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Things to do in Lucerne

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Welcome to Lucerne

Pretty Lucerne attracts visitors from across the globe with its medieval architecture, covered bridges, and colorful homes lining the Reuss River. Take advantage of a private or small-group tour to find the best paragliding and rafting in summer months, and excellent skiing and snowboarding in winter. Within Lucerne, take a walking tour through the Old Town, where you’ll explore the Water Tower, St. Peter’s Chapel next to Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke), and Kapellplatz (town square), while your guide brings Lucerne’s history to life. Capture shots of the city on a photography tour; relax on a Lake Lucerne sightseeing boat cruise; or sample Switzerland’s famous flavors on a chocolate and cheese tasting tour. Using Lucerne as a base, take a guided day trip to explore soaring peaks in the Swiss Alps, such as Jungfraujoch, Mt. Pilatus, Mt. Rigi, or Mt. Titlis; and discover famous landmarks such as the Gotthard Massif, Grimsel Pass, the Rhone Glacier, and Schöllenen Gorge. Or travel with your guide to Bern, Grindelwald, and Interlaken, and ride the traditional cogwheel train up the Kleine Scheidegg mountain pass. You’ll get a great view of the Eiger North Face. Take to the slopes, relax in Alpine meadows, or tackle powerful currents on river-rafting tours.

Top 10 attractions in Lucerne

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Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)

Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)

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Located at the heart of Bernese Oberland and surrounded by the famous peaks of Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus, Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) is one of Central Switzerland’s most photographed natural wonders and the country’s fourth largest lake. Whether you’re soaring overhead in a cable car, cruising the lake itself, or visiting waterfront villages such as Weggis and Gersau, Lake Lucerne is mesmerizing from all angles.More
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Swiss Museum of Transport (Verkehrshaus der Schweiz)

Swiss Museum of Transport (Verkehrshaus der Schweiz)

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The Swiss Museum of Transport (Verkehrshaus der Schweiz) is Switzerland’s most popular museum and shows the past, present and future of transport and mobility on land, at sea, in the air and even outer space. More than 3,000 displays on approximately 20,000 square meters of exhibition space bear witness to a moving history in the truest sense of the word and show the inventions and deeds of explorers and inventors. But isn’t only the old planes and trains that draw visitors from young to old here, the Swiss Museum of Transport also tells of future challenges in the field of transport and communications and has a focus that goes beyond Switzerland and Earth. Apart from the many halls dedicated to road, rail and air travel, the museum also hosts the largest screen in Switzerland in the adjoining IMAX theatre as well as a planetarium. No matter what the weather in often rainy Switzerland might be like outside, inside you can enjoy incredible nature documentaries from around the planet or go on an unforgettable space walk among the stars.The newest exhibition in the Museum of Transport is the Swiss Chocolate Adventure. The display that has been developed together with Lindt is covering 700 square meters and is a multimedia journey that informs about the discovery, origin and production of chocolate. The famous Swiss chocolate is a globally exported product and therefore, there is still a strong transportation theme that ties into this cross section of chocolate history. Visitors sit in automatically controlled cars and head out on a 25-minute journey that takes them from the cultivation of cocoa beans in Ghana, all the way to lush alpine meadows with Matterhorn Mountain in the background, and ends in an oversized box of chocolate.More
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Lucerne Old Town

Lucerne Old Town

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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.More
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Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke)

Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke)

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The oldest covered bridge in Europe, Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) has spanned the river Reuss in Lucerne since the Middle Ages. Decorated with paintings along the interior, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Switzerland.More
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Mount Rigi

Mount Rigi

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Nicknamed the “Queen of the Mountains,” Mount Rigi has long captured the hearts of writers like Mark Twain and painters like JMW Turner. Encircled by a trio of lakes—Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug, and Lake Lauerz—and adjacent to the neighboring peaks of Mount Pilatus and Brunnistock, Mount Rigi is the enduring postcard star of Central Switzerland.More
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Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen)

Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen)

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With its network of cable cars and cogwheel railways traversing the snow-clad slopes of the mighty Mount Pilatus, Pilatus Railways (Pilatus Bahnen) provides the link between the lakeside resort of Lucerne and the 7,000-foot (2,133-meter) summit.More
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Lion Monument (Löwendenkmal)

Lion Monument (Löwendenkmal)

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Carved into the low cliff face on the outskirts of the Old Town of Lucerne, the Lion Monument is the city’s most distinctive landmark. Described by Mark Twain as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world,” the giant sandstone sculpture depicts a dying lion resting in a shaded nook above a shimmering pond.More
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Lucerne (Luzern)

Lucerne (Luzern)

