Ascending Mount Stanserhorn

Ascending Mount Stanserhorn

About two centuries before Christ was born people settled the Nidwalden valley. I’m guessing that they were Celts, the so-called Helvetians, based upon vague memories of some of my university studies done in the 1980s. One such place they settled became known as Stans, and I am guessing that from this settlement the mountain known as Stanserhorn got its name.

Our tour guide got us out and into the coach really early. The motto throughout the tour seemed to be “get there first”, meaning get to any attraction before other tours and tourists. It certainly had its rewards, but left me tired the entire time. The coach raced from Lucerne through the small towns in the valley, all reflecting a modern country. This surprised me. Maybe because I associate Switzerland with an older life style.


The mountains called us and soon we found ourselves stopping at the base of what I presumed was Mount Stanserhorn. By the way, that’s not the picture above. That picture is just a random one from my coach window. Anyway, there we were at the bottom of the mountain, a funicular railway


  1. I am loving dipping into your travelling tales, but sometimes I am too late to comment!
    Your photography is absolutely stunning. I have to say that being in the presence of mountains is as close as I have ever come to an understanding of the religious experience. It is truly awe-inspiring to stand close to them and feel your own smallness.
    What beautiful countryside. Thanks for sharing your experiences 🙂
    x Alice

    1. Thanks Alice. 🙂 I don’t know why you think that you are too late to comment. Trust me, I love any comment no matter when it is written 🙂 Thanks for the comet about my photography. One of my missions on the giant 6 week trip was to really practice my photographic skills and try to learn how to improve them. It’s funny what you say about mountains. Earlier this year I watched a documentary about myths/religions in early Mediterranean cultures and the place that mountains played in them (I tried finding the name of the doco for you but could not). Thanks for the delightful feedback 🙂

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