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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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Which train ticket do you recommend, for our switzerland trip this july? This July we will travel in Switzerland as bellow: Day 1. Travel from Zürich Airport to Grindelwald St. Day 2. We will travel by train from Grindelwald St. – Kleine-Scheidegg – Jungfraujoch. And return. Day 3. We will travel by train from (...)

Yako-chan | 18a junio 2012 complete | 13 Comments
Switzerland travel and excursions this august I'm hoping for some feedback on best travel routes and how to best utilize my Swiss Travel Pass. I purchased an 8 day pass for the following itinerary in August 2018: Day 1: Mount PIlates excursion from Lucerne, Day 2: Mount Titlis excurstion (...)

Josh Green | 18a junio 2006 complete | 1 Comments
Eurail global pass to visit jungfraujoch, mt titlis, and glacier express from alpnach HiI would staying in Alpnach (bookings done) from 14-18 June, 2018 with along with six adult family members. I want to cover the following:1. Jungfraujoch- Top of Europe2. Mt.Titllis3. A section of Glacier Express - if full is not (...)

Renu Gupta | 18a majo 2028 complete | 4 Comments
Need help understanding the 1-hour, 11-minute transfer on the trip from lucerne to varenna-esino station We are planning a trip in October in Switzerland and Italy. We will be taking the train from Basel to Zurich (stay 1 day), Zurich to Lucerne (stay 2 days), then from Lucerne to Varenna, Italy. When I check the trip from Lucerne to Varenna, it (...)

IvaWil | 18a majo 2026 complete | 2 Comments
Does 15 days continuous swiss travel pass cover jungfraujoch top of europe, glacier express, etc? Our family plan to travel in Zurich, Lucern, Interlaken, Jungfraujoch, Bern, Zermatt, Lusanne, Geneva in Switzeland. Does 15 days continuous Swiss Travel Pass cover Jungfraujoch Top of Europe, Glacier Express, etc? Thank you! (...)

Fenghua Wang | 18a majo 2021 complete | 4 Comments

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