Sightseeing and hiking in and around Lucerne

Lucerne - Sightseeing and hiking

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The Pilatus towers high over Lake Lucerne.

Things to do in and around Lucerne

Sightseeing tips and activities can be found below. Check your rail pass for discounts on the various attractions. The Lucerne Visitors Card also provides discounts. You will get one when checking in to a hotel or rental in Lucerne.

SIGHTSEEING IN AND AROUND LUCERNE

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Pilatus

Cogwheel train across a spectacular rocky landscape, plus views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps.

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Titlis

Revolving cable car to an altitude of 3032 m. Great views and snow all year round.

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Boat trip Lake Lucerne

Take a cruise at Lake Lucerne and enjoy the Alps while having lunch or sunbathing.

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Golden Pass line

Beautiful scenic train ride from Lucerne via the Bernese Oberland lakes to Montreux.

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Rigi

Cogwheel train and wide views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps.

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Stanserhorn

Unique open air cable car to a panoramic restaurant at 1850 m.

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Swiss Museum of Transport

Interactive museum with cars, trains, planes and more modes of transport. Great for both adults and children.

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Wilhelm Tell Express

An impressive train and boat journey across the famous Gotthard route.

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Guided two hour Lucerne city walk

A perfect way to quickly get to know Lucerne, and do some more exploring on your own later. Your guide takes you to monuments like the Chapel Bridge, Jesuit Church and Musegg Wall, and along the picturesque streets and squares.

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Guided tour to Bern and Swiss show dairy from Lucerne

This small-group tour starts with a bus ride across the scenic Entlebuch valley and a visit to the Kambly biscuit factory. Next, your guide will show you the historical town center of Bern. Before returning to Lucerne, you'll visit the Emmental show dairy to watch Swiss cheese making.

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REGIONAL HIKING SUGGESTIONS

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Rigi Staffelhöhe - Freibergen

Short hike on Mount Rigi with views over Lake Lucerne.

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  • Hiking time: 1h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 1029 - 1556 m
  • Distance: 2.9 km
  • Terrain: meadow, town, along railway, forest
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)

Bauen - Seelisberg

Hiking along and above the eastern part of Lake Lucerne.

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  • Hiking time: 2h20
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 438 - 881 m
  • Distance: 6.2 km
  • Terrain: meadow, town, along lake, valley, forest
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)

Engelberg - Ober Trüebsee - Trüebsee

Easy, varying trail through the valley and along Lake Trüeb.

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  • Hiking time: 1h45
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Elevation: 999 - 1794 m
  • Distance: 6.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, along lake, valley
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)

Klewenalp - Stockhütte

Explore the mountains south of Lake Lucerne.

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Melchtal - Sachseln

Varying, off the beaten path hiking in the Melch valley.

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  • Hiking time: 2h00
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Elevation: 474 - 1014 m
  • Distance: 9.0 km
  • Terrain: meadow, town, valley, forest
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
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