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Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

1. Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Cable Car, Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

Depart Lucerne and relax aboard a comfortable coach on the drive to Kriens. Then, climb aboard the panoramic gondolas and journey to Fräkmüntegg to board the aerial Dragon Ride cable car up the mountain. Get magnificent views of the snow-capped peaks from the panoramic windows. Arrive at the top of Mt. Pilatus, 2,132 meters above sea level and feel like a bird as you survey your surroundings. Hike to the summit or venture down the Dragon Trail where dragons with healing powers were thought to live in the Middle Ages. Relax on the panoramic terrace and take in the magnificent vistas of the mountains and lakes. Eat at one of the restaurants to enjoy lunch on top of the world. Get ready for the ride of a lifetime as you descend the mountain on the world's steepest cogwheel railway. Arrive in Alpnachstad to embark on a one-hour cruise back to Lucerne on the beautiful "Lake of the 4 Cantons" (only during summer).

Classic Rigi Round Trip from Lucerne

2. Classic Rigi Round Trip from Lucerne

Discover Rigi, the Queen of the Mountains, from its most beautiful side on a half or full-day tour. Begin with a boat tour on Lake Lucerne to Vitznau. Modern motor boats and nostalgic steamboats (in the summer) bring you over the incredible, fjord-like water to Vitznau. From Vitznau, head to the Rigi Train on the queen of the mountains. Fantastic views of the Swiss Plateau, the Black Forest, the Vosges Mountains, and the Alps await from Rigi Kulm. Descend with the rack railway to Rigi Kaltbad and from there take the cable car to Weggis. Finally, return by boat to Lucerne. Suggested itinerary for a full-day tour: • Departure by boat from Lucerne at 9:12 AM — arrival at Vitznau at 10:09 AM • Departure by rack railway from Vitznau at 10:15 AM — arrival at Rigi Kulm at 10:47 AM • Free time • Departure by rack railway from Rigi Kulm at 4:00 PM — arrival at Rigi Kaltbad at 4:15 PM • Departure by cable car from Rigi Kaltbad at 4:40 PM — arrival at Weggis at 4:50 PM • Departure by boat from Weggis at 5:05 PM — arrival at Lucerne at 5:47 PM Suggested itinerary for a half-day tour: • Departure by boat from Lucerne at 1:12 PM — arrival at Vitznau at 2:09 PM • Departure by rack railway from Vitznau at 2:15 PM — arrival at Rigi Kulm at 2:47 PM • Free time • Departure by rack railway from Rigi Kulm at 4:00 PM — arrival at Rigi Kaltbad at 4:13 PM • Departure by cable car from Rigi Kaltbad at 4:40 PM — arrival at Weggis at 4:50 PM • Departure by boat from Weggis at 5:05 PM — arrival at Lucerne at 5:47 PM

Switzerland: Swiss All-in-One Travel Pass

3. Switzerland: Swiss All-in-One Travel Pass

Travel all over Switzerland with a Swiss Rail pass, valid all over the country. Choose between a 3, 4, 6, 8, or 15 consecutive day pass. This ticket offers you hassle-free and unlimited travel throughout Switzerland on the Swiss Train Network, buses and public boats. This pass includes the Glacier Express, Golden Pass Line, Bernina Express, and others. This pass includes museum admission, boat rides, and discounts on many mountain excursions. Enjoy unlimited usage of public transport and free entrance to over 500 museums across the country.

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

4. From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

Leave from Zurich Main Station in the morning and enjoy the bus ride through the beautiful countryside along the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. Take some photos at the Lion Monument of Lake Lucerne, where the tour will take a brief stop, traffic permitted.  Continue to Kriens, where you will take a panoramic gondola and cable car to the summit of Mount Pilatus (2128 m above sea level). Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Swiss Alpine landscape and the surrounding lakes. Then take one of the steepest funiculars down to Alpnachstad. Afterward, relax on a tranquil boat trip across Lake Lucerne back to Lucerne. From there, the bus will take you back to Zurich.

Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience

5. Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience

The city of Lucerne is set against an impressive mountain backdrop. Walk with your guide through the beautiful old town and enjoy spectacular views of the Swiss Alps. On this 3-hour tour, admire architectural gems and centuries-old monuments, including the Chapel Bridge, the most-photographed sight in Switzerland. Experience the charm of Lucerne’s other old bridges, its towers and streets and take in panoramic views of the city from Lake Lucerne on an hour-long boat tour. This is a perfect Swiss adventure in the city of Lucerne – a charming place to visit throughout the year.

Lucerne: Lake Lucerne 1st Class Cruise with Gourmet Lunch

6. Lucerne: Lake Lucerne 1st Class Cruise with Gourmet Lunch

Board the ship at lunchtime and embark on a relaxing First Class cruise on Lake Lucerne to Vitznau or Küssnacht and back. Admire the stunning views of the lake and its surrounding landscape as you sit down to savor a delicious meal on board. Choose between a set vegetarian or non-vegetarian 3-course menu. Please refer to the gallery for the menu. Enjoy 1 mineral water and 1 coffee or tea per person included in the price. Additional drinks can be purchased on board. Indulge in freshly cooked dishes that are prepared with regional products. From the end of May until the beginning of autumn, the roundtrip will take you to Küssnacht am Rigi and back to Lucerne. This tour takes 1 hour and 50 minutes and can easily be combined with other activities in the city. 18 October 2021 – 25 May 2022 and 12 September – 14 April 2022 • Lunch cruise on a motor vessel • 11:30 AM - Board the ship at Pier 1 • 12:00 - 1:47 PM - Cruise from Lucerne to Vitznau (and back) 26 May – 11 September 2022 • Lunch cruise on a motor vessel • 11:30 AM - Board the ship at Pier 3 • 12:00 - 1:47 PM - Cruise from Lucerne to Küssnacht am Rigi (and back)

