15 Best Lucerne Tours

With around 80,000 inhabitants, Lucerne isn’t one of Switzerland’s largest cities, but what it lacks in size more than makes up for in other regions.

The city is located in the middle of the country about 30 miles south of Zurich, an area known for its abundance of lakes and stunning natural beauty.

Despite its relatively small size, Lucerne is an economic, cultural and historical center that attracts business and leisure travelers from all over the world.

Here are 15 of the best tours in and around Lucerne, ranked highly on many travelers’ itineraries.

1. Best of Lucerne Walking and Boat Combo Tour

Cityscape of Lucerne

With one of the most stunning mountain backdrops of any city in the region, Lucerne offers nature-loving guests breathtaking views of the nearby Swiss Alps.

The city is also dotted with lakes and walkable streets, both of which offer interesting ways to experience things from a different perspective.

On this three-hour tour, guests will visit some historical sites, learn about Lucerne’s impressive architecture, and get up close and personal with some of the city’s most photographed sites.

The tour includes a one-hour boat ride on the lake, a leisurely walk through the Old Town, and a cable car ticket to Lucerne Castle.

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2. Lucerne Private City Guided Tour

Lucerne Chapel Bridge

For those new to town, private small group tours are a great way to get your bearings quickly without breaking the bank or getting lost in the crowds on a larger tour.

After meeting your guide, walkers will set off to explore the City of Lights’ most famous landmarks, including bridges, historic fortress walls, churches, and public squares.

Tours meet in one convenient central location. At each stop along the way, guests will benefit from a guide’s insights that will touch on history, culture, and advice on other things to see and do in town.

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3. 2-Hour Gourmet Lunch Cruise on Lake Lucerne

Lucerne boat tour

Beautiful Lake Lucerne is one of the region’s premier natural attractions. For those who don’t mind getting in the water, guided boat tours abound.

This 2-hour gourmet lunch and cruise combination tour has a decidedly upscale feel.

It departs before lunchtime, offering guests sweeping views of the lake, city and the Alps beyond before they’ll enjoy an unforgettable three-course meal prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Cruises and routes may vary by season and weather, but guests can choose between indoor and outdoor seating and viewing areas.

Due to the relatively short duration, the tour leaves plenty of time for other city activities on the same day.

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4. 2-hour Old Town and Chapel Bridge Walking Tour

Top view of the old town of Lucerne

Thanks to its modest size and proximity to many of the most iconic sights, Lucerne is one of the cities that really should be experienced on foot.

The tour begins in the quaint and historic Old Town, where guests and their guides will explore several key sights such as Chapel Bridge with its impressive octagonal water tower, the Cultural and Conference Centre, and some idyllic public squares.

Although Lucerne is known for its historic sights, it also has modern architecture, unique shopping areas, and a trendy art and food scene – all within easy pedestrian access, so don’t be shy to ask your guide for advice.

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5. E-TukTuk City Tour

The Lion Monument in Lucerne

From the comfort of the back seat of an electric tuk-tuk, visitors to Lucerne can visit many of the city’s most famous sights within two hours.

The tour begins at the Cultural and Convention Center, one of the most architecturally significant buildings in the city.

From there, guests and their guides will visit some other nearby attractions, such as Seebruck and Chapel Bridge, St. Leodega’s Church and the Lion Monument – or Löwendenkmal.

The tour does not include an admission fee, but many guests choose to revisit some of the attractions on their own after the tour officially ends.

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6. 1-Hour Must-See Express Lucerne Tour

Lucerne Jesuit Church

What can I see in just an hour on a guided tour of Lucerne, you may ask?

Surprisingly, a lot. There really is no better way to immerse yourself in the culture and see things from the perspective of the street than on a guided walking tour.

After a brief meet and greet with their guide at the city’s train station, guests of this great-value 1-hour tour will begin a walk that includes some of Lucerne’s most famous sights.

Guests will explore parks and monuments, historic sites and architecturally unique buildings while learning about the city’s history, people and interesting neighborhoods where to dine and shop.

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7. 3-Hour Basic Photography Tour

Lucerne Chapel Bridge

Lucerne is a particularly photogenic city, and on this 3-hour tour, amateur photographers will follow their experienced guides as they strive to capture the city’s most spectacular sights.

Tour highlights include Chapel Bridge and the Cultural and Convention Centre, but also the radar that usually belongs to many large tour groups.

It’s these hidden gems that often steal the show; at each stop, the guide will describe what you’re seeing and give helpful tips to make sure each photo is the best it can be.

