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Lucerne – the heart of Switzerland. Here you will find all the special features of the country united in the Lucerne-Lake Lucerne holiday region: mountains, lakes and urban flair!

Exciting excursion destinations, unique sights and numerous opportunities for outdoor activities of all kinds in summer and winter await you on holiday in Lucerne-Lake Lucerne.

Whether summer or winter – the varied landscape and the multifaceted cultural offerings in Lucerne offer vacationers numerous outdoor activity opportunities and destinations for excursions. The right vacation region for individualists, nature lovers, active sportsmen and women and families with children. Couples in love, honeymooners and those looking for relaxation can let themselves be pampered from head to toe with an extensive range of wellness offers at the highest level on the Lucerne Riviera of the Lucerne-Lake Lucerne vacation region. This area is known for its mild, slightly Mediterranean climate and a very special atmosphere.

Luzern Vierwaldstättersee
Lucerne on Lake Lucerne

The winding bays of the dark blue Lake Lucerne, the surrounding mountains, the city of Lucerne and the mild climate are responsible for the fact that you can do just about anything you feel like doing in Lake Lucerne. It’s not for nothing that Lake Lucerne-Lake Lucerne is called an adventure region.

Summer activities

You can even explore the exciting history of Switzerland and what makes the Swiss so special while hiking in Lucerne-Lake Lucerne: The Swiss Path around the Lake of Uri (designated as Hiking Route 99) was created by all Swiss cantons together especially for the 700th anniversary of Switzerland. Each canton has its own section of the 35 kilometer long trail – and of course the famous Rütli meadow is also included. Some sections, such as the stage between Bauen and Flüelen, are even suitable for wheelchairs and baby carriages. A popular hiking destination is also the Rigi-Kulm, which rises unmissably directly on the northeastern shore of Lake Lucerne. Those who make it to an altitude of 1,800 meters can look forward to an incredible panorama over the entire Lake Lucerne and the surrounding mountains, as well as to the neighboring waters, Lake Zug and Lake Lauerz.

Rigi Kulm Luzern Kaltbad Aussicht
View from the Rigi

If you like to combine culinary delights with panoramic views, then you’ve come to the right place on Lucerne’s local mountain, Mount Pilatus. With its peaks compressed by the forces of the glaciers, reaching a height of 2,118 meters, it is one of the most beautiful panoramic mountains in Switzerland. On a clear day, the view here extends over the canton of Jura to France and the Black Forest in Germany. You can choose between arriving by cable car or gondola from Lucerne or you can take the world’s steepest cable car from Alpnachstad. From the mountain stations there are paths leading to the various peaks called Oberhaupt, Esel and Tomlishorn. For the culinary delights there are several excellent restaurants where you can enjoy romantic sunsets on the panoramic terraces. Even the American writer Mark Twain, who became famous for his books about the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, has described the ascent of Mount Pilatus, which brought the attention of many Americans to the Lucerne-Lake Lucerne vacation region.

Pilatus Luzern
Pilatus Lucerne

The world’s only convertible train takes you to another popular hiking area: the Stanserhorn. Sign-posted trails of varying degrees of difficulty allow you to choose exactly the route that suits your needs. From leisurely 30-minute walks to hiking tours lasting several hours, everything is included. If you are looking for real challenges, it is best to follow the yellow signposts with the white-red-white top. They lead to the exposed, narrow and steep summit hiking trails, for which you need a lot of head for.

Stanserhorn Luzern
Stanserhorn Lucerne

Other popular viewing mountains are the Bürgenstock, the mountain massif of the Mythen with the striking rock pyramids, the Fronalpstock and the Uri-Rotstock. All mountains in the Lucerne-Lake Lucerne vacation region are accessible by cable cars. Where there is a lot of water, you can of course practice all kinds of water sports. The different bays of Lake Lucerne offer different water and wind conditions for different water sports. Lake Lucerne is so big that you can easily do water skiing, wakeboarding, wakesurfing and even kite surfing. In several water sport centers along the shore you can take courses or rent the necessary equipment. What would a vacation on the unique Lake Lucerne be without having taken an extensive boat trip? Europe’s largest inland navigation is operating on the crystal-clear water, including the largest fleet of steamers in Switzerland with five steamboats and a magnificent salon ship.

