10 Best Things To Do In Lucerne For Three Days Or More

I do not recommend staying three days in Lucerne (or more) as two days are enough to see the key tourist attractions like the Old Town Lucerne, Lake Lucerne, Mount Pilatus, and a few famous museums. However, there are a few cases when staying in Lucerne for three or more days can be advantageous.

Based on some of the tourist attractions you can visit in or from Lucerne, three days (or more) in Lucerne is great if (1) you are traveling with kids, (2) you want a city+nature+wellness trip, (3) Lucerne is the home base of your Switzerland trip, and (4) you just like a laid back, slow travel.

For today, you’ll know why you might want to stay for three days or more in Lucerne. I’ll mention the places of interest and activities (best things to do) which can extend your Lucerne trip for days. Let’s get started!

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Before we get to the list of things to do in Lucerne for three days, let me explain first why you might also want to stay in Lucerne for that long. 

But, suppose you want to know why 2 days may not be enough for you. In that case, you can check my article, How To Spend Two Days In Lucerne Itinerary—with this, you’ll know how short/long 48 hours are in Lucerne.

And if you don’t have a hotel yet, you can find a place to stay in Lucerne here.

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Looking for different ways to travel in Switzerland? Check my itineraries below.

4 Days Switzerland Itinerary: Visit Lucerne and Bern

6 Days In Switzerland Itinerary: Bern, Interlaken, and Thun

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Okay!

First reason.

If you are traveling with your little ones, surely the family will not regret spending an entire day in the Swiss Museum of Transport. Because of this museum, I think three days in Lucerne is a must for traveling families.

The Swiss Museum of Transport is packed with fascinating exhibits and fun activities that our little ones will most enjoy. Also, It includes a few different experiences which, overall, can make you busy for an entire day.

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Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, Switzerland
Swiss Museum of Transport
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The second reason:

You might like staying for another day in Lucerne because it also has wellness centers. You don’t need to go to another city to rejuvenate after two days of doing fun adventures in the mountains, strolling all day in the Old Town, or exploring the Swiss Museum of Transport. 

The wellness centers are not just ordinary spas. One of them is a thermal bath with a sweeping Alpine panorama in Mount Rigi. Another is a unique wellness experience of bathing in a wooden barrel. You learn more about them later on. 

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Mount Rigi - a day trip from Lucerne, Switzerland
Mount Rigi
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What’s the third reason?

Lucerne’s strategic location. Located at the heart of Switzerland and close to the Alps, visitors get more day trip options and once-in-a-lifetime adventures when they choose Lucerne as their home base. 

Staying in Lucerne, you do not need to move from hotel to hotel to see more places and have more beautiful experiences in Switzerland. For example, Mount Pilatus, Mount Rigi, Mount Burgenstock, Jungfrau Region, and even Bern. 

By the way, here’s how you can spend a day in Bern

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Map of day trip destinations from Lucerne, Switzerland
Map of day trip destinations from Lucerne
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Despite everything said above, there’s no “one that fits all” way to spend time in Lucerne. And most importantly, there are countless ways you can make your Lucerne itinerary. This is why I made the list of activities and tourist attractions in this post to be helpful in planning your 3-day stay in Lucerne.

Let’s kick off the list of activities in Lucerne with the most unmissable place to explore: the Old Town Lucerne.

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1. Old Town Lucerne

Bring comfortable shoes and a camera ready to be filled with new beautiful photographs because Old Town Lucerne is a fantastic place for a memorable photo walk! Although it is needless to say, seeing Old Town Lucerne is a must for everybody’s Lucerne trip.

Not only is the Old Town Lucerne free to visit, but it is packed with beautiful and remarkable landmarks known all over the world.

Besides, it’s a place to make you forget your life back at home for the eye-pleasing, time-transporting scenery everywhere. The panorama from Rathausquai and Seebrucke should already satisfy your wanderlust at the earliest parts of your Lucerne trip (let’s say you arrive in Lucerne by train).

Can you imagine yourself with the flower-embellished Chapel Bridge, the swans and ducks swimming under it, and Mount Pilatus in front of you? Here’s a glimpse:

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View of the Chapel Bridge with Mount Pilatus at the backdrop in Lucerne, Switzerland
View of the Chapel Bridge with Mount Pilatus at the backdrop
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Or, what do you think of stumbling upon one of the beautiful squares in the Old Town and seeing this?

