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Golden Round Trip from Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour

1. Golden Round Trip from Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour

Your 4.5-hour tour begins at the train station in Lucerne, where you’ll board a bus for a 15-minute ride to Kriens. In Kriens you’ll pick up your ticket for the rest of the tour. Head to the 4-seat Panorama Gondola to ascend to the mid-way station at Krienseregg. In another 15 minutes you’ll reach Fräkmüntegg. Finish the journey to the summit of Mount Pilatus on a thrilling 5-minute aerial cable car ride, known as the Dragon Ride. At more than 2,000 meters above sea level, you’ll have spectacular views over the Lake Lucerne region and the Alps. You’ll also have some free time for a bite to eat or a walk around the area. Then you’ll board the world's steepest cogwheel railway for the ride down to Alpnachstad, passing lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces. In about a half hour you’ll arrive at the valley station, where a ship will take you back to Lucerne. Sample Itinerary 08:30 Departure from Lucerne by bus 08:40 Arrival in Kriens, station Zentrum Pilatus; walk to the valley station to pick up your tickets 09:00 Departure by gondola to Fräkmüntegg 09:30 Change to the Dragon Ride cable car 09:35 Arrival on Mt. Pilatus; enjoy the panoramic view and a walk around the area and/or a delicious meal 10:10 Departure by world's steepest cogwheel railway to Alpnachstad 10:50 Arrival in Alpnachstad 11:00 Departure by ship 12:18 Arrival in Lucerne

Lucerne: 1-Hour Cruise on Panoramic Yacht

2. Lucerne: 1-Hour Cruise on Panoramic Yacht

Treat yourself to a 1-hour cruise in Lucerne onboard a panoramic yacht. Climb aboard the yacht at Bridge 7 at Swiss Hofquai, located directly across from the Schweizerhof Hotel. In order to listen to the audio guide download the "Listen Everywhere" app from the App Store or Google Play and make sure that you are connected to our WIFI "lakelucerne." Find yourself a comfortable spot on the upper deck, in the restaurant, or on the main deck. If you want to be very close to the water, take a seat on the water terrace at the back of the boat. Enjoy views of the lights of Lucerne as you cruise along the shoreline towards Meggenhorn Castle, past the Bürgenstock to the Richard Wagner Museum and back to Lucerne. Admire the luxurious villas, a picturesque hilly landscape, and the deep blue lake. Learn all about the sights from the audio guide and enjoy snacks and drinks at the bar.

Mt. Pilatus by Cable Car and Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

3. Mt. Pilatus by Cable Car and Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Depart Lucerne and relax aboard a comfortable coach on the drive to Kriens. Then, climb aboard the panoramic gondolas and journey to Fräkmüntegg to board the aerial Dragon Ride cable car up the mountain. Get magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks from the panoramic windows. Arrive at the top of Mt. Pilatus, 2,132 meters above sea level and feel like a bird as you survey your surroundings. Hike to the summit or venture down the Dragon Trail where dragons with healing powers were thought to live in the Middle Ages. Relax on the panoramic terrace and take in the magnificent vistas of the mountains and lakes. Eat at one of the restaurants to enjoy lunch on top of the world. Get ready for the ride of a lifetime as you descend the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Arrive in Alpnachstad to embark on a one-hour cruise back to Lucerne on the beautiful "Lake of the 4 Cantons" (only during summer).

Mount Titlis Day Tour from Zurich

4. Mount Titlis Day Tour from Zurich

Enjoy a full-day tour to a spectacular winter wonderland. Discover the unique landscapes of eternal snow and varying glaciers, and experience an unforgettable adventure. Departing from Zurich, take a bus ride over the Albis Pass and along the shores of the magnificent Lake Lucerne on the way to the city of Lucerne. Once there, take a short tour of the city's most important sights, including a photo stop at the famous Lion Monument or Vierwaldstätter Lake, depending on traffic. Afterward, enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own. From Lucerne, you continue on the tour by driving to Engelberg. The breathtaking ride up into the high alpine glaciers of Mount Titlis begins here. From the Rotair revolving cable car on your way up to the mountain, you'll get spectacular views of the deep crevasses in the glaciers, and the immense chunks of ice that break off in spectacular fashion. Take your chance to enjoy fantastic views over the Swiss Alps from the Panorama Restaurant on top of Mount Titlis. Visit the Ice Grotto, or take the Ice Flyer chairlift to get up close to the spectacular glaciers at an altitude of over 9,800 feet (3,000 meters). Adventure seekers can slide through the snow and down the mountainside on a snow tube. The choice is yours!

