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How to Spend 3 Days in Lucerne

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How to Spend 3 Days in Lucerne
Lucerne’s rich culture, scenic landscape, and superior transport links make it an ideal destination for travelers in Switzerland. From city sightseeing to Alpine skiing, here are our top tips for making the most of your three days in Lucerne, including options for wider exploration.

Day 1: Lucerne’s Landmarks
Begin by familiarizing yourself with Lucerne and its iconic landmarks. Private and small-group walking tours provide an intimate glimpse of the compact old town with a guide leading the way. Consider a stop at the Swiss Transport Museum, which hosts special exhibitions (prebook special exhibition entry for ease) in addition to a planetarium and theater. Consider historical after-dark tours, which offer atmospheric immersion in the city’s medieval past. Conclude your day with a classic Swiss raclette in one of the old town’s traditional restaurants, or experience the modern and vibrant nightlife along Baselstrasse.

Day 2: The Sights of Switzerland
Take advantage of Switzerland’s efficient transport network to widen your perspective on a full-day tour. Admire iconic mountains, such as Jungfrau or the Matterhorn, on an Alpine excursion, or even try skiing on the frozen slopes. If you’re more of a city lover, opt for a day trip to Zurich or Bern. Either way, convenient round-trip transfer is typically included in such tours, with an evening return. If you’re not yet ready for bed, venture out to the bars and restaurants of Helvetiaplatz, which are popular with locals and ideal for unwinding after an active day.

Day 3: Curious About Culture
Spend your last day discovering the region’s heritage on a cultural tour. Learn about Lucerne’s history and legends on a walking or cycling tour of its rural surroundings, or get a taste of classic Swiss cuisine at the Engelberg show dairy and Aeschbach Chocolatier. If time permits, finish off your visit with a late afternoon or evening cruise on the lake itself, and enjoy panoramic views of the picturesque landscape.
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Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from LucerneDay Trips

Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Lucerne

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Travel to Jungfraujoch — Europe's highest railway station at a dizzying height of 11,333 feet (3,454 meters) — on this full day trip from Lucerne. A scenic coach drive via the Bernese Oberland delivers you to Lauterbrunnen for a cogwheel train ride. You’ll wind through the Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass below the foot of the Eiger North Face. At the Top of Europe, explore the glaciated Ice Palace and enjoy World Heritage–listed views of the soaring Swiss Alps and Aletsch Glacier from the Sphinx Observatory.
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Lake Lucerne Panoramic Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

Lake Lucerne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise

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Whether you’re short on time or simply wish to view the snowy Swiss Alps from the water, this 60-minute yacht cruise on Lake Lucerne is your ticket. Relax on the main or upper deck of the spacious 161-foot (49-meter) vessel while you listen to commentary about the majestic sights via your audio headset. With an expert captain at the helm, you’ll motor past forested hillsides and verdant meadows nestled against looming mountain peaks. Purchase drinks and snacks from the onboard bar, and select from multiple departure times.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Beginners Ski Day Trip to Jungfrau Ski Region from LucerneWinter Sports

Beginners Ski Day Trip to Jungfrau Ski Region from Lucerne

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Experience the thrill of the slopes in Switzerland’s Jungfrau region on this 10-hour beginners’ ski trip from Lucerne. Travel to the iconic Swiss ski resort of Grindelwald and admire fine views over the Jungfrau’s peaks and valleys. On arrival, pick up your ski kit and hit the gentle terrain of Bodmi with a qualified instructor. During your 2.5-hour class, master the correct ski technique and enjoy making your first linked turns on the snow. Explore Grindelwald at your leisure during free time, then return in comfort to Lucerne.
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  • 10 hours
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Bern Day Trip from Lucerne Including Emmental Dairy VisitDay Trips

