Nestled on the banks of Lake Lucerne and encircled by Alpine peaks, Lucerne is an ideal day trip from Zurich. From relaxing cruises to exciting cable-car rides, here are a few ways to make the most of your excursion into the Swiss Alps foothills.
Lucerne Sightseeing Tours
Whether you choose to take to the waters of Lake Lucerne on a sightseeing cruise or take a ride on a Mt. Rigi cable car, there are a number of ways to take in the scenery surrounding Lucerne. Travel through the Swiss countryside by cogwheel railway to the lakeside village of Vitznau, or discover baroque architecture in the historic town of Engelberg.
Combination tours from Zurich allow travelers to see the city and also head out into its surrounding landscapes with ease. Ascend to the summit of Mt. Stanserhorn via open-air gondola, ride a traditional funicular railway car in Stans, and explore Lucerne’s historic Old Town, home to top attractions such as the Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument.
Things to Know
Lucerne lies 32 miles (53 kilometers) south of Zurich, about 50 minutes away by road.
Lucerne’s weather can be unpredictable, so don’t forget to bring warm and weatherproof layers.
Tours from Zurich to Lucerne typically last nine to 10 hours.
Many Lucerne day tours from Zurich include roundtrip transportation, plus tickets to sightseeing cruises or cable-car rides where applicable.