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Murals in the Old Town Lucerne, Switzerland
Murals in the Old Town Lucerne
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Old Town Lucerne is packed with beautiful squares, surrounded by buildings whose facades are decorated with intricate murals. There are more charming things to see in it, though.

And if you also love exploring the city and discovering fascinating details of a place like me, visiting the Old Town Lucerne will probably be one of the best parts of your Lucerne trip. 

It’s in the Old Town Lucerne where you can find all of Lucerne’s famous unique landmarks and centuries-old architectural attractions. Below are the places you must see in the Old Town Lucerne.

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Zoomed in shot of the Lion Monument In Lucerne, Switzerland
Zoomed in shot of the Lion Monument
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Lion Monument – is a rock sculpture monument featuring a large lion symbolizing the bravery and sacrifice of the Swiss Guards who were killed during the French Revolution. 

For me, it’s the most meaningful place in Lucerne, an impressive artwork filled with emotion. You can learn more about it from my post, How To Visit And What To Expect In Lion Monument.

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South facade of Zytturm of Musegg Wall in Lucerne, Switzerland
South facade of Zytturm of Musegg Wall
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Musegg Wall – is one of the remaining defensive features of Lucerne, a medieval wall considered the most intact in Switzerland.

Come here for some time-transporting scenes and overlooking views of the city. Check this post to see what’s inside its towers and the view from its ramparts: Musegg Wall In Lucerne (5 Reasons To Visit).

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Beautiful flower-embellished appearance of the Chapel Bridge during summer in Lucerne, Switzerland
Beautiful flower-embellished appearance of the Chapel Bridge during summer
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Chapel Bridge – is the most iconic landmark of Lucerne, the oldest truss bridge in the world, and Europe’s oldest covered wooden bridge.

It is the highlight of seeing Old Town Lucerne, and you definitely should not miss crossing the Reuss River through it. You can check this article to know why: Chapel Bridge – Visiting The Famous Wooden Bridge Of Lucerne.

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Jesuit Church in Lucerne, Switzerland
Jesuit Church (view from the Reuss River)
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Jesuit Church – is the first large baroque church to be built north of the Alps. This structure has the most awe-inspiring interiors in all of Lucerne’s tourist attractions, thanks to its intricate rococo stuccos and frescoes. 

It’s one of the buildings that dominate the skyline of Lucerne when seen from the Reuss River. The church’s facade may not be so eye-catching, but wait until you know what’s inside! Check it out from my post, Jesuit Church: Visiting An Architectural Gem in Lucerne.

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The facade of Church of St. Leodegar in Lucerne, Switzerland
The facade of Church of St. Leodegar
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Hofkirche, or the Church of Saint Leodegar – is a unique structure in the Old Town; interesting because of the mixed architecture it has: German renaissance and gothic. The blend of its two styles is a feast for the eyes.

You should be able to spot Hofkirche easily in most parts of the city because of its towering twin-pointed spires. I recommend checking this article, The Church Of Saint Leodegar – Lucerne’s Parish Church, to see whether it’s worth a stop.

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Spreuer Bridge, 3rd destination for 1 day itinerary Lucerne, Switzerland
Spreuer Bridge
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Spreuer Bridge – is another wooden bridge in Lucerne, perhaps the smaller version of the Chapel Bridge. I recommend travelers to check it for the unique paintings placed on its gables: the largest cycle of Danse Macabre paintings in the world.

Overall, it can take you three to four hours to check every beautiful part of the Old City and its landmarks. You don’t need a car or ride the buses to get from one landmark to another because the Old City is pretty nice to wander around on foot.

If you want to know where these landmarks are in Old Town Lucerne, you can check this article with a Map Of Old Town Lucerne I prepared for you. 

Alternatively, you can also check my post, Walking Tour In Lucerne Old Town (Half Day Itinerary). In that article, I’ll show you an efficient route you can follow to explore Old Town Lucerne. 

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2. Swiss Museum of Transport

Did you know that one of the best museums in Switzerland is in Lucerne? It’s the Swiss Museum of Transport, one short bus ride from the Old Town Lucerne.

