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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mt. Titlis

Mt. Titlis

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Reaching 10,626 feet (3,239 meters) above sea level, Mt. Titlis is Central Switzerland’s highest peak and probably its finest vantage point. The mountain has a cutting-edge transportation system—including, most famously a revolving cable car that turns 360 degrees during the ride to the top station at 9,908 feet (3,020 meters). Those lucky enough to be inside the car are graced with stunning panoramic views of Alpine peaks, sheer rock faces, and an icy crevasse-cracked glacier.More
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Eiger

Eiger

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Towering 13,025 feet (3,970 meters) above the town of Grindelwald, Eiger (German for ogre) is one of Switzerland’s most recognizable and fearsome mountains. Scaling the near-vertical north face is a notoriously challenging feat, one that has claimed a number of lives since the first successful ascent in 1938.More
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Lucerne Jesuit Church (Jesuitenkirche Luzern)

Lucerne Jesuit Church (Jesuitenkirche Luzern)

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Along the banks of the Reuss River in Lucerne, Jesuit Church is the most magnificent Baroque church in Switzerland. While it no longer serves a role in local church and religious life, the church is a major tourist attraction for its beautiful Rococo interior, marble stucco nave, and ceiling paintings. It often serves as a concert venue.More
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Mt. Stanserhorn CabriO Cable Car

Mt. Stanserhorn CabriO Cable Car

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Mt. Stanserhorn’s CabriO cable car is the first in the world to boast a roofless upper deck, bringing you closer to the Swiss landscape. Breathe in fresh Alpine air as you ascend to the 6,227-foot (1,898-meter) summit and enjoy panoramic views of the mountain towns, lakes, and meadows below.More

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Top activities in Lucerne

Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Lucerne
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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
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Mount Titlis Eternal Snow Half-Day Trip from Lucerne
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Interlaken and Grindelwald Day Trip from Lucerne
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Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland
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Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip incl. Lake Cruise Small Group Tour from Luzern
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Hidden Secrets by Electric Cargo bike
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Luzern City Small Group Tour and Lake Cruise
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Lake Lucerne Peninsula e-Bike Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Lucerne

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A beautiful day in Lucerne
EevaK, Mar 2022
Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience
We had a beautiful day in Lucerne and got lots of tips for what to do also after the tour.
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We loved the tour!
Michael_S, Apr 2022
Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience
The second part of the tour was a boat ride on Lake Lucerne to Burgenstock and back, and we were able to see the beautiful city and surrounding countryside from the water.
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Not to be missed
Mary_D, Aug 2021
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
The best way to see Lucerne.
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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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Great tour and even better tour guide!
MICHAEL_E, Mar 2022
Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience
He recommended several restaurants depending on cuisine and gave suggestions on places to visits on our own time.
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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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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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I love the trip. Thumb's up! I was...
WengSang_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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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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Mount Rigi Tour
Leonie_G, Oct 2021
Independent Rigi Tour from Lucerne With Cruise
Luckily everyone spoke English and we were able to explain what it was.
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Lucerne By Tucktuck
Cindy_S, Sep 2021
City tour plus Lucerne
He totally personalized our trip by asking what we’d seen and what we wanted to see plus he offered suggestions.
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Amazing day with Roberto and LoopTours
Claire_L, Aug 2021
Hidden Secrets by Electric Cargo bike
This is definitely the very best way to see and enjoy 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.

A local’s pocket guide to Lucerne

Mark Bolan

Mark lived and worked in Lucerne for 5+ years, making the most of everything Switzerland had to offer, from fondue and skiing to quick lunchtime dips in the lake.

The first thing you should do in Lucerne is...

check out the Kapellbrücke, Europe's oldest covered bridge and a true symbol of the city. You’ll quickly see why it’s the most photographed landmark in Lucerne.

A perfect Saturday in Lucerne...

includes brunch close to Kapellbrücke, a stroll beside the lake, and a visit to the old town’s chocolate shops and bakeries. Don’t miss the Löwendenkmal, an impressive lion sculpture carved into the rock.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the view from Mount Pilatus, a truly stunning and unmissable alpine vista. Take a short train ride or tour from the city and then ride the cable car to the top.

To discover the "real" Lucerne...

visit in late February or March when the city turns into one big festival site for a unique local carnival known as Fastnacht.

For the best view of the city...

walk or take the short funicular ride to Château Gütsch, which sits high above the city, for an amazing view of the city, the lake, and the mountains.

One thing people get wrong...

is thinking Lucerne’s all just cheese and chocolate, when it’s actually a small but cosmopolitan university city with lots of great restaurants and bars.

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