Lucerne Old Town Tours

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Lucerne Old Town
Set on the left bank of the River Reuss, the Lucerne Old Town is encircled by medieval walls and watchtowers and connected to the right bank by two covered wooden bridges: Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) and Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrücke). The narrow streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site are lined with half-timbered houses and 15th-century buildings.

The Basics
An atmospheric backdrop for walking tours, pedestrianized Lucerne Old Town holds many of the city’s top sights, such as the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge. The district is commonly visited as part of day tours from Zurich, which typically include visits to nearby natural attractions, including Alpine mountains and lakes. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Lucerne Old Town is a must for sightseers, with its charming historical streets providing ample photo opportunities. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes; the streets can be uneven and walking is the only means of transport.
  • Much of Lucerne Old Town is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
To get here from Zurich, ride the train from Zurich Main Station. Trains depart regularly and take  around 45–60 minutes. From the station, it is just a short walk to Lucerne Old Town. 

When to Get There 
Visit in summer for warm weather, boat cruises in the sun, and green Alpine scenery. In winter, tourist numbers are lower, as are temperatures. Providing you don’t mind wrapping up warm, you can enjoy Christmas markets and views of the snow-covered Swiss Alps. One of the best times to visit is during the annual Fasnacht carnival celebrations, which take place in February or March and feature street parties and parades. 

Things to Do Nearby 
If you have free time during your visit to Lucerne Old Town, consider checking out some of the other nearby attractions. You can take a boat tour on Lake Lucerne, or ascend Mount Pilatus, Stanserhorn, or Mount Rigi by cogwheel train or cable car for panoramic views of the Alps of Central Switzerland.
Address: Hischenplatz, Lucerne, Switzerland
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Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich

Delight in the frozen enchantment of Mount Rigi on a full-day tour of the ‘Queen of the Swiss Mountains’ from Zurich. Enjoy a balanced combination of independent and guided exploration and experience an aerial cable car ride to the summit of Switzerland’s most magnificent natural landmark. Take Europe’s first cogwheel train down the steep mountainside and soak up sweeping alpine vistas from a charming terrace above Lake Lucerne.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Mount Titlis Day Tour from Zurich

Experience Mount Titlis’ dramatic summit on a full-day excursion from Zurich. First, explore the cultural and historical sites of Lucerne on a short orientation drive through the city and then absorb the city’s charm independently during some relaxed free time. Travel onward to Engelberg, a resort cradled by the Swiss Alps, and then ascend to the summit of Mount Titlis for breathtaking Alpine vistas. Take a chairlift to get up close to frozen crevices, and cross Europe’s highest suspension bridge.In winter, from December to March choose the Snow Experience option. Slide down the hill on snow tubes and try skiing once in a lifetime on the beginner slopes – definitely a memorable experience you shouldn't miss. A Titlis Snow Park staff member will provide the equipment and supervise the activities.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Mt. Titlis Snow Experience Day from Zurich

Swap the streets of Zurich for the snowy peaks of Mt. Titlis with this day-long trip out of the city. After starting with a tour of Lucerne and a photo stop at Lake Lucerne or the Lion Monument, you'll continue to Engelberg to travel up the mountain by gondola. Then, at the Trübsee middle station, your time is your own to kick back in the snow. Test your nerves on the snow tubing run, or try skiing; rental of the basic equipment and supervision is included. Later, you'll ride the Rotair revolving cable car to soak up alpine views from the summit.
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Day Trip from Zurich to Lucerne and Stanserhorn Including Funicular Railway, Aerial Cable Car and Train Ride

Ascend to the dizzying summit of Mt Stanserhorn on a full-day coach tour of the Swiss Alps from Zurich. Travel through stunning Swiss countryside to the picturesque city of Lucerne and explore its charming Old Town on a guided tour. Take a traditional funicular railway car in Stans and summon your courage for an open-air gondola ride to the highest point of Mt Stanserhorn. Absorb incredible Alpine panoramas and opt to enjoy a unique dining experience in a rotating restaurant (own expense).
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

Immerse yourself in the mountainous majesty of Mount Pilatus on a full-day excursion from Zurich. Ascend to vertiginous vantage points on a gondola, aerial cable car and the world’s steepest cogwheel railway, and enjoy sweeping vistas of the dramatic Alps mountain range. Embark on a moderate hike down the verdant Dragon’s Path and take a tranquil cruise on Lake Lucerne. Relish the convenience of round-trip transportation from Zurich on this enriching full-day tour.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich

