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From Zurich: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

1. From Zurich: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

Explore the snow-capped mountains of Jungfraujoch, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2007 for its stunning High Alps scenery, and as the site of Europe’s largest glacier and highest train station. Take a scenic coach journey along the Brünig Pass and the shores of Lake Brienz to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier by gondola. Change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. Enjoy stunning views of the triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau as you ride. Immerse yourself in the High-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow, and rock at the top. Experience the adventure tour “Alpine Sensation,” marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for the most breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier. Stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace in the heart of the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Descend via the car-free resort of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, where your coach will be waiting for your return transfer to Zurich.

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Mt. Pilatus by Cable Car and Cogwheel Train & Lake Cruise

2. Mt. Pilatus by Cable Car and 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 1-hour cruise back to Lucerne on the beautiful "Lake of the 4 Cantons" (only during summer).

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From Lucerne: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

3. From Lucerne: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

Explore the snow-capped mountains of UNESCO-listed Jungfraujoch, the site of Europe's largest glacier. It is also home to Europe's highest train station. The 10-hour excursion begins with a scenic coach journey from Lucerne, along the Brünig Pass and the shores of Lake Brienz to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier. From there, change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. From the top of Jungfraujoch, you’ll marvel at the High-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock. Experience the Alpine Sensation adventure tour, marking the 100th anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier. Walk along the tunnels of the Ice Palace into the heart of the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Descend via the resort of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Lucerne.

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Classic Rigi Round Trip from Lucerne

4. 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 venerable old Rigi Train on the queen of the mountains. Enjoy fantastic views of the Swiss Plateau, the Black Forest, the Vosges Mountains, and the Alps awaits 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 16:00 — arrival at Rigi Kaltbad at 16:13 • Departure by cable car from Rigi Kaltbad at 16:20 — arrival at Weggis at 16:30 • Departure by boat from Weggis at 17:05 — arrival at Lucerne at 17:47 Suggested itinerary for a half-day tour: • Departure by boat from Lucerne at 13:12 — arrival at Vitznau at 14:09 • Departure by rack railway from Vitznau at 14:15 — arrival at Rigi Kulm at 14:45 • Free time • Departure by rack railway from Rigi Kulm at 17:00 — arrival at Rigi Kaltbad at 17:13 • Departure by cable car from Rigi Kaltbad at 17:20 — arrival at Weggis at 17:30 • Departure by boat from Weggis at 18:05 — arrival at Lucerne at 18:47

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Lucerne: 2-Hour Gourmet Lunch Cruise on Lake Lucerne

5. Lucerne: 2-Hour Gourmet Lunch Cruise on Lake Lucerne

Board the ship at lunchtime and embark on a relaxing First Class cruise on Lake Lucerne to Vitznau 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 soft drink 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. Choose to dine in the beautiful ornate salon, replete with its Baroque furnishings and hand-carved wood panels, or you can sit on the panoramic upper deck, handsomely shielded from the sun and the elements by the elegant awning. This tour takes a half-day and can easily be combined with other activities in the city. 18 October 2021 – 25 May 2022 • Lunch cruise on a motor vessel • 11:30 AM - Board the ship at Pier 1 • 12:00 - 1:45 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 - 1:45 PM - Cruise from Lucerne to Küssnacht am Rigi (and back)

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From Lucerne: Self-Guided Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip

6. From Lucerne: Self-Guided Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip

See the sights of Mount Pilatus at your own pace with a self-guided tour from Lucerne. Journey along the famous "golden round trip" and travel by lake boat, cogwheel train, aerial gondola, and bus. Start the journey with a lake cruise from Lucerne to Alpnachstad, then hop on the world's steepest cogwheel train, Pilatus Railway, to reach Mount Pilatus (May to November only). Spend some time taking in the views before traveling back down the mountain in an aerial gondola to Kriens. Finish the journey with a bus ride back to Lucerne. Enjoy a fully customizable itinerary that allows you to stop and enjoy the views at any of the stops for as long as you wish. You'll receive one simple email with all the instructions and tickets required for your journey.

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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.

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From Lucerne: Mount Bürgenstock by Ferry and Funicular

8. 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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From Lucerne: Private Pilatus Golden Round & Lake Cruise

9. From Lucerne: Private Pilatus Golden Round & Lake Cruise

You will begin your tour by meeting your tour guide at your hotel, before you make your way into central Lucerne. Close to the train station, you will board a boat to take a 1-hour cruise on Lake Lucerne. You can enjoy the views to the surrounding mountains and look back towards the city as the boat is departing. After one hour you will arrive in Alpnachstad, where you will change onto the cogwheel railway. The Pilatus railway operates from May until October (depending on weather conditions, especially snow) and is the world's steepest cogwheel railway. The 35-minute journey will take you from 464 meters above sea level to the top of mount Pilatus (a total altitude of 2,128 meters). Once you arrive at the top, you will walk through the rock, where your tour guide will show you some hidden military objects. Alternatively, you can climb up the stairs to the panoramic platform and enjoy the surrounding scenery. Your tour guide will then take you through the gallery of dragons, where you will learn a myth about Mount Pilatus.  After the sightseeing tour, you will have the chance to enjoy your lunch in one of the two restaurants, with your tour guide happy to accompany you. You will spend the remaining time according to your preference, before you begin your descent. A panoramic gondola will take you down to Fräkmüntegg, where you will change onto a 4-seat gondola. This section will take you above trees and meadows down to the suburb of Kriens. A 10-minutes walk from here will take place to the bus station, from where you will be in the city center in Lucerne. It is back in Lucerne where your tour will end, and your tour guide will lead you back to your hotel. 

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From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

10. From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour

This exquisite tour takes you through the countryside surrounding the Lake of the Four Cantons to Lucerne. This includes a brief tour of Lucerne's most impressive sights, including a photo stop at the Lion Monument or Lake Lucerne depending on the traffic situation. After a short pause to rest your feet and recharge your batteries, the tour continues to Kriens, where you will take a panoramic gondola and cable car rides to the summit of Mount Pilatus, a height of 2132 meters. Enjoy breathtaking views of Switzerland's Alpine landscape. Take in the extraordinary panoramic view of the surrounding lakes, valleys, and mountains before making the thrilling descent on the steepest funicular railway in the world, riding at a 48% slope to Alpnachstad. Afterward, you'll relax on a soothing boat ride over the Lake of the Four Cantons, back to Lucerne. From there, take the bus back to Zurich.

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What people are saying about Lucerne

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4.5 / 5

based on 319 reviews

Jorge was great! He ensured that his instructions were clear and well followed to ensure smooth journey. He not only shared about the tour, he also shared about Switzerland cultures and lifestyles which gave us an overview how the locals live. Very interesting tour indeed!

Our tour guide, Katherine, was excellent. I’ve learned a lot about Switzerland because of her. Thanks, Katherine.

Angelica was an awesome tour guide. I had a great time, and I highly recommend this trip to everyone

The guide was very nice and knowledgeable, and the whole trip was very organized

Quite and easy ferry ride to incredible view I’d lake Lucerne.