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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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City Tours

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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Walking Tours

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.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

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.
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  • 7 hours
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Walking Tours

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.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Cultural Tours

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1.5 Hour Private Walking tour in Lucerne

Is it your first time in Lucerne? Do you want to explore the city in just 1.5 hours time? Please let me guide you! We will walk from your Hotel downtown or the Central Station of Lucerne into the city and I will show you multiple nice sites. Because this is a Private tour I can adjust to your wishes.
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Walking Tours

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.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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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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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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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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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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Mount Titlis - daily small group tour with local guide - starts in Luzern

Experience the unique day tour within a small group to the glacier world and all-year-place of snow in the Alps. You meet your tour guide in Luzern at pier No. 1 of the boat station (opposite train station). Together you travel typically Swiss-style by train Luzern (1 hour) and from there by the Engelberg-Express to Engelberg. After a 5 mins. walk, you will board the gondola to Mount Titlis. The first section takes you to the middle station « Stand », from where you board the revolving cable car. At the peak, you enjoy a guided tour to the terrace and through the ice cave, where you arrive to the cliff walk, the highest suspension bridge in Europe. After crossing this on 11000ft altitude, you will take a seat on the « Ice flyer », the seating chair lift which hovers over the glacier. The tour takes approx. 1 hour, before you have some free time at your disposal. You will travel back together with the tour guide to Lucerne.
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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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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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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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Nature & Wildlife

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Lucerne and Bürgenstock Day Trip from Zurich

Lucerne and Bürgenstock make ideal day trips from Zurich, but organizing transportation and excursions to explore independently cuts into valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, reach both sites in comfort by air-conditioned vehicle in one day with your guide—with pickup and drop-off at Zurich Central Station included. Admire the alpine scenery by boat and cable railway, with plenty of free time to explore Lucerne and Bürgenstock at your leisure.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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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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Cultural Tours

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1 Hour Private Walk of Lucerne

This Experience is provided by a private local.Discover Lucerne in a nutshell and learn about the history, local lifestyle and modern transformation of the city during this 60-minute walking experience.During your walk in the beautiful city of Lucerne, you will learn all about the local lifestyle and trends. Get insider tips about cafes, restaurants, and bars to visit, and how to make the most of the city’s nightlife.Walk through the old cobblestone streets, cross over the Chapel Bridge, the oldest covered bridge in Europe, and discover the city’s well-preserved medieval architecture. Learn about the history and culture of Lucerne from a local who loves their city and wants you to love it too! 
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Day Trips

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. 
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  • 9 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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  • 3 hours
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The heart of Lucerne

Personal tour guideCustom tailor made toursUnique experience in LucerneExperience Lucerne from another side
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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Historical & Heritage Tours

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Mount Rigi - daily small group tour with local guide - starts in Luzern

Experience the unique day tour within a small group to central Switzerland and the pre-Alps. You meet your tour guide in Lucerne at the boat station. Together you travel with the boat ride on lake Lucerne to transfer to Vitznau. Board the scenic coghwheel railway and arrive after 30 minutes at Mount Rigi. Enjoy your free time at your disposal (approx. 2.5 hours) to discover the peak with the scenic view point. Two restaurants invite you to enjoy lunch at 7000ft altitude. Your tourguide will await you for the return travel, you will travel by coghwheel train to Arth-Goldau. From there you will get to the train 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.
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours
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Pilatus golden tour - daily small group tour with local guide - starts in Luzern

Experience the unique day tour within a small group to central Switzerland and the pre-Alps. You meet your tour guide in Luzern at the boat station. Together 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.
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  • 7 hours
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Cultural Tours

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Discover the history of Lucerne city with a Local

This experience is provided by a private local.Let me tell you more about the city that began just as a monastery. Lucerne is a really interesting city and I want you to come with me and discover it! Join me to see the city through the eyes of a local. You will learn a lot of interesting facts about the city and you will have the chance to discover my city and spots that you wouldn't see as a normal tourist.From the "Brother Klaus", the history behind the Einsiedelns Abbey to the well-known Kapelbrücke, I will explain everything I know to you.The group size will not exceed 8 people so that you can ask all the questions you have to the local
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Cultural Tours

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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  • 3 hours
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