Getting here

      The Swiss Ornithological Institute lies in central Switzerland, north of Lucerne, near the town of Sempach on the shores of Lake Sempach.

      By train and bus

      • By train on the Olten–Lucerne line to Sursee. From the station in Sursee by Postbus to Sempach; get off at "Vogelwarte".
      • Or by train on the Olten–Lucerne line to Sempach-Neuenkirch. By Postbus to "Vogelwarte".

      By car

      • Motorway A2 Basel–Lucerne
      • Exit Sempach
      • Follow the blue sign that says "Sempach".
      • By the city gate, follow the main road to the left, in direction of the lake.
      • Car parks
        • “Seevogtei” outside of the Old Town of Sempach (approx. 10 minutes’ walk)
        • “Seebad” Sempach (approx. 5 minutes’ walk)

      Two buildings

      • The visitor centre and the bird care unit are situated on the banks of Lake Sempach, at Luzernerstrasse 6. All parts of the visitor centre are accessible for mobility-impaired visitors.
      • The offices and library are in the building 200m to the south, at Seerose 1 (continue along the main road in direction of Sempach-Station; it’s the red building on the left).