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A visit to the Glasi in Hergiswil

Last week I had a friend from the US visiting me in Switzerland. Since I wanted to show him Switzerland from its best side without traveling too much I took him to central Switzerland. Lucerne is only about a 45 minute drive from Zurich and if you climb one of the mountains around lake Lucerne (for example the Rigi or Pilatus) you have an exellent view of the Alps. Also the city of Lucerne is quite nice and always good for a stroll along the river or the lakeside.

Glas Art by Glasi Hergiswil - Joujou  /
A personal favorite of mine (especially on rainy days when it isn't fun to be outside) is the glass factory in Hergiswil, the "Glasi Hergiswil". There are several fun activities to do in the various buildings of the factory:
  1. The museum "Formed by Fire" tells the story of the Glasi Hergiswil and allows you to walk through different stages of Glasi history. Admission is free.
  2. You can enter the glass factory and watch the glassblowers making glass from a balcony inside. It is nice and warm in there (no surprise since the ovens in there heat the glass to about 1500 degrees Celsius). This is actually my favorite part since it always surprises me again to see a clump of glowing mass turned into a beautiful vase or bowl. Admission is free also.
  3. For a fee of 15.- Swiss Francs you can blow your own bowl of glass. Fun and definitely a great souvenir! 
  4. There exhibition "Phenomenal Glass" allows you to experience the characteristics of glass in fun ways. There are glass instruments and other experiments for you to play with. Let the child in you feast on this! :-)
  5. The Glasi also hosts the only glass labyrinth of Switzerland. With sound effects and a light show the walk through the labyrinth becomes a real adventure. Admission is 5.- Swiss Francs.
After enjoying all these activities you can stop at one of the shops and buy some beautiful glass plates or bowls or sit in the Glasi cafe and enjoy the view of lake Lucerne.

For more information and directions check out the Glasi website.



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