Schifffahrt Vierwaldstättersee
Shipping Lake Lucerne

But you can go on an exploratory boat trip on Lake Lucerne with friends and family yourself and rent an agile catamaran, a luxury yacht or a panoramic motorboat. There are different boat models for which you do not need a boat license. Otherwise, you simply rent a boat guide who knows the most beautiful spots on Lake Lucerne and has many an interesting story in his repertoire. Besides round trips, the excursion boats are used for unforgettable events, such as atmospheric concerts, romantic dinner evenings and brunch with a view. Or how about a Fiesta Grande on the Fajita ship? On SwitzerlandMobility you will find the routes for adventurous canoe tours on Lake Lucerne.

Kanufahren Vierwaldstättersee
Canoeing Lake Lucerne

There are also two internationally known rowing clubs, whereby the See-Club Luzern, founded in 1881, is one of the oldest rowing clubs in Switzerland. Lake Lucerne is also an El Dorado for diving. You can explore the underwater world all year round at 10 specially designated diving spots. Since the water of Lake Lucerne is also somewhat cooler in summer due to the protection of the mountains, the water is always clear and pure. A recommendable diving spot is in the area of the Lake of Uri, where a spectacular steep face awaits you at the northern portal of the Schiefererneggtunnel. At the resort of Brunnen wreck diving is also possible. There is a so-called Ledi wreck at a depth of about 15 meters. Ledi is the name given to large cargo ships, especially in Eastern Switzerland. If you want to spend a day just relaxing by the water, you have the choice between several outdoor pools, beach pools and adventure pools, which often also offer an indoor area for bad weather days or for cold winter days and are equipped with modern wellness areas.

LIdo Luzern
LIdo Lucerne

The bicycle is the best means of transport on land to explore the open-air swimming pools, sights and destinations around Lake Lucerne. In Lucerne you have the opportunity to take part in a guided bicycle tour through the city and visit the most beautiful places. There is at least one bicycle rental in every vacation resort on Lake Lucerne, but most hotels and guesthouses also provide bicycles for their guests.

Winter activities

When the lush green of the mountains turns to pure snow white, skiers, snowboarders, ice skaters, winter hikers and wellness vacationers come to Lucerne-Lake Lucerne. One of the most famous ski areas is the Titlis ski resort, which is about 40 minutes away from Lucerne. You will conquer over 2,000 meters of altitude difference on the 12 kilometer long slope. On Titlis, even a real igloo village was built.

Titlis Gadmen
Titlis Gadmen

In addition to the Titlis ski area, there are 20 other excellently developed ski areas in Lucerne-Lake Lucerne, such as on Sörenberg, Hoch Ybrig and Melchsee-Frutt, all of which have been awarded top marks. The largest ski area in Central Switzerland is the SkiArena Andermatt-Sedrun, which was only modernized in 2018, where 120 kilometers of slopes await you with 24 ski lifts. The modern ski area is located on the southern edge of the Lucerne-Lake Lucerne vacation region and can be reached from Lucerne in about one hour.

Andermatt
Andermatt

Most ski resorts also prepare miles of cross-country ski trails that take you through a charming winter landscape, and for freestylers, creative snowparks have been designed that play all the tricks. There are about 32 snowshoe trails in the entire Lucerne-Lake Lucerne vacation region. The Fräkmüntegg snowshoe trail across the pastures of Alp Bonern, which starts right on the outskirts of Lucerne, is also suitable for beginners. A special experience is a snowshoe hike through the UNESCO biosphere reserve First, which is also not far from Lucerne. Racy driving fun is guaranteed on the numerous sledge runs! On the 8 km long Melchseefrutt toboggan run, on the 3 km long Rigi-Kulm toboggan run, on the Gerschni-Engelberg toboggan run and on the Fronalpstock toboggan run you can also whiz down the mountain slope at night under floodlight.

