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From Lucerne: Titlis Half-Day Tour – Eternal Snow & Glacier

1. From Lucerne: Titlis Half-Day Tour – Eternal Snow & Glacier

Enjoy the unique scenery of expansive snowy landscapes and various glaciers on this tour of Mount Titlis. Ride a revolving cable car at 3,000 meters above sea level and glide across glaciers in a chair lift. Board your coach in Lucerne and meet your professional guide. Enjoy a scenic drive from Engelberg up into the high-alpine glacier world of Titlis Mountain. Enjoy the spectacular sight of the glacier's steep crevasses and gigantic ice boulders from the revolving cable car Rotair. The sun terrace on top of Titlis Mountain offers unforgettable views of the alpine panorama of the Swiss Alps. Visit the Glacier Cave and take a ride with the Ice Flyer chair lift to Glacier Park. Pass over Europe's highest suspension bridge and look forward to going snow tubing. Drive back to Lucerne in the late afternoon after an unforgettable winter experience.

From Zurich: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

2. From Zurich: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe

Explore the snow-capped mountains of Jungfraujoch, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2007 for its stunning High Alps scenery, and as the site of Europe’s largest glacier and highest train station. Take a scenic coach journey along the Brünig Pass and the shores of Lake Brienz to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier by gondola. Change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. Enjoy stunning views of the triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau as you ride. Immerse yourself in the High-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow, and rock at the top. Experience the adventure tour “Alpine Sensation,” marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for the most breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier. Stroll through the tunnels of the Ice Palace in the heart of the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Descend via the car-free resort of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, where your coach will be waiting for your return transfer to Zurich.

From Lucerne: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

3. From Lucerne: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe

Explore the snow-capped mountains of UNESCO-listed Jungfraujoch, the site of Europe's largest glacier. It is also home to Europe's highest train station. The 10-hour excursion begins with a scenic coach journey from Lucerne, along the Brünig Pass and the shores of Lake Brienz to the Bernese Oberland. After a break in Interlaken, board the cable car at the Grindelwald Terminal for a spectacular 15-minute ride to the Eiger Glacier. From there, change to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. From the top of Jungfraujoch, you’ll marvel at the High-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock. Experience the Alpine Sensation adventure tour, marking the 100th anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway. Visit the Sphinx Observation Terrace and Plateau for breathtaking views of the Aletsch Glacier. Walk along the tunnels of the Ice Palace into the heart of the glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Descend via the resort of Wengen to Lauterbrunnen, where your coach will be waiting to take you back to Lucerne.

Lucerne: 2-Hour Walking Tour to Chapel Bridge and Old Town

4. Lucerne: 2-Hour Walking Tour to Chapel Bridge and Old Town

Enjoy a very special walking tour of Lucerne. Stroll through the “City of Lights” and discover its famous landmark: the Chapel Bridge with the octagonal water tower. It forms part of the historical city walls together with the Spreuer Bridge and the Museggmauer with its 9 towers. On the 2-hour stroll through the city discover many other sights including the modern Culture and Congress Centre, the beautiful squares and the historical building facades in the old town. As you stroll through the narrow streets of the old town with your expert tour guide, discover humorous and interesting facts about Lucerne’s history, churches, bridges, balconies, streets, towers and squares.

Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience

5. Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience

The city of Lucerne is set against an impressive mountain backdrop. Walk with your guide through the beautiful old town and enjoy spectacular views of the Swiss Alps. On this 3-hour tour, admire architectural gems and centuries-old monuments, including the Chapel Bridge, the most-photographed sight in Switzerland. Experience the charm of Lucerne’s other old bridges, its towers and streets and take in panoramic views of the city from Lake Lucerne on an hour-long boat tour. This is a perfect Swiss adventure in the city of Lucerne – a charming place to visit throughout the year.

Lucerne: 1-Hour Historical Tour with Night Watchman

6. Lucerne: 1-Hour Historical Tour with Night Watchman

Discover the historical city of Lucerne on this tour with a night watchman. Start the tour on the right bank of the river by the Chapel Bridge. Listen to the fire horn, followed by the call of the night watchman. Listen to the exciting tales of the night watchman about his life, the Lucerne Chronicle of Diebold Schilling, the brilliant engraver Martin Martini, the stonemason Hans von Trient and his adversary Luzius Ritter, as well as other personalities from Lucerne’s past. At the beginning of the tour you can look at the route and attractions on the city map by Martini from 1597. Discover Kapellplatz and walk along Furrengasse to Kornmarkt. Here you can admire the Luzerner Elle and the Luzerner Fuß in the wall of the town hall. Hear the story about the giant of Reiden before continuing on along Brandgässli, which recalls the night of fire in 1833. Stop by the guild house of dressmakers and learn all about the legend of the night of murder in Lucerne. A few steps further is the wine market, where the night watchman brings you closer to the Swiss art of war. See the linden tree, where the pillory and the bank once stood, and listen to information about the court order, legal violations, and interrogation techniques. If time allows, you can stop at Zöpfli, one of the most beautiful places on the river in the old town. The route then continues on over Reuss Bridge, past the first Mint to the breathtaking display window of the medieval Alte Suidtersche Apotheke. Continue on to Ritter Palace and the story of Hans von Trient and his adversary Lux Ritter. Watch the dance of death by Jakob von Wal and stroll up the river across the Chapel Bridge back to the starting point.

