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Lucerne Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 2014

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The lakeside medieval town of Lucerne is a cozy base for trips to Switzerland’s snow-capped Alps and mountain landscapes of the Bernese Oberland. The picture-perfect, orderly town takes to the streets for the March Fasnacht carnival, with lantern parades, costumed revelers, strolling musicians, and fireworks.

Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s prettiest destinations, well deserving a day’s exploration of its historic sites. Then head to the hills of the Bernese Oberland and soaring Swiss Alps.

Day 1: Lucerne History

Lucerne’s proud symbol is the 14th-century Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) spanning the lake. Seventeenth-century paintings line the interior, and the bridge leads to an eight-sided water tower. The half-timbered medieval buildings of Lucerne’s Old Town are surrounded by rampart walls and watchtowers. The town’s poignant sculpture of a dying lion is unforgettable, and its Picasso Museum is another must-see.

Day 2: Swiss Towns

Postcard green valleys and surrounding white peaks await you on a day trip from Lucerne at Interlaken and Grindelwald. Surrounded by Lake Brienz and Lake Thun, Interlaken is the departure point for all kinds of adrenaline-fueled sports, if you fancy jumping from an airplane over the Alps or hitting the ski slopes. Nearby, the largest Jungfrau ski resort is based at the former farming village of Grindelwald. The cable car trip to Mt. First is a summertime feast for the eyes.

Day 3: The Swiss Alps

Of course, a visit to Switzerland is all about the Alps, and from Lucerne you don’t need to travel far to reach them. A trip to towering Mt. Pilatus is a different experience in winter when a cogwheel train gets you to the summit, and summer, when part of the fun is traveling by aerial cable car. There’s year-round snow vistas from atop Mt. Titlis aboard a revolving cable car, and the views from the Jungfraujoch are aptly dubbed the Top of Europe.

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Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Lucerne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 331 Reviews

This unforgettable Alpine tour to the majestic world of the Jungfraujoch from Lucerne takes you to the Top of Europe, at 11,333 feet (3,454 meters). The ...  Read more

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

From USD $213.86

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

4.5 star rating: Recommended 186 Reviews

For a full day of summer splendor, make for the mountains on this guided roundtrip from Lucerne to central Switzerland's Mount Pilatus. Your full day guided ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $134.21

Mount Titlis Eternal Snow Half-Day Trip from Lucerne

4.5 star rating: Recommended 160 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the glacial landscapes and eternal snow of Mt.Titlis in the Swiss Alps on this guided half-day coach tour from Lucerne, including return ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $143.68

Independent Mount Rigi Tour from Lucerne Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

This independent Mount Rigi tour from Lucerne combines a round-trip boat cruise, cogwheel railway ride and aerial cable car ride for an epic Swiss Alps ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 5.5 or 8.5 hours

From USD $121.41

Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Venture from Lucerne through the Swiss Alps to the highest point in Europe! On this unforgettable day trip with a multi-lingual guide, travel by coach through ...  Read more

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

From USD $213.86

Small-Group Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Embark on a summertime adventure of gorges and glaciers on this full-day guided tour to the Swiss Alps from Lucerne. Venture over several mountain passes by ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $164.85

Lake Lucerne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise

Tour the magnificent bays of Lake Lucerne aboard an elegant yacht on this 1-hour morning, afternoon or evening cruise. Sit back and relax on the main deck or ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.85

Interlaken and Grindelwald Day Trip from Lucerne

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 16 Reviews

Explore some of Switzerland's most magnificent Alpine regions on a day trip from Lucerne to Grindelwald in the Bernese Oberland. Along the way you'll visit the ...  Read more

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

From USD $85.77

Independent Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Region Day Trip from Lucerne

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Enjoy a day full of fresh mountain air and unforgettable Alpine scenery on this mostly independent day trip from Lucerne. Travel through the Bernese Oberland ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $85.77

Bernese Oberland Alps Day Trip from Lucerne: Kleine Scheidegg and Jungfraujoch Panorama

Spend a day in the breathtaking Alps on this day trip from Lucerne to the stunning UNESCO World Heritage-listed region of Jungfraujoch. Travel by coach through ...  Read more

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

From USD $121.41

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