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.