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.
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'.