Lucerne
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Our most recommended Lucerne Sightseeing Walking Tours

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

1. 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).

Lucerne: 2-Hour Walking Tour to Chapel Bridge and Old Town

2. Lucerne: 2-Hour Walking Tour to Chapel Bridge and Old Town

Enjoy a very special walking tour of Lucerne. Stroll through the “City of Lights” and discover its famous landmark: the Chapel Bridge with the octagonal water tower. It forms part of the historical city walls together with the Spreuer Bridge and the Museggmauer with its 9 towers. On the 2-hour stroll through the city discover many other sights including the modern Culture and Congress Centre, the beautiful squares and the historical building facades in the old town. As you stroll through the narrow streets of the old town with your expert tour guide, discover humorous and interesting facts about Lucerne’s history, churches, bridges, balconies, streets, towers and squares.

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: 1-Hour Historical Tour with Night Watchman

7. Lucerne: 1-Hour Historical Tour with Night Watchman

Discover the historical city of Lucerne on this tour with a night watchman. Start the tour on the right bank of the river by the Chapel Bridge. Listen to the fire horn, followed by the call of the night watchman. Listen to the exciting tales of the night watchman about his life, the Lucerne Chronicle of Diebold Schilling, the brilliant engraver Martin Martini, the stonemason Hans von Trient and his adversary Luzius Ritter, as well as other personalities from Lucerne’s past. At the beginning of the tour you can look at the route and attractions on the city map by Martini from 1597. Discover Kapellplatz and walk along Furrengasse to Kornmarkt. Here you can admire the Luzerner Elle and the Luzerner Fuß in the wall of the town hall. Hear the story about the giant of Reiden before continuing on along Brandgässli, which recalls the night of fire in 1833. Stop by the guild house of dressmakers and learn all about the legend of the night of murder in Lucerne. A few steps further is the wine market, where the night watchman brings you closer to the Swiss art of war. See the linden tree, where the pillory and the bank once stood, and listen to information about the court order, legal violations, and interrogation techniques. If time allows, you can stop at Zöpfli, one of the most beautiful places on the river in the old town. The route then continues on over Reuss Bridge, past the first Mint to the breathtaking display window of the medieval Alte Suidtersche Apotheke. Continue on to Ritter Palace and the story of Hans von Trient and his adversary Lux Ritter. Watch the dance of death by Jakob von Wal and stroll up the river across the Chapel Bridge back to the starting point.

Lucerne Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt and City Tour

8. 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.

Private Medieval Walk in the Historic Centre of Lucerne

9. Private Medieval Walk in the Historic Centre of Lucerne

The walk starts at the meeting point with the introduction of the Medieval Guide. Learn about his life and work. Listen to what he has to tell you about Diebold Schilling, Martinus Martini, Hans von Trient, Luzius Ritter and other important people of the blooming City and Republic of Lucerne. You get familiar with the first tourist map of Lucerne, the Martini Plan of 1597. The guide shows you the route of the walk on the map and describes the main attractions along the way. The itinerary takes you from the meeting point round the corner to the Kappelplatz (chapel square). You walk through the Furrengasse to the Kornmarkt to see the Lucerne measure units foot and elle. Then you walk through the Brandgässli and listen to the story of the riot of Lucerne. On Weinmarkt you learn about our weapons and war fare. You will find out why all European rulers wanted to have Swiss mercenary. On the lower Weinmarkt you see the location of the first court, pillory and execution place in Lucerne. You learn about our interrogation methods, punishment and witches. You have a short stop at the "Zöpfli", the number one riverside place to relax in the historic center of Lucerne. (You might come back to this place to have a refreshing foot bath in the river Reuss or to enjoy your own picnic. Ask the guide. He knows where to buy affordable food nearby). Then you cross the Reussbrücke, the first bridge in Lucerne, located at the most narrow point of the river. You pass the first Mint House and stop at the breathtaking medieval display window of the Suidtersche Pharmacy. Nex stop is the Ritterscher Palace. Listen to the thru story of the Ritterscher Palace and the outcome of the irregularities between the bad mayor and the sorry mason. Then you continue alongside the river and cross the Chapel Bridge to the Meeting Point. This is your last opportunity to ask questions to the guide, a handsome local. The tour is framed with pictures, to be seen on the guide's iPad or your own mobile device (needs own internet access). 

From Lucerne: Mount Rigi Day Trip with Cruise and Cable Car

10. From Lucerne: Mount Rigi Day Trip with Cruise and Cable Car

Enjoy a blissful day trip to Mt Rigi and Lake Lucerne. Sail across Lake Lucerne, see a beautiful panoramic view of the Swiss Alps, travel on Europe's first mountain railway, visit Rigi Kaltbad, and ride in a cable car. Start your day trip with a relaxing cruise on the picturesque Lake Lucerne. Once you deboard at Vitznau, change onto Europe’s oldest mountain railway dating from 1871 and ride straight to the top of Mt. Rigi. From the peak of Mt. Rigi, let your gaze wander over the Swiss Midlands with 13 shimmering lakes and 620 snow-capped Alpine peaks. Enjoy some free time at the top to explore one of the many hiking trails, take in a moment of silence at the Rigi Kulm mountain chapel, or enjoy a meal at a restaurant. Take a cogwheel train to the car-free village of Rigi Kaltbad. Stroll across the quaint village square to find the Mineralbad and Spa designed by the renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta. If you like, follow an easy hiking trail to the Känzeli viewing platform and admire the impressive Alpine ranges from a different perspective. Descend by aerial cable car and enjoy a stunning view of the pristine Lake Lucerne. Take a short walk downhill to the pier of Weggis and capture the breathtaking view from the Lucerne Riviera with your camera. Enjoy a leisurely boat cruise back to Lucerne.

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What people are saying about Lucerne

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 164 reviews

The ride through Lucerne with Pascal and his cool E Tuk Tuk was really great! Would we book again and again and we highly recommend it! The 90 minute tour was almost too little, it was that interesting! Next time we would like to eat a fondue on board! Was very informative and it was fun! No matter what the weather is like, there are blankets and wind and rain protection! Many thanks and greetings from Vienna!

Well-founded, exciting city tour with great, original insights into bygone times and many references to derails, which now have a completely different meaning. Many thanks to our city guide Ralf

Very informative introduction to Lucerne! Tour guide was excellent and able to accommodate everyone who spoke different languages

It was interesting, original, funny and very, very informative. Simply great!

I can recommend it very well. It was exciting and fun, despite heavy rain.