Experience an Alpine adventure on an exhilarating full-day tour of Lucerne and Mount Rigi from Zurich. Enjoy an abundance of leisurely free time to explore charismatic cities and dramatic mountain scenery; see the historical highlights of Lucerne; ride an aerial cable car up the steep mountainside to absorb sweeping Alpine vistas; and take a tranquil cruise over the surface of Lake Lucerne. Climb aboard a cogwheel train to a vertiginous mountain vantage point and relish the convenience of round-trip transportation from Central Zurich.
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Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Total Swiss Experience

Surrounded by soaring Alpine peaks and the shimmering waters of Lake Lucerne, beautiful Lucerne is widely considered the jewel in Switzerland’s crown. On this tour, explore the city and Lake Lucerne on foot and by sightseeing boat, with your photographer guide on hand to capture your day’s adventures on camera. Pose for photos at top attractions including the Chapel Bridge, and ensure your whole group features in your holiday snaps.
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Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

Discover the picturesque beauty of Lucerne on a full-day trip from Zurich. Cruise the shimmering surface of Lake Lucerne during a tranquil boat ride; absorb gorgeous panoramas of the Albis Pass mountain range; and explore the historically rich city independently during some leisurely free time. Delve into Lucerne’s fascinating past on a guided sightseeing tour and listen to illuminating commentary from an expert guide. Enjoy the convenience of round-trip transportation from Zurich on this magical excursion.
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes
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Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience

Home to medieval architecture and spectacular lakeside scenery, Lucerne is widely considered the jewel in Switzerland’s crown. On this tour, explore Lucerne and surrounds by foot and by boat, and see the best of the city in one day. With your guide to lead the way, hit top attractions including the Chapel Bridge and Lucerne Castle, and gain insight into centuries of colorful Swiss history. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
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Official Guided City Tour of Lucerne

Lucerne boasts many cultural and historical landmarks, but discovering its highlights can be difficult on a self-led tour. Explore sights such as the Musegg Wall, the Chapel Bridge and the Jesuit Church on the Official Guided City Tour, and gain intimate insight into the city’s history and culture as you stroll the streets, squares, and alleys with your local guide.
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Chocolate Tasting with Lake Trip and City Tour: The Ultimate Lucerne Experience

This comprehensive 4-hour tour set against the backdrop of Lucerne Castle and the Swiss Alps allows you to cover the city by boat and foot, while tasting some of the best chocolate in the world. Shutterbugs will love the boat tour, which takes you past the famous Chapel Bridge and Lucerne’s distinct buildings. If a taste of chocolate isn’t enough, you have the option to extend tour and add on a chocolate-making workshop.
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Lucerne city tour with private tourguide incl. boat trip on lake - from Basel

With medieval architecture and spectacular Alpine scenery, Lucerne is the perfect day trip from nearby Basel—but organising public transport to make the most of your trip can be a challenge. On this private city tour, explore Lucerne and Lake Lucerne by boat, bus, and train with all your travel tickets from Basel included, and reach top attractions including the Chapel Bridge and the Lion of Lucerne with ease.
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Lucerne city tour with private tourguide (4 hours) incl. boat trip on lake

Explore the history and culture of one of the Swiss Alps’ most popular towns on this 4-hour Lucerne city tour with Lake Lucerne sightseeing boat trip. Follow a private guide along the banks of the Reuss River and choose your own route to take in the attractions of most interest. Delve into Lucerne’s historic Old Town, stroll along the city walls, and see the 16th-century houses for which Lucerne is famous. Then, take a sightseeing boat trip across Lake Lucerne and listen to commentary via audioguide.
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Lucerne city tour & lake boat tour with private tourguide - starts from Zurich

Travel from Zurich to Lucerne by train with your own private guide, and learn as about the lakeside city as you go. Once there, you’ll take a stroll to hear the history behind Lucerne’s beautiful wooden Chapel Bridge and the medieval old town with its ancient towers and rampart walls. See the sights from the water during an audio-guided cruise on Lake Lucerne, then return to your Zurich hotel, accompanied the whole way by your guide.
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Total Swiss Experience from Basel

Experience the best of Lucerne on a private 3-hour sightseeing tour. Round-trip transportation from your Basel hotel allows you to appreciate your surroundings, rather than stress over finding your own way. Forget grainy off-center selfies and let a professional photograph you in front of the city’s top sights (optional). A 1-hour boat tour and lift ticket to visit Lucerne Castle are also included.
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Lucerne Folklore Tour

