Fort Vitznau

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Engine room of the fortress Vitznau

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Ammunition dump of the fortress Vitznau


Operating room, fortress Vitznau

Militiamen of the Swiss Army past and present initiate visitors into the mysteries of Fort Vitznau with its 500 m or so of tunnels, giant ammunition depots, gun emplacements, power plant, workshops, operating theatre, small "hotel" and much more.


The existence of the artillery fortress in Vitznau remained a well-kept secret for decades. The fathers who worked in the rock high above Vitznau were told not to say anything, even to their wives and children. Built during the Second World War, the fortress safeguarded the Lucerne-Stans axes and the Buochs/Ennetbürgen airfield: records show that the 337 men in the mountain had two cannons costing CHF 150,000 each at their disposal in 1943. The fort was opened to the public in 1998.


  • Guided tour approx. 1 1/2 hours
  • Guided tour with special exhibition on historical background approx. 2 hours
  • Year-round temperature 12°C (food and accommodation areas heated)
  • Warm jackets provided free of charge
  • Kiosk with large selection of military items and souvenirs
  • Open 365 days a year by prior arrangement!

Tours for individuals

May - October every Friday at 5 p.m.
November - April every 1st Saturday of the month at 2 p.m.

Admission prices

Adults CHF 20
Children 6 - 16 50% discount

Tours for groups

Anytime by prior arrangement and subject to availability. Groups of 15 or more: tour can be combined with a meal (by prior arrangement).

Private guided tours for groups
Groups of up to 10: CHF 200
From 11 persons: CHF 20 per person
Minimum charge per tour: CHF 200
Children 6 - 16 50% discount


Location and contact

Verein Festung Vitznau
Mühlefluhstrasse 1
6354 Vitznau
+41 (0)41 397 01 86