Bern Day Trip from Lucerne Including Emmental Dairy Visit

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Learn about Swiss history and culture on a small-group day trip to Bern from Lucerne, with no more than 16 people. After traveling through the UNESCO-listed biosphere reserve of Entlebuch Valley, break up your journey with a stop at the Kambly Experience to watch Swiss biscuits being made. In Bern, explore the medieval Old Town, and then indulge yourself with Swiss cheese at a dairy in the Emmental region. You’ll learn how the Emmentaler AOP is made and savor samples, too.
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  • 8 hours 45 minutes
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Private 1.5-Hour Nightwatchman Walk in Medieval LucerneCity Packages

Private 1.5-Hour Nightwatchman Walk in Medieval Lucerne

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Explore Lucerne’s medieval history on this private 1.5-hour Nightwatchman walking tour. Follow a private guide through the historic streets of Lucerne and gain insight into city life during the Middle Ages. Learn of local legends and folklore, hear hair-raising tales of demons and witches, and gain insight into the law and order of the day. See the 16th-century Martiniplan — the city’s first map — and admire historic buildings still in place today. Along the way, discover top sites of interest including the Water Tower, St Peter’s Chapel and Kapellplatz.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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Cheese & Chocolate tour with private tourguide - starts from LucerneDay Trips

Cheese & Chocolate tour with private tourguide - starts from Lucerne

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Swiss cheese and chocolate are easy to find in Switzerland, but if you want a taste of the good stuff, you need to find it with a local. With this tour, you’ll travel with your own private guide from Lucerne to Engelberg to visit a monastery dairy where fondue, wheels of raclette, and the unique Engelberger Klosterglocke await. Later, you’ll satisfy your sweet tooth on a tour of the Aeschbach Chocolatier in Root where you’ll create your own artisan version of Swiss chocolate.
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  • 7 hours
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Lake Lucerne Castles and Villas TourHalf-day Tours

Lake Lucerne Castles and Villas Tour

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Check out the elegant villas and castles of Lucerne with this half-day walking tour, and take in sweeping views of the lake and the mountains that frame it. In a group, you'll stroll from Meggen to St. Charles Hall, past Schloss Neuhabsburg and onto Schloss Meggenhorn, a palatial estate fashioned like a French chateau. The tour is packed with tales of the castles' famous residents -- from Habsburg rulers to German royalty to Russian financiers -- and includes a refreshment stop at the Hotel Hermitage on the lake.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Lucerne Swiss Museum of Transport Entrance Ticket

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Take a step back in time and learn the history of planes, trains, and automobiles at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne. With your entrance ticket in hand, head inside the museum and explore at your leisure. Admire historic aircraft in the Aviation Hall, where simulators give the feeling of flight! Navigate tunnels and signals in the Rail Transport Hall, zoom through the history of automobiles in the Road Transport Hall and enjoy discounted access to the planetarium, where fascinating astronomical shows reveal the secrets of the skies.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Swiss Knife Valley Bike Tour & Lake Lucerne CruiseDay Trips

Swiss Knife Valley Bike Tour & Lake Lucerne Cruise

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Hop on an e-bike to explore the Swiss Knife Valley, a scenic region near Lake Lucerne that's also the home of the famous Victorinox pocketknives. With a private guide and an e-bike, you'll pedal with ease on a 24-mile (40-km) route along off-road trails and through forests and farmland. Hear the story of Swiss legend William Tell at Hohle Gasse, assemble your own Swiss Army knife at the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Visitor Center, then return to Lucerne for a 2-hour boat cruise on the lake.
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  • 9 hours
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Pearls of Switzerland Cristina Tschuppert Private city walking tour Lucerne City Packages

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Pearls of Switzerland Cristina Tschuppert Private city walking tour Lucerne

Famous for its beautiful medieval architecture and spectacular lakeside scenery, Lucerne is widely considered the jewel in Switzerland’s crown. On this walking tour, enjoy a comprehensive introduction to Lucerne’s culture and history, see the best of Lucerne with ease, and take in top attractions including the Chapel Bridge and the first baroque church in Switzerland.
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