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Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)
Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)

Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)

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The Basics

Lucerne city tours will take you to the lake’s most memorable viewpoint: looking out over the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) from the shore of Old Town. Alternatively, enjoy a hike around the lakeside villas; take the Golden round trip and travel by boat, cogwheel railway, and aerial cableway to the most spectacular viewpoints on Mount Pilatus; or gaze down over Lucerne from the summit of Mount Rigi.

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Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich
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Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich
$185.95 per adult
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One of the best experiences in this world!
A wonderful experience!! Pleads go to this tour is simply magic!! You will enjoy every second of it!!!
Miguel_Jara, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Lucerne

star-5
Exceptional panoramic scenic views
Tanumita_D, Oct 2021
1-Hour Catamaran Cruise on Lake Lucerne
It was a fantastic experience. The views throughout the 55min ride were outstanding. The cruise took us to Burgenstock and brought us back to the starting point in Lucerne. It was a beautiful scenic route, surely not to be missed if you're in Lucerne.
star-5
Great time, highly recommend!
Dawn_Z, Oct 2021
Weekend Wine Tasting by Lake Lucerne
Great tour guide, Louis with the best wine at Ottiger Vineyards. Thank you you for your hospitality Tony.
star-4
Don’ t miss Lucern
Marlene R, Aug 2018
Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise
Awesomely beautiful city not to be missed. The ride through the countryside is a great start to the day. We enjoyed walking all over the city as it is very clean and quaint. Beautiful lake Lucern on the boat was a highlight of the day. Lovely places along the river to rest with a cold beverage and to have an excellent meal. We enjoyed the tour thoroughly.
star-4
Breathtaking view.
Pedro_T, May 2021
1-Hour Catamaran Cruise on Lake Lucerne
What an overwhelming, breathtaking view and amazing catamaran, we barely felt we were in the water. On the other hand, they let the catamaran and the view speak for itself but they didn’t add anything memorable to the experience, so on my opinion, they could improve that. Nonetheless, the experience it’s still worth doing it.
star-5
Great Tour
ROBERT_S, Oct 2019
Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise
wonderful full day excursion . Guide one of best we have ever had, knowledgeable and interacted with group in so many wonderful ways
star-5
Castle Villa Tour
Jeffrey_H, Aug 2019
Lake Lucerne Castles and Villas Tour
Great walking tour. Really got a terrific look at the area. Our guide Glenn was very knowledgeable and a great personality.
star-5
Excellent day in Lucern
Michael_A, Jun 2019
Private Wine Tasting Tour by Lake Lucerne in a Traditional Winery
Luis was great. We had a large group, including young children, and he was a great help. Very knowledgeable about Lucern and had a nice itinerary planned for the day. He also helped out by playing professional photographer for our group and capturing some great pictures. I highly recommend Luis.
star-5
A Delight!
Monte S, May 2019
Half-Day Lake Lucerne Country Walk
This walk through the beautiful countryside outside of Lucerne was the highlight of our trip. Our guide, Eve, could not have been more thoughtful, friendly and informative, even providing us with a picnic lunch along the way. Truly a unique way to see some of the country far off the tourist paths. Highly recommended.
star-5
Warming, tasty and breathtaking sightseeing experience. Don’t hesitate.
Pedro_Ana, May 2021
Weekend Wine Tasting by Lake Lucerne
We had a wonderful experience, starting from our guide Luis who was really nice, warming, welcoming and on top of that, he really knew the city. Luis was a nice support on the translation of the experience (tasting and explanation) and advised us for what to do after the wine tasting. The owner of the vineyard and winery was very gentle and knowledgeable about the different wines we tasted, making us wanting to repeat the experience. We bought a few souvenirs, obviously, but the cherry on top were the amazing photos we got taken from our guide who’s shown being a real professional as a photographer as well. Thank you.
star-4
Nice
Karolina_U, May 2021
1-Hour Catamaran Cruise on Lake Lucerne
Not extremely exciting. But a nice quiet boat trip. I didn’t find it to be a sightseeing though, no information over the area
star-5
Scenic trip
Denise_H, Dec 2020
1-Hour Catamaran Cruise on Lake Lucerne
Great experience in spite of the cold weather. The staff were friendly.Coffee was available from a vending machine.
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Lovely scenic ride
Denise_H, Nov 2020
1-Hour Catamaran Cruise on Lake Lucerne
Lovely scenic trip on a cold November day. Friendly staff. Coffee and snacks were available from a vending machine.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • It can get chilly on the mountaintops or out on the lake even in the summer, so bring some warm clothes.

  • Many boat tours and trains are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check with the operator in advance.

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How to Get There

Lake Lucerne is located in Central Switzerland, 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Zurich, or roughly 45 minutes by train. Trains run regularly from Zurich to the city of Lucerne, located on the lake’s northwest shore. Daily ferries run between Lucerne city and Fluelen at the southeast tip of the lake, taking about three hours one way and stopping at lakeside towns such as Vitznau, Beckenried, and Brunnen. You can also travel to different lakeside attractions on a sightseeing boat tour.

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Trip ideas

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When to Get There

Lake Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s top vacation destinations. Summer (July through August) and Christmas are the most popular times to visit. While summer visitors come to hike in the Alps and enjoy boat cruises on the lake, winter travelers can hit the nearby ski slopes or visit the Lucerne Christmas Market.

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Day Trips in the Lake Lucerne Region

Once you’ve scaled the summit of Mount Rigi and ridden the world’s steepest cog railway to the top of Mount Pilatus, brave a ride to the “Top of Europe” at Jungfraujoch or hike the notorious Eiger Trail around the North Face of Eiger Mountain. You could also visit the alpine village of Engelberg and take in the views from Mount Titlis, ride the open-air cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn, or take a ride on the Golden Pass Scenic Train.

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