Lucerne: Swiss Museum of Transport Full Day Pass

7. Lucerne: Swiss Museum of Transport Full Day Pass

Delight in an immersive and interactive experience at the most popular museum in all of Switzerland, the Museum of Transport. Explore attractions that focus on road, rail, water, and air navigation, and discover what goes on behind every mode of transportation you ride on. Satisfy your curiosity and find answers to all the questions you have about how cars move, how planes fly, how boats float, or how basically these mechanisms for transport work. Ride little battery-powered boats across the waters on the museum's large boating pool, and use excavators and bulldozers to load and transport construction material in the roadworks arena. Visit the Swiss Chocolate Adventure inside the museum and journey through chocolate's discovery, its manufacture, and its transportation to other corners of the world. At the end of the ride, relish a sweet treat from Lindt's master chocolatiers. The package also includes entry to the daily screenings at the Filmtheatre and the Planetarium where you can watch educational films about astronomy and the earth. All of these activities and more are waiting for you at the Swiss Museum of Transport.

Lucerne: eTukTuk City Tour

8. Lucerne: eTukTuk City Tour

Explore Lucerne/Luzern's highlights on this trip around the city in an electronic tuk-tuk. Listen to the driver's interesting stories about the sights, the locals, and life in the city. Start the tour with some information about the Culture and Congress Center (KKL), designed by the famous French architect, Jean Nouvel. After that, cross the Seebrücke bridge and admire the excellent view of the lake, as well as to the famous Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge). Make your first stop at the 17th-century Hofkirche (Church of St. Leodegar), the most important church in the city known for the biggest organ of its time. Next, move on to the outstanding Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument). Continue your drive through the old town to the historic places in Luzern, as well as some lesser-known secret posts. Finish the tour back at the Culture and Congress Center (KKL) again. Here, you can continue your adventure with a museum visit, or simply relax with a tea or coffee in this spectacular building.

Lucerne: Classic City Walking Tour

9. Lucerne: Classic City Walking Tour

Your local guide will welcome you at the reception of your hotel in Lucerne before briefing you on the route on a city map and providing all the information you need about your tour. You will then depart to the Bourbaki Museum, where your guide will provide you with historical information about it. Following this, you will continue to the Lion Monument, which represents a dying lion and commemorates the fallen Swiss mercenaries who died in the storm of the Royal Palace in the turmoil of the French Revolution. A walk of about 10 minutes will take you to the hill of the Musegg Wall, the still preserved part of the outer city fortification of medieval Lucerne. You will visit the "Schirmerturm" and the "Zeitturm" with its clockwork from the late Middle Ages. You will learn interesting facts about Swiss history, the wars of liberation, the territorial expansion policy and the armed neutrality that still applies today. After encountering the city center, you will have the chance to visit the wine market which hosts the city's oldest fountain. You’ll drink pure Pilatus spring water and learn from your city guide why the old town well flows the best water in the city of Lucerne. Afterwards, continue through the legendary Furrengasse to Peterskapelle, the first church in the city of Lucerne, which dates back to the founding of the city in the 12th century. You will stroll across the world-famous Chapel Bridge to the other river side of the historic center. Afterwards, visit the Jesuit Church and visit this first baroque church in Switzerland from the inside (except during church services). Just a few steps further on you will reach the cantonal government building, the former Ritter's Palace and the city's most imposing Renaissance palazzos. During your visit, you will see the courtyard with the loggias and marvel at the beautiful stone carvings of the unfortunate stonemason "Hans von Trient". You can then enjoy the presentation of the seven paintings which show the Dance of Death (Danse Macabre). This famous Renaissance art work was created around 1610 by Jakob von Wyl.

Lucerne: Swiss Chocolate Adventure Experience

10. Lucerne: Swiss Chocolate Adventure Experience

Use your entrance ticket to head inside the Swiss Chocolate Adventure, an attraction located at the Swiss Museum of Transport. Take your seat on a traveling cart to embark on a multimedia journey about Swiss chocolate. Listen to fascinating commentary on your audio guide as you pull up to 10 different displays to learn about the history of Swiss chocolate and how it's produced, transported and sold. Learn when and how chocolate was discovered, how people first cultivated their precious cocoa beans and how Switzerland’s yummy chocolate — considered some of the finest in the world — is manufactured and transported to confectionery counters everywhere. Along the way, feel your senses come alive: the multisensory ride envelops you in the aromas, flavors and sights of chocolate for a truly immersive experience! Plus, receive your own free sample of delicious Swiss chocolate to take home or enjoy during your journey.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 176 reviews

Special thanks to YAO PING. She was excellent in her knowledge of the area, caring and highly considerate to the travellers. Weather waa clear that day and the scenery could not have been more breathtaking. Was a little unwell in the middle of the trip and YAO PING stayed with me throughout, ensuring that i was well looked after. Could not ask for a better well attentioned. guide. Thank you so much !

Excellent tour that ties in history with the art and architecture of Lucerne. My family really enjoyed the experience. Highly recommended.

The trip was Awesome! The tour guide Patro was excellent. Liked the service and will definitely recommend.

The experience is just great! You get to know and learn about Lucerne in a totally different way!

Very good experience. On time pickup, very well organized trip.