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Lucerne

A quintessential Swiss city home to a clear blue lake, snow-capped mountains, and medieval old town.

Our most recommended things to do in Lucerne

From Zurich: Mount Titlis Day Tour

1. From Zurich: Mount Titlis Day Tour

Enjoy a day trip from Zurich to the winter wonderland of Mount Titlis with a guide. Discover the beauty of Lucerne, enjoy a scenic drive to Engelberg, experience an unforgettable adventure on the Ice Flyer chairlift, and cross the Titlis Cliff Walk bridge suspended over the Swiss Alps. Departing from Zurich, take a bus ride over the Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne on the way to the city of Lucerne. Along the way, your tour guide will point out the city's most important sights and include a photo stop at the Lion Monument or the lakeside, depending on traffic. Afterward, enjoy some free time to explore Lucerne on your own. From there, continue the journey 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, get spectacular views of the deep crevasses in the glaciers, and the immense chunks of ice that break off in spectacular fashion. Enjoy incredible 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 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.

Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

2. Swiss Travel Pass: Unlimited Travel on Train, Bus & Boat

The Swiss Travel Pass is a must-have for any traveler to Switzerland. You can enjoy unlimited access by public train, bus, and boat to over 90 cities and towns and benefit from free entrance to 500+ museums, discounted city tours, and access to private and scenic trains with a pre-requisite seat reservation. There are two broad types of Swiss Travel Pass: Continuous and Flexi, with an option to choose from 3, 4, 8, and 15 days. Apart from it being an ‘all-in-one’ pass which allows a traveler to access all modes of public transportation within the country, it also offers numerous other benefits on the mountain excursions. Trips up to Stoos, Brunni, Klewenalp, Stanserhorn and Rigi are included in the Pass. A 50% reduction is offered on most other mountain and cableways (Gornergrat, Titlis, etc). Enjoy free entrance to museums like the the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich, the National History Museum of Bern, the Paul Klee Center in Bern, and the Natural history museum in Geneva. Explore with access to the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Château de Chillon, and the Ballenberg Swiss Open-Air Museum. So be it the adventurous, the avid or the leisure traveler, you will have the chance to make the most of your Switzerland Travel Pass.

Lucerne: 1-Hour Cruise on Panoramic Yacht

3. 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.

Lucerne: Round-Trip Catamaran Cruise on Lake Lucerne

4. Lucerne: Round-Trip Catamaran Cruise on Lake Lucerne

Treat yourself to a scenic catamaran cruise on Lake Lucerne. Explore the Alpine landscape and admire sweeping views of untouched nature. Be camera-ready as you pass iconic landmarks and green-covered mountains like Rigi and Bürgenstock. Hop on board a modern hybrid-powered catamaran and depart from the city center to a natural oasis of rugged mountains and vibrant greenery. See Lucerne Bay’s famous landmarks and the awe-inspiring Mount Pilatus, Mount Rigi, and Mount Bürgenstock. Stretch out, capture unique landscape photos, and grab a drink or snack from the vending machine on board. As you make your way round-trip back to the city, soak in the tranquility of the water and the grandeur of the mountains.

Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

5. Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Embark on a day trip from Lucerne and ascend Mount Pilatus by cable car. Go on a hike and kick pack on the panorama terrace, descended the mountain by cogwheel railway, and complete your experience with a return journey by boat. 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).

From Zurich: Guided Day Trip to Jungfraujoch with Train Ride

6. From Zurich: Guided Day Trip to Jungfraujoch with Train Ride

Explore the snow-capped mountains of Jungfraujoch, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2007 for its stunning High Alps scenery, and as the site of Europe’s largest glacier and highest train station. Take a scenic bus journey along the Brünig Pass and the shores of Lake Brienz to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier by gondola. Change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. Enjoy stunning views of the triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau as you ride. Immerse yourself in the High-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow, and rock at the top. Learn more about the history of the Jungfrau Railways on the "Alpine Sensation” discovery tour, marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for the most breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier. Stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace in the heart of the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Descend via the car-free resort of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, from where the bus takes you back to Zurich.

From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Gondola, Cable Car, and Boat Trip

7. From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Gondola, Cable Car, and Boat Trip

Combine Lucerne’s landmark mountain with a cruise on Lake Lucerne. Both of the experiences are an absolute must during your visit to the Lake Lucerne Region. The Golden Round starts in Lucerne. Take bus number 1 (direction Kriens/Obernau) right in front of the train station of Lucerne. After an eleven-minute bus ride to the station "Kriens, Zentrum Pilatus" and a short walk, you will reach the valley station of the panorama gondola in Kriens. Enjoy 15 minutes travel to the middle station Krienseregg. There you can sit and relax on the terrace of Restaurant Krienseregg (own expenses) and enjoy your time while children are playing on the Pilu Land playground. After another 15 minutes travel by panorama gondola, you will reach the middle station Fräkmüntegg. At Fräkmüntegg you can test your agility by climbing in the rope park (own expenses) or try one of the local specialties in the self-service restaurant (own expenses). At Fräkmüntegg you will also change into the aerial cableway "Dragon Ride" and after an exhilarating 5-minute ride you will reach the top of Pilatus Kulm. Thanks to its spacious interior, cockpit-like design and large windows the Dragon Ride gives you the impression of being in a helicopter. From the top you can enjoy the panoramic views over the Lake of Lucerne and the Swiss Alps on the summit and decide if you want to stay inside the panoramic gallery, relax on the terrace, climb one of the peaks (5-10 minutes) or enjoy a local specialty in the restaurant of Hotel Bellevue or Hotel Pilatus Kulm (own expenses). Many hiking possibilities invite you to discover the Dragon Mountain above Lucerne. The world's steepest cogwheel railway (built in 1889) will bring you from Pilatus Kulm through fascinating rock faces, sparkling mountain streams and lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers down to Alpnachstad. In Alpnachstad you just pass under the street, and you will be at the cruise landing stage in Alpnachstad. After a breathtaking one-hour boat trip on Lake Lucerne, you will arrive in Lucerne, near the station and your unforgettable half-day-trip will finish. The Golden Round Trip can also be done in the opposite direction, starting by boat from Lucerne. In any case please check the timetable before your visit, especially for the boat ride.

