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How to Spend 2 Days in Lucerne

How to Spend 2 Days in Lucerne

From snowcapped peaks to medieval landmarks and storybook-perfect photo ops, Lucerne has something for everyone. With a little planning, 48 hours is enough time to wander around the charming Old Town, go on a sunset cruise, and even summit a mountain. Here’s how.

Day 1: City Highlights

**Morning:**Kick off your visit with a city tour for an overview of Lucerne before the crowds arrive. The compact Old Town is best explored on foot, with small-group and private tours available for a more personalized perspective of the history-steeped city.

**Afternoon:**No trip to Switzerland is complete without a mountain excursion. The city’s Alpine location makes it possible for you to ascend an iconic peak such as Titlis or Pilatus in just an afternoon. Many tours offer round-trip transport for hassle-free exploration.

**Night:**After dinner, get an alternative perspective of the city. History buffs can dive into Lucerne’s past on a medieval walking tour, while photographers can take the opportunity to capture moonlit mementos of their visit.

Day 2: Beyond Lucerne

**Morning:**If you’re craving more Alpine experiences, head into the Bernese Oberland to discover picturesque villages and grand peaks on a full-day tour. Alternatively, gain insight into urban life in German-speaking Switzerland on a tour to Zurich or Bern, the country’s capital.

**Afternoon:**Most day tours continue into the afternoon, dropping you back in Lucerne in the early evening. If you find yourself with time to spare, get a taste of local cuisine on a food tour, or keep the kids entertained at the Swiss Transport Museum.

**Night:**A sunset cruise on Lake Lucerne is the ideal way to take in your final views of the city. Some cruises include dinner. Afterward, if you’re not yet ready to retire, enjoy a digestif in one of the sophisticated bars that line both sides of the Reuss river mouth. 

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Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland

Swiss Alps Day Trip from Lucerne: Jungfraujoch and Bernese Oberland

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Ascend to Europe’s highest point on an exhilarating full-day excursion to the Swiss Alps from Lucerne. With a professional guide, travel by luxury coach through the spectacular scenery of the Bernese Oberland region and board a cogwheel train at Interlaken. Ascend the UNESCO-listed Jungfraujoch mountain pass and absorb sweeping mountain vistas on arrival at the ‘Top of Europe’. Explore the frozen witchery of an Ice Palace at the summit and marvel at incredible panoramas of the alpine wonderland from the Sphinx Observatory.
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  • 10 hours
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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Lucerne

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Spend an afternoon in the Swiss Alps during this seasonal trip to Mt Pilatus from Lucerne. Your 5.5-hour round-trip journey includes a 30-minute panoramic gondola ride from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg terminus plus an ascent by aerial cableway to the peak of Mt Pilatus. After free time at the summit, take the world's steepest cogwheel train down to Alpnachstad, where you’ll board a boat for a 1-hour scenic cruise on the tranquil waters of Lake Lucerne. Enjoy commentary from your guide and coach transport from Lucerne.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Mount Titlis Eternal Snow Half-Day Trip from Lucerne

Mount Titlis Eternal Snow Half-Day Trip from Lucerne

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Ride an aerial cableway from the Alpine village of Engelberg to the summit of Mt Titlis on this afternoon tour from Lucerne. Then squeeze in as many snow-themed attractions as you can during approximately two hours of free time at the top. Your guided day trip includes snow tubing at Titlis Glacier Park plus admission to the Glacier Cave, Ice Flyer chairlift, Titlis Rotair gondola and Cliff Walk — Europe’s highest suspension bridge. What are you waiting for?
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Bern Day Trip from Lucerne Including Emmental Dairy Visit

Bern Day Trip from Lucerne Including Emmental Dairy Visit

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Learn about Swiss history and culture on a small-group day trip to Bern from Lucerne, with no more than 16 people. After traveling through the UNESCO-listed biosphere reserve of Entlebuch Valley, break up your journey with a stop at the Kambly Experience to watch Swiss biscuits being made. In Bern, explore the medieval Old Town, and then indulge yourself with Swiss cheese at a dairy in the Emmental region. You’ll learn how the Emmentaler AOP is made and savor samples, too.
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  • 8 hours 45 minutes
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Interlaken and Grindelwald Day Trip from Lucerne

Interlaken and Grindelwald Day Trip from Lucerne

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Immerse yourself in the Alpine beauty of Interlaken and Grindelwald on a full-day tour of the majestic mountain region from Lucerne. Depart by luxury coach and marvel at enchanting scenery as you travel to Interlaken, a gorgeous resort located at the foot of the Bernese Oberland Alps. Spend some leisurely free time exploring independently and then head to Grindelwald, known as ‘Glacier Village’ due to its impressive array of glaciers. Opt to ascend to the summit of Mt First in a cable car to see stunning panoramas of the surrounding sights before returning to Lucerne.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Swiss Chocolate Adventure Experience at Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne

Swiss Chocolate Adventure Experience at Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne

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Treat the chocoholics in your family to a whirlwind ride at Lucerne’s Swiss Chocolate Adventure — an attraction at the Swiss Museum of Transport. Aboard a chocolate cube car, you’ll enjoy a 30-minute multimedia and sensory experience to learn all about the sugary treat. Breathe in the warm scent of cocoa, watch a short film to learn how chocolate is made, and finish with a complimentary sample to keep your sweet tooth sated.
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Official Guided City Tour of Lucerne

Official Guided City Tour of Lucerne

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Lucerne boasts many cultural and historical landmarks, but discovering its highlights can be difficult on a self-led tour. Explore sights such as the Musegg Wall, the Chapel Bridge and the Jesuit Church on the Official Guided City Tour, and gain intimate insight into the city’s history and culture as you stroll the streets, squares, and alleys with your local guide.
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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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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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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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