Lake Lucerne region - Day trip and hiking suggestions

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The open air double deck cable car CabriO ascending onto the Stanserhorn.
© Stanserhorn-Bahn

Activities in the Lake Lucerne region

These are the attractions we recommend. Hiking trails, cable cars, cogwheel trains and more!

SIGHTSEEING TIPS FOR THIS REGION

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Golden Pass line

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

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Pilatus

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

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip;
    natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Titlis

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

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Boat trip Lake Lucerne

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

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  • Attraction type: natural site, lake;
    scenic trip, by boat
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Rigi

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

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  • Attraction type: scenic trip, by train;
    natural site, mountain top, by train
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

Gotthard Panorama Express

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

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Stanserhorn

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

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  • Attraction type: natural site, mountain top, by cable car
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

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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Swiss food tasting in Lucerne

A self-guided food tour along four fine restaurants in Lucerne. You will get a small dish in each restaurant, so you'll have had the equivalent of a full meal once you're done in the last restaurant. A very nice way to try Swiss food, including chocolate.

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Guided day trip to Jungfraujoch from Lucerne

Guided tour that starts with a scenic coach ride through the Bernese Oberland to the Jungfrau region. Then by cogwheel train up to Jungfraujoch to admire the views.

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REGIONAL HIKING SUGGESTIONS

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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)

Town walk Olten

An easy short walk in the pretty center of Olten. Ideal if you're interested in seeing a typical northern Switzerland town that is not too touristy.

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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)
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