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State : SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
Canton : Canton of ObwaldenCanton of Obwalden Obwalden (OW)
District : No district division
Residential municipality : Alpnachi2 w1
Postal code : 6053
Coordinates : 663 845  /  200799 coordinates: 46 ° 57 '19 "  N , 8 ° 16' 39"  O ; CH1903:  six hundred and sixty-three thousand eight hundred and forty-five  /  200799
Height : 435  m above sea level M.
Pilatusbahn valley station

Pilatusbahn valley station

Alpnachstad (Switzerland)
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Alpnachstad is a district of the political municipality Alpnach . The place is located directly on the Alpnachersee , a branch of Lake Lucerne . Due to its location, Alpnachstad was a transshipment point for people and goods until 1889.

Location and traffic

Alpnachstad is located in the canton of Obwalden on the Alpnachersee and at the foot of the Pilatus mountain . At the lake there is a boatyard, a campsite and a swimming pool , to the south of which there are sports facilities with football and tennis courts. Further east, the Sarner Aa flows into the lake.

The district has its own shipping pier for SGV and a train station on the Brünigbahn with a connection to regional and S-Bahn trains to Lucerne . The valley station of the Pilatusbahn has been in Alpnachstad since 1889 , which means that the village plays an important role in tourism in Central Switzerland .


For a long time, the residents of Alpnach had the driving rights for sea transport to Lucerne. These were them from the monastery of St. Blaise and from Murbach Abbey lent a fee. Those entitled organized the traffic cooperatively, in 1578 they built a sust in Alpnachstad . In 1784 a new Sust was built on behalf of the Obwalden estate . In 1851, several steamship companies on Lake Lucerne tried to break into the old driving rights, in 1858 they were granted limited driving rights and in 1880 the entire transport right in return for payment. Due to the opening of the Brünigbahn, the ferry service from Alpnachstad was stopped and the Sust was demolished shortly afterwards. On June 4, 1889, the Pilatusbahn with its valley station in Alpnachstad was opened to access the Hotel Bellevue on Mount Pilatus, which opened in 1860.

Aerial photo from 1962
Base station of the Pilatusbahn after the redesign of the forecourt in 2010

In spring 2010 the area in front of the Pilatusbahn valley station was completely redesigned and a ticket pavilion was built.

Majors House

The "Majorenhaus" (Majorenhaus) from 1863 is located near the base station of the Pilatusbahn and has been a listed building since 2001 as a cultural object of regional importance. Its builder was Major Melchior Britschgi , who served as a major in the papal Swiss regiment in 1860 . After his return he turned to the hotel industry and tourism and was one of the initiators of the Pilatusbahn and the Kulm Hotel.



On October 23, 2013, an F / A-18 fighter jet belonging to the Swiss Air Force crashed on a training flight near Alpnachstad am Lopper . The 38-year-old professional pilot and a 54-year-old passenger were killed.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Construction projects are on schedule , article in the Neue Obwaldner Zeitung from March 13, 2010
  2. ^ Allegations to the Pilatus-Bahnen , article in the Neue Obwaldner Zeitung of November 15, 2009, p. 24
  3. ↑ Money worries delay the start of construction , article in the Neue Obwaldner Zeitung from August 26, 2013
  4. website of the foundation Major House
  5. Dario Morandi: Crashed F / A-18 pilot: "We always have a residual risk". In: Basellandschaftliche Zeitung. October 25, 2013, accessed on October 25, 2013 (German).