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    Getting here

    We do apologize for any inconvenience, such as waiting periods due to the measures concerning the Coronavirus.
    Group visits are now possible for groups up to a maximum of 50 people. A reservation is necessary.

    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).