Schneeschuhwandern Melchseefrutt
Snowshoeing Melchseefrutt

But Lake Lucerne also transforms into a dreamlike winter fairy tale in winter, which you can explore with the excursion boats. Especially in the wintry evening hours, when the shores of the lake shine in the lights of the villages, you will experience a very special atmosphere. At this time of year you will also find out why Lucerne is called the “city of lights”.

Luzern Winter Kappelbrücke
Kappelbrücke Lucerne

The mountain lakes in Lucerne-Lake Lucerne offer ideal conditions for ice fishing. That’s why anglers come to Lake Lucerne-Lake Lucerne not only in summer, but also in winter. At an altitude of 1,920 meters is the Melchsee, which is home to six different species of salmonids. The Seeblisee on the Hoch-Ybrig is also known to ice fishermen. On Lake Lucerne itself, winter canoe trips are also offered during the cold season. As a reward, a warming cheese fondue awaits – lovers and honeymooners are best advised to book the romantic canoe tour.

Eisfischen
Ice fishing

Winter becomes an unforgettable adventure when you ride a snowmobile through the snow or co-pilot with the snow groomer in the morning or evening, turning the slopes into a smooth carpet of snow. The ride with the huge 420 turbo HP vehicle is possible, for example, in the Brunni-Alpthal ski area and on the Sörenberg.

Family activities

During a family vacation in Lucerne-Lake Lucerne it can hardly get boring! The grandiose mountain world is an ideal playground and the providers have come up with some adventurous activities for families hungry for adventure. Some hiking routes, like the Swiss Path around the Lake of Uri described above, are even suitable for baby carriages. Along the paths you will find numerous adventure stations, picnic areas and fireplaces. In the region of Niderwalden alone, there are about 40 fireplaces for barbecues.

Wandern Familie Ausflug
Hiking with the family

The lidos , leisure pools and adventure pools (also called bathis by the Swiss) on Lake Lucerne play all the tricks and make a day of swimming fly by. Giant slides, white water channels, waterfalls, bubble loungers and a rocky landscape for climbing are just a few of the features of Landal Lake Lucerne Adventure Park. The adventure pool Swiss Holiday Park near the Rütli meadow also offers several paddling pools with slides and water toys for young and old in a 200 square meter outdoor area and a 300 square meter indoor area. And while the children are having fun, parents can relax in the sauna and enjoy health treatments.

Swissholidaypark
Swissholidaypark

Young families can take advantage of baby care services, and teens can go horseback riding or archery. Every vacation resort located directly on Lake Lucerne offers several bathing opportunities. Even the big city of Lucerne has several bathing facilities, including the Tribschen lido with its fine sandy beach and a water sports center where you can cool off in summer and rent canoes, SUP equipment and pedal boats. A swimming pool with historical flair is the Seaside Resort Lucerne in the middle of the city. Also popular are the Lido Luzern and the park-like Ufschötti.

LIdo Luzern
LIdo Lucerne

Together on an exciting adventure, we will go on Globi’s treasure hunt at Engelberg, on the Detective Trail at Sörenberg and on several foxtrails in the region. On the tracks of the folk hero William Tell, the William Tell route leads from Rütli to Bauen and the puzzle game Tatort Tell – the Tell bus takes you from Lucerne through the enchanting mountain and lake landscape Lucerne-Lake Lucerne to Altdorf, where an interactive terrain game leads you through picturesque villages, to the Tell monument and the Tell museum.