Delve into the rich history and colorful cultural traditions of Lucerne on a fascinating full-day tour of the picturesque city from Zurich. Explore Lucerne's impressive sights on an introductory tour led by a knowledgeable guide, and then feast upon a selection of Swiss specialties in a restaurant in the Old Town.  As you eat, experience a traditional Swiss folklore show in which yodeling, singing, flag-throwing and Alphorn blowing are performed, and then spend the afternoon sightseeing and shopping at your leisure. 
  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Lucerne Morning City Walk with a Local Guide

Discover Lucerne with your own private guide and learn the history of the city as you walk. The handsome Swiss town boasts landmarks aplenty, and you’ll find them all with the help of your guide. Scout out the best spots for photos against backdrops such as the Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument, and leave armed with tips for the best restaurants, shops, and activities in town.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Mt Stanserhorn Photography & Lucerne city walking Tour

Capture your mountain adventure on camera with this photo tour of Mt. Stanserhorn from Lucerne. You’ll ride to the mountain summit by train, wooden funicular, and the world’s first open-top Cabrio cable car, hearing photo tips for outdoor compositions as you go. All transport is prebooked, and you have the option to include extras such as a walking tour of Lucerne or a mountain photo shoot with snaps taken by a professional.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Lucerne by Night Photo Tour

Capture the beauty of Lucerne in the evening during this 2.5-hour private photo tour. Discover landmarks such as the Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, and Old Town Lucerne and learn to master the basic techniques of night photography with your guide. This tour is a great opportunity to discover the picturesque lakeside village of Lucerne and capture beautiful memories of your trip to enjoy for years to come.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Best of Lucerne Walking Photography Tour

Surrounded by soaring peaks and shimmering lakes, pretty Lucerne is a photographer’s dream destination—but knowing the best spots for the finest photographs requires local knowledge. On this small-group tour, limited to 10 people, explore the streets and landmarks of Lucerne as your photographer guide helps you capture the city on camera. Along the way, snap top attractions including the medieval Chapel Bridge and the 14th century Museggmauer city walls.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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LUCERNE REAL CULINARY TASTING TOUR

You and your group will embark on a three-hour Lucerne gastronomy tour. Food & Wine are all included in the price and a 2 hrs walking city tour can be booked as an (optional tour extension). Once our local and passionate guide concludes our food tour in Lucerne, you will leave with a stomach full of delectable Lucerne food and some additional local knowledge and sightseeing tips, to enhance the pleasure of your trip that will last with you for a lifetime.Come and join our food tour! feature a variety of gourmet shops that allows us to introduce you to the full spectrum of Local cuisine, all set in these beautiful alpine city.You want to know more about their incredible history and culture? Join us for a 2 hrs walking tour as an optional extension! We visit Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument, City old wall and Lucerne Castle. This trip can also be customized to include other Tours in Lucerne city, the swiss alps or the lake.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Lucerne city tour & lake boat cruise with private tourguide - starts from Bern

Spend a half-day in Lucerne with your private tour guide, just you and your guide! Together with your tour guide you will discover the old town of Luzern, the wooden "Chapel bridge", the lion monument and the magnificant churches in the city. Your tourguide will tell you stories about the city and the life in Luzern. Close your tour by travelling with your tourguide on the scenic boat on lake Luzern and enjoy the view to the lake, the city and the surrounding mountains.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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Private Tour: Scenic Trip to Mt Titlis & Lucerne City from Zurich

With this personalizable private tour, we will drive through one of the best scenic routes in the central Switerland.You'll have complete private space during the full tour. While driving along the shores of lake Zurich you can just sit back and enjoy the breath taking journey to Mt Titlis. Enjoy a fantastic day in the snow at 3,020 metres above sea-level TITLIS is the jewel in Central Switzerland's crown and the only glacier in the area. Once you finished with the exiciting time in the glacier, you'll spend some time on the streets of old town of Lucerne & Lion Monument. Finally, on the way back to Zurich, our chauffeur will take you to a scenic town named Brunnen which is located on the shores of Lake Lucerne. This drive route also has one of best scenic landscape of the Swiss alps. You'll just admire it.
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
  • Duration: 8 to 10 hours
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Lucerne & Wine Tasting Tour with Snacks included

Want to experience Lucerne like a local?For art, architecture, natural wonders,culture, and culinary art Lucerne is one of the great treasure of Europe. Steeped in history and tradition, food and wine are the heart and soul of its culture. Your journey is as much about the sites and beautiful alpine landscapes as it is about experiencing the Swiss Wine and Cheese, providing a balance between fueling your spirit and feeding your soul.Join me in a private walking tour discovering Lucerne highlights which includes: Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge, Old city wall, Lucerne castle and wine tasting with snacks included in one of the best culinary places and Vinothek by the Reuss River in Lucerne. 
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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