Lucerne: Lake Lucerne 1st Class Cruise with Gourmet Lunch

5. Lucerne: Lake Lucerne 1st Class Cruise with Gourmet Lunch

Board the ship at lunchtime and embark on a relaxing First Class cruise on Lake Lucerne to Vitznau or Küssnacht and back. Admire the stunning views of the lake and its surrounding landscape as you sit down to savor a delicious meal on board. Choose between a set vegetarian or non-vegetarian 3-course menu. Please refer to the gallery for the menu. Enjoy 1 soft drink and 1 coffee or tea per person included in the price. Additional drinks can be purchased on board. Indulge in freshly cooked dishes that are prepared with regional products. From the end of May until the beginning of Autumn, the roundtrip will take you to Küssnacht am Rigi and back to Lucerne. This tour takes 1 hour and 50 minutes and can easily be combined with other activities in the city. 18 October 2021 – 25 May 2022 and 12 September – 14 April 2022 • Lunch cruise on a motor vessel • 11:30 AM - Board the ship at Pier 1 • 12:00 - 1:47 PM - Cruise from Lucerne to Vitznau (and back) 26 May – 11 September 2022 • Lunch cruise on a motor vessel • 11:30 AM - Board the ship at Pier 3 • 12:00 - 1:47 PM - Cruise from Lucerne to Küssnacht am Rigi (and back)

Classic Rigi Round Trip from Lucerne

6. Classic Rigi Round Trip from Lucerne

Discover Rigi, the Queen of the Mountains, from its most beautiful side on a half or full-day tour. Begin with a boat tour on Lake Lucerne to Vitznau. Modern motor boats and nostalgic steamboats (in the summer) bring you over the incredible, fjord-like water to Vitznau. From Vitznau, head to the Rigi Train on the queen of the mountains. Fantastic views of the Swiss Plateau, the Black Forest, the Vosges Mountains, and the Alps await from Rigi Kulm. Descend with the rack railway to Rigi Kaltbad and from there take the cable car to Weggis. Finally, return by boat to Lucerne. Suggested itinerary for a full-day tour: • Departure by boat from Lucerne at 9:12 AM — arrival at Vitznau at 10:09 AM • Departure by rack railway from Vitznau at 10:15 AM — arrival at Rigi Kulm at 10:47 AM • Free time • Departure by rack railway from Rigi Kulm at 4:00 PM — arrival at Rigi Kaltbad at 4:15 PM • Departure by cable car from Rigi Kaltbad at 4:40 PM — arrival at Weggis at 4:50 PM • Departure by boat from Weggis at 5:05 PM — arrival at Lucerne at 5:47 PM Suggested itinerary for a half-day tour: • Departure by boat from Lucerne at 1:12 PM — arrival at Vitznau at 2:09 PM • Departure by rack railway from Vitznau at 2:15 PM — arrival at Rigi Kulm at 2:47 PM • Free time • Departure by rack railway from Rigi Kulm at 4:00 PM — arrival at Rigi Kaltbad at 4:13 PM • Departure by cable car from Rigi Kaltbad at 4:40 PM — arrival at Weggis at 4:50 PM • Departure by boat from Weggis at 5:05 PM — arrival at Lucerne at 5:47 PM

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

7. From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

This exquisite tour takes you through the countryside surrounding the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. This includes a brief tour of Lucerne's most impressive sights, including a photo stop at the Lion Monument or Lake Lucerne depending on the traffic situation. After a short pause to rest your feet and recharge your batteries, the tour continues to Kriens, where you will take a panoramic gondola and cable car rides to the summit of Mount Pilatus, a height of 2132 meters. Enjoy breathtaking views of Switzerland's Alpine landscape. Take in the extraordinary panoramic view of the surrounding lakes, valleys, and mountains before making the thrilling descent on the steepest funicular railway in the world, riding at a 48% slope to Alpnachstad. Afterward, you'll relax on a soothing boat ride over the Lake of the Four Cantons, back to Lucerne. From there, take the bus back to Zurich.