This museum houses all sorts of exhibits regarding how we transport people and goods. From boats to airplanes and cars to space cars, you can find them here in the Swiss Museum of Transport. I was even surprised to see a tunnel-boring machine!

Here are some of the exhibits you can find inside the Swiss Museum of Transport:

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Exhibits inside the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, Switzerland
Exhibits inside the Swiss Museum of Transport
More exhibits inside the Swiss Museum of Transport in Lucerne, Switzerland
More exhibits inside the Swiss Museum of Transport
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In the beginning, I mentioned that the Swiss Museum of Transport is a fantastic family destination. How? Because it is more than just a museum, but a combination of different fun tourism facilities kids and adults enjoy. 

Aside from the 3000-plus hardware exhibits, the Swiss Transport Museum also has a planetarium, and a film theater considered the largest movie screen in Switzerland.

The museum experience also includes “Red Bull Media World,” allowing visitors to virtually climb Matterhorn—Switzerland’s iconic mountain. 

Please check this link if you want to learn more or book your entry passes to the Swiss Museum of Transport

Spending a day in the Swiss Museum of Transport is recommended to see most of the fascinating exhibits and make the most of the entry fee. The minimum would be four hours or half a day. 

Going to the Swiss Museum of Transport is pretty straightforward. From the train station, hop on bus number 6, 8, or 24, and you should arrive at the museum 15 minutes after your departure. 

Suppose you want to see everything you can experience at the Swiss Museum of Transport. In that case, you can check its official website, linked at the end of this post (see resources section). The latest visiting information is posted on their website.

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3. Bourbaki Panorama

Art and history enthusiasts will like Lucerne because historical artworks are found in different parts of the city. You can find them in museums, bridges, facades of houses, and many more places. For me, they are the beautiful things that make Lucerne a beautiful city.

Aside from the gable paintings in the wooden bridges of Lucerne and the giant mural in Zytturm (a tower of Musegg Wall), one you will like to see is Bourbaki Panorama. 

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Bourbaki Panorama - shot by MHM55 located in Lucerne, Switzerland
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Parts of Bourbaki Panorama in Lucerne, Switzerland
Parts of Bourbaki Panorama
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In terms of size and historical importance, Bourbaki Panorama is one of the most notable artworks in Lucerne alongside the Lion Monument. This artwork, 10 meters by 112 meters in size, depicts one of the most historic events in Switzerland.

Bourbaki Panorama shows the scene of the retreat of the French Army led by General Charles-Denis Bourbaki to Switzerland during a snowy winter of the Franco-Prussian war. It is the event noted by historians as Switzerland’s largest admission of refugees.

Seeing Bourbaki Panorama would only take a small portion of your time during a 3-day Lucerne trip. Most travelers only spend 15 to 30 minutes checking it.

Bourbaki Panorama is on the eastern part of the Old Town Lucerne, along Lowenstrasse and between the Lion Monument and Horkiche. That said, if you want, you can include Bourbaki Panorama in the DIY walking tour of the Old Town Lucerne I prepared for you. 

If you’re from the train station, hop on Bus #7 or #14, and alight at the Wey bus stop. Walk northwest away from the direction of the Church of Saint Leodegar. You are in the right direction when you spot a rectangular building with a circular roof. It’s the building where the panorama is currently located.

For the visiting information (admission fee and opening hours), please check the official website of Bourbaki Panorama, linked at the end of this post. 

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4. Glacier Garden

Whenever I hear Lucerne, a picture of a charming city with a lake and snow-capped mountains immediately comes to mind. Yeah, there’s the Chapel Bridge in my imagination, too!

But Lucerne isn’t all about calming scenery and quaint buildings. As you may have noticed from the previous places of interest in Lucerne, various travel experiences await you!

Aside from all mentioned, Lucerne also has a tourist attraction about natural history. It’s called Glacier Garden, and it’s a simple natural wonder that tells the natural history of Lucerne and its surroundings.

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Glacial Pots in Glacier Garden in Lucerne, Switzerland
Glacial Pots in Glacier Garden
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Visiting the Glacier Garden, you will find different rock formations. They are called glacier pots, which basically tell us that the area where Lucerne currently is was covered with glaciers some 20,000 years ago (the last ice age). Right after you enter Glacier Garden, you can immediately see 16 glacier potholes and pits of rock eroded by glaciers.

