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Lucerne: eTukTuk City Tour

1. 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: Half-Day City Tour and Lake Cruise

2. 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: Walking Tour with a Local Guide

3. 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.

Swiss Army Knife Valley Bike Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise

4. Swiss Army Knife Valley Bike Tour and Lake Lucerne Cruise

See what the Swiss countryside has to offer on a full-day tour exploring the areas surrounding Lucerne. Enjoy the perfect amount of exercise and relaxation on a bike ride followed by a boat cruise. Your tour begins at 8:15 AM under the arch in front of Lucerne train station. From there, depart on a 24-mile (40-kilometer) bike ride to Brunnen using a Swiss Flyer electric bike. The bike will boost your pedaling leaving you more energy to enjoy the scenery. After a 3-hour ride that passes by the beautiful lakes of Zug, Lauerz, and Lucerne, stop at Hohle Gasse and learn about Swiss legend William Tell and his fascinating story. You can also take advantage of the many photo opportunities at these scenic spots, including villages, farmhouses, pastures, and local people. Once arriving in Brunnen, use some free time to sightsee or stop off for lunch, before heading to the Victorinox Swiss Army Knife Visitor Center. Here you have the option to make and engrave your own Swiss Army knife under the watchful eye of a cutler. Next, board a lake steamer for a relaxing 2-hour boat ride across Lake Lucerne. This provides some time to relax, and you may choose from an excellent selection of food and drinks. At 17:00 you will arrive back at your starting point, with plenty of time to enjoy an evening in Lucerne.

Lucerne Lakeside and Villas Private Walking Tour

5. 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.

From Lucerne: The Heart of Swiss Alps Private Guided Hike

6. From Lucerne: The Heart of Swiss Alps Private Guided Hike

You begin your trip with a short train ride as you ascend to the famous, quaint mountain resort of Engleberg. Then board a bus and take in the stunning scenery as you pass by a 12th Century Benedictine monastery. Once you arrive at Fuerenalp, you board an aerial cable car and continue to ascend into the midst of the snow-peaked mountains and glaciers towering around you. After marveling at the truly awe-inspiring view that must be seen to believed, you begin your descent along the well- maintained Wanderweg path where all paths are safe and sign-posted. Listen to the clanging of the cowbells, admire the flowers, and breathe the fresh mountain air before you stop for lunch at an Alpine restaurant and enjoy the delicious local cuisine. You then continue on a gentle, tree-lined path as you disappear into the forest and alongside a fantastical glacier stream. As you approach Engleberg once more, you will have the chance to visit the 12th Century monsatery and the quaint village you passed earlier in the day.

Mount Rigi Guided Hike from Lucerne

7. Mount Rigi Guided Hike from Lucerne

Start the day off with a train ride from the Lucerne train station to Goldau, where you will transfer to the Mt. Rigi cogwheel train, and then to the aerial tram, to reach the starting point of your hike at the 1,661-meter high Rigi Scheidegg. The panoramic views and the symphony of cow bells in the summer months provide the perfect ambiance, and served as the inspiration from Mark Twain's 1880 book, “A Tramp Abroad." Midway through the hike, stop for lunch at a typical Alpine restaurant or bring your own to enjoy at a nearby meadow. After lunch, continue hiking through undulating meadows to reach the modern facilities of the newly opened Mineralbad & Spa at Rigi Kaltbad, designed by internationally renowned architect, Mario Botta. Take the cogwheel train up to the top of Mount Rigi to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views over the lakes and mountains, and then descend by foot back to the Rigi Kaltbad. End the tour with a scenic 40-minute boat cruise across Lake Lucerne, returning to the Lucerne train station by 6:47 PM.

Lake Lucerne Half-day Countryside Walk

8. Lake Lucerne Half-day Countryside Walk

Journey through green pastures, visit a working organic farm and pass old Swiss chalets. Visit the small village of Winkel, the oldest school house of the region, and reward yourself with lunch or a cool drink afterward your journey at the historic lake side restaurant. Explore the beautiful mountain scenery surrounding Lucerne, and see some of the best views the Alps have to offer. Learn about the fascinating history of Lucerne, and experience the famed Swiss transportation system first hand by taking a ride on a local bus. For a great way to see Lucerne, Switzerland, and it's truly magnificent views, join us on this half-day tour.

Lucerne: Private Architectural Walking Tour

9. 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.

William Tell Swiss Path Hike and Boat Cruise Full-Day Tour

10. William Tell Swiss Path Hike and Boat Cruise Full-Day Tour

Experience some of Switzerland’s most legendary sights and stories as you trace the heroic legend of William Tell on this full-day hike and cruise from Lucerne. Begin with a ride to the historic village of Altdorf, where William Tell shot the apple off of his son's head. From Altdorf a local bus whisks you to Buerglen, the birthplace of William Tell and where your guide will provide a snapshot of his life in the 13th century. From Buerglen, follow William Tell's footsteps as you walk back to Altdorf. Stroll trough this historic town before beginning your hike on the Swiss Path. After an hour of hiking, stop for lunch (not included) at the garden terrace of Tell Restaurant and enjoy its spectacular view of Lake Uri and the surrounding Alps. After lunch, walk down to the William Tell Chapel. Continue another 50 minutes to Sisikon, and board the train to the lakeside resort of Brunnen. Once there, visit the Swiss Army Knife Visitor Center and enjoy a coffee along the famous lakeside promenade before boarding a boat for a scenic, two-hour cruise back to Lucerne.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 7 reviews

The ride through Lucerne with Pascal and his cool E Tuk Tuk was really great! Would we book again and again and we highly recommend it! The 90 minute tour was almost too little, it was that interesting! Next time we would like to eat a fondue on board! Was very informative and it was fun! No matter what the weather is like, there are blankets and wind and rain protection! Many thanks and greetings from Vienna!

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.

Adrian was a wonderful tour guide. We saw everything on the walking tour and he had great local insights. The boat trip was a great way to end the day and I appreciated Adrian’s direction to be sure we had good seats!

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!

Pascal is most attentive to his customers and their needs. I would highly recommend him.