Located in the heart of Switzerland, Nidwalden shares its northern border with the Lake of Lucerne. Prominent hills and mountains surround the canton in all other directions.

The towns of Hergiswil, Stansstad, Kehrsiten-Bürgenstock, Ennetbürgen, Buochs and Beckenried dot the Lake of Lucerne shoreline along a stretch of 40 km. The neighbouring cantons are Lucerne, Obwalden, Uri, Schwyz and Bern. In terms of size and population, Nidwalden is easily overlooked – at least at first glance.

Thanks to Nidwalden’s attractive location, tourism is an important part of the canton’s economy. Both in summer and in winter, the lake and the mountains provide a wide range of leisure activities. The communities along the lake offer a number of water sports, while the pre-Alps are well-connected through mountain railways. Excursion and holiday destinations are comfortably and conveniently accessible. Highlights include: Klewenalp, the adventure mountain; Stanserhorn, the flower mountain; the glacier of Mt. Titlis; the pre-Alpine region of Bannalp; Mt. Bürgenstock and the world’s highest outdoor lift to Hammetschwand; and the summer bobsled track at Wirzweli. The canton of Nidwalden offers an abundance of natural beauty, sporting activities and entertainment. In addition, local attractions like the Rail-Safari, the Hergiswil Glass Factory and “sleeping in straw” contribute to the canton’s appeal as a tourist destination.

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