Have you ever wanted to visit a remote, beautiful and underrated corner of the world? If so, then you should consider making your way to Stans, Switzerland in the summer. Just a few hours from Zurich and surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, this little village is a true gem.
Take a cable car up to the nearby mountaintop for stunning views, go hiking or biking through the picturesque countryside, or simply stroll around the quaint streets and squares.
What to see While Visiting Stans Switzerland in the Summer
Stans in the summer offers guests plenty of activities and sights to enjoy.
The beautiful summer temps make strolling around town a breeze.
Enjoy the outdoor cafes, walk around to see all that Stans has to offer.
This marble sculpture depicts Arnold von Winkelried, who according to Swiss legend, helped the Swiss against the Habsburgs of Austria.
Winkleried sacrificed his life to help his fellow soldiers.
The legend has it that Winkelried yelled out, “I will open a passage into the line; protect, dear countrymen and confederates, my wife and children” before throwing himself on the pikes of the Austrian pikemen.
In doing so, he was able to secure passage of other Swiss soldiers to gain a stronghold.
Parish Church of St. Peter and Paul
St. Peter and Paul in Stans was built in the mid 17th century in the early Baroque style.
It consists of the Parish church & other smaller chapels.
The Romanesque bell tower was built with the previous church around
The choir organ dates back to 1646 & is the second oldest playable organ in Switzerland.
One of the highlights of a trip to Stans is taking the vintage cable car & CabriO aerial cableway.
The trip begins in Stans at the the Stanshorn Bahn where you board a vintage train that takes you halfway up the mountain to the intermediate station.
Along the way, you will get lovely views of the town below and farther off, lake Lucerne.
At the intermediate station, you then board the aerial cableway that can take you to the Stanserhorn.
Towering over the valley below, the magnificent views make this ride quite amazing.
There is nothing like standing on the open air viewing platorm of the Stanserhorn. At 1898 meters above sea level, you will find spectacular panoramic views.
Also at the summit is a small restaurant, souvenir shop, and a sun terrace with observation deck. If you are lucky, you might even catch a local musician playing outside as you enjoy the views.
And while you might think the restaurant & viewing platform is the higest peak, you can actually take a hiking trail a bit higher!
When you get to the top, you will see just how far up you really are!
And the views are unparalleled! You really feel like you are standing on top of the world.
If you find yourself in the area and are looking for a charming place to spend an afternoon or evening, be sure to visit Stans. With its cobblestone streets, old-world atmosphere, and stunning mountain views, you won’t regret it!