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  • Classic Rigi Round Trip from Lucerne

    1. 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.

  • Lucerne: 2-Hour Gourmet Lunch Cruise on Lake Lucerne

    2. 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.

  • Switzerland: Swiss All-in-One Travel Pass

    3. Switzerland: Swiss All-in-One Travel Pass

    Travel all over Switzerland with a Swiss Rail pass, valid all over the country. Choose between a 3, 4, 8, or 15 consecutive day pass. This ticket offers you hassle-free and unlimited travel throughout Switzerland on the Swiss Train Network, buses and public boats. This pass includes the Glacier Express, Golden Pass Line, Bernina Express, and others. This pass includes museum admission, boat rides, and discounts on many mountain excursions. Enjoy unlimited usage of public transport and free entrance to over 500 museums across the country.

  • From Lucerne: Mount Bürgenstock by Ferry and Funicular

    4. From Lucerne: Mount Bürgenstock by Ferry and Funicular

    Cross Lake Lucerne by ferry, and then climb aboard the funicular railway to journey to the top of Mount Bürgenstock.  Get magnificent views as you make your way to the expansive Bürgenstock resort, where you can hike one of the walking trails and discover indoor and outdoor tennis courts and swimming pools. Play a round on the 9-hole golf course or board the vertical Hammetschwandlift elevator. Avail of an exciting selection of international cuisine at up to 12 different bars and restaurants. Then, head back down the mountain on the funicular railway and cruise back to Lucerne by ferry.

  • From Lucerne: Private Pilatus Golden Round & Lake Cruise

    5. From Lucerne: Private Pilatus Golden Round & Lake Cruise

    You will begin your tour by meeting your tour guide at your hotel, before you make your way into central Lucerne. Close to the train station, you will board a boat to take a 1-hour cruise on Lake Lucerne. You can enjoy the views to the surrounding mountains and look back towards the city as the boat is departing. After one hour you will arrive in Alpnachstad, where you will change onto the cogwheel railway. The Pilatus railway operates from May until October (depending on weather conditions, especially snow) and is the world's steepest cogwheel railway. The 35-minute journey will take you from 464 meters above sea level to the top of mount Pilatus (a total altitude of 2,128 meters). Once you arrive at the top, you will walk through the rock, where your tour guide will show you some hidden military objects. Alternatively, you can climb up the stairs to the panoramic platform and enjoy th...

    Was a great tour but the description say, don’t have to make line and we did two lines like one hour. The tour guide ( Eric) was very friendly and he explained everything that we asked. I found much money for the excursion because I checked the prices for the boat and the Mt. Pilatus and those are very cheap.

  • Lucerne: Half-Day City Tour and Lake Cruise

    6. 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 he...

  • Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience

    7. 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.

    Luis was a Blast to hang out with while walking around Lucerne. My 10-year-old daughter and I learned so much and he shared so many interesting and entertaining ideas and thoughts about the city and life in Switzerland. I can’t wait to bring the rest of my family back to spend more time learning from him

  • Queen of the Mountains: Day Trip to Rigi and Lucerne

    8. Queen of the Mountains: Day Trip to Rigi and Lucerne

    Take in the astonishing Swiss Alps on this partially guided tour. Relax on the bus trip from Zürich before an exciting, enchanting adventure through breathtaking Swiss scenery by cable-car, cogwheel train, and boat. Traveling through the Albispass, your tour will reach the Vierwaldstättersee, the fourth-largest lake in Switzerland, lying on the border between four cantons. Enjoy fantastic views of the lake from its eastern shore, in the small resort-town of Weggis, nestled right at the foot of the Rigi. The view can only get better as you ascend in the cable-car up the Rigi, known as "the Queen of the Mountains," to the perfectly situated baths and spa on its slopes. The sight of the 13 lakes that surround the mountain, and of the scenery of central Switzerland mountains, is sure to enchant you. You'll have plenty of time to take souvenir photographs to treasure forever as you make you...

    excellent trip, we had perfect weather. It was a beautiful calm environment just perfect to enjoy the beauty of Rigi. A truly majical end by boat across the lake to Lucerne. a fantastic guide who took care to ensure we were comfortable with our journey and kept in touch with us while we were on our own, brilliant!

  • From Zurich: Funicular to Mt. Bürgenstock & Lake Lucerne

    9. From Zurich: Funicular to Mt. Bürgenstock & Lake Lucerne

    Starting from Zurich, take a scenic coach journey through the beautiful countryside and along the shores of the Lake of the Four Cantons, making your way to the charming town of Lucerne. Enjoy a short photo stop en route at either Lake Lucerne or the Lion Monument where you can capture the beautiful views on camera. On the way into the Old Town of Lucerne, your guide will point out the most famous landmarks such as the Chapel Bridge, the Jesuit Church, and the Concert & Congress Hall on a brief introductory tour. Once you have arrived in the Old Town, use your free time to wander around the city and explore its sights. In the afternoon, the newly designed Bürgenstock shuttle boat takes you on a scenic cruise to Kehrsiten, before you board the legendary Bürgenstock funicular railway. Then, get a glimpse of the world of luxury at the Bürgenstock resort, which first opened its doors to th...

  • From Lucerne: Private Mount Rigi Round Tour & Lake Cruise

    10. From Lucerne: Private Mount Rigi Round Tour & Lake Cruise

    Begin your tour by meeting your guide at your hotel and make your way into central Lucerne. Close to the train station, your tour guide will board a boat to take a cruise on Lake Lucerne with you. Enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains and look back towards the city before arriving in Vitznau after an hour on the water. Across the boat station, your tour guide will lead you to the cogwheel railway. The 35-minute journey takes you from 1,440 ft (438m) above sea level to the top of Mount Rigi at an altitude of 5,900 ft (1798m). During the steep ride, enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Once you and your tour guide arrive at the top, walk up within 5 minutes to the panoramic platform where you can see Swiss scenery all around. The guide is available, to take pictures of you in front of the mountains. For lunch, choose from two different restaurants and if the weathe...

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What people are saying about Central Switzerland

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based on 300 reviews

Interesting, with additional information, but served in moderation. Not to be repeated individually - local guides know best how to embrace various attractions in a reasonable time and at a reasonable price. We were on an English speaking tour - the guide spoke great English - he was definitely not English :)

Great eventful hours with Luis in Lucerne. We had already been to the city several times before, but Luis showed us completely different corners and places. We learned a lot about the city. The cheese tasting was a special experience. We can highly recommend Luis. Muchas gracias, Luis. Stefan and Johanne

Everything is OK, but your information was wrong because dogs are not allowed. Dogs are allowed everywhere. So when visiting Jungfraujoch with our own entry our dog was there without a problem

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