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Discover Hergiswil

Tranquility and tradition meet in this historic town beside Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne

The town of Hergiswil located at the foot of Mount Pilatus and on the south-western shore of Lake Lucerne in central Switzerland's Nidwalden region promises an escape of unparalleled tranquillity and natural beauty.

Hergiswil's idyllic location makes the town an excellent starting point for hikes and climbs on the nearby mountain or for cruising and exploring Lake Lucerne's other shoreline towns and villages, such as Alpnachstad to the south where the world's oldest cogwheel-driven mountain railway is still in operation.

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Hergiswil's key visitor attraction and the town's main employer is Glasi Hergiswil, Switzerland's oldest glassworks and the last such factory in the country that still manufactures and blows glass using traditional, manual methods. The glassworks has been Hergiswil's focus since its establishment in 1817 and has survived a catastrophic fire and potential bankruptcy in its near two-hundred year history.

Today, visitors to Hergiswil can attempt the challenge of navigating Switzerland's only glass labyrinth, observe the glassworks' skilful glassblowers as they create decorative objects and containers from molten glass, and can attempt the art of glassblowing for themselves.

The history of glass production in general and at Glasi Hergiswil in particular can be explored at the interactive and award-winning 'Formed by Fire museum'.

Church of Mary of Good Counsel

Hergiswil's tiny and historic parish church,Maria zum guten Rat, was originally built in 1675 but was demolished in 1858. The original ossuary (bone) chapel was preserved and the current, redesigned, church was built around it.

Mount Pilatus

At the popular resort of Kriens, a ten-minute bus journey from Hergiswil, it is possible to journey to the summit of Mount Pilatus via an aerial cableway. Specially designed gondolas provide unforgettable panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the lakes below.

Glasi Park

This pleasant park at Hergiswil's glassworks offers a place to sit and relax, or to marvel at a unique and intricate, seven metre-high marble run which was created by local artist Alex Schmid and incorporates many items of glass from the factory into its design. A stairway from the edge of the park leads down to Lake Lucerne's shore and here pedal boats can be hired for use on the lake.

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