Culture, leisure and tourism

Culturally, Nidwalden offers a wide range of exhibitions, markets, theatre performances, concerts and festivals. Around 700 associations and other organisations actively shape cultural life and offer opportunities for participation and involvement. 

Above all, the customs that are practised contribute to the cultural identity and cohesion of the population. Swiss wrestling festivals, alpine fairs, carnival events, traditional costumes, cow and cheese markets are enjoying ever-increasing numbers of participants and spectators. Half a dozen amateur theatres fill regional theatres and halls with productions. Four cantonal museums and a literary centre promote cultural highlights beyond the borders of the canton.


Singer and saxophonist at the Stanser music days

Culture in Nidwalden

Founded in 1994 as a local event, the Stans Music Days (SMT) has developed into a festival with national appeal over almost three decades. In the week after Easter, the SMT attracts world musicians and fans from far away to the main town, while dozens of locals volunteer as the village transforms into a diverse world of sound. The Stans Music Days are the first major event in the annual calendar. Discover a selection of Nidwalden's cultural diversity:

Canoeists on Lake Lucerne

Sport and leisure activities

Lake Lucerne and hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails, cross-country trails and ski slopes in the surrounding Alpine foothills and recreational areas offer a wide range of sporting options, whether individually or as a group.

A selection of sports clubs:

An overview of all clubs can be found on the websites of the municipalities.

Steamboat Unterwalden near Kehrsiten


The favourable geographical location of the canton of Nidwalden makes tourism an important economic driver. The openness and friendliness towards visitors from near and far has a centuries-old tradition in the Alpine region of which it is still proud to this day. A diverse and lively culinary landscape – from gourmet temples to village taverns – bears witness to this. From “sleeping in the straw” to a luxury hotel, travellers will find everything they need. The attractive excursion and holiday destinations can be reached conveniently and on time by public transport – another advantage of Switzerland.

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