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Lucerne’s Lakes and Mountains

Lucerne

Highlights
  • Explore the lakes and mountains of the Swiss region of Lucerne
  • Summit Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus by cable car for panoramic views of the Alps
  • Easy-going walks accessible by cable cars, boats and trains 
  • At a lofty 2132m, spend a magical night in the 3* Pilatus hotel
  • Take a step back in time when strolling down Lucerne’s cobbled, medieval Old Town
  • Treat your taste buds to a sprinkling of sugary heaven when sampling Swiss chocolate 

Known as the pearl of Switzerland, Lucerne sits proudly on its lake of the same name (Vierwaldstattersee to the locals) and is perfectly poised at the foot of the Swiss-German part of the Alps. As you look out over this magnificent stretch of water, steamers gently cut through the alpine blue water, linking Lucerne to the surrounding lakeside villages. Jagged mountain peaks, including Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus, dominate the skyline, framing this beautiful area perfectly.

If you are an enthusiast of different modes of transport and mountain views, this region is perfect for you. Macs Adventure has created trips for you that highlight the best hand-picked accommodations and some of the most memorable walks in the region. We have been sending guests to Lucerne since 2008 and can give you great tips and advice to help enhance your experience.

Spend a long weekend in the region on our Lucerne's Lakes and Mountains Short Break, or if you have more time, embark on our week-long Lucerne's Lakes and Mountains tour. Both take advantage of the well-connected regional travel by train, boat and cable car on this immersive Swiss experience. Get away from the tourist hotspots as on the trails, your only company will be a few locals and some Swiss Alpine cows. This is classic walking at its very best, and you will feel fully engaged in this glorious area of Switzerland by the time you depart.

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Discover Lucerne

  • The must-see sites of Lucerne

    The Pearl of Switzerland, also known as Lucerne or Luzern (in German) lies at the north end of Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstätter See) where the River Reuss flows out of the lake. The town, with its well-preserved medieval core, elegant historic buildings, and genial atmosphere, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Switzerland. 

    The must-see sites in the city are:

    Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge)

    The most characteristic sight in Lucerne is the Kapellbrücke, a covered wooden bridge running diagonally across the Reuss. Built-in 1333, it is a picturesque centrepiece for Lucerne. More than one hundred 17th-century pictures hang from the roof rafters inside, depicting patron saints and scenes from the town's history. The bridge and tower are among the most photographed scenes in all Switzerland.

    Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument)

    It was carved out of natural rock in memory of the heroic deaths of the Swiss mercenaries at the Tuileries in 1792. 'The dying Lion of Lucerne' is one of the world's most famous monuments. Mark Twain described the Lion of Lucerne as the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world.

    Swiss Transport Museum

    A large complex covering all forms of transport, as well as communications and tourism. Follow Switzerland’s development of its renowned transportation from its earliest days, especially in its mechanized forms. Through rolling stock and railway locomotives, both models and actual examples of ships, aircraft, rockets, and automobiles. A treat for children and adults alike.

    The must-see sites of Lucerne
  • Local Cuisine

    Älplermagronen - Completely unpronounceable by English speakers, but a very delicious all-in-one pasta, potato, cheese and cream dish. Served with fried onion and stewed apples

    Fondue - Dunk rustic country bread into melted cheeses, infused with lashings of wine and garlic, bubbly over an open flame.

    Rosti - Thinly grated potatoes, pan-fried until crisp and golden.

    Raclette - A local cheese melted over a fire to blanket boiled potatoes, pickles and onions. Enjoy whilst drinking copious glasses of local Fendant wine.

    Local Cuisine

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