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Emmetten is a fantastic base to explore the surrounding area. We bought a five day pass, which allows you to travel by any mode of transport within that time. This includes train, bus, boat and cable car. Although expensive ( about £185 per person), it's definitely worth doing if you plan on getting out and about. We'd hired a car from Basle airport, but didn't need it all once we got to Emmetten. Swiss transport is a joy to use. So punctual and clean. There is a bus stop just across the road from the apartment, which allows you to get to Beckenried just down the hill and Luzern. It takes about 45 mins to get to Luzern by bus and train (station at Stans). The day we went, we got the boat back from Luzern to Beckenried.
Luzern is beautiful and well worth a visit. In addition to visiting Luzern, we went up Titlis, a very high mountain of approximately 3000m in height. A revolving gondola takes you on the final ascent to the top, where there are spectacular views. It is very busy here though, with an abundance of tourists.
Burgenstock, is worthy of a visit too. Spectacular views with lots of surrounding views. Not as touristy as Titlis.
Rigi, too, is another high mountain to visit. A mountain train takes you to the top. Again, this is quite busy with plenty of tourists.
The aforementioned 5 day pass, gets you up all these peaks, with nothing else to pay, unless you want to buy food at the top.
The apartment itself was perfect for our needs. If I was to criticise anything, it would be just to say that it was slightly under-equipped. There was no frying pan, for example, nor a long, sharp cutting knife. Also no beer glasses. Other than that, the apartment was very clean with perfect wifi and lovely shower room. Oh, one other thing was that we had trouble using the communal washing machine. You need a special sort of key to slot into an electrical box in the wash room. We didn't have one to start with, so a Swiss lady kindly lent me hers. The owner did bring us the key the next day, but it didn't seem to work and again we had to borrow a neighbour's key. All rubbish must be put in a red bag for disposal. We only got one bag and it was a challenge to cram everything into it for the week.
The apartment is right next to a cable car and from there's out can explore the alpine pastures.
There is a small supermarket across from the apartment, which was adequate for our needs. Expensive though, but then most things are in Switzerland
Fab country though
Just spent a short break at the Schweigmatt with my husband,son and daughter-in-law and had a wonderful time. In a beautiful location in a lush valley surrounded by snow capped mountains within easy reach of Lucerne and the lakes. Greeted with a homemade loaf and spotless accommodation, worth the drive up the mountain along hairpin bends with great views of the lake.