdered hills. If you're looking for a more relaxed vacation, then I recommend wandering the green hillsides, sampling local cheeses, and enjoying some of the most peaceful surroundings in the world.

When to Go

Lungern is a year-round destination. If you're looking for warmer weather and more outdoor activities, such as swimming, hiking, mountain biking, and fishing, then go to Lungern between mid-May and mid-September. If you're looking for a snow filled winter wonderland, then head there between November and March. It rains year-round in Lungern, so be sure to always pack a waterproof jacket and/or umbrella.

Where to Stay

John and I didn't stay overnight in Lungern, so I can't recommend a hotel. However, I did see that the Hotel Kaiserstuhl Lungernsee gets great reviews on TripAdvisor. It's perfectly located on Lake Lungern and offers free parking. 

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