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Scenery for the discerning traveler

Scenery for the discerning traveler

Lucerne – the gateway to central Switzerland and perhaps, all of Europe – sits on its eponymous lake surrounded by mountainous majesty. This city is the perfect jumping off point to seeing the country’s major attractions. In Lucerne, however, the main attraction is the scenery. And the best way to see it all is by train with your Swiss Travel Pass.

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There are a few mountaintops within your reach. Care to shout from a 7,000-foot mountaintop ? Take an unforgettable ride on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to the peak of Mt. Pilatus. Or visit the royal peak of Rigi – known as the “queen of the mountains.” The Wilhelm Tell Express (feel free to hum the tune of the same name) ferries passengers by boat from Lucerne to the foot of the Gotthard pass. The boat is easily accessible, across the street from the train station. When the boat arrives in Fluelen you’ll board a panoramic train to take you to the palm-tree-packed Ticino region of Switzerland.

If you’re interested in seeing more of Switzerland, choose from one of the scenic train tours that start in Lucerne. The GoldenPass line links Lucerne with Montreux, on Lake Geneva, via Interlaken. This panoramic route is among the finest railway experiences to be had anywhere in the world. Pass edelweiss meadows and picturesque villages all while enjoy voluminous upgrades and mouth-watering meals. Take an excursion to Jungfraujoch, the highest altitude railway station on the continent. Known as the “Top of Europe” – your train will stop two miles high in the sky.

But this is more than a city with mountains. Sports soar here. Find rowing regattas, golf courses and lots of horsing around : mainly races and horse-jumping events. On Tuesdays and Saturdays, you’ll find markets galore : crafts, fish, fruits, veggies and flowers scattered around town. At Christmas, stroll through the stalls, surrounded by sparkle, cider and Swiss beauty.

Tradition and modernity stand side-by-side with ease in Lucerne. From the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge (considered to be one of the oldest in Europe) to the Swiss Museum of Transport – the most visited museum in all of Switzerland – you’ll marvel at architecture old and new.

Come see what makes Lucerne and central Switzerland tick. Now check your watch – isn’t it time you went ?

Try the Luzerner Chügelipastete, a puff-pastry shell filled with diced veal and mushrooms in a creamy sauce, which is the probably the best of what the local cuisine has to offer.

In the city centre of Lucerne, you’ll be able to get the most prestigious brand of watch or jewellery, fashion or stylish accessories.

Luzern Tourist Board
Bahnhofstrasse 3, CH-6002 Luzern
Tel : +41 (0)41 227 17 17

The city’s tourist office has a helpful personnel, insider information and tips as well as handy maps and brochures. The city’s tourist office also arranges tours and excursions and is a focal point for local accommodation.

Lucerne station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Lucerne.

Lucerne city guide

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Is it worth getting the swiss pass if not traveling on continuous days? I've been reading up on Switzerland since will be traveling with a friend in the fall. Rick Steves recommended the Swiss pass so was looking into that. We will be there for about a week so looks like if we got that we would get the 8 day (...)

Meg | 15a julio 2018 complete | 6 Comments
Eurail germany-switzerland pass Eurail Germany-Switzerland Pass - Itinerary (Zurich to Lucern. Lucern to Interlaken. Lucern to Franfurt Airport) Needing assistance with benefits EuroRail Pass vs Swiss Rail vs Tell-Pass makes it confusing. Haven't found a good comparison. (...)

Gary Hicks | 17a julio 2018 | 0 Comments
Zurich to interlaken without a travel pass We will not have a travel pass... do we need to purchase our train tickets in advance or can we just arrive at the train station and purchase a ticket then? If we need to purchase in advance, how much time should we allow between landing and (...)

Jill Siegmann Sigler | 11a julio 2018 complete | 1 Comments
Which pass is best for two transport loops (other travel by car)? We will be traveling by car through Switzerland and will have to purchase a vignette for the motorways, but we plan to use public transport for two "loops": 1) Golden Round Trip with Lake Cruise to Mount Pilatus from Lucerne 2) Lauterbrunnen (...)

Fred Tamm-Daniels | 4a julio 2018 complete | 1 Comments
Travel from geneva to lucerne suggestions Hi. We are arriving in Geneva for 2 nights in May, traveling to Lucerne for 2 nights, and then on to Zurich. Is the Swiss Rail Pass a good option, or should we just buy tickets? Also, is the train from Geneva to Lucerne beautiful, or is it worth (...)

Jill Kollath Peters | 8a aprilo 2018 complete | 10 Comments

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