Top attractions in Central Switzerland
Our most recommended things to do in Central Switzerland
1. Golden Round Trip from Lucerne: Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Tour
Your 4.5-hour tour begins at the train station in Lucerne, where you’ll board a bus for a 15-minute ride to Kriens. In Kriens you’ll pick up your ticket for the rest of the tour. Head to the 4-seat Panorama Gondola to ascend to the mid-way station at Krienseregg. In another 15 minutes you’ll reach Fräkmüntegg. Finish the journey to the summit of Mount Pilatus on a thrilling 5-minute aerial cable car ride, known as the Dragon Ride. At more than 2,000 meters above sea level, you’ll have spectacular views over the Lake Lucerne region and the Alps. You’ll also have some free time for a bite to eat or a walk around the area. Then you’ll board the world's steepest cogwheel railway for the ride down to Alpnachstad, passing lush meadows carpeted with Alpine flowers, sparkling mountain streams and fascinating rock faces. In about a half hour you’ll arrive at the valley station, where a ship w...
Excelent trip. Awesome experience. Just what you want, a self guided tour at your own pace. Go early and do the mountain coaster before talking the gondola to the mointain peak, its a must. Great views!!!!!
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. It is also Europe's highest train station. The scenic coach journey takes you 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. From there, exchange to a cogwheel train that will take you to the peak of Jungfraujoch. Enjoy the stunning views of the triple peaks of Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau as you ride. Once at the top of Jungfraujoch, immerse yourself in the High-Alpine wonderland of ice, snow and rock. Experience the adventure tour “Alpine Sensation,” marking the 100-year anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway, and visit the Sphinx Obser...
It was a fun and wonderful experience, the guide was very nice, accommodating and knowledgeable. I would love to go on the trip again.
3. Mount Titlis: Admission Ticket
Discover the impressive glacier around Mount Titlis. Engelberg is easy to reach by train from Lucerne: take the 8-seater gondola lift comfortably from the Titlis Valley Station in Engelberg up to 2450 m above sea level and then reach the summit station at 3020 m above sea level with a rotating gondola. Enjoy different activities that are lots of fun in a stunning atmosphere. For example, brave the Titlis Cliff Walk with the spectacular suspension bridge high above the summit. Explore the frosty heart of Mount Titlis in the glacier cave. On the way back to the valley discover Trübsee Station at 1800 meters altitude and enjoy the peace and quiet of the Swiss mountains. Take a boat on the Trübsee, before before you rejuvenate in one of the local pubs.
Pros : Awesome Views Easy signs to read, hard to be lost Clean, friendly people all the way Free bus to/from Train station SBB App is very easy to book trains from, easy to pay with Apple Pay. BEST train lines I ever seen, extremely organized and cheap ONLY if you buy the 50% off or higher tier. CONS: Food is expensive, just JUNK food at the restaurant at the top, not worth the price at all. The old man at the entrance where you scan your tickets is rude and hate his job/life seems like Long slow lines to change the voucher to paper ticket, only 2 windows open The hanging cart was closed suppose due to Covid Other than that, beautiful place to visit especially at winter time
4. Mount Titlis Day Tour from Zurich
Enjoy a spectacular winter tour. Discover the unique landscapes of eternal snow and varying glaciers, and experience an unforgettable adventure. Departing from Zurich, take a bus ride over the Albis Pass and along the shores of the magnificent Lake Lucerne on the way to the city of Lucerne. Once there, take a short tour of the city's most important sights, including a photo stop at the famous Lion Monument or Vierwaldstätter Lake, depending on traffic. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore the city on your own. From Lucerne, you continue on the tour by driving to Engelberg. The breathtaking ride up into the high alpine glaciers of Mount Titlis begins here. From the Rotair revolving cable car on your way up to mountain, you'll get spectacular views of the deep crevasses in the glaciers, and the immense chunks of ice that break off in spectacular fashion. Take your chance to enjoy...
It was a wonderful experience, comfortable bus, excellent guide and awesome locations
5. Mt. Pilatus Self-Guided Trip: Lucerne's Landmark Mountain
Experience the landmark mountain of Lucerne from different perspectives on an aerial and cogwheel train ride across the Swiss Alps. Choose whether to depart from the valley station in Kriens or Alpnachstad, and get ready for the journey of your life! Board a 4-seat gondola at the valley station in Kriens and travel to Krienseregg, where an adventure playground and the nearby Krienseregg restaurant make it the perfect spot for families with small children. Continue to Fräkmüntegg on another 15-minute gondola ride to encounter another restaurant and the endless opportunities of the rope park. Then, experience the "Dragon Ride" cable car ride to the summit of Mt. Pilatus for spectacular views 2,132 meters above sea level. Go inside the panorama gallery for stunning mountain views, or visit the terraces to climb up one of the peaks. Avail of the self service Restaurant Bellevue and Ibex Ba...
Definitely recommend this activity. Phenomenal view of Luzern from the top and extremely easy to get to the hill using public transportation.
