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Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee) Tours

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Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)
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.

The Basics
Lucerne city tours will take you to the lake’s most memorable viewpoint: looking out over the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) from the shore of Old Town. Alternatively, enjoy a hike around the lakeside villas; take the Golden round trip and travel by boat, cogwheel railway, and aerial cableway to the most spectacular viewpoints on Mount Pilatus; or gaze down over Lucerne from the summit of Mount Rigi.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • It can get chilly on the mountaintops or out on the lake even in the summer, so bring some warm clothes.
  • Many boat tours and trains are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check with the operator in advance.

How to Get There
Lake Lucerne is located in Central Switzerland, 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Zurich, or roughly 45 minutes by train. Trains run regularly from Zurich to the city of Lucerne, located on the lake’s northwest shore. Daily ferries run between Lucerne city and Fluelen at the southeast tip of the lake, taking about three hours one way and stopping at lakeside towns such as Vitznau, Beckenried, and Brunnen. You can also travel to different lakeside attractions on a sightseeing boat tour. 

When to Get There
Lake Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s top vacation destinations. Summer (July through August) and Christmas are the most popular times to visit. While summer visitors come to hike in the Alps and enjoy boat cruises on the lake, winter travelers can hit the nearby ski slopes or visit the Lucerne Christmas Market.

Day Trips in the Lake Lucerne Region 
Once you’ve scaled the summit of Mount Rigi and ridden the world’s steepest cog railway to the top of Mount Pilatus, brave a ride to the “Top of Europe” at Jungfraujoch or hike the notorious Eiger Trail around the North Face of Eiger Mountain. You could also visit the alpine village of Engelberg and take in the views from Mount Titlis, ride the open-air cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn, or take a ride on the Golden Pass Scenic Train.
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Private trip from Zurich to Lucerne & Mount Pilatus

Take your time and discover the beauty of Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus by going on a private day trip. Enjoy the luxury of having a door-to-door private transport and a driver-guide to entertain you with commentary along the way. Get the aerial cableway to Mt. Pilatus, see views of Lake Lucerne, and stop off at quaint local cafes en route.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Electric Cargobike Tours in Lucerne

7 reasons to book this tour:- funny stories and unusual facts about Switzerland- breathtaking landscapes- no tourist crowds, hidden places- small groups & family atmosphere- unique places to take great photos- Tour in German, English, Español, Portuguese, Italiano
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Historical & Heritage Tours

Lake Lucerne Castles and Villas Tour

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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Cultural Tours

Half-Day Lake Lucerne Country Walk

Time-limited travellers can gain an overview of Lucerne’s Alpine surrounds on this half-day tour of the Kastanienbaum peninsula. Spend a few hours immersed in the lakeshore landscape, passing farms, chalets, and forests as you ascend to a height of 600 meters (2000 feet) for panoramic views of the lake and mountains beyond. Round-trip transfer by public bus with guided accompaniment ensures an authentic Lucerne experience.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Dinner Cruises

Lake Lucerne Indian-Themed Dinner Cruise

Take in the tranquility of Lake Lucerne during a 1.5-hour dinner cruise with Indian-themed music and food. Cruise under the soaring Swiss peaks of Mt Rigi and Mt Pilatus while you dine on buffet-style dishes of traditional Indian fare for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Drift past majestic châteaux dotting the rocky shoreline as you admire the spectacular views. Listening to Bollywood hits playing over the speakers, you’ll make the quickest journey to India from the shores of Switzerland!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Electric Cargobike Tours in Lucerne

7 reasons to book this tour:- funny stories and unusual facts about Switzerland- breathtaking landscapes- no tourist crowds, hidden places- small groups & family atmosphere- unique places to take great photos- Tour in German, English, Español, Portuguese, Italiano
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Day Cruises

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Private nostalgic boat tour on Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)

Meet your captain and enjoy a private tour on Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee). A very elegant and refurbished nostalgic boat from 1926 will take you to hidden wonderful bays and if you wish also to restaurants you can reach only by boat. Enjoy the views of mountains and beautiful nature. Make lifetime memories in Central Switzerland with your dear ones. 1 - 12 persons. Don't forget your camera!We also can arrange for a Sushi meal on board. Just let us know and we will send you an offer. A professional guide is optional and can be booked on request (CHF 240.00 for two hours).
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Rail Tours

Lake Lucerne Alps winter walking experience

Swiss Alps Winter experience for non-skiersNon-skiers can also enjoy the Swiss Alps to the fullest with a relaxing winter hiking tour through the beautiful winter landscape high over the Lake of Lucerne. Enjoy the views from the mountain over the lake with their contrasting colours. Hike the magnificent Winter wonderland at an altitude of 1600 meters in the heart of  Central Switzerland. The marked winter hiking trail is situated well above the level of fog and makes shorter and longer walks in the sun and fresh air possible. Visitors have the choice between marked trails of varying length and difficulty. Rent of snow shoes and Sledges is available at the cable car station (great fun for everyone)Add an optional 2 hrs Lucerne walking tour to your Swiss Alps experiences. We visit the Lion monument, Chapel bridge and Lucerne castle. 
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Day Trips

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Mount Titlis and Lucerne 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.
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Nature & Wildlife

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Spend an afternoon in the Swiss Alps during this seasonal trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne. Your 5.5-hour round-trip journey includes a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg terminus plus an ascent by aerial cableway to the peak of Mt Pilatus. After free time at the summit, take the world's steepest cogwheel train down to Alpnachstad, where you’ll board a boat for a 1-hour scenic cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Enjoy commentary from your guide and coach transport from Lucerne.
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Day Trips

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.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Rail Tours

Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne Self-Guided Tour

Visit Lake Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus on a half-day tour by boat, cogwheel railway, and gondola. After an hour-long cruise around the lake, you’ll ride up the steepest — and most scenic — cogwheel railway lines in Europe. Stop at the peak of Mt. Pilatus where alpine vistas await. Your tour finishes outside Lucerne, but it’s a short and easy journey back to the city via public bus.
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Day Trips

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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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Day Cruises

Lake Lucerne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise

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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Day Trips

Independent Mount Rigi Tour from Lucerne Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

Take your Swiss Alps adventure to new heights on this independent day trip to Mt Rigi. Explore this breathtaking destination at your own pace, starting with a boat cruise from Lucerne. Use your pre-booked tickets and provided timetables to plan the cogwheel train and aerial cable car portions of your tour. You’ll take the railway up Rigi Kulm for two or five hours of free time at the summit, depending on which option you select. Then enjoy more postcard-worthy views en route to Weggis before the return boat ride to Lucerne.
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  • 9 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Pilatus golden tour - daily small group tour with local guide - starts in Basel

Experience the unique day tour within a small group to central Switzerland and the pre-Alps. You meet your tour guide in Basel at the train station. Together you travel typically Swiss-style by train to Lucerne (1 hour). From there you start with the boat ride on lake Lucerne to transfer to Alpnachstad. Board the world’s steepest coghwheel railway and arrive after 35 minutes at Pilatus. Enjoy your free time at your disposal (approx. 2.5 hours) to discover the dragon gallery, the scenic view point and the terrace. Two restaurants invite you to enjoy lunch at 7000ft altitude. Your tourguide will await you for the return travel, you will travel by aerial gondola to Kriens. After a short walk, your tourguide leads you to the local bus and you arrive in central Lucerne. It’s time for a short visit in the old town and to cross the world’s known wooden chapel bridge. After this visit, your tourguide will lead you to your train back to Basel.
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  • 9 hours 45 minutes
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Cultural Tours

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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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Rail Tours

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ALL TRANSPORT INCLUSIVE Mt. Pilatus Guided Golden Roundtrip Tour

Avoid the stress of being on overcrowded tours and enjoy a hassle-free small-group trip to Mt. Pilatus that’s limited to 14 travelers. Access spectacular panoramic views of Switzerland’s scenery, and the magnificent Lake Lucerne. It’ll be a stress-free day with all tickets and transport included, such as a cogwheel railway, a boat ride, and a gondola ride.
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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Multi-day Tours

5-Day Best of Switzerland from Geneva

Switzerland's rugged mountains, high-alpine lakes, and historic villages attract nature lovers from across the world. This private tour provides a five-day itinerary and pre-arranged accommodations and activities, creating a hassle-free tour of the country. See the highlights of the Swiss Alps with a visit to Mount Titlis glacier, a cog-wheel railway trip to the top of Mount Pilatus, and on the Jungfrau Railway to the highest train station in Europe.
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  • 5 days
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  • 5 days

Historical & Heritage Tours

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Luzern city - small group tour with local guide - starts in Basel

Experience the unique day tour within a small group to city of Luzern. You meet your tour guide in Basel at the train station. Together you travel typically Swiss-style by train to Luzern (1 hour) and you will make your way first to the world known wooden chapel bridge. Continue through the old town, passing along the « Kornmarkt », the « Spreuer bridge » to the « Schwanenplatz ». Walk along the lake shore to arrive at the «Lion monument». Your tourguide will tell you the story of this sculpture, before you continue to the St. Leodgar church. A short bus ride to the train station will take place, a stop at the concert hall will take place before, you will board one of the lake Lucerne boats for a cruise. The cruise will take approx. 1 hour. Enjoy the view to the Lucerne bay, the surrounding mountains and the scenery. You will arrive back in central Lucerne by boat. You can extend your stay at your own, or your tourguide leads you back to the train to Basel.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Chocolate Tours

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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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Luzern city - small group tour with local guide - starts in Luzern

Experience the unique day tour within a small group to city of Luzern. You meet your tour guide in Luzern at the lake cruise pier 1, opposite the train station. Together you will make your way first to the world known wooden chapel bridge. Continue through the old town, passing along the « Kornmarkt », the « Spreuer bridge » to the « Schwanenplatz ». Walk along the lake shore to arrive at the «Lion monument». Your tourguide will tell you the story of this sculpture, before you continue to the St. Leodgar church. A short bus ride to the train station will take place, a stop at the concert hall will take place before, you will board one of the lake Lucerne boats for a cruise. The cruise will take approx. 1 hour. Enjoy the view to the Lucerne bay, the surrounding mountains and the scenery. You will arrive back in central Lucerne by boat. You can extend your stay at your own, or your tourguide leads you back to the train station in Luzern.
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  • 5 hours
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Pilatus golden tour - daily small group tour with local guide - starts in Zurich

Experience the unique day tour within a small group to central Switzerland and the pre-Alps. You meet your tour guide in Zurich at the train station. Together you travel typically Swiss-style by train to Lucerne (1 hour). From there you start with the boat ride on lake Lucerne to transfer to Alpnachstad. Board the world’s steepest coghwheel railway and arrive after 35 minutes at Pilatus. Enjoy your free time at your disposal (approx. 2.5 hours) to discover the dragon gallery, the scenic view point and the terrace. Two restaurants invite you to enjoy lunch at 7000ft altitude. Your tourguide will await you for the return travel, you will travel by aerial gondola to Kriens. After a short walk, your tourguide leads you to the local bus and you arrive in central Lucerne. It’s time for a short visit in the old town and to cross the world’s known wooden chapel bridge. After this visit, your tourguide will lead you to your train back to Zurich.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Walking Tours

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.
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  • 3 hours
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