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

1. 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: eTukTuk City Tour

2. 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: Culture & Congress Centre Behind the Scenes Tour

3. Lucerne: Culture & Congress Centre Behind the Scenes Tour

Take a behind the scenes tour of the famous Culture and Congress Center in Lucerne, also known as KKL Luzern, to learn more about the architectural vision of its creator Jean Nouvel. Experience in person the wonderful way in which water and light combine in this magnificent place and prepare to be fascinated by our numerous halls. Visit the famous Concert Hall, which is regarded as one of the best in the world. Find out more about its perfect proportions, about the echo chambers and the height-adjustable sound reflector, which all contribute to its ideal acoustics. This tour is also packed with information and interesting details about how the KKL Luzern came into being. During the tour you will visit the building's panoramic terrace and get the chance to take pictures of the spectacular views from Lakeside Lucerne.

Lucerne: Classic City Walking Tour

4. 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: Half-Day City Tour and Lake Cruise

5. Lucerne: Half-Day City Tour and Lake Cruise

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel, and together you’ll make your way into central Lucerne. Enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the city center across the Reuss river, and admire the surrounding mountains. Continue towards the wooden Chapel Bridge, a 200-meter long pedestrian crossing, and learn the history of this beautifully painted bridge.   Discover the car-free inner city circle and the old town, filled with 16th-century buildings. Walk across the Spreuer Bridge and take a coffee break along the Reuss river. After the break, continue along the city wall, built for defensive reasons in the 14th century. End your city tour by the Lion Monument, a rock relief commemorating the massacres of Swiss Guards during the French Revolution.   Your tour guide will then lead you to the boat station, where you’ll board a panoramic yacht and sail out on to Lake Lucerne. Listen to the audio headset commentary during the cruise, or ask your guide about the mountains, houses, and other sights along the shore. After the 1-hour boat tour, you’ll return to Lucerne, where your guide will drop you off back at your hotel.

Lucerne: Scavenger Hunt and Self-guided Walking Tour

6. Lucerne: Scavenger Hunt and Self-guided Walking Tour

Get to know Lucerne at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the "Kapellbrücke", "Fritschibrunnen", "Hofkirche" and many more! After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Lucerne Railway Station” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “Löwendenkmal [Lion monument]”. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Lucerne: Walking Tour with a Local Guide

7. Lucerne: Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Meet your local guide at the train station and begin your one-hour stroll from there. See Lucerne through the eyes of a local and discover what the everyday life looks like. Find out where the city gets its characteristic ambience from while walking through the city. Discover the parks, monuments, and historical architecture and take the chance to get insider recommendations for the best cafes, restaurants, and tips on how to make the most out of your visit.   Enjoy this short and sweet excursion during which you will learn the most intriguing facts about the history, local lifestyle, and contemporary transformation of the city. This is the perfect experience for someone visiting the city for the first time or for someone that wants to rediscover it.

Lucerne Lakeside and Villas Private Walking Tour

8. Lucerne Lakeside and Villas Private Walking Tour

Spend a relaxing afternoon strolling along Lake Lucerne's most panoramic vistas and walking by old Swiss chalets, villas, and historic castles on a 4-hour tour through the countryside. Begin with a short bus ride to the peninsula of Meggen, located on the northern shore of Lake Lucerne. Alongside the lake you will encounter the neo-baroque style manor of St. Charles Hall and view the enchanting statues of Rolf Brem. Continue to a small hamlet of 150-year old Swiss chalets and feel as though you have stepped back in time. Next, walk past the now privately owned and lived-in 13th-century Neuhabsburg Castle, by ornate old world villas, and aside green pastures and working farmhouses. Arrive at the eastern entrance to the 17th-century Meggenhorn Castle. This estate includes vineyards and gardens with spectacular views of the surrounding Alps, and you will have the opportunity to pet farm animals and visit a lakeside statue of Christ before taking a guided tour. Continue on a 30-minute walk to the Hotel Hermitage for cool refreshments at its lakeside terrace restaurant. From the Hotel Hermitage, you will return by the public bus back to the Lucerne train station. Although the tour ends, you might consider taking an additional walk alongside the Lucerne promenade as evening falls.

Lucerne: Photography Walking Tour

9. Lucerne: Photography Walking Tour

Capture the beautiful sights of Lucerne on camera on a photography tour of the city center, and learn how to take better photos of monuments such as Chapel Bridge and the Museggmauer wall, however skillful a photographer you are!  Discover the amazing frescoes of the traffic-free Old Town and see the stunning Culture and Convention Center (KKL) by the French architect, Jean Nouvel. Get photography tips from your professional guide on a tour suitable for amateurs and serious photography enthusiasts alike. No prior experience is needed, as your guide will assist you at every level. Bring any kind of equipment you choose, from a simple point-and-shoot or DSLR camera to a smart phone with camera function. Non-photographer friends are welcome to join to see some of the most beautiful sights and witness the best Alpine festivals at leisure. 

Lucerne: Private Architectural Walking Tour

10. Lucerne: Private Architectural Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in Lucerne's rich architectural scene on this private tour with a local guide. Discover the most impressive buildings in the city and learn about the history behind each of them on this educational walk. Join your guide on an adventure to discover the beauty and history of the city and find out more about Swiss culture from a local perspective. During your tour, become better acquainted with the local architecture and discover how it has changed over the years while still retaining its unique character. You will also discover secret anecdotes about the iconic Musegg wall and the breathtaking KKL Luzern building.

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What people are saying about Lucerne

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 10 reviews

This was a safe, comfortable and relaxing way to gain some knowledge of Lucerne. Pascal has lived in Lucerne his entire life and knows the city very well. It was good to see people he knew greet him as we travelled around. The ETukTuk was very clean and pleasing to ride in.

Thank you Andrea and Ezra for a fantastic tour and a great Swiss experience, well worth it! A beautiful way to see the countryside and enjoy villas and sights!

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

The info provided about the different places was really interesting

We had a great time and enjoyed our walk learning about the city.