6. Classic Rigi Round Trip from Lucerne
Discover Rigi, the Queen of the Mountains, from its most beautiful side on a half or full-day tour. Begin with a boat tour on Lake Lucerne to Vitznau. Modern motor boats and nostalgic steamboats (in the summer) bring you over the incredible, fjord-like water to Vitznau. From Vitznau, head to the venerable old Rigi Train on the queen of the mountains. A fantastic view of the Swiss Plateau, the Black Forest, the Vosges Mountains, and the Alps awaits from Rigi Kulm. Descend with the rack railway to Rigi Kaltbad and from there take the cable car to Weggis. Finally, return by boat to Lucerne. Due to revision work on the cable car from March 9, 2020 until April 9, 2020 Rigi is only accessible via cogwheel train from Vitznau. Suggested itinerary for a full-day tour: • Departure by boat from Lucerne at 09:12 — arrival at Vitznau at 10:09 • Departure by rack railway from Vitznau at 10:15 — ar...
It was good experience.. enjoyed alot there. Trains are clean.Mountain Rigi is Fully covered with snow and overall Very good experience.
7. Lucerne: 2-Hour Gourmet Lunch Cruise on Lake Lucerne
Board the ship at lunchtime and embark on a relaxing First Class cruise on Lake Lucerne to Vitznau and back. Admire the stunning views of the lake and its surrounding landscape as you sit down to savor a delicious meal on board. Choose between a set vegetarian or non-vegetarian 3-course menu. Please refer to the gallery for the menu. Enjoy 1 soft drink and 1 coffee or tea per person included in the price. Additional drinks can be purchased on board. Indulge in freshly cooked dishes that are prepared with regional products. From the end of May until the beginning of Autumn, the roundtrip will take you to Küssnacht am Rigi and back to Lucerne. Choose to dine in the beautiful ornate salon, replete with its Baroque furnishings and hand-carved wood panels, or you can sit on the panoramic upper deck, handsomely shielded from the sun and the elements by the elegant awning. This tour takes a ...
Service and tour were excellent. People were kind, crew waited for us and food was excellent.
8. From Zurich: Lucerne and Engelberg Full-Day Tour
Enjoy the panoramic views from Zurich to Lucerne along Lake Lucerne. You'll also get to visit the beautiful city of Lucerne. After 1 hour of free time to explore, the trip continues on to Engelberg. Check out Engelberg's stunning Baroque monastery. Built by Benedictine monks in 1120, there are still over 30 monks living and working in the monastery which dominates the town. Spend the next 3 hours strolling through the village and visit the Swiss cheese factory to experience first-hand how the famous cheese is made. Alternatively, you can hike on the breathtaking trails around the village and enjoy views of the magnificent landscape.
I would like to thank Konrad for his great customer service, he ensured all safety measures are in place and continued to remind us of the social distancing. The trip was worth it, the drive was extra smooth that we didn’t get car sick highly recommend it with “Konrad”, we had our masks on the entire trip and ensured no good and beverages on board the car which was convenient for all. The upgrade part to the top of the mountain was a bit too much however we extremely enjoyed our time in Engelberg village.
9. From Lucerne: Day Trip to Jungfraujoch – the 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 on...
Tour provided by Best of Switzerland. Everything from start to finish was faultless. Excellent communications before the tour commenced. A very friendly, knowledgeable tour guide and a friendly group - what more could you want? Attention to hygiene and safety precautions were good and implemented well without detracting from the experience. Konrad our guide was informative, humourous and readily available to take pictures upon request! In fact the your wouldn't have been as good without him! An excellent, highly recommended tour - well worth the money !
10. Lucerne: Tandem-Paragliding Flight
You will begin by meeting your pilot at the train station. From there, take a quick cable car ride to get to the launch site where you'll listen to a brief safety briefing before going to "heaven". You'll soon feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins as you take in breathtaking views of the Alps. Soar like a bird, surrounded by stunning views of Lucerne, Engelberg, and Emmetten. Feel the freedom of the wind as your pilot takes you on an experience like never before. After landing in the valley, you will head back to the train station following an unforgettable day in the skies.
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The trip was excellent and smooth with my 3 year old son. I took the cruise first from pier 2 near Lucerne Bahnhof, followed by cog wheel ride upwards. At Alpachstad we had to exchange our print out tickets at the counter in order to get the passes for the remaining trip. We were able to spend sometime at the top of Mt Pilatus and descended by dragon ride and gondola, caught the bus number 1 and back to Lucerne Bahnof. The weather was also perfect!
Loved the convenience of the tour, and our guide was super nice and gave a very informative tour. Definitely recommend it to see the city!
It is a great tour if you are looking for some adventure! Loaded packed day! My wife and I loved our guide and the journey was incredible!
Although I had hoped the weather to be better, overall the experience was quite nice. Monika was wonderful
Tiflis is something worth to see so don’t forget to ask about the upgrade:) tour is fantastic:)