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Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Zurich: Mount Titlis Day Tour

1. From Zurich: Mount Titlis Day Tour

Enjoy a day trip from Zurich to the winter wonderland of Mount Titlis with a guide. Discover the beauty of Lucerne, enjoy a scenic drive to Engelberg, experience an unforgettable adventure on the Ice Flyer chairlift, and cross the Titlis Cliff Walk bridge suspended over the Swiss Alps. Departing from Zurich, take a bus ride over the Albis Pass and along the shores of Lake Lucerne on the way to the city of Lucerne. Along the way, your tour guide will point out the city's most important sights and include a photo stop at the Lion Monument or the lakeside, depending on traffic. Afterward, enjoy some free time to explore Lucerne on your own. From there, continue the journey to Engelberg. The breathtaking ride up into the high alpine glaciers of Mount Titlis begins here. From the Rotair revolving cable car on your way up to the mountain, get spectacular views of the deep crevasses in the glaciers, and the immense chunks of ice that break off in spectacular fashion. Enjoy incredible views over the Swiss Alps from the Panorama Restaurant on top of Mount Titlis. Visit the Ice Grotto, or take the Ice Flyer chairlift to get up close to the glaciers at an altitude of over 9,800 feet (3,000 meters). Adventure seekers can slide through the snow and down the mountainside on a snow tube – the choice is yours.

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

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

Embark on a day trip from Lucerne and ascend Mount Pilatus by cable car. Go on a hike and kick pack on the panorama terrace, descended the mountain by cogwheel railway, and complete your experience with a return journey by boat. 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).

From Lucerne: Classic Rigi Round Trip

3. From Lucerne: Classic Rigi Round Trip

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 09:12 — arrival at Vitznau at 10:09 • Departure by rack railway from Vitznau at 10:15 — arrival at Rigi Kulm at 10:45 • Free time • Departure by rack railway from Rigi Kulm at 14:00 — arrival at Rigi Kaltbad at 14:15 • Free time • Departure by cable car from Rigi Kaltbad at 15:10 — arrival at Weggis at 15:20 • Departure by boat from Weggis at 16:05 — arrival at Lucerne at 16:47 Suggested itinerary for a half-day tour: • Departure by boat from Lucerne at 12:00 — arrival at Vitznau at 12:54 • Departure by rack railway from Vitznau at 13:15 — arrival at Rigi Kulm at 13:47 • Free time • Departure by rack railway from Rigi Kulm at 16:00 — arrival at Rigi Kaltbad at 16:15 • Free time • Departure by cable car from Rigi Kaltbad at 17:10 — arrival at Weggis at 17:20 • Departure by boat from Weggis at 18:05 — arrival at Lucerne at 18:41

Lucerne: Lake Lucerne 1st Class Cruise with Gourmet Lunch

4. 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: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Golden Round Trip

5. From Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Golden Round Trip

See the Lake Lucerne area from the clear, blue waters of the lake and from the famous mountains above. Cruise the lake, ride along the world’s oldest cogwheel railway, an aerial cableway, and a gondola at your own pace.  Start your roundtrip excursion on the number 1 bus in Lucerne in the direction of Kriens/Obernau. Get off at the Kriens, Zentrum Pilatus stop and reach the gondola station in Kriens after a short walk. Enjoy a 15-minute ride to the Krienseregg station. Get back on the gondola and hop off at Fräkmüntegg. Board the aerial cableway, the Dragon Ride, and reach the top of Pilatus Kulmafter after an exhilarating 5-minute ride. With its spacious interior, cockpit-like design, and large windows the Dragon Ride feels just like a helicopter. From the top you can enjoy the panoramic views of Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps. Take your time and decide if you want to stay inside the panoramic gallery, relax on the terrace, climb one of the peaks, or enjoy a local specialty in one of the nearby restaurants. The world's steepest cogwheel railway, built in 1889, will bring you from Pilatus Kulm past jagged rock faces, sparkling mountain streams, and lush fields of alpine flowers down to Alpnachstad. From there, take a breathtaking one-hour boat trip on Lake Lucerne and arrive where you started.

