Set on the shores of Lake Lucerne and flanked by Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus, this beautiful city remains one of the most popular destinations in Switzerland.
Walk through the old town and marvel at the historic buildings with their painted facades. The narrow cobbled streets are lined with shops selling traditional Swiss goods while the wooden Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) features triangular paintings, some of which date back to the 17th century.
For breathtaking panoramic views of the city, the Alps and the lakes, take the mountain railway to the top of Mount Rigi, the ‘Queen of the Mountains’. With the Swiss Travel Pass, you can travel to the top free of charge.
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Top things to do in Lucerne
Golden Pass Line
Travelling between French-speaking Montreux and German-speaking Lucerne, this scenic route is serviced by several different trains, altogether crossing six lakes, six cantons and three passes. There are three sections to the route: Lucerne to Interlaken Ost, Interlaken Ost to Zweisimmen and Zweisimmen to Montreux. Between Zweisimmen and Montreux you can choose between the Panoramic or Classic trains. The Panoramic train has large windows for superb views and the possibility to reserve VIP seats at the front of the train for the same view as the driver. The Classic train has belle epoque coaches for a luxury journey in the style of the legendary Orient Express.
Gotthard Panorama Express
This route connects central Switzerland with the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino in the south. The journey starts with a boat trip on a historic paddlesteamer across Lake Lucerne with the opportunity to tuck into a three-course lunch while on board. Then board the train for a scenic ride along the historic Gotthard route through the Reuss valley to Bellinzona and on to Locarno or Lugano.
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