Untours - Gasser-Ettlin, Lungern, Switzerland - Heartland
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The charming, comfortable Gasser-Ettlin vacation rental, in the very pretty village of Lungern, is an ideal accommodation for two people. The bedroom and living room feature a fine view of the town’s impressive church and the high Alps to the west. The bright apartment is highlighted by blonde wood paneling, which gives it a warm and authentically Swiss feel. The bathroom was recently redone in light-colored tile. The helpful English-speaking landlords live downstairs.

It’s a five - to ten-minute walk from the vacation rental to the shops, restaurants, bank and ATM of Lungern and a seven- to ten-minute walk to the lakeshore for swimming, boating, fishing, tennis and mini-golf. Cable car service at the Obsee station is fifteen minutes away, where half-hourly gondola service reaches alpine heights – a paradise for hikers. The train station is a ten-minute walk (the first eight minutes are gradually uphill, then it levels out).

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Property Details


1 bedroom with combined twins


1 with shower stall


Full eat-in kitchen


Host does laundry for a fee


Second floor


12 steps up


8-10-minute uphill walk to train station


No phone in apartment, uphill walk to transportation


Great landlady, pretty view, wireless connection


Radio, TV, microwave, cell phone available upon request

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What's included with the Switzerland - Heartland Untour?

  • One or two weeks in a private Swiss apartment or chalet, often with spectacular views of the lakes and mountains.
  • Suggestions for booking your international flight from the U.S. to Zurich, or we can purchase tickets on your behalf. (Click for more information on Untours' air policies.)
  • Transfer assistance for most arrivals at the Zurich airport, with detailed instructions that allow you to reach your village with ease.
  • An 8 or 15-day Swiss Rail Pass valid on trains, buses, lake ships; free entry to over 400 museums in Switzerland.
  • An orientation session given by our very experienced local staff covering rail and sightseeing.
  • Local information and our Swiss Heartland Dream Book and Swiss Hiking Guide, both researched and written by Untours staff, chock-full of suggestions for scenic hiking trails and day trips.
  • A local cultural activity, such as a visit to an alpine village, a guided city tour, or a visit to a traditional alpine cheese maker’s hut.
  • A dinner party (selected dates only) or excursion with lunch.
  • A stash of groceries upon your arrival, so you don’t need to shop right away.
  • Pre-trip planning advice from our staff, available by phone or email right up until you leave.
  • Ongoing support with our local representative. Help available when you need it.
  • Special savings for kids 15 and under on this Untour in qualifying apartments. Call for details.

Landlord or Host for Gasser-Ettlin, Lungern, Switzerland - Heartland

Herr and Frau Gasser-Ettlin are the friendly, helpful hosts who reside on the lower floor of their authentic Swiss chalet. Herr Gasser is a hobby yodeler, and Frau Gasser is on our Swiss Untour staff and speaks English fluently. She takes great interest in her guests’ well-being and is very knowledgeable about the region.

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Lungern, Switzerland - Heartland, Home of Gasser-Ettlin

Lungern is a serene pastoral village nestled on the shore of turquoise Lake Lungern at the foothill of Hasliberg mountain. It consists of a lower part, which is home to most of the restaurants, 2 medium-sized grocery stores and bank/ATM, and an upper part with the train station and well-known Bahnhöfli Restaurant. Lungern’s landmark is its impressive 100-year-old Gothic stone church that was modeled after that of Lourdes and whose predecessor had fallen victim to floods. The equally impressive cemetery below the church features fine examples of carved wooden crosses. Two small white chapels in the village’s lower part share the bell-tolling regularity of the larger parish church, mixing church bells with cowbells to make up the symphony of Lake Lungern. One of the chapels, Burglen chapel, is a favorite wedding chapel for Swiss couples.

Lungern offers a variety of family activities—from great hiking to lake swimming and minigolf. The cable car from Obsee in the lower part of the village takes you to the alpine heights of Schönbühl, with its spectacular vistas and challenging hikes.

Lungern lies in the very center of Switzerland. Hourly rail service in both directions (1 hour to Luzern and Interlaken) makes it an ideal base for day trips throughout Switzerland.

Customer comments about Gasser-Ettlin, Lungern, Switzerland - Heartland

"Delightful Landlords, charming apartment, difficult climb to train station. Marlis was so delightful, we would love to stay with her again despite the climb to the train station." Irene Miller

"It is our second year at Marlis's home. Marlis is the most dedicated, generous host & sparing nothing to make our stay enjoyable. Her & her husband Arnold are very warm & friendly. We would not hesitate to stay at their home again." Don Knapper

"The apartment was comfortable and met all of our needs while there. Marlis was very helpful with questions we had about transportation and various "must see" locations and events. She made our experience in Switzerland great." Don & Susan Scott

“Marlis was very helpful in providing us with rail schedules. She also provided local sources for food items to take home.” Robert & Lois Mayerchak

"We really felt at home in our apartment at Marlis' home. Marlis was like a mother to us trying to help us without being overpowering. She went out of her way to make our stay most memorable. We would go back to her place." Don & Michelle Knapper

“Marlis keeps a spotless apartment. She’s extremely knowledgeable and helpful.” Jean Jacobs

"Absolutely spotless!! Very comfortable - Beautiful view - Quiet." Robert & Anne Lineberger

"The Gasser-Ettlin apartment is large, comfortable, clean beyond imagination and a perfect location. Excellent choice for us." Jack & Phoebee Dutchess

"Lighting best we've had in 4 trips. Apartment very efficient. We appreciated train schedules posted on wall." Leonard & Fay Reisfelt

"The grandeur of the surrounding mountains coupled with the concerned care of us by hosts" (what we liked best about Heartland Untour). William & Ilene Rosser

"The apartment was convenient and comfortable." Betty Collins.

"Apartment was very roomy and clean and very well equipped." R&S Gaiser

"Excellent-- our hostess included us in family affairs and became our friends." William N. Rosser

"Very, very friendly and helpful." George Golden

"We had the best landlady on your list!" A & M Brueggen

"Our 2nd time with Mrs. Gasser, plus having us to dinner once when we didn't stay there. She is a generous, giving, friend." Burt & Joy Ingersoll

"The apartment is conveniently located between stores and railroad station. We enjoyed the view outside the bedroom window of the village, church and mountains. One of our best excursions was up the gondola lift right in Lungern to Schoenbuel." Ruth DeYoung

"Excellent. Marlis (Frau Gasser) went beyond duty for us." R. Hassler

"The apt. was everything we had hoped for. Gasser-Ettlin was the 'Top of the Line.'" Jean Hassler

"Mrs. Gasser-Etlin is very gracious, helpful landlady- should be commended." William & Venetia Fraser

Ratings for Gasser-Ettlin, Lungern, Switzerland - Heartland

Modern Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, stovetop, modern ambience)55
Phone (yes, limited, no)21
Television (none, TV w/o cable, TV w/cable)22
Attractiveness (décor, charm, windowboxes, antiques)44
Bathroom (attractive, functional)33
Furniture Comfort (comfortable chairs, etc.)55
Outdoor amenties: Patio, Balcony, Swimming pool54
Laundry facilities: (yes, limited, no)21
Sleeping facilities comfort55

Apartment Host Experience (positive experience)1212
Charm, Flavor, Sense of Place: the apartment and immediate surroundings88
Charm, Flavor, Sense of Place: the neighborhood (if it is in a city or larger town) or the village (if it is in a country/rural Untour)88
Distance to Transportation/Major Roads98
Shopping (access to everyday supplies)55
Well-Situated To See The Region or City88

An Explanation of the Ratings:

These ratings come from a combination of customer reviews and the reports of Untours staff who have seen the apartments and/or followed reports from customers over the years.

These ratings give a sense of how most people feel, but your tastes and requirements may vary. If you have any questions about this apartment, please call us at 1-888-868-6871. You can talk to someone who has seen the accommodation.

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Dee McConnell
Director - Switzerland, Holland, and London Untours
Coordinator - Transportation and Cruises

I enjoy the variety in what I do. Whether I am taking care of our Swiss Untourists, or selling a cruise, I enjoy the different hats I wear.
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Our staff has inspected this property and the above description and photographs reflect what they saw at that time. It is possible that the owner has made changes to the property without our knowledge. While we do our best to keep up with any changes or improvements made to our properties, we cannot guarantee that everything in the above description will be accurate.