From Zurich: Lucerne and Engelberg Full-Day Tour

6. From Zurich: Lucerne and Engelberg Full-Day Tour

Discover the beauty of the Alps on this day trip by bus from Zurich to Lucerne and Engelberg. See the shimmering waters of Lake Lucerne and have free time to explore Lucerne. Visit a monastery in Engelberg and have time to soak up the charm of this village.  Hop aboard a climate-controlled bus with plenty of space at the centrally-located meeting point in Zurich. Take in the countryside as you pass by Lake Lucerne. Stop to visit the beautiful city of Lucerne with an hour of free time.  Continue to Engelberg to check out the stunning Baroque church of the monastery which was built by Benedictine monks in 1120 and still functions to this day. Spend the next 3 hours strolling through the village and shopping for souvenirs at a local cheese shop.  Alternatively, you can hike through the Alpine landscape on breathtaking trails around the village or take an optional scooter (summer) or toboggan ride (winter). Return to your meeting point in Zurich at the end of your tour. 

Lucerne: 1-Hour Cruise on Panoramic Yacht

7. Lucerne: 1-Hour Cruise on Panoramic Yacht

Treat yourself to a 1-hour cruise in Lucerne onboard a panoramic yacht. Climb aboard the yacht at Bridge 7 at Swiss Hofquai, located directly across from the Schweizerhof Hotel. In order to listen to the audio guide download the "Listen Everywhere" app from the App Store or Google Play and make sure that you are connected to our WIFI "lakelucerne." Find yourself a comfortable spot on the upper deck, in the restaurant, or on the main deck. If you want to be very close to the water, take a seat on the water terrace at the back of the boat. Enjoy views of the lights of Lucerne as you cruise along the shoreline towards Meggenhorn Castle, past the Bürgenstock to the Richard Wagner Museum and back to Lucerne. Admire the luxurious villas, a picturesque hilly landscape, and the deep blue lake. Learn all about the sights from the audio guide and enjoy snacks and drinks at the bar.

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

8. From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

Discover the beauty of Lucerne and Mt. Pilatus on a day trip from Zurich. Reach the summit via bus, cable car, boat, and cogwheel train. For the return journey, hop on a boat cruise across Lake Lucerne. Leave from Zurich Main Station in the morning and enjoy the bus ride through the countryside along the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. Make a stop at the Lion Monument of Lake Lucerne (traffic permitting).  Continue to Kriens and 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, ride on one of the steepest funiculars down to Alpnachstad. Afterward, relax on a tranquil boat trip across Lake Lucerne back to Lucerne. From there, get on a bus to Zurich.

From Zürich: Guided Day Trip to Rigi and Lake Lucerne

9. From Zürich: Guided Day Trip to Rigi and Lake 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 Lake Lucerne, 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. 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 the picturesque style, by boat over the waters, back to Lucerne. View the Rigi from a new angle while resting in the charming old town before taking the bus back to Zürich.

From Lucerne: Mount Bürgenstock by Ferry and Funicular

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Lake Lucerne

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based on 3,295 reviews

Peter and Nicki were absolutely incredible! Very knowledgeable and helpful when it came to informing travellers about the ins and outs in the region. The main attraction itself was slightly underwhelming due to us visiting Juanfran the day before and the weather not being ideal. However, Titlis did offer some great activities at the summit like the ice flyer and skywalk bridge. Make sure to dress warmly and bring your best smiles for all the photos you’ll take!

It was a nice experience, We depart from Zurich and firstly we went to Lucerne where we had time to explore the city and then we went to our final destination at Titlis mountains. It was a so nice adventure to be at one of the most beautiful spots in Europe and see the amazing view when you are on the cable tram.

This is An excellent Tour and very well organised with great information by tourguide about what we're passing. The tour shows you scenic views especially of Mount Titlis I'll leave you to find out. So happy and glad I went on this and will stay in the memory for sometime .

Lucerne is beautiful but getting the boat, then rail is so easy to get to the top of Rigi and it's well worth it for the views and fresh mountain air. We walked back down to the cable car and you do feel closer to the mountain doing that.

Es war eine wunderschöne Reise. Ich war beeindruckt von alles, was wir besucht haben.