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Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)
Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)

Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)

Free admission

The Basics

Lucerne city tours will take you to the lake’s most memorable viewpoint: looking out over the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) from the shore of Old Town. Alternatively, enjoy a hike around the lakeside villas; take the Golden round trip and travel by boat, cogwheel railway, and aerial cableway to the most spectacular viewpoints on Mount Pilatus; or gaze down over Lucerne from the summit of Mount Rigi.

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Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich
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Mount Titlis and Lucerne Day Tour from Zurich
$171.41 per adult
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Fantastic experience
Excellent trip, Valerie, our guide, was fantastic, courteous and friendly. The views were amazing, motorcoach was comfortable.
Walter_J, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Lucerne

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Audio Availability
Nick_L, Apr 2022
Lake Lucerne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise
This was a beautiful boat ride. Unfortunately, they are still holding back the audio commentary "due to Covid." But no crew member was even wearing a mask, so why is there a Covid concern about the audio??
star-4
A good experience
Subhashish_S, Apr 2022
Lake Lucerne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise
A joyfully experience. The cruise ship was clean and we had a good time onboard. I would recommend it for family and friends.
star-5
Great tour, great guide
Rex_J, Apr 2022
Lake Lucerne Castles and Villas Tour
Our guide, Eve, was EXCELLENT!!! She lives in the area so she was very knowledgeable. She was very personable and friendly. We had great views of the alps as well as picturesque villas. She shared many stories about the homes and residents.
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I would totally do this again
Heather_B, Apr 2022
1-Hour Catamaran Cruise on Lake Lucerne
This is essentially a ferry, but it's great, truly. It really isn't a tour, just a ride across the lake and back. It's stunning. Amazing views, wonderful to be out on the water, great vessel, and easy to find and board and get to/from the pier. The ticket gets scanned on the Boat so no need to go to the booths in front of the train station. Also, Lucerne/Luzern is incredible and this is a great thing to do while you're there!
star-5
Terrific time with guide Luis!
Friederike_S, Mar 2022
Lake Lucerne Peninsula e-Bike Tour
We had a terrific time with our guide Luis! He took care about us so lovely, he showed us the the most beautiful parts of Luzern far away from the crowed spots of Luzern. We biked on perfect save trails. We had a lot of fun. Luis is just a great person!
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Exceptional panoramic scenic views
Tanumita_D, Oct 2021
1-Hour Catamaran Cruise on Lake Lucerne
It was a fantastic experience. The views throughout the 55min ride were outstanding. The cruise took us to Burgenstock and brought us back to the starting point in Lucerne. It was a beautiful scenic route, surely not to be missed if you're in Lucerne.
star-5
Great Tour
ROBERT_S, Oct 2019
Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise
wonderful full day excursion . Guide one of best we have ever had, knowledgeable and interacted with group in so many wonderful ways
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Excellent lake cruise
Lynn_M, Oct 2019
Lake Lucerne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise
Booked this hour trip online which was very easy to do. The vessel was spacious and spotlessly clean. There are panoramic views throughout and a lovely cafe. Friendly staff. A must do at 22 fr a person.
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Castle Villa Tour
Jeffrey_H, Aug 2019
Lake Lucerne Castles and Villas Tour
Great walking tour. Really got a terrific look at the area. Our guide Glenn was very knowledgeable and a great personality.
star-5
Excellent day in Lucern
Michael_A, Jun 2019
Private Wine Tasting Tour by Lake Lucerne in a Traditional Winery
Luis was great. We had a large group, including young children, and he was a great help. Very knowledgeable about Lucern and had a nice itinerary planned for the day. He also helped out by playing professional photographer for our group and capturing some great pictures. I highly recommend Luis.
star-5
A Delight!
Monte S, May 2019
Half-Day Lake Lucerne Country Walk
This walk through the beautiful countryside outside of Lucerne was the highlight of our trip. Our guide, Eve, could not have been more thoughtful, friendly and informative, even providing us with a picnic lunch along the way. Truly a unique way to see some of the country far off the tourist paths. Highly recommended.
star-5
Great way to see the lake and mountains
Nicole_L, Jun 2019
Lake Lucerne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise
It was an amazing morning and there was a pleasant chill in the air. There is indoor seating to keep warm but I opted for the front of the boat. It was beautiful. The cruise departed and arrived back on time. Boat was very clean and comfortable. Views were amazing.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • It can get chilly on the mountaintops or out on the lake even in the summer, so bring some warm clothes.

  • Many boat tours and trains are wheelchair accessible, but it’s best to check with the operator in advance.

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How to Get There

Lake Lucerne is located in Central Switzerland, 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of Zurich, or roughly 45 minutes by train. Trains run regularly from Zurich to the city of Lucerne, located on the lake’s northwest shore. Daily ferries run between Lucerne city and Fluelen at the southeast tip of the lake, taking about three hours one way and stopping at lakeside towns such as Vitznau, Beckenried, and Brunnen. You can also travel to different lakeside attractions on a sightseeing boat tour.

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When to Get There

Lake Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s top vacation destinations. Summer (July through August) and Christmas are the most popular times to visit. While summer visitors come to hike in the Alps and enjoy boat cruises on the lake, winter travelers can hit the nearby ski slopes or visit the Lucerne Christmas Market.

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Day Trips in the Lake Lucerne Region

Once you’ve scaled the summit of Mount Rigi and ridden the world’s steepest cog railway to the top of Mount Pilatus, brave a ride to the “Top of Europe” at Jungfraujoch or hike the notorious Eiger Trail around the North Face of Eiger Mountain. You could also visit the alpine village of Engelberg and take in the views from Mount Titlis, ride the open-air cable car to the top of Mount Stanserhorn, or take a ride on the Golden Pass Scenic Train.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee)?
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What else should I know about attractions in Lucerne?
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As well as visiting the Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstättersee), check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: