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  • Address: Hischenplatz, Lucerne, Switzerland

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Lucerne Old Town Tours

Set on the left bank of the River Reuss, the Lucerne Old Town is encircled by medieval walls and watchtowers and connected to the right bank by two covered wooden bridges: Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) and Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrücke). The narrow streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site are lined with half-timbered houses and 15th-century buildings.

The Basics
An atmospheric backdrop for walking tours, pedestrianized Lucerne Old Town holds many of the city’s top sights, such as the Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge. The district is commonly visited as part of day tours from Zurich, which typically include visits to nearby natural attractions, including Alpine mountains and lakes. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Lucerne Old Town is a must for sightseers, with its charming historical streets providing ample photo opportunities. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes; the streets can be uneven and walking is the only means of transport.
  • Much of Lucerne Old Town is accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
To get here from Zurich, ride the train from Zurich Main Station. Trains depart regularly and take  around 45–60 minutes. From the station, it is just a short walk to Lucerne Old Town. 

When to Get There 
Visit in summer for warm weather, boat cruises in the sun, and green Alpine scenery. In winter, tourist numbers are lower, as are temperatures. Providing you don’t mind wrapping up warm, you can enjoy Christmas markets and views of the snow-covered Swiss Alps. One of the best times to visit is during the annual Fasnacht carnival celebrations, which take place in February or March and feature street parties and parades. 

Things to Do Nearby 
If you have free time during your visit to Lucerne Old Town, consider checking out some of the other nearby attractions. You can take a boat tour on Lake Lucerne, or ascend Mount Pilatus, Stanserhorn, or Mount Rigi by cogwheel train or cable car for panoramic views of the Alps of Central Switzerland.

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Day Trip from Zurich to Lucerne and Stanserhorn Including Funicular Railway, Aerial Cable Car and ... 
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Day Trip from Zurich to Lucerne and Stanserhorn Including Funicular Railway, Aerial Cable Car and Train Ride

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Ride an open-top aerial cable car to the peak of Mt Stanserhorn and take in the spectacular views of the Swiss Alps! On this full-day coach tour from Zurich, ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $144.36
Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich, Zurich, Day Trips
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Mount Rigi Winter Day Trip from Zurich

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Board a comprehensive full day tour from Zurich and visit Mt. Rigi, Queen of the Swiss Mountains at 6,000 feet (1,800 meters). Your partly guided coach tour ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $140.12
Official Guided City Tour of Lucerne, Lucerne, Day Trips
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Official Guided City Tour of Lucerne

Discover Lucerne on a 2-hour guided city tour. The lively streets, hidden treasures and beautiful façades of Lucerne’s medieval buildings form the perfect ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $19.11
Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich, Zurich, City Tours
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Mount Pilatus Summer Day Trip from Zurich

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For a full day of alpine summer splendor, make for the mountains on this guided roundtrip from Zurich to central Switzerland's Mount Pilatus. Your full day ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $158.16
Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich, Zurich, Day Trips
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Mount Rigi and Lucerne Summer Day Trip from Zurich

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On this full-day alpine excursion, escape Zurich and spend a glorious day in the Lake Lucerne area, exploring Mount Rigi, known as the ‘Queen of the ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $140.12
Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise, Zurich, Day Trips
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Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

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Spend a day in the pretty city of Lucerne on a day trip from Zurich, enjoying a short city tour, Lake Lucerne cruise and plenty of free time. After traveling ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $91.29
Lucerne Folklore Tour, Zurich, Day Trips
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Lucerne Folklore Tour

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This excursion takes you to the picturesque city of Lucerne. After a short orientation tour of the city you will proceed to a typical Old Town restaurant where ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.95
Private 5-Day Best of Switzerland from Zurich with Breakfast, Zurich, Day Trips
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Private 5-Day Best of Switzerland from Zurich with Breakfast

Enjoy this 5-day private tour for a maximum of 10 travelers, and spend two nights in the charming town of Lucerne followed by two nights in Interlaken with ...  Read more

Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $737.73
Lucerne Morning City Walk with a Local Guide, Lucerne, Multi-day Tours
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Lucerne Morning City Walk with a Local Guide

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Want to experience Lucerne like a local? Join me in a private walking tour as we visit world-famous sights such as the Chapel Bridge with the octagonal ...  Read more

Location: Lucerne, Switzerland
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $297.22

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