Willhelm Tell Statue
Willhelm Tell Statue

A ride with the mountain railroads in Lucerne-Lake Lucerne is an experience for everyone. It is not uncommon for exciting excursions to await you at the mountain stations, such as the Beckenried marmot zoo at the top station of the Klewebahn or the summer toboggan runs at the top station of the Wirzweli cable car, at Fräkmüntegg on Mount Pilatus and at the mountain lodge of the Ristis Restaurant on Engelberg. Skill and fun are the order of the day in the Nidwalden Archery Park, on the 3D archery course on the Sörenberg and on the Chärwaldräuber adventure course in the legendary border forest of the semi-cantons of Ob- and Nidwalden. Equally exciting is a hike through the idyllic beech forest to the ruins of Kastelen Castle near Alberswil, one of the best preserved castles in the Canton of Lucerne. Not only the inside of the mighty walls is worth seeing, but also the magnificent view. Not to forget the exciting high ropes courses in Lucerne-Lake Lucerne, such as the high ropes course Sörenberg, where you have to cross shaky suspension bridges together, climb the Jacob’s ladder and climb on observation platforms above the tree tops. On bad weather days you should visit the Diorama Mineral Museum in Einsiedeln, the Cinepark Stans or the Bio-Erlebnishof Burgrain. In winter, the ski areas with creative children’s slopes, adventure trails and snowmobile parks are also perfect for children. The largest natural ice field in Europe is created every year on Mount Pilatus at an altitude of 2,132 meters. You can try your hand at curling, visit a real igloo village and marvel at the dragon gallery. Even in winter, the world’s steepest rack railroad, which has a 110% incline, runs from the Muototal to the car-free mountain village of Stoos. Here a winter wonderland opens up for families with several chair lifts, gondolas, 35 kilometers of ski slopes and a creative children’s ski area.

Stoos
Stoos

Whether summer or winter, a trip with the Globi-Express from Lucerne to Engelberg is always an experience! During the journey, everything revolves around the famous Swiss comic figure and at the end there is even a little surprise in a fun competition.

Globi express luzern
Globi Express

Also in winter, a visit to the play, fun and adventure park Schongiland between Muri and Aesch is a good idea, where you can not only get very close to small animals, but also whizz down a summer toboggan run, conquer the hang gliding swing, a Schongi loop, a butterfly and many other attractions.

The Lucerne-Lake Lucerne vacation region is a region of superlatives! Here you will find the world’s steepest cogwheel railroad leading from Alpnachstad to Mount Pilatus, the oldest cogwheel railroad in Europe, which started in 1871 as the Vitznau-Rigi railroad, the highest suspension bridge in Europe on the 3,238-meter-high Titlis, and the longest rope slide in Europe on the Hoch-Ybrig. But there are many other highlights to discover in Lucerne-Lake Lucerne. A visit to the Open-Air Museum Ballenberg is an unforgettable experience for both adults and children. Over 100 historic farmhouses with stables, granaries and barns, buildings of day laborers, wash houses, alpine settlements and kilns give an interesting insight into the former life of the inhabitants of Lucerne-Lake Lucerne.

Freilichtmuseum Ballenberg
Ballenberg Open-Air Museum

In addition to the permanent exhibition, exciting workshops, hands-on activities and theme days are offered. On hikes through the wild mountain world you will encounter many sights such as the Tell’s chapel above Küssnacht, where William Tell fled to after he had jumped off the bailiff’s boat. The beautiful frescos in the interior tell the story of the Swiss folk hero. Directly next to the Tells Chapel is the largest carillon in Switzerland – the 37 bells, which weigh a total of 6 tons, sound a song every full hour. The Glasi Hergiswil glassworks is not only a traditional glassmaker, where everything is still made by hand, but also houses a remarkable museum, a glass labyrinth unique in Switzerland, a water park and a marble run.

Glasi Hergiswil
Glasi Hergiswil

Only a few kilometers away from Lucerne, the romantic Neuhabsburg Castle towers over Lake Lucerne. Unfortunately, the complex can only be visited from the outside, as it is privately owned. For a long time the Habsburg family had the administration over some communities on Lake Lucerne and also built the landmark of the village of Meggen on Lake Lucerne: The residential castle Meggenhorn.

Meggenhorn Schloss
Meggenhorn

Unlike Schloss Neuhabsburg, the magnificent rooms of Schloss Meggenhorn are open to the public, cultural events are regularly held in the castle park and there is an idyllic castle bistro. Directly at Meggenhorn Castle at the entrance to Lucerne Bay there is a boat station for excursion boats. In the city of Lucerne with 82,000 inhabitants, about 1.4 million visitors are counted every year. The river Reuss flows right through the middle of the city, which is why the districts in the Old Town and New Town are connected by several bridges on both sides of the river. A much-visited landmark of the city is the Chapel Bridge with its towering octagonal water tower and at 202 meters the second longest covered wooden bridge in Europe. Unique are the detailed, triangular paintings from the 17th century in the gables of the bridge. The entire Old Town of Lucerne with the famous Lion Monument, the medieval fortification rampart, the Jesuit Church – one of the largest baroque churches in Switzerland – and the numerous museums, such as the Richard Wagner Museum, the Museum of Nature, the Rosengart Collection and the Glacier Garden, is well worth seeing.

Luzern Kappelbrücke
Lucerne Kappelbrücke

If you want to see the cultural highlights of Lucerne, you should plan a whole day trip. After all, the castles, including the Renaissance palace Ritter’scher Palast with its artistically painted three-story arcade inner courtyard, Château Gütsch, a building built in the architecture of historicism and also a landmark of the city, and the Gotthard building built in the neo-Renaissance style are also worth a visit in Lucerne.

Chateau Gütsch Luzern
Chateau Gütsch

Whether youth hostel, rustic 3-star country inn, bed & breakfast guesthouse, stylish boutique hotel or 5-star luxury wellness facility – in the Lake Lucerne/Lake Lucerne holiday region you will find accommodation in all price categories. With such a wide range on offer, the choice is often difficult, as the accommodation establishments all look back on a long tradition of tourism and know what guests expect when they spend their holidays in Lake Lucerne-Lake Lucerne.

Lucerne Old Town
Lucerne Old Town

Panoramic hotels on the Rigi-Kulm and Pilatus-Kulm, seminar hotels and sophisticated park hotels round off the accommodation on offer in this popular holiday region. Those who prefer special overnight accommodation spend their holidays in Lucerne-Lake Lucerne in a tree tent on Mount Pilatus, in a Swiss Chalet or in a forest hotel. There are also camping sites near Vitznau and near Buochs.

In private holiday homes and flats in Lake Lucerne-Lake Lucerne you will enjoy the greatest possible flexibility and freedom during your holiday. Many private landlords also allow pets to be brought along. So dogs are very welcome in Lucerne-Lake Lucerne!

Mexican, Italian, French or Asian – which cuisine do you crave today? Especially in the lively university city of Lucerne, the tastes of the whole world meet. And sometimes even several world cuisines come together in one restaurant, like the Asian and French cuisine in the stylish restaurant Bam Bou in the heart of Lucerne. Fajitas and steaks are served in the Restaurant Pacifico, Tuscan wood-fired pizza in the Restaurant La Cucina and typical Asian street cuisine dishes, which originate from the inhabitants of the Mekong, are served in the temple of pleasure of the same name. But Lucerne is also known for some local specialties, such as Birnweggen (pear bread), Lucerne gingerbread, Lucerne Chügelipaste (meat pie) and the new creation Lozärner Rägetröpfli (chocolate pralines).

Birewegge Luzern Spezialität
Birewegge

Experience pure adventure gastronomy in the historic ship restaurant Wilhelm Tell, which is anchored at Landungsbrücke 9 and serves seasonal dishes. Daily freshly caught fish in all imaginable variations can be enjoyed in the four award-winning fish restaurants on Lake Lucerne. Excellent fish dishes including lake panorama are offered by Villa Schweizerhof, Hotel Beau Rivage, Seehotel Waldstätterhof and Seerestaurant Bellevue.

