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Mount Titlis Day Tour from Zurich

1. 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!

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

2. 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

3. 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.

Lucerne: Classic City Walking Tour

4. Lucerne: Classic City Walking Tour

Your local guide will welcome you at the reception of your hotel in Lucerne before briefing you on the route on a city map and providing all the information you need about your tour. You will then depart to the Bourbaki Museum, where your guide will provide you with historical information about it. Following this, you will continue to the Lion Monument, which represents a dying lion and commemorates the fallen Swiss mercenaries who died in the storm of the Royal Palace in the turmoil of the French Revolution. A walk of about 10 minutes will take you to the hill of the Musegg Wall, the still preserved part of the outer city fortification of medieval Lucerne. You will visit the "Schirmerturm" and the "Zeitturm" with its clockwork from the late Middle Ages. You will learn interesting facts about Swiss history, the wars of liberation, the territorial expansion policy and the armed neutrality that still applies today. After encountering the city center, you will have the chance to visit the wine market which hosts the city's oldest fountain. You’ll drink pure Pilatus spring water and learn from your city guide why the old town well flows the best water in the city of Lucerne. Afterwards, continue through the legendary Furrengasse to Peterskapelle, the first church in the city of Lucerne, which dates back to the founding of the city in the 12th century. You will stroll across the world-famous Chapel Bridge to the other river side of the historic center. Afterwards, visit the Jesuit Church and visit this first baroque church in Switzerland from the inside (except during church services). Just a few steps further on you will reach the cantonal government building, the former Ritter's Palace and the city's most imposing Renaissance palazzos. During your visit, you will see the courtyard with the loggias and marvel at the beautiful stone carvings of the unfortunate stonemason "Hans von Trient". You can then enjoy the presentation of the seven paintings which show the Dance of Death (Danse Macabre). This famous Renaissance art work was created around 1610 by Jakob von Wyl.

Lucerne: eTukTuk City Tour

5. Lucerne: eTukTuk City Tour

Explore Lucerne/Luzern's highlights on this trip around the city in an electronic tuk-tuk. Listen to the driver's interesting stories about the sights, the locals, and life in the city. Start the tour with some information about the Culture and Congress Center (KKL), designed by the famous French architect, Jean Nouvel. After that, cross the Seebrücke bridge and admire the excellent view of the lake, as well as to the famous Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge). Make your first stop at the 17th-century Hofkirche (Church of St. Leodegar), the most important church in the city known for the biggest organ of its time. Next, move on to the outstanding Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument). Continue your drive through the old town to the historic places in Luzern, as well as some lesser-known secret posts. Finish the tour back at the Culture and Congress Center (KKL) again. Here, you can continue your adventure with a museum visit, or simply relax with a tea or coffee in this spectacular building.

Lucerne: Half-Day City Tour and Lake Cruise

6. 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.

Lucerne Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

7. Lucerne Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

Get to know Lucerne at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts.  After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Lucerne’s most important attractions on foot. You can start at any time you'd like. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. The tour route includes Jesuitenplatz, Historisches Museum Luzern, the Spreuer Bridge, Nölliturm, Lucerne Old Town, Zytturm, the Lion Monument, the Lucerne Town Hall, Church of St. Leodegar, Seebrücke, the Chapel Bridge, and more.

Lucerne: City Biking and Walking Tour

8. Lucerne: City Biking and Walking Tour

You will meet with your local guide at either 9:30AM or 2:00PM, right at the reception of your Lucerne Hotel. From here you will take a short walk to the next bike rental station, from where you will take your bike before being shortly briefed on the most important traffic rules. After some time spent practicing, you will then follow your guide and ride your bike to the historical center. The first stop is at the Chapel Bridge and Water Tower, where you will receive some brief information on the most photographed attraction in Switzerland. A little further downstream, you will visit the Jesuit Church, which is the first baroque church in Switzerland and dates back to 1677. You will then visit the Ritter Palace, a Florentine Palazzo which you will visit from the inside to marvel at the "Danse Macabre" paintings (except on Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays and special events). Next, you will ride your bike further, crossing the Reuss Bridge to the Mill Square. You see the wooden Mill Bridge and the Historical Museum, a former arsenal of Old Lucerne. Here you will receive further information about the historical attractions in Old Lucerne. You will then ride your bike further to Löwengraben street, where you will lock your bike before continuing by foot. You can marvel at the murals on the old houses of Stag Square, and see the old guest house signs. Your guide will then take you to see the Musegg Wall, the city fortification wall which dates back to the 15th century. You will climb the steep steps of the Schirmer Tower, and walk along the military gear to visit the Clock Tower, complete with its lead bell. You will then continue walking down from Musegg Hill to Löwengraben, where you will unlock your parked bike before continuing to bike through Hertensteinstrasse to the Lion Monument. After a short bike ride on the main street, you will arrive to Schwanenplatz, where you will be able to explore St. Peter's Chapel, the Chapel Bridge and the Zur Gilgen House. Finally, you will drive your bike back to the rental station before being accompanied by your guide back to your hotel.

Lucerne City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel

9. Lucerne City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Basel

Explore one of the most famous Swiss cities, Lucerne on a half-day private and guided tour. 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.

Luzern City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Zürich

10. Luzern City Tour with Lake Cruise Private Tour from Zürich

Explore Lucerne, probably the most famous Swiss city. Surrounded by mountains and Lake Lucerne, the city is the starting point for numerous excursions. Discover the Lucerne cityscape, characterized by the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge, which, with its gable paintings, is one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe. Take time to admire another landmark of the city, 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.

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What people are saying about Lion Monument

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,222 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.