The panorama hike at Stanserhorn offers breathtaking views of the Alps, alpine meadows and the lakes central Switzerland has to offer. Located in the Canton of Nidwalden near to the border with Obwalden, you can stand on the peak at 1,898 metres above sea level.
I would say it is a lesser known destination and therefore not so crowded with tourists in peak season. Its lesser popularity although does not mean The Stanserhorn mountain is any less beautiful, on the contrary it is like a page from an alpine painter’s mountain book. 360° of stunning views which leaves your jaw dropping in constant awe whilst being on the panorama hike at Stanserhorn.
The Stanserhorn is the perfect mountain for hiking of all abilities. Whether a 30-minute walk around the peak or a strenuous 4 hour hike from Stans up to the very top, it offers everyone the possibility to pick the appropriate hike.
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The Panorama Hike at Stanserhorn
This time we picked the easy panorama hike, starting right at the Stanserhorn terrace. It is a hike all about the view, and in season about the alpine flowers. Take your flower identification book if this is your thing, you will be able to tick off quite a few different varieties.
Because this trail is so beautiful it will take you a good hour if not more, and keep your camera ready as you never know if the Alpine Eagle is circling just above you.
Before you can hike you need to get up to the Stanserhorn from Stans a beautiful Swiss-German Village in Nidwalden.
The ride in a nostalgic and beautifully restored funicular railway will bring you up and out of the village to the Kälti middle station. Then onwards with the modern CABRIO cable car. The world’s first cable car with an open upper deck providing a thrilling experience and beautiful views.
What to expect on the Panorama Hike at Stanserhorn
Once you have taken in the view and a few pictures on the panorama viewing platform, follow the path to the “Murmeli” (Marmottes). Here the flower beauty already starts. Before reaching the very top of the mountain you will reach a Marmot enclosure. Here you will have the chance to see these fascinating creatures up close.
If you are travelling with kids you will for sure stop here quite some time and observe these local mountain animals. They were still quite shy which indicates that they do keep some of their natural habits.
Follow on the path which will guide you to the top accompanied with views out of this world. Sorry to mention it again, but it is just so beautiful….
Before you reach the very top there is a great BBQ station, where wood and even some paper were provided. We wished we had sausages with us as the hike is not that long this would have been a great place to have a perfect Swiss BBQ.
Nevertheless we still had our picnic there.
On the Top of Stanserhorn
A panorama that will leave you speechless. You basically can see, if weather allows, the whole of central Switzerland, including Lucerne, Zug, and Uri. The famous majestic peaks of Pilatus and Titlis look close enough to touch. Not to forget the famous Mönch and Eiger, and more….This is also a view where you can see ten different lakes. I could list them all, but seriously it is best that you go and see for yourself.
Standing up there as a Swiss national it made me proud of our spectacular country once more.
Carry on with the Panorama Hike at Stanserhorn
You could just go back the same way you reached the top, but that would be a shame. Follow the mountain around and experience some more mesmerising views from the other side. The path is now downhill. On the back side of Stanserhorn you will reach the “Adlerfluh” viewpoint. In front of you are spectacular views of the Obwalden region and towards Brünig.
Check out the sky and close to the rocks, as this is the habitat of the Alpine Eagle.
Carry on down until you are again on the flat path that guides you back to the starting point, where the Rondorama, a rotating restaurant on the Stanserhorn is serving all kinds of delicious Swiss specialties and some great refreshment drinks.
All in all it is only a 1km hike but allow a lot more time than you would normally take for such a small hike.
There are many other options you can divert from the top of Stanserhorn.
See map below
Where is the Panorama Hike at Stanserhorn – How to get there?
Stanserhorn is in Canton Nidwalden and to reach the top you can hike up, (4 hours and very strenuous) or enjoy the funicular and cable car ride from the Swiss Village of Stans.
By car: Take Highway A2 to exit Stans Nord, enter the village and follow the signs to the funicular. It is pretty much in the middle of the town. The parking is quite small and fills up quickly, but there are plenty of other parking possibilities within the town. Just follow the signs “Weitere Parkplätze” (other places) There might be a 5min walk back to the funicular.
By train: Take a train to Stans, It’s a 5 min walk to the Stanserhornbahn, following the signs.
Hiking Map from the Panorama Hike at Stanserhorn
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Panorama Hike – Stanserhorn– Family friendly with stunning views
Location:: Stanserhorn, Canton of Nidwalden
Length:: 1 km full loop
Level:: Easy hike/ walk
Highest point:: 1898m
Ascent 50m / Descent 50m
Tips & Good to know
- A large portion of the Panorama hike at Stanserhorn is pushchair friendly.
- Cable car tickets. If you are visiting Central Switzerland over several days and your plan is to visit all these amazing mountain peaks, then you will soon realise that it will be an expensive adventure. STOP, it does not have to be. Check out the Tell-Pass It offers great value packages for multiple days and it is well worth to get it so you and your family can actually enjoy these mountain stations without going bankrupt.
- If you are in the area for longer check out how you can save money on saver tickets to reach the different mountain tops.
- Alternative hikes, If you like to go for a more advanced hike there are several options. We have not yet hiked these paths but you can find all information on the hiking map from Stanserhorn and combine them however you like.
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- Family walk in Crans Montana – Bisse des Miriouges
- Activities for Families In Nendaz – Tracouet Station Lac Noir
- A Family Hike at La Grande Dixence Dam
- Easy Hike around Lake Sanetsch
- Tseuzier Lake – Best family friendly hike with little kids
I hope that the information provided here will prove itself useful when planning your Panorama Hike at Stanserhorn. One of our favourite places.
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