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From Lucerne: Classic Rigi Round Trip

1. From Lucerne: Classic Rigi Round Trip

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 09:12 — arrival at Vitznau at 10:09 • Departure by rack railway from Vitznau at 10:15 — arrival at Rigi Kulm at 10:45 • Free time • Departure by rack railway from Rigi Kulm at 14:00 — arrival at Rigi Kaltbad at 14:15 • Free time • Departure by cable car from Rigi Kaltbad at 15:10 — arrival at Weggis at 15:20 • Departure by boat from Weggis at 16:05 — arrival at Lucerne at 16:47 Suggested itinerary for a half-day tour: • Departure by boat from Lucerne at 12:00 — arrival at Vitznau at 12:54 • Departure by rack railway from Vitznau at 13:15 — arrival at Rigi Kulm at 13:47 • Free time • Departure by rack railway from Rigi Kulm at 16:00 — arrival at Rigi Kaltbad at 16:15 • Free time • Departure by cable car from Rigi Kaltbad at 17:10 — arrival at Weggis at 17:20 • Departure by boat from Weggis at 18:05 — arrival at Lucerne at 18:41

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

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

Board the bus at Lucerne train station for the 15-minute ride to Kriens, where you will collect your tickets for the rest of the day. Make your way to the panoramic gondola for an amazing ride up the mountain to Krienseregg. Continue to Fräkmüntegg to take the thrilling Dragon Ride cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus. Marvel at the views from 2,000 meters above sea level and gaze over the glacial lake and snow-capped mountains. Use your free time to grab a bite to eat or walk around the beautiful area. Then, board the world's steepest cogwheel railway and ride down to Alpnachstad. Pass lush meadows of Alpine flowers, sparkling mountain streams, and fascinating rock formations. Arrive at the valley station to take the train back to Lucerne. You may also enjoy this trip reversing the order of events.

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

3. 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. 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: Walking Tour to Chapel Bridge and Old Town

4. Lucerne: Walking Tour to Chapel Bridge and Old Town

Enjoy an exceptional walking tour of Lucerne. Stroll through the City of Lights and discover its famous 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. Stroll through the city and 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.

Lucerne: 1-Hour Cruise on Panoramic Yacht

5. 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: Culture & Congress Centre Behind the Scenes Tour

6. Lucerne: Culture & Congress Centre Behind the Scenes Tour

Take a behind the scenes tour of the famous Culture and Congress Center in Lucerne, also known as KKL Luzern, to learn more about the architectural vision of its creator Jean Nouvel. Experience in person the wonderful way in which water and light combine in this magnificent place and prepare to be fascinated by our numerous halls. Visit the famous Concert Hall, which is regarded as one of the best in the world. Find out more about its perfect proportions, about the echo chambers and the height-adjustable sound reflector, which all contribute to its ideal acoustics. This tour is also packed with information and interesting details about how the KKL Luzern came into being. During the tour you will visit the building's panoramic terrace and get the chance to take pictures of the spectacular views from Lakeside Lucerne.

From Lucerne: Mount Bürgenstock by Ferry and Funicular

7. 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: 1-Hour Historical Tour with Night Watchman

8. 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.

Mount Rigi: Cogwheel Train Ticket

9. Mount Rigi: Cogwheel Train Ticket

Discover Rigi, a mountain range in central Switzerland with a particular charm. Choose for yourself how you would like to discover the Queen of the Mountains with its outstanding 360-degree panoramic view overlooking the Swiss Alps and lakes. Take the first mountain railway in Europe (since 1871), which travels from Vitznau to the top of the mountain (Rigi Kulm; 1797 meters above sea level). Or travel to the top from Goldau with the rack railway on the north face, from where you can also access the small cable car departing at Kräbel, going up to Rigi Scheidegg. From Weggis, the cable car travels to Rigi Kaltbad, where you can transfer with the rack railway to the Rigi Kulm.  All of the valley stations can easily be reached from Lucerne by boat to Weggis/Vitznau or direct train to Goldau as well as from Zurich with a direct train connection to Goldau. Each valley station also has car parking facilities.  Summer (March - November): The Rigi Day Pass includes all 4 modes of transport for the whole day. The mountain rage offers different hiking- and walking trails of approximately 120 kilometers with fantastic panoramic views. This is a popular area for all fans of walking or for those seeking respite and relaxation away from the beaten tourist path. Be aware during summer months the Rigi is not covered in snow! Winter (December - March): The Rigi Day Pass includes all 4 modes of transport for the whole day. Skiers and snowboarders can use the ski lifts on the Rigi. Hiking enthusiasts can look forward to about 40 kilometers of well-groomed hiking trails with fantastic views. Active people have the great opportunity to discover the Queen of the mountains by sled or with snowshoes.

Lucerne: Swiss Chocolate Adventure Experience

10. Lucerne: Swiss Chocolate Adventure Experience

Use your entrance ticket to head inside the Swiss Chocolate Adventure, an attraction located at the Swiss Museum of Transport. Take your seat on a traveling cart to embark on a multimedia journey about Swiss chocolate. Listen to fascinating commentary on your audio guide as you pull up to 10 different displays to learn about the history of Swiss chocolate and how it's produced, transported and sold. Learn when and how chocolate was discovered, how people first cultivated their precious cocoa beans and how Switzerland’s yummy chocolate — considered some of the finest in the world — is manufactured and transported to confectionery counters everywhere. Along the way, feel your senses come alive: the multisensory ride envelops you in the aromas, flavors and sights of chocolate for a truly immersive experience! Plus, receive your own free sample of delicious Swiss chocolate to take home or enjoy during your journey.

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4.6 / 5

based on 525 reviews

Lucerne is beautiful but getting the boat, then rail is so easy to get to the top of Rigi and it's well worth it for the views and fresh mountain air. We walked back down to the cable car and you do feel closer to the mountain doing that.

We made use of the Swiss Travel Pass. It was amazing. The ticket arrived right and fast. And great value. I recommend

Worth a 2-week journey as we used the trains a lot. Also it works as a museum pass as well.

We enjoyed the views and the excellent food and service!

The guide was more than enthusiastic and knowledgeable!