Lake Lucerne

What scenic trip to Lucerne would be complete without a cruise on Lake Lucerne?  The town of Flüelen is nested at the southern corner of the Urnersee (the farthest arm of Lake Lucerne), so you’ll be crossing the entire lake from Lucerne to get there.  Plan to spend 6 hours for a round trip boat ride to Flüelen, although there are many shorter options available.

Heading out on the lake includes many stops on both sides, as many locals use steam-powered paddle boats to go on short hikes or just to grab a bite to eat in a nearby village.  Simply hop off at the stop of your choice and hop back on another boat when you’re ready to move on to the next stop or to head back to Lucerne.  For a shorter trip, you might stop in Weggis, a 40-minute ride from Lucerne and a well-known lake resort in its own right (40 minutes is enough to get a feel for lake boat cruising).  Or take the 2.5 hour boat ride to Flüelen and return by train (1 hour), with departures occurring hourly.

Every lake cruise will give a cool breeze, scenic views and plenty of people watching for those who just want to head out on the water. First class passes and tickets allow you to go on the upper deck, which is a nice perk. Villages and several historically significant points of interest are visible from the boat, including the Rütli meadow, the birthplace of the original Swiss Confederacy, and the origin of Swiss National Day on August 1st each year.