Villa Schweizerhof Fisch
Villa Schweizerhof

Whether for a small appetite in between, an aperitif, an extensive lunch or a gourmet dinner – on the shores of Lake Lucerne and in the surrounding mountains many culinary pleasure stations are waiting for you.

Lucerne is also at the forefront of nightlife in the Lucerne-Lake Lucerne region. Roof-top bars, baroque music bars, pubs, clubs and lounges provide for entertaining nights. If a discotheque has given itself the name Black Sheep, you can imagine that dancing here involves a lot of physical exertion. The Hemingway Rum Lounge and the Brooklyn Club offer a sophisticated ambience.

Brooklyn Club and Lounge Luzern
Brooklyn Club and Lounge Lucerne

Nightclubs with a cult factor outside Lucerne are the Valley Pub in the Muotathal and the Föx Bar Lounge on Unteriberg. In the ski areas in Lucerne-Lake Lucerne, après-ski bars are open all winter long and provide a great atmosphere. Every November, the après-ski trainfrom Andermatt to Disentis departs with a Bar Car, a Disco Car, a Lounge Car and a Restaurant Car. With good music and delicious food, the winter wonderland Lucerne-Lake Lucerne-Vierwaldstättersee passes your window.

Luzern by Night
Lucerne by Night

The Lucerne-Lake Lucerne vacation region is a region steeped in history: on a mountain meadow called Rütli above the western shore of the Lake of Uri, which forms the south-eastern part of Lake Lucerne, legend has it that an oath(Rütlischwur) once formed the alliance between the three original Swiss cantons of Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden. This idyllic mountain meadow, about 5 hectares in size, is therefore today a kind of national monument and is considered the cradle of Switzerland.

Rütlischwur
Rütli oath

And why do you come across William Tell everywhere in the Lucerne-Lake Lucerne region? According to legend, Wilhelm Tell is said to have defied the Habsburg bailiff in Altdorf, which lies on the southernmost shore of Lake Lucerne, and was subsequently incarcerated in a version of the story in Küssnacht Castle.

Willhelm Tell Statue
Willhelm Tell Statue

Almost every schoolchild knows the famous scene when William Tell had to shoot an apple from his son’s head to get free. In Altdorf today there is a monument for the Swiss national hero. So, this picturesque vacation region awaits you with many special features and superlatives that cannot be found anywhere else.

As everywhere in Switzerland, the fifth season, i.e. Carnival, is celebrated extensively in the Lucerne-Lake Lucerne vacation region. At the Lucerne Carnival, the Swiss meet you as bizarre figures with masks and the so-called Gugge – these are musical formations that play their very own music with instruments such as trumpet, tuba, trombone and percussion. For one week, there will be a really extensive celebration and the old town of Lucerne will be transformed into a colorful sea of people.

Fasnacht Luzern
Carnival Lucerne

The annual fixed points of the events in Lucerne-Lake Lucerne also include the lake stage concerts Gersau, the Swiss Education Festival in Weggis, the free open-air festival Funk am See in Lucerne, the annual International Rowing World Cup Lucerne, the 9-day music festival Blue Balls Festival Lucerne with around 100,000 visitors and the Lucerne Blues Festival – one of the most important blues festivals in the world. The Seetaler Poesiesommer in Gelfingen also attracts numerous visitors. However, this is only a tiny excerpt from the long calendar of events, which is full to bursting all year round and offers something for every musical and cultural taste. Especially for families, the regular performances of the KidsMusicalCamp in Morschach are worth seeing. Always well attended is the Surenenpass hike on the Engelberg, which will soon be organized in its 40th year. Everything revolves around Switzerland, the turbulent history of the Swiss Confederation and its inhabitants at the events in the Swiss National Museum in Schwyz. An adventure trail, interactive exhibition and cultural events are all part of the unusual spatial staging. Those who want to make common cause with the Swiss can help at the traditional Clean-Up Days in Andermatt, where the alpine meadows and forests are cleared of garbage. As a reward after this special kind of hiking day, there is rustic mountain food and a ride on the Gütsch-Express gondola. Swiss traditions are also at the heart of the annual experience days along the Brünig mule track near Lungern, where Brünig’s past comes alive. On two weekends in August and September, amateurs and professional actors reenact the Stone Age life of the Swiss ancestors at various locations. The annual astronomy evenings on the Pilatus-Kulm are also about knowledge and expanding one’s own horizons. Self-catering guests in a vacation home, apartment, chalet or camping site can stock up on fresh produce, including fish and meat, every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at the large market in Lucerne on the right bank of the Reuss. Also in the village of Stans, which lies above Buochs airport, the weekly Stanser Wuche market is held every Saturday between May and November on the central village square.

