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Stanserhorn CabriO

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

Activities in the Lake Lucerne region

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

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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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Bürgenstock

This luxurious resort above Lake Lucerne offers hotels, restaurants, fantastic views and the thrilling Hammetschwand lift.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By funicular
  • Escort: independent (no guide)
  • Region: Lake Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less

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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Voralpen-Express

The Voralpen-Express makes for a relaxing train journey between Central and North-Eastern Switzerland, passing green hills and charming villages.

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Guided day trip to Jungfraujoch from Lucerne

This guided tour starts with a scenic coach ride through the Bernese Oberland to the Jungfrau region. Then you'll travel by cogwheel train up to Jungfraujoch to admire the views.

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Guided Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland tour from Lucerne

Your guide takes you on a scenic bus trip to the Bernese Oberland, followed by a short break in Interlaken, and finally by bus to Grindelwald. Then you'll go up to Jungfraujoch by train and down to Lauterbrunnen where the bus waits for the ride back to Lucerne.

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  • Attraction type: Natural site, Mountain top, By train;
    Scenic trip, By bus
  • Escort: guide
  • Region: Lucerne (Central Switzerland)
  • Duration: 1 day or less
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Full Grindelwald-First adventure tour from Lucerne

A comfortable coach will take you to Interlaken for a photo stop, and then to Grindelwald. You'll take the scenic cableway to First, then descend by the spectacular First Flyer, plus a cart and scooter ride. Finally there's a train ride to Interlaken to board the coach back to Zurich.

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Guided two hour walking tour of Lucerne

Small group guided walk in the historical town center of Lucerne. Apart from many medieval buildings, the city wall, old town squares and the lake, you'll see famous sights: the Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church, and the Culture and Convention Centre on the lake front.

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Guided walk in Lucerne and a boat ride

A local guide takes you to the historical town center, including the Chapel Bridge and the castle (Château Gütsch). A one hour boat ride to see Lucerne and the mountains from a different perspective is included as well. This small group tour takes about 3 hours.

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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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Beginner ski experience at Mount Titlis

You'll get a return ticket from Engelberg to the top of Mount Titlis, plus a beginner ski experience on an easy, safe slope. There is a guide, but not a ski instructor, so this tour is perfect for a first ski experience and to have fun. Ski gear is included, and you can use the snow tubes too.

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Guided walk along the Lake Lucerne castles

Guided walking tour along the castles and villas in the Lake Lucerne region. This tour along St. Charles Hall, Neuhabsburg Castle, and Meggenhorn Castle takes about 4 hours.

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Guided small group walking tour in Christmassy Lucerne

Explore the historical center of Lucerne in the weeks before Christmas during this guided walking tour along the Christmas decorations and the markets. Up to 6 participants.

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Privately guided Bernese Oberland tour from Lucerne or Zurich

You will be picked you up with an air-conditioned minivan. Which places you pick to visit is entirely up to you. You can choose from many highlights, including Schilthorn, Giessbach falls, Aare gorge, the town of Brienz and more. Chris and his team get excellent reviews. You'll be in good hands.

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Rhine Falls, Zurich, Lindt Chocolate and Stein am Rhein in one day

Chris and his team receive perfect customer reviews. They will for sure offer you a comfortable day full of Swiss highlights. A private guide will pick you up anywhere in the Zurich/Lucerne area to show you the Rhine Falls, Zurich, medieval Stein am Rhein and lots of Lindt chocolate.

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Lake Lucerne private pick and mix tour

Chris and his team get excellent reviews, so a perfect day is guaranteed. Your private guide will show you around the area by air-conditioned minivan. You have many options to choose from, including a chocolate factory, Mt Rigi, Bürgenstock, Lucerne city center and many photo stops.

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COVID-19 friendlyIndependent or small group activities that easily allow avoiding the masses COVID-19 safeActivities with extra hygiene measures to guarantee your safety Free cancellationAt least one (usually all) retailers listed here offer free cancellation for this activity

One hour eTukTuk private tour of Lucerne

Enjoy a quick and comfortable private tour in an eco-friendly electric powered TukTuk along the highlights of Lucerne. The Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument are of course included.

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Private customized off the beaten path tour of Switzerland

Enjoy a personalized private tour to the most beautiful spots in Switzerland. The itinerary will be created by an experienced private guide who will take all your wishes into account. A good way to discover lakes, views and peaks you wouldn't easily find on your own.

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Grand Train Tour of Switzerland 3 to 8 days

Explore the scenic train routes to enjoy all of Switzerland or part of it. Pick any tour program from 3 to 8 days.

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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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Meggen - Lucerne

A relaxed stroll along Lake Lucerne and Meggenhorn Castle.

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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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