Do you believe you will need approximately 2 hours in the Glacier Garden?

You should! Because there’s more to do in the Glacier Garden than marveling at the glacial pots like the Swiss House, Alhambra Hall of Mirrors, The Rock World, Sandstone Pavillion, and Alpine Park.

If you’re a map nerd like me, I bet you’ll love checking out the Swiss House.

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Swiss House in Glacier Garden in Lucerne, Switzerland
Swiss House in Glacier Garden
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The Swiss House in the Glacier Garden has topographic maps, an old globe, and a shelf of geological artifacts, which are all fascinating finds. Don’t forget to enter the basement; it has a relief of the mountains in Switzerland, considered the world’s first 3D model of mountains.

Another highlight of visiting the Glacier Garden is the Mirror Labyrinth which was inspired by the Alhambra Palace in Spain. The labyrinth has 50 mirrors to mesmerize kids and adults. It’s a fun activity for families and can be an opportunity for mesmerizing photos.

And, of course, the Glacier Garden is called a garden because it’s also a green space in Lucerne. The garden part of the Glacier Garden is called the Alpine Park—it’s filled with alpine plants.

When you make it to Alpine Park, you will see a tower. It is accessible to tourists, and you can climb it to see a different perspective of Lucerne’s skyline. The view from Musegg Wall is much better, though.

I usually don’t suggest Glacier Garden for travelers planning to see Lucerne only for a day or two because other attractions in Lucerne are clearly more unique, fun, and totally memorable. But since you’re visiting Lucerne (I’m assuming!) for three days (or more), you now have more time to see more places of interest in Lucerne, like Glacier Garden.

There are other things to discover about the Glacier Garden, so I linked its official website at the end of this post in case you want to learn more. Visiting information is included.

To go to the Glacier Garden, you must go to the eastern part of the Old Town Lucerne, beside the Lion Monument.

The closest bus stop is Wesemlinrain, a 10-minute bus ride from the train station (bus #1 or #19). When you arrive at the bus station, proceed on a small path beside Stiefels Hopfenkranz Restaurant. Then, turn right-left-right, and walk straight until you see the gate of the Lion Monument to the left. 

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5. Meggenhorn Castle

If you check my about page, you’ll know that I am deeply fascinated with anything related to medieval times and scenic places.

And as a fan of old-world architecture (a style with a soul) and a traveler deeply in love with mountains & lakes, castles in beautiful natural settings never fail to spark my most intense wanderlust. They give me a strangely good feeling of escape, involving time and the physical realm. 

If you’re like me, wanting to also feel that “strangely good feeling” during your stay in Lucerne, you must see the Meggenhorn Castle. 

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View of Meggenhorn Castle from Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
View of Meggenhorn Castle from Lake Lucerne
The statue of Christ and the beautiful dock of Meggenhorn Castle from Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
The statue of Christ and the beautiful dock of Meggenhorn Castle from Lake Lucerne
Views from Meggenhorn Castle grounds in Lucerne, Switzerland
Views from Meggenhorn Castle grounds
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This 19th-century castle in Meggen (still part of Lucerne) was designed after the awe-inspiring French castle, Châteaux Chambord, in the Loire Valley. Perched on the tip of a headland into Lake Lucerne, it’s not only eye-magnetizing architecture you’ll find but also a panoramic view that’s oh-so relaxing. 

Fairytale flair surrounds Meggenhorn Castle, and the scenery should remind you of the lovely Italian villas in Lake Como if you are familiar with or you have been there already. 

You can only enter the castle every Sunday afternoon, but you can explore the castle grounds and gardens anytime.

The castle, neo-gothic chapel, and lovely flowery gardens are all eye-pleasing. You’ll never get tired of strolling around and taking photos during the first hour after you arrive.

If the weather is sunny, I encourage you to go to the Känzeli Meggenhorn viewpoint of Lake Lucerne. It’s one of the most serene parts of the castle grounds, located east of the castle. Here is it on the map:

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Map to Meggenhorn viewpoint in Lucerne, Switzerland
Map to Meggenhorn viewpoint
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Going to the viewpoint is a 10- to 15-minute stroll.

