The city of Lucerne was established on the banks of the Lake Lucerne in central Switzerland in the 8th century. Originally a small hamlet, Lucerne gained importance through the opening of the trading route to Gotthard in the 13th century. Lucerne also hosts the well known Lucerne festival and the "Blue Balls" and the Lucerne Blues festival, the latter two dedicated to the blues genre of music. This eco friendly city limits the use of vehicles other than bicycles. Central Switzerland also boasts of the Mount Pilatus, and the 10,000 feet high Mount Titlis.
Lucerne City Walking Tour
May - 30th October daily
Chapel Bridge, Water Tower, Museum of Natural history
Commences at :
Tourist Information bureau, Zentralstrasse railway station
In the eco friendly city of Lucerne, you will see very few automobiles, but hordes of cyclists. The leafy pedestrian walkways are wide and ideal for a walking tour of the city. Visit Lucerne's chapels, churches, castles and museums. You will visit the Chapel Bridge, the Water Tower, the Lion Monument and museums like the Swiss Transport Museum, the Rosengart Collection, the Art Museum and the Bourbaki Panorama. The sight of the beautiful lake Lucerne, surrounded by the mountain peaks of Titlis and Rigi, among others, is a refreshing one for the almost one million tourists who visit his historic city every year.
The Pilatus Experience
Date : All days of the year, Only Kriens and Pilatus during snowfall
Destination : Kriens, Pilatus
Duration : 4-5 hours
Pilatus is another of Central Switzerland's tall peaks, located on the shores of the Lake Lucerne. At 7,000 meters above sea level, you will be taken on the world's steepest cogwheel train. Ferrying passengers to a height of 7000 feet above sea level, this train is an architectural and mechanical marvel. Once at the summit, you can see at least 70 Alpine Peaks and no less than 6 lakes. Switzerland Flexi Tours also offers a combined Golden Round Trip package through which you can reach the town nearest Pilatus through ship, and then carry on the journey through cogwheel train and cable car.
Mount Titlis, Engelberg
Date : all days throughout the year
Destination : Lucerne, Engelberg
Duration : 4 hours
Commences at : Lucerne
Engelberg is well connected to Lucerne by train. A train takes you to Engelberg in a journey that takes no more than 1 hour. From Engelberg, you will be taken to the summit of Mount Titlis on a Rotair cable car. Enjoy the panoramic view of the mountain peaks and the snowy slopes. The Rotair allows you to have a bird's eye view of Lucerne and its surroundings far below. Once on the summit, you will feel on the top of the world when you look down into the valley below.