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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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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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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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Culture and Congress Centre (KKL)

Culture and Congress Centre (KKL)

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The Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre, referred to as KKL by the locals, is the work of the French architect Jean Nouvel. It has an extraordinary presence among the more traditional buildings of Lucerne, especially due to the modern square shape and the enormous flat roof overhanging Europe Square. This floating roof, sometimes called the magic roof, soon became a symbol of the city and is definitely the building’s most prominent feature. Also remarkable is the successful fusion of nature and construction. The Culture and Congress Centre almost merges with the adjoining water of Lake Lucerne and not only do the aluminum plates covering the surface reflect the light and ripples in the waves but the water also flows into the building itself and separates the KKL into its three parts. One part of the structure houses smaller halls and meeting rooms, offices as well as a bistro and an art museum, while the versatile middle part called the Lucerne Hall is the venue for bigger events, shows and conventions.The Culture and Congress Centre’s main feature and the third part of the building is the huge concert hall. It has a lining made of maple wood, reminiscent of a violin case, but is popularly referred to as “Salle Blanche” due to the isolating side walls made out of gleaming white plaster reliefs. The blue ceiling is reminiscent of the starry night sky and the five floors beneath it, capable of holding 1,840 spectators, are furnished with plenty of pine, cherry and maple wood. The concert hall was mainly built for classical concerts and thus, meets the highest acoustic demands, allowing for absolute silence in which sounds from the quietest pianissimo to the loudest fortissimo can develop. But among all the culture and music, don't forget to climb to the roof-top terrace for an incredible view over the city and Lake Lucerne.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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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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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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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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Swiss Museum of Transport (Verkehrshaus der Schweiz)

Swiss Museum of Transport (Verkehrshaus der Schweiz)

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The Swiss Museum of Transport (Verkehrshaus der Schweiz) is dedicated to the past, present, and future of transport and mobility on land, at sea, in the air and even outer space. More than 3,000 displays bear witness to a moving history in the truest sense of the word and show the inventions and deeds of explorers and inventors.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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Top activities in Lucerne

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
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Mount Pilatus Photography Day Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in 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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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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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...
Weng Sang 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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Great outing, easy to find the...
Lisa F, Aug 2017
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
Even though clouds marred our view, we enjoyed the multiple ways we got to see the mountain and the lake.
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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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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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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.
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It was about 3 hours from Lucerne...
Janine K, May 2018
Jungfraujoch Top of Europe Day Trip from Lucerne
You may want to wait until the last minute to book, as there isn't much to see when there are clouds engulfing the top.
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It was a wonderful trip. We stopped...
mmnakayama, Oct 2016
Eiger and Jungfrau Panorama Day Trip from Lucerne
In the little town of Lauterbruanen, we saw beautiful Staubbach Falls.
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Breathtaking. If you are in Lucerne...
Dennis G, Dec 2016
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
Would love to go back in the winter season.
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Well worth doing. Very lucky it had...
Julie J, Oct 2012
Mount Titlis Eternal Snow Half-Day Trip from Lucerne
Very lucky it had snowed 2 days prior to visiting Mt Titlus.
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The tour gives you time to do and...
August Raymond K, Jul 2015
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne
Make sure to take the boat to see the whole Lake Lucerne
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Great self-paced tour, redemption point too far away
161alissas, Oct 2019
Mt Pilatus Self-Guided Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise from Lucerne
Breathtaking views, fun activities, food, etc.

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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