You can already see pleasing views in the middle of the trail. It should keep you going until you reach the Känzeli Meggenhorn vantage point. At the trail’s highest point, you can expect to see an almost 270-degree panorama of Lake Lucerne, spanning from Mount Rigi to the city of Lucerne.

After the short hike, you might like to spend some time at the small bistro. It is located west of Meggenhorn Castle’s English Garden, overlooking the vineyards. The bistro has alfresco seating with nice views of the Lake.

For trips to Meggenhorn Castle without the castle tour, two hours would be enough to walk around and explore the castle grounds. It’s best to come here during the golden hour (after sunrise and before sunset) when the scenery looks much better with sharp contrasts and golden hues.

To get to the Meggenhorn Castle, ride bus #24 from Lucerne Train station to Meggen Lerchenbühl bus stop.

After the 10- to 15-minute bus ride, continue walking (15 minutes) to the castle grounds. You may check the signpost at the bus stop for directions to Meggenhorn Castle.

The official website of Meggenhorn Castle is linked at the end of this post for further learning.

Suppose you want a castle tour of Meggenhorn Castle and nearby castles, monasteries, hamlets, and other idyllic places around Lake Lucerne. In that case, you can check this out: Lucerne Lakeside and Villas Private Walking Tour.

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6. Mount Pilatus

For a 3-day Lucerne trip, Mount Pilatus is definitely one that must be included in your itinerary. It’s one of Switzerland’s top tourist destinations, and that’s for several reasons.

Mount Pilatus is worth visiting because it’s one of the most beautiful mountains when we talk about the scenery and the overall experience you can have. At the summit, you are rewarded with stunning 360-degree views, including Switzerland’s Central Plateau, Lake Lucerne, and of course, the awe-inspiring Swiss Alps.

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360-degree view on top of Mount Pilatus (part 1 and 2) - a day trip from Lucerne, Switzerland
360-degree view on top of Mount Pilatus (part 1 and 2)
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It’s even more worth going to Mount Pilatus during the summer. Because it’s the time when the Frakigaudi Summer Toboggan and Pilatus Railway are operational.

In a nutshell, Frakigaudi Summer Toboggan is the longest summer toboggan run in Switzerland. On the other hand, Pilatus Railway is the world’s steepest cogwheel train—it’s an unmissable experience!

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Frakigaudi Summer Toboggan in Mount Pilatus, Lucerne, Switzerland
Frakigaudi Summer Toboggan in Mount Pilatus
Pilatus Railway in Mount Pilatus, Lucerne, Switzerland
Pilatus Railway in Mount Pilatus
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Of course, Mount Pilatus has some epic hiking trails, too! Try hiking on the flower trail to Tomlishorn—Mount Pilatus’s highest peak. Aside from the stunning views, you can also encounter alpine animals along the way.

You can have a half-day trip to Mount Pilatus, but I would not recommend it. Instead, try spending an entire day (8:00 am until 5:00 pm) to see the best parts in a relaxed, laid-back trip. That includes traveling up and down the mountain and cruising in Lake Lucerne.

One of the reasons why I think you must spend a day on Mount Pilatus is because the weather on top of the mountain is pretty unpredictable.

Like, for one moment, the views are nice. No clouds are covering the scenery. But the clouds can come so suddenly, making the view on top nothing but pure white. As much as possible, give yourself more time allowance for more chances of seeing clear skies and camera-shutter-presser alpine panorama.

There are a lot of things I want to share with you about Mount Pilatus. But I cannot tell you everything about it here. 

If you want to know tips, things to consider before going to Mount Pilatus, ways to spend time in Mount Pilatus, and how you can visit it, check out my post: 5 Reasons To Visit Mount Pilatus (Lucerne Day Trip).

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7. Mount Rigi

Mount Rigi is another top-rated day trip destination from Lucerne. For me, it is the best alternative for Mount Pilatus. It is great to visit if you want a relaxing and rejuvenating Lucerne trip. 

Besides the fact that it has wellness centers (which I mentioned at the start of the post), Mount Rigi has more subtle terrain, great if you are looking for relaxing and non-strenuous hikes. Definitely, you’ll choose them over the hiking trails in Mount Pilatus’ rugged landscape.

Actually, Mount Rigi is a fantastic destination for traveling families, too! Exploring the mountain, you’ll spot many campfires dotted in the verdant vistas of the mountain. 

