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Address: CH-6354, Vitznau, Switzerland
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+41 41 397 01 86

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One of the biggest highlights of my Switzerland trip. Easy drive from Lucerne. Incredible views of the lake from the fortress and surrounding areas. Really happy that i was able... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 August 2016
Seal Beach, CA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I would love to visit, but its only open once a week at 17.00 on a Fri, which was the day we arrived and left, so no opportunity fr us to visit. I presume it is a volunteer run attraction, but would like to have seen at least a day time opening/tour at some stage of my weeks stay. Hopefully... More 

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Seal Beach, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

One of the biggest highlights of my Switzerland trip. Easy drive from Lucerne. Incredible views of the lake from the fortress and surrounding areas. Really happy that i was able to include it into my itinerary.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

Really surprised to find that the mountain behind the Village of Vitznau contained a fortress. It was built during WWII with to large canons pointing in direction of Luzern, being part of the defence against a Nazi German invation.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015 via mobile

Best overnight school trip I've ever done. I took 20 children aged 8 - 13 for the Swiss Army Experience. We had a delicious supper before a very interesting tour. Then we slept in the dormitories. The volunteers who led the tour and looked after us were fantastic - helpful, welcoming, informative. Although the tour was quite cold, as we... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2015

Advised by a number of guide books to check out this past Swiss defense fortress and if you are a history buff (or perhaps just curious) would recommend a visit at 6 euro. It's well marked and a documented path through dank cave tunnels to a series of rooms that allow you to imagine the defensive posture and those who... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2014 via mobile

Visits conducted by retired ex-army experts, knowledgable on local history and with some amusing anecdotes. True Swiss quality build, impressive engineering! Well worth a visit.

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2014

This is a hidden gem in the Swiss Alps. We were lucky enough to get a tip from friends about this World War II era bunker in Vitznau that tells the little known story of Swiss preparations for what they considered to be the inevitable invasion by German forces after Germany's successful invasion of France. It's about a 30-40 minute... More 

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Rehovot, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2013

The fortress provides a unique glance to the WW2 from the side of a neutral country. Unlike other ancient castles, the fortress is "alive" and ready for use. Also, unlike other war museums throughout Europe, here the focus is on planning an appropriate defense rather than an attack. The guided tour is very informative and even amusing (thanks to the... More 

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Eugene, OR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2011

We found out about this WWII Cave Fortress when at the Lucerne Tourist Information office. We were looking for Fortress Furigan outside of Lucerne. This is a guided tour so you are limited to how you spend your time. The tour guide spoke both English and German. Can't really interact with displays but the guide is very informative. Well, worth... More 

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