Historic sites and enchanting countryside abound, from the monument to William Tell to commanding mountain peaks, from cities to remote Alpine valleys, from baroque monasteries to deserted canyons. Surfers brave wind and waves, lake steamers leave majestic wakes, colourful paragliders dot the sky. Mountain trains and suspended cable cars mount the peaks. This is Central Switzerland, the Switzerland of freedom and holidays.
Lucerne, the gateway to the Alps, opens the door to a very special corner of the world. The city lies nestled among the most beautiful ski areas in the region – all reachable within just one hour's travel. The roots of the Swiss Confederation and 21 of the most appealing traditional winter sport areas in the country can be found around Lake Lucerne. Snow lovers certainly get their money's worth: 500 kilometres of slopes (in total), 8-kilometre sledging track (Melchsee-Frutt), 12-kilometre descent with a 2000-metre difference in altitude (Titlis), 40 kilometres of cross-country ski tracks (Andermatt) and 1 big heart for winter sport enthusiasts.