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How to Spend 1 Day in Lucerne

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How to Spend 1 Day in Lucerne
With its medieval architecture, lakeside location, and mountainous surrounds, Lucerne offers visitors a broad spectrum of attractions. With some planning, it’s possible to experience the city’s highlights in just one day. Here’s how.

Morning: Explore the City Center
Begin your day early to enjoy Lucerne Old Town before the crowds descend. Get the inside scoop on landmarks such as the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrucke) and Lion Monument on a small-group or private walking tour, which provides an easy way for first-time visitors to orient themselves. Options for exploring are plentiful; some tours include traditional Swiss snacks and tickets to a folklore show, while nearly all include admission to the attractions mentioned on the itinerary. 

Afternoon: Experience Classic Switzerland
The iconic Mt. Pilatus lies close to the city center, and Switzerland’s excellent transport links make it easy to ascend to the summit in just a few hours. Take advantage of tours that include lunch and stress-free round-trip transfers to maximize your time on the mountain, which is accessible by cogwheel train. If high altitudes aren’t your bag, opt for a food tour that focuses on Swiss staples such as chocolate and cheese, or keep kids entertained at the Swiss Transport Museum, home to a range of family-friendly spaces and exhibits.

Night: Relax on the Lake
Unwind after a busy day on a Lake Lucerne cruise, which offers unobstructed views of the scenery. Choose a tour that includes dinner for maximum relaxation or build up your appetite with an aperitif as you sail. After dinner, a range of after-dark tours offer alternative city perspectives—follow in the footsteps of a former night watchman on a tour of the medieval Old Town, or enhance your after-dark photography skills on a photo-focused tour. 
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Lake Lucerne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise

Lake Lucerne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise

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Whether you’re short on time or simply wish to view the snowy Swiss Alps from the water, this 60-minute yacht cruise on Lake Lucerne is your ticket. Relax on the main or upper deck of the spacious 161-foot (49-meter) vessel while you listen to commentary about the majestic sights via your audio headset. With an expert captain at the helm, you’ll motor past forested hillsides and verdant meadows nestled against looming mountain peaks. Purchase drinks and snacks from the onboard bar, and select from multiple departure times.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Swiss Cheese Tour in a Cave with Gourmet Cheese Tasting and Aperitif

Swiss Cheese Tour in a Cave with Gourmet Cheese Tasting and Aperitif

Explore a maze of underground caves dedicated to aging fine Swiss cheese on a private cheese tour from Lucerne; you’ll get an inside look at a delicious food tradition, from Swiss cows to the aging process. Following the tour enjoy a selection of cave-aged cheeses paired with an aperitif, or select a Swiss fondue meal to experience a very Swiss tradition.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$999.25
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Lucerne Best Guided Walks

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Lucerne Best Guided Walks

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Discover Lucerne highlights and back streets on a small-group walking tour, exploring with a local to learn about the city's history and hear stories from daily life as you see the center. From the Chapel Bridge to the Octagonal Water Tower and Lucerne Castle, you’ll tick off key destinations on foot, with the option to conclude the tour by taking in the Glacier Garden on your own.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$66.80
$78.59
$11.79 savings
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$78.59
$11.79 savings
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Private Classic Lucerne City Walk

Private Classic Lucerne City Walk

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See Lucerne’s must-see sights and lesser-known gems in just a couple of hours. The ideal tour if you’re short on time, this classic Lucerne city walk covers everything you need to know about the city. Explore with your own private guide and ask as many questions as you like while you go, discovering the Lion Monument, Musegg Wall, and even the inside of Ritter Palace.
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  • 2 hours
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Lucerne Swiss Museum of Transport Entrance Ticket

Lucerne Swiss Museum of Transport Entrance Ticket

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Take a step back in time and learn the history of planes, trains, and automobiles at the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne. With your entrance ticket in hand, head inside the museum and explore at your leisure. Admire historic aircraft in the Aviation Hall, where simulators give the feeling of flight! Navigate tunnels and signals in the Rail Transport Hall, zoom through the history of automobiles in the Road Transport Hall and enjoy discounted access to the planetarium, where fascinating astronomical shows reveal the secrets of the skies.
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  • 8 hours
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Lucerne by Night Photo Tour

Lucerne by Night Photo Tour

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Capture the beauty of Lucerne in the evening during this 2.5-hour private photo tour. Discover landmarks such as the Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, and Old Town Lucerne and learn to master the basic techniques of night photography with your guide. This tour is a great opportunity to discover the picturesque lakeside village of Lucerne and capture beautiful memories of your trip to enjoy for years to come.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$325.60
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Lucerne Morning City Walk with a Local Guide

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Lucerne Morning City Walk with a Local Guide

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Discover Lucerne with your own private guide and learn the history of the city as you walk. The handsome Swiss town boasts landmarks aplenty, and you’ll find them all with the help of your guide. Scout out the best spots for photos against backdrops such as the Chapel Bridge and the Lion Monument, and leave armed with tips for the best restaurants, shops, and activities in town.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$251.50
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$314.37
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1.5-Hour Small-Group Nightwatchman Walk in Medieval Lucerne

1.5-Hour Small-Group Nightwatchman Walk in Medieval Lucerne

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Delve into Lucerne’s ancient history on this 1.5-hour Nightwatchman walking tour. Follow a guide — dressed in medieval attire — through the streets of Lucerne and hear about life here in the Middle Ages. See the 16th-century Martiniplan — the city’s first map — and admire historic buildings still in place to this day. Hear colorful tales from Lucerne’s dark past, and explore narrow streets where demons and witches are said to dwell. With supporting images via projector and iPad along the way, see a side of medieval Lucerne that many visitors miss.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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