From Lucerne: Titlis Half-Day Tour – Eternal Snow & Glacier

8. From Lucerne: Titlis Half-Day Tour – Eternal Snow & Glacier

Enjoy the unique scenery of expansive snowy landscapes and various glaciers on this tour of Mount Titlis. Ride a revolving cable car at 3,000 meters above sea level and glide across glaciers in a chair lift. Board your coach in Lucerne and meet your professional guide. Enjoy a scenic drive from Engelberg up into the high-alpine glacier world of Titlis Mountain. Enjoy the spectacular sight of the glacier's steep crevasses and gigantic ice boulders from the revolving cable car Rotair. The sun terrace on top of Titlis Mountain offers unforgettable views of the alpine panorama of the Swiss Alps. Visit the Glacier Cave and take a ride with the Ice Flyer chair lift to Glacier Park. Pass over Europe's highest suspension bridge and look forward to going snow tubing. Drive back to Lucerne in the late afternoon after an unforgettable winter experience.

From Zurich: Engelberg, Titlis, and Lucerne Day Tour

9. From Zurich: Engelberg, Titlis, and Lucerne Day Tour

Discover the peaks of the Swiss Alps and the picturesque mountain town of Engelberg. See icy glaciers, towering peaks such as Mount Titlis, and ride up a famous cableway. Go on a thrilling walk over a narrow bridge up high on the Cliff Walk, and cross a famous wooden footbridge over the Reuss River. Meet your driver-guide at the meeting point in Zurich, then drive through the countryside to the mountain resort of Engelberg and enjoy a charming journey through central Switzerland. Afterward, arrive at Engelberg, a pleasant alpine village known for its 12th-century monastery. Take in the view of the glacier, Mount Titlis at 10,626 ft (3,239 meters), and the Hahnen, at an altitude of 8530 ft (2,600 meters). This village is also famous for skiing in winter, and in summer, many people visit it for hiking, mountaineering, mountain biking, golf, and other activities. Ride up the famous cableway to a height of 9,908 ft (3020 meters) if you choose this option. Also, decide to go on the Rotair, the world's first revolving cable car, which offers an amazing 360-degree view of the Alps. Then, enter the Ice Grotto (if it is open) for another adventure. Experience the Ice Flyer chair lift and get close to the crevices as you visit Glacier Park. Next, walk through the cliff walk at Titlis to enjoy a splendid view of the mountain while you cross a 1-meter-wide bridge for 100 meters on the Cliff Walk. Dare yourself to look down from a dizzying height. When you finish this, stop off in the city of Lucerne as you make your way back to Zurich. See the Chapel Bridge, a wooden footbridge which crosses the River Reuss, and enjoy some free time in the Old Town. Finally, arrive back to Zurich to conclude your exciting Alpine experience.

Kriens: Mt. Pilatus by Panoramic Gondola and Aerial Cableway

10. Kriens: Mt. Pilatus by Panoramic Gondola and Aerial Cableway

Start your trip at Kriens valley station and enjoy the 30 minutes ride with the panorama-gondola from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg, where in winter, there are sledging routes and snowshoe trails from Fräkmüntegg down to Krienseregg; the rental station is at the valley station in Kriens. At Fräkmüntegg you will change to the aerial cableway "Dragon Ride" and reach the summit Pilatus Kulm at 2132 meters above sea level in 5 minutes. At the top of Lucerne's landmark mountain, you can enjoy the great panoramic view or discover the Dragon World with its interactive games about Pilatus' dragon legends. At Krienseregg, Fräkmüntegg, and Pilatus Kulm you can try some local specialties in one of the restaurants before heading back to Kriens by cable car.

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4.7
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This pass was really easy to use, although it seems expensive it is better value than booking transport on the mountain separately. Also, I highly recommend Mt Rigi as the views are unbelievable at the top. We got the cogwheel train up, which has stunning views too, and then walked halfway back down and caught the train again halfway down. This was a really nice activity.

Barajara is a great guide, by far one of the best that I’ve been in a walking tour with. She is very knowledgeable not only of the history but also of the culture of Lucerne. Time flew while we were with her. Highly recommended!

Beautiful scenery in a modern boat. The water was so calm too. Definitely recommend doing this trip whilst in Lucerne.

Ray did an amazing job ! He was a terrific guide and made our day wonderful- highly recommend!

I really liked the punctuality and kindness of the staff. Super recommended 10/10.