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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.

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Lucerne: Self-Guided Mobile Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

2. Lucerne: Self-Guided Mobile Scavenger Hunt and Walking Tour

Get to know Lucerne at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts.  After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Lucerne’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day.

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From Zurich: Day Trip to Lucerne with Optional Yacht Cruise

3. From Zurich: Day Trip to Lucerne with Optional Yacht Cruise

Visit the charming old town of Lucerne on this day-long excursion. Your tour will take you over the Albispass and along Lake Lucerne, the Lake of the Four Cantons, to the town itself. There you will take a small guided tour of the most important sights in the city such as the Chapel Bridge, the Town Hall, the Jesuit Church, and the concert and congress centers. After this, you will have 6 hours to yourself, in order to explore this town, its culture, and traditions, on your own. Visit the Verkehrshaus, the museum of transport and communication, or the Rosengart Museum, housing works by Picasso and Paul Klee. Take a boat trip on beautiful Lake Lucerne, or ride on the City-Train, a road train taking you around the city in 40 minutes (April to October). The picturesque back-streets and alleyways of the old town would entice anyone into strolling down them, to explore their hidden charms. Do a bit of shopping in unique surroundings. Enjoy a relaxing day out from Zürich to Lucerne.

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Lucerne: eTukTuk City Tour

4. 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.

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Lucerne: 1-Hour Must-See Express Tour

5. Lucerne: 1-Hour Must-See Express Tour

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.

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From Zurich: Private Lucerne Half-Day Trip with Lake Cruise

6. From Zurich: Private Lucerne Half-Day Trip with Lake Cruise

Discover the best of Lucerne on this half-day trip from Zurich. Wander around the streets of the Old Town with a local guide and sail along the shores of Lake Lucerne on a boat cruise. Get picked up from your hotel in Zurich and travel by train to Lucerne. In the company of a local guide, explore the Old Town. See sights such as the wooden Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument, and Lucerne's most important churches. Listen to your guide's stories of the city's history and daily life. Later, hop on a boat for a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne. Take in panoramic views of the lake, city, and surrounding mountains. At the end of your cruise, travel back to Zurich.

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From Basel: Private Lucerne City Tour with Boat Trip

7. From Basel: Private Lucerne City Tour with Boat Trip

Start your tour by meeting your guide at your accommodation. Here, enjoy a pleasant meet and greet with your guide before making your way to the train station in Basel. Hop aboard an intercity train and within 1-hour you will step foot in the amazing city of Lucerne.  Once you step off the platform, you'll first visit the famous Concert Hall, designed by Jean Nouvel, a magnificent building whose architecture is worthy of marveling at. On the walk with your tour guide, you will head toward the wooden "Chapel Bridge", a 200-meter long pedestrian crossing bridge. Your informative guide will tell you fascinating facts about the history of the bridge and its paintings. Continue on your tour with a stroll through the car-free inner city circle of the Old Town. Your tour guide will give you information about the houses and their origins from the 16th-century. Whilst here you'll also get to take a walk over the "Spreuer Bridge" and enjoy a coffee break along the "Reuss" river.  After your break, you will continue along the city wall, formerly used for defense purposes many centuries ago. At the end of the wall, you will find the famous Lion Monument, a rock relief that commemorates the massacres of Swiss guards during the French revolution. Your tour guide will lead you back to the boat station, where you'll board the panoramic yacht, which will take you out to lake Luzern. You may listen to the headphone comments during the tour, or just ask your tour guide about directions, mountains and, houses along the shore. After the one hour boat tour, you'll return to the train station in Lucerne en route back to Basel where your tour will finish. 

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Lucerne: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

8. Lucerne: Art and Culture Tour with a Local Guide

Immerse yourself in Lucerne's booming art and cultural scene on a private tour with a local guide and learn everything there is to know about the KKL, a cultural venue that attracts thousands of art lovers from all over the globe each year. This tour is perfect for both first-time visitors to Lucerne and returning tourists who want to go beneath the surface of the city. As you wander around the streets of the city, admire amazing street art and learn more about the city’s galleries and museums as well as hearing about several local artists. Don't miss the opportunity to discover the most significant cultural and historical insights and details of the colorful and multi-faced Lucerne while you dive into the art and culture of the city from a local perspective.

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Lucerne: Lake Lucerne Villas & Castles Private Walking Tour

9. Lucerne: Lake Lucerne Villas & Castles 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.

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Lucerne: Old Town Walking Tour with Lake Lucerne Cruise

10. Lucerne: Old Town Walking Tour with Lake Lucerne Cruise

Discover the best of Lucerne on this tour with a local guide. Wander around the streets of the Old Town and sail along the shores of Lake Lucerne on a boat cruise. In the company of a local guide, explore the Old Town. See sights such as the wooden Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument, and Lucerne's most important churches. Listen to your guide's stories of the city's history and daily life. Later, hop on a boat for a scenic cruise on Lake Lucerne. Take in panoramic views of the lake, city, and surrounding mountains. At the end of your cruise, travel back to Zurich.

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What people are saying about Central Switzerland

Pascal did an excellent job navigating through people and traffic with ease while keeping up a flowing discussion of what we were seeing, how life in Lucerne has changed since the beginning of the pandemic. Would recommend him without a doubt.

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!

The trip was excellent, all going as advertised. Mr. Gallus was perfect as the trip leader. He is a Zurich expert.

Was very informative, uncomplicated and extremely friendly. Thank you again for the wonderful tour.

It was perfect. Pascal Our guide was so nice and friendly!!