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Day Trips to Lucerne from Zurich

By Viator, September 2013

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With Lucerne less than 1 hour from the center of Zurich, it’s easy to swap city life for a sojourn in the Swiss countryside and there are a number of options for day trips. Perched on the banks of the vast Lake Lucerne and encircled by mountains, Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s most undeniably picturesque cities and even the journey is breathtaking – soaring across the dramatic Albis Pass and winding through the mountains.

Book a Lucerne city tour and you can check out highlights of the Old Town, like the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge; walk the idyllic lakeside promenade or pay a visit to the celebrated Picasso Museum. A sightseeing cruise on Lake Lucerne is another great way to take in the city, or opt to immerse yourself in Swiss folklore, sampling the local cuisine and watching a traditional show of yodeling, singing, Alphorn-blowing and flag throwing. Alternatively, combine your trip with a visit to the alpine village Engelberg, one of the region’s most famous mountain resorts, where you can even tour a Swiss cheese factory.

The mountains looking down over Lucerne are also popular choices for a day tour, serving up expansive views over the Swiss Alps. Ride the one-of-a-kind CabriO – a futuristic cable car featuring an open-air top deck – to the 1,900 meter peak of Mount Stanserhorn, from where the panoramic views stretch as far as Alsace in France and Germany’s Black Forest. Or chug to the peak of Mount Rigi, nicknamed Queen of the Swiss Mountains, on Europe’s oldest cogwheel railway, then take a steamer cruise across the lake to Lucerne.

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Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich

4.5 star rating: Recommended 63 Reviews

On this full-day alpine excursion, escape Zurich and spend a glorious day in the Lake Lucerne area, exploring Mount Rigi, known as the ‘Queen of the ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $138.12

Day Trip from Zurich to Lucerne and Stanserhorn Including Funicular Railway, Aerial Cable Car and Train Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 18 Reviews

Ride an open-top aerial cable car to the peak of Mt Stanserhorn and take in the spectacular views of the Swiss Alps! On this full-day coach tour from Zurich, ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $149.25

Private Tour: Mt Titlis and Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich

Take a breathtaking journey to Mt Titlis on this private tour from Zurich. Admire the stunning Swiss Alps on a revolving aerial cable car ride to the summit of ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $250.61

Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Spend a day in the pretty city of Lucerne on a day trip from Zurich, enjoying a short city tour, Lake Lucerne cruise and plenty of free time. After traveling ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $93.56

Day Trip to Lucerne and Engelberg from Zurich

4 star rating: Recommended 40 Reviews

While in Switzerland, breathe in the fresh mountain air on this day trip to Lucerne and Engelberg from Zurich. Passing the beautiful natural landscape of the ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.20

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