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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Golden Pass line

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

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Gotthard Panorama Express

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

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

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

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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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 day trip to Jungfraujoch from Lucerne

Guided tour by luxury coach through the Bernese Oberland to Lauterbrunnen. Then by cogwheel train up to the Jungfraujoch and down to Grindelwald.

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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
  • Details & booking: Viator.com

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)

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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