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Situated on the shores of sparkling Lake Lucerne, at the base of Mount Pilatus, the city of Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s most scenic destinations and a popular basecamp for exploring the Swiss Alps. Visit to see the city’s historic medieval center, then head into the mountains for hiking, cycling, and winter sports adventures.More
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Mt. Pilatus

Mt. Pilatus

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A multi-peaked massif, Mt. Pilatus towers over Lucerne and Central Switzerland. Though Queen Victoria enlisted a mule to help her ascend the mountain in 1868, visitors now venture up by cable car or cogwheel train, which—with a gradient of up to 48 percent—is said to be one of the world’s steepest. Crisscrossed by hiking trails and sled runs, Mt. Pilatus features a kid-friendly adventure park and a suspension rope park. From the top, you can see as far as Italy on a clear day.More
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Engelberg

Engelberg

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Set in an alpine valley at the foot of Titlis, Engelberg, the “Mountain of Angels,” is one of Central Switzerland’s most scenic villages. Founded in 1120 by Benedictine monks, Engelberg is renowned for its historic monastery and offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities.More

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Top activities in Lucerne

Mount Titlis excursion from Engelberg

Mount Titlis excursion from Engelberg

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Recent reviews from experiences in Lucerne

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Awesome Family Activity
Victoria_W, Oct 2020
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour from Kriens or Alpnachstad
The cafe is quite nice and there are lots of activities that can done on the way up or down.
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Great tour!
Meredith S, Aug 2019
Lake Lucerne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise
Such an easy, lovely way to see the beauty of the lake and surrounding landscape.
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walking tour of Lucerne
shdrf, Jul 2019
Private Classic Lucerne City Walk
Our guide was Ralph and this was an excellent tour to see Lucerne in 2 hours.
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Great experience
Excursion58771098818, Jun 2019
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne
It was so beautiful and great to see the sights outside of Lucerne.
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Unforgettable experience
epin, Jun 2019
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour from Kriens or Alpnachstad
There are other options for enjoying outdoor activities in a middle space called Frakmuntegg before riding the cableway.
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A Delight!
Monte S, May 2019
Half-Day Lake Lucerne Country Walk
Truly a unique way to see some of the country far off the tourist paths.
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Perfect end to a Viking Rhine cruise
Expedition521406, Sep 2018
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
Pilatus was wonderful This should be on everyone's list of things to do.
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Perfect way to see the best of Lake...
Bernie S, Jun 2017
Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise
Perfect way to see the best of Lake Lucerne and Mount Rigi.
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I love the trip. Thumb's up! I was...
Weng Sang F, Oct 2017
Mount Titlis Eternal Snow Half-Day Trip from Lucerne
I was lucky to have a clear weather to do all the activities listed in the itinerary.
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Great outing, easy to find the...
Lisa F, Aug 2017
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
Even though clouds marred our view, we enjoyed the multiple ways we got to see the mountain and the lake.
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Tour guide Raymond is excellent! He...
Jasmine, Dec 2017
Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Lucerne
And constantly checked in with everyone to see whether we're ok.
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It was a beautiful sunny day. Lake...
Fern S, Feb 2017
Lake Lucerne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise
We were thrilled to see Santa's cottage and the beautiful estates around the lake.
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It was fabulous. I would do it...
Carol C, Oct 2016
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne
If you don't have a lot of time this is the best way to see the most of Lucerne and Switzerland.
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Really fun trip, only half a day...
Dhawk, Mar 2016
Mount Titlis Eternal Snow Half-Day Trip from Lucerne
Really fun trip, only half a day from lucerne id highly recommend this trip for any one looking to see the mountains!
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It was about 3 hours from Lucerne...
Janine K, May 2018
Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Lucerne
You may want to wait until the last minute to book, as there isn't much to see when there are clouds engulfing the top.
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It was a wonderful trip. We stopped...
mmnakayama, Oct 2016
Eiger and Jungfrau Panorama Day Trip from Lucerne
In the little town of Lauterbruanen, we saw beautiful Staubbach Falls.
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Breathtaking. If you are in Lucerne...
Dennis G, Dec 2016
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
Would love to go back in the winter season.
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Well worth doing. Very lucky it had...
Julie J, Oct 2012
Mount Titlis Eternal Snow Half-Day Trip from Lucerne
Very lucky it had snowed 2 days prior to visiting Mt Titlus.
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Great self-paced tour, redemption point too far away
161alissas, Oct 2019
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne
Breathtaking views, fun activities, food, etc.
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The tour gives you time to do and...
August Raymond K, Jul 2015
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
Make sure to take the boat to see the whole Lake Lucerne

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