The tour starts in the late morning and ends in the mid-afternoon.

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8. Wine tasting at a traditional lakeside winery

Wine tasting at Lake Lucerne

There is nothing more memorable than a relaxing cruise on Lake Lucerne, followed by wine tasting with views of the lake and the Swiss Alps.

After a 30-minute cruise filled with fresh air and breathtaking views, guests will take a short walk to one of the city’s most popular wineries.

The winery features both traditional and modern varieties, and is available in a variety of colors and flavors to appeal to all tastes.

The tour includes a local guide who will also provide participants with professional photos to commemorate their experience.

The tour lasts about four hours from start to finish.

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9. Lucerne and Engelberg Tandem Paraglider Flight

Tandem paraglider flight

While it’s not for the faint of heart, paragliding is often one of the most exhilarating and memorable experiences of many tourist vacations.

Don’t worry if you lack paragliding experience, as each participant is accompanied by a trained pilot who will take care of all the tricky details such as takeoff and landing.

From above, guests can get a bird’s-eye view of what those trapped on the ground can only dream of.

Depending on the weather, tandem flights may take place at some convenient locations between Lucerne and Engelberg.

Packages include movies and photos, so you can relive the event with friends and family later.

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10. Chocolate Tasting with Lake Tour and City Tour

Swiss chocolate bars on display in Lucerne

To outshine peers, the tour’s providers include chocolate tastings and guided lake and city tours.

The tour begins with a 45-minute tasting at one of Lucerne’s premier chocolate boutiques. Guests can not only dine, but also learn about how chocolate is made and what it means to the local culture.

This is followed by a one-hour boat tour and city walking tour, which includes a cable car ticket to Lucerne Castle, which sits on a hill overlooking the city.

Expect to see sights such as Chapel Bridge and enjoy panoramic views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps.

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11. Night Watch 1-Hour History Tour

Lucerne at night

For centuries past, night watchmen have patrolled the streets of Lucerne after nightfall. For tourists who have yen for an eclectic evening trip, they still do.

The tour begins near Chapel Bridge, after which guests and their guide will begin exploring the city.

As well as visiting many of the city’s most famous sights, guests will learn about Lucerne’s most prominent historical figures as well as creepy and gruesome events from the past that may keep them looking back for the rest of the evening.

The tour is about a mile, rain or shine, so wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

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12. Pilatus Day Tour from Lucerne

Mount Pilatus

Climbing nearly 7,000 feet in the cool Swiss air, Mount Pilatus is one of the region’s most stunning natural sights.

This full-day tour option from Lucerne begins with a boat cruise along Lake Lucerne, after which guests will travel to the countryside, where they will travel by rail, funicular and cable car to the stunning beauty of Switzerland.

This tour is a great option for amateur photographers and all-around enthusiasts of the great outdoors as it covers so many areas.

If the spirit moves them, participants can also take a short hike to the summit view point before descending and returning to Lucerne.

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13. City Bike and Walking Tour

Schwanenplatz in Lucerne

For healthy and energetic tourists who like to burn calories while admiring the sights of Lucerne, this city will be perfect for cycling and hiking.

Participants can choose whether to start in the morning or early afternoon and have the privilege of meeting their guide at the hotel.

After a short walk to retrieve the bike, guests will receive a road safety briefing and an overview of the attractions they will be visiting.

The tour includes stops at central locations such as Chapel Bridge, a 17th-century Jesuit church, and a palace resembling an Italian palace.

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14. Art and culture tour with a local guide

KKL in Lucerne

Although it is known for its natural beauty and historical sites, Lucerne is also one of the country’s artistic hotspots and is home to a variety of cultural attractions.

KKL is the city’s arts hub. It hosts various events every year that attract crowds from across the continent.

Tours include the services of a knowledgeable local guide who will take guests to less-visited parts of the city, where they will discover galleries, museums and artists’ workspaces.

Participants will also discover local event venues, trendy restaurants, and places where the bohemian crowd tends to hang out after get off work.

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15. Architecture Walking Tour

Mussege Wall in Lucerne

Lucerne is known for its impressive architecture, which seamlessly blends old and new.

This engaging and educational walking tour focuses on the city’s rich architecture and explores many of the well-known sites, as well as some lesser-known ones.

Guests will also learn about Swiss culture and learn about the layout of the city, which will help them do it themselves in the future.

Tour highlights include the KKL Lucerne Building and the iconic Mussegger Wall.

Tours last approximately 90 minutes and meet at a central location.

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