Wochenmarkt Luzern
Weekly Market Lucerne

At the Piazza Summerdays in Andermatt you can also taste local specialties, but these are only organized once every August. By the way, many places in the Lucerne-Lake Lucerne Region organize open-air cinema performances under the open sky during the summer months, where old classics as well as new movies and documentaries are shown. For classical music fans, the outstanding Lucerne Symphony Orchestra gives concerts all year round, well-known plays are performed in the Lucerne Theater, and alternative culture also has a place in the student city of Lucerne in the Neubad Cultural Center. Also worth mentioning are the events of the Sedel Music Center in the former Sedel prison in Lucerne and in the Lucerne Jazz Canteen. No matter what time of year you book your vacation in Lucerne-Lake Lucerne, you are sure to find an exciting event.

KKL Luzern
KKL Luzern

Many roads lead to Lucerne-Lake Lucerne. The region has been a transit area for centuries. While the Romans can hardly be traced here, trade routes over the Gotthard Pass were used, especially in the Middle Ages. This was one of the most important north-south connections over the mighty Alps, and it still forms an important European transport axis today.

Gotthardpass
Gotthardpass

This mule track is said to have been paved as early as the 13th century, and from 1881 the shell of the Gotthard tunnel existed to replace the dangerous pass crossing. Today the adventurous Gotthard pass road is popular with motorcyclists. By the way, the name Gotthard refers to Saint Gotthard of Hildesheim, who was one of the most revered saints in the Middle Ages. From Andermatt, the A 2 transit highway runs along the south bank to Lucerne. From Seedorf and Flüelen at the southern tip of the lake, the A4 freeway branches off, connecting the towns along the north coast of Lake Lucerne to Lucerne. Both Lucerne as a traffic hub of Central Switzerland and the vacation resorts on the shores of Lake Lucerne can be reached by trains of the Zentralbahn and buses of various public and private bus companies.

Zentralbahn
Central path

The international, inexpensive FlixBus also runs to Lucerne. With the yellow Post buses you can reach all accommodations, sights and excursions in Lucerne-Lake Lucerne. In order to get to the mountains, they were made accessible by numerous mountain railroads. An exciting way to get there is by car ferry from Beckenried to Gersau, which saves you the hassle of circumnavigating the extensive fjords of Lake Lucerne. In Lucerne there are trolley buses and suburban trains. In order to reduce the still dominant car traffic (the pier, which connects the old and the new city of Lucerne over the Reuss river, is after all one of the busiest roads in Switzerland), car-sharing offers, carpooling and special cooperation with the SwissPass were initiated. The SwissPass is a nationwide discount on public transport as well as on numerous sights and excursion destinations in Switzerland. Since finding a parking space in Lucerne, as in any big city, becomes a nerve-racking task, you should definitely use public transportation and the bicycle. If you want to travel by plane, the nearest international airport is in Zurich, 50 kilometers away. Although there is an airport near Buochs, it is owned by the Swiss Air Force. Every year the World Championship of Parachutists takes place there and in between the crowds of people gather at the air show Swiss Aero Expo. Free travel in Lake Lucerne-Vierwaldstättersee by train, boat, bus and mountain railroads is granted if you purchase a Tell-Pass from Lucerne Tourism AG, either locally or online, which is valid for 2, 3, 4, 5 or 10 days, as you wish. Families also benefit from a lower price for children.