Luzern City Small-Group Tour incl. Lake Cruise

8. Luzern City Small-Group Tour incl. Lake Cruise

Discover the best of Lucerne on this tour with a local guide. Wander around the streets of the Old Town and sail along the shores of Lake Lucerne on a boat cruise. Lucerne is probably the most famous Swiss city. Surrounded by mountains and at the end of Lake Lucerne, the city is the starting point for numerous excursions. The Lucerne cityscape is characterized by the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge, which, with its gable paintings, is one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe. Another landmark of the city is the Musegg Wall, which has been preserved in its original fortified form with the exception of one tower. Historic houses decorated with frescoes line picturesque squares in the car-free old town, such as the Weinmarkt. Lucerne is a city of squares and churches. The Jesuit Church from the 17th century is considered the first sacred baroque building in Switzerland and the two towers of the Hofkirche are an integral part of the cityscape. The dying lion, which was carved into the rock to commemorate the heroic death of the Swiss who fell in the Tuileries in 1792, is one of the most famous monuments in Switzerland.

From Lucerne: Mount Bürgenstock by Ferry and Funicular

9. From Lucerne: Mount Bürgenstock by Ferry and Funicular

Cross Lake Lucerne by ferry, and then climb aboard the funicular railway to journey to the top of Mount Bürgenstock.  Get magnificent views as you make your way to the expansive Bürgenstock resort, where you can hike one of the walking trails and discover indoor and outdoor tennis courts and swimming pools. Play a round on the 9-hole golf course or board the vertical Hammetschwandlift elevator. Avail of an exciting selection of international cuisine at up to 12 different bars and restaurants. Then, head back down the mountain on the funicular railway and cruise back to Lucerne by ferry.

Lucerne: Half-Day City Tour and Lake Cruise

10. Lucerne: Half-Day City Tour and Lake Cruise

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, and together you’ll make your way into central Lucerne. Enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the city center across the Reuss river, and admire the surrounding mountains. Continue towards the wooden Chapel Bridge, a 200-meter long pedestrian crossing, and learn the history of this beautifully painted bridge.   Discover the car-free inner city circle and the old town, filled with 16th-century buildings. Walk across the Spreuer Bridge and take a coffee break along the Reuss river. After the break, continue along the city wall, built for defensive reasons in the 14th century. End your city tour by the Lion Monument, a rock relief commemorating the massacres of Swiss Guards during the French Revolution.   Your tour guide will then lead you to the boat station, where you’ll board a panoramic yacht and sail out on to Lake Lucerne. Listen to the audio headset commentary during the cruise, or ask your guide about the mountains, houses, and other sights along the shore. After the 1-hour boat tour, you’ll return to Lucerne, where your guide will drop you off back at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Lake Lucerne

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 2,217 reviews

Wow! I was solo traveling in Zurich and decided to “splurge” and book this trip to get out of the city and see the Alps. It was one of my favorite experiences I have had while traveling. The tour was extremely well organized and you get to see and do a lot. The guide Lars gave clear instructions of where to meet and what to do. He also provided interesting information throughout. The weather was beautiful so we got to do and see everything. The driver, Jose, drove slowly and carefully through the country side so we really got to appreciate the incredible views. I will recommend this to anyone who visits Zurich. Money well spent! Danke schön!

Lars was an excellent guide and Jose did a beautiful job of driving on a spectacular weather day. The trip to the summit was easy, the crowds werent bad, and Lars took good care of all of us. Highly recommended!

We loved our tour. This was a great experience, enjoyed by all ages in the family. Great views and great fun! The guide was super nice and did his best to ensure we all had a good time.

We loved it, keeping in mind that it is always cold at the top so dress warmly and wear appropriate shoes. We went in the spring (May 7, 2022) and we had to rent shoes.

Awesome view at up and ground also. Very nice Photographic place for the photo lovers. I enjoyed the location and view more than the Top of Europe tour.