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Winter

Mount Pilatus: Lucerne's landmark mountain is accessible in winter via the aerial cableway from Kriens. One experience not to be missed is the 6 kilometre-long sledging run from Fräkmüntegg down to Kriens.

Mount Rigi: the "Queen of the Mountain" is well worth a visit in winter, too. The vast sea of clouds viewed from above is an experience in itself. It also boasts 35 km of groomed footpaths, four sledging runs, ski slopes and even an airboarding run – all for a perfect winter's day.

Mount Titlis and Engelberg: the Titlis boasts Central Switzerland's highest accessible glacier as well as the region's largest ski sports area. On the 12 kilometre-long run down the Titlis to Engelberg you descend no less than 2,000 metres in altitude. The Jochpass ski area takes you into the Bernese Oberland. Engelberg's sunny side is a little less challenging: the Brunni is ideal for beginners, families and relaxation.

The town of Lucerne also has much to recommend it in winter. Strolling and shopping in the winding lanes and alleys with their antique shops, gourmet boutiques and jewellery stores is always an attraction. Coffee shops, almost like those in Vienna, invite the visitor to tarry awhile for a tea or coffee. Museums, theatres and numerous events, not forgetting Lucerne's famous carnival, cater for culture-packed days.