From Lucerne: Mount Bürgenstock by Ferry and Funicular

7. From Lucerne: Mount Bürgenstock by Ferry and Funicular

Cross Lake Lucerne by ferry, and then climb aboard the funicular railway to journey to the top of Mount Bürgenstock.  Get magnificent views as you make your way to the expansive Bürgenstock resort, where you can hike one of the walking trails and discover indoor and outdoor tennis courts and swimming pools. Play a round on the 9-hole golf course or board the vertical Hammetschwandlift elevator. Avail of an exciting selection of international cuisine at up to 12 different bars and restaurants. Then, head back down the mountain on the funicular railway and cruise back to Lucerne by ferry.

CH Experience Chapel Bridge Chateau Cheese and Chocolate

8. CH Experience Chapel Bridge Chateau Cheese and Chocolate

This unique two hour small group tour combines sightseeing of Chapel Bridge, Water Tower, and Lucerne Château with a rich tasting of the best Swiss chocolate and cheese with a glass of Swiss Wine. It is the best way to spend a short time in one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland. Walk along the river and learn about the most iconic monuments in the city: the Chapel Bridge and the Water Tower. Sample some of the best sweet pleasures on a chocolate tasting and enjoy real alpine cheese. Visit Lucerne castle where central Swiss landscapes are gorgeous. This unique alpine experience is the best way to know Lucerne through its tastes, culture and people. If you still want to keep discovering and enjoying this alpine jewel, get our one hour Sightseeing Cruise around Lake Lucerne as an optional tour extension.

Queen of the Mountains: Day Trip to Rigi and Lucerne

9. Queen of the Mountains: Day Trip to Rigi and Lucerne

Take in the astonishing Swiss Alps on this partially guided tour. Relax on the bus trip from Zürich before an exciting, enchanting adventure through breathtaking Swiss scenery by cable-car, cogwheel train, and boat. Traveling through the Albispass, your tour will reach the Vierwaldstättersee, the fourth-largest lake in Switzerland, lying on the border between four cantons. Enjoy fantastic views of the lake from its eastern shore, in the small resort-town of Weggis, nestled right at the foot of the Rigi. The view can only get better as you ascend in the cable-car up the Rigi, known as "the Queen of the Mountains," to the perfectly situated baths and spa on its slopes. The sight of the 13 lakes that surround the mountain, and of the scenery of central Switzerland mountains, is sure to enchant you. You'll have plenty of time to take souvenir photographs to treasure forever as you make your leisurely ascent into the mountains. In the summer you can explore the Rigi on foot; in winter there is a chance to uncover its secrets by sleigh. Enjoy a unique journey on the oldest funicular in the world, built in 1871, to Vitznau. Travel onwards in picturesque style, by boat over the waters, back to Lucerne. There you can view the Rigi from a whole new angle, while resting in the charming old town, after a day full of excitement, before taking the bus back to Zürich.

Lucerne: Half-Day City Tour and Lake Cruise

10. Lucerne: Half-Day City Tour and Lake Cruise

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, and together you’ll make your way into central Lucerne. Enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the city center across the Reuss river, and admire the surrounding mountains. Continue towards the wooden Chapel Bridge, a 200-meter long pedestrian crossing, and learn the history of this beautifully painted bridge.   Discover the car-free inner city circle and the old town, filled with 16th-century buildings. Walk across the Spreuer Bridge and take a coffee break along the Reuss river. After the break, continue along the city wall, built for defensive reasons in the 14th century. End your city tour by the Lion Monument, a rock relief commemorating the massacres of Swiss Guards during the French Revolution.   Your tour guide will then lead you to the boat station, where you’ll board a panoramic yacht and sail out on to Lake Lucerne. Listen to the audio headset commentary during the cruise, or ask your guide about the mountains, houses, and other sights along the shore. After the 1-hour boat tour, you’ll return to Lucerne, where your guide will drop you off back at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Central Switzerland

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 300 reviews

The 6 day Swiss Pass worked perfectly for our trip. It simplified the many trains and helped make a smoother vacation. I think cost wise it was about even with the what individual tickets would have cost, but the ease of use made me so happy we purchased it instead of having to buy tickets as we went. Worth every penny in my opinion!

Luis is a fabulous tour guide! He was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Lucerne. We loved the walking tour! Would highly recommend it. The boat tour was ok; it’s really just a boat ride. No one provides any info about what you are seeing or any history about the lake or surroundings.

The trip was mind-blowing. It had everything we expected from summer version. Our host Elisabeth was very welcoming and passionate. Would really recommend it. 10/10 tour. Only thing to improve can be to extend the duration of tour.

Get the pass before you leave UK. A week or two before you leave is sufficient. It is very easy and quick.

Our guide Luis was so friendly and knowledgeable about the city.