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Views from the campfire in Mount Rigi, Switzerland
Views from the campfire in Mount Rigi
View of Lake Lucerne from Mount Rigi, Switzerland
View of Lake Lucerne from Mount Rigi
Hiking trails in Mount Rigi, Switzerland
Hiking trails in Mount Rigi
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If you are with your kids during your trip, you can let them play with other kids in the playgrounds in Rigi Kaltbad, Rigi Scheidegg, and Rigi Burggeist. While they play, you can relax under the sun, enjoying the tranquil scenery of the lakes, meadows, and snow-capped mountains from afar.

You can take your de-stressing Mount Rigi trip to another level by having a coach ride in the mountain. What do you think of sightseeing Mount Rigi’s breathtaking vistas on a slowly moving horse-drawn coach? Fantastic!

Lastly, you can still have an amazing cogwheel ride if you choose Mount Rigi over Mount Pilatus as your day trip from Lucerne. It’s in Mount Rigi, where the oldest cogwheel train in Switzerland is. Get ready to be filled with nostalgia as you make your way up to the mountain.

Overall, travelers spend half-day to one whole day in Mount Rigi.

If you ask me, “what’s better, one day or half day in Mount Rigi?” My answer is, of course, one whole day or 8 hours. Going to Mount Rigi would already take 1.5+ hours (three hours back and forth). Spend more time in Mount Rigi to make the long journey worth it.

If you want to know how you can get to Mount Rigi or how you can spend your day in Mount Rigi, you can check out this Classic Rigi Round Trip. It has simple instructions on how to reach Mount Rigi. You can also book your tickets on it.

To learn more about Mount Rigi and the activities on the mountain, you can check its official website, linked at the end of this post. 

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8. Mount Bürgenstock

If Mount Pilatus has the steepest cogwheel train and Mount Rigi has the oldest cogwheel train, then Mount Bürgenstock has the Hammetschwand elevator—the highest exterior elevator in Europe. 

Honestly, there’s nothing so fancy about the elevator. But it can somehow be a unique experience for a day trip from Lucerne.

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Hammetschwand Elevator overlooking Lake Lucerne Switzerland
Hammetschwand Elevator overlooking Lake Lucerne
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The thing is, Mount Burgenstock is like the off-the-beaten-path mountain destination for a day trip in Lucerne. Also, it is the luxury alternative for Mount Rigi because of the hotels and resorts on top of the mountain.

The resort in this mountain belongs to the Bürgenstock Collection of hotels, one of Switzerland’s largest deluxe hotel groups. It has been visited by some famous personalities like Charlie Chaplin, Kofi Annan, Sofia Loren, and Audrey Hepburn.

Bürgenstock has two fancy spas, wellness areas, golf courses, and 10+ bars and restaurants which serve international cuisine. You can also find Switzerland’s biggest hotel museum here.

Indeed, Bürgenstock is a great destination for rich tourists and vacationers. However, it does not mean that budget and ordinary travelers like me cannot enjoy Bürgenstock. 

Although the views aren’t as breathtaking as what you can see from Mount Pilatus, you might still like hiking in Bürgenstock, particularly in the “mythical” Felsenweg (trail) for its different views of Lake Lucerne. It ends at the Hammetschwand elevator, which has the most rewarding views in Bürgenstock on top.

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Views from Bürgenstock hiking trail - trip from Lucerne, Switzerland
Views from Bürgenstock hiking trail
Bürgenstock scenery near Lucerne, Switzerland
Bürgenstock scenery near Lucerne
View of Bürgenstock resort from the fields near Lucerne, Switzerland
View of Bürgenstock resort from the fields near Lucerne
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After you reach the top of Hammetschwand Elevator, you can go back to the resort through Felsenweg or the longer route on the plateau side of the mountain. Beautiful Swiss countryside, dotted with houses and trees, awaits you on the longer path. 

Overall, a trip to Bürgenstock (including hiking to Hammetschwand Elevator and lunch in one of the restaurants) can last for 5 to 7 hours, depending on how fast you hike and see new places you visit. That duration also includes the two one-hour ferry rides and the two funicular rides to the resort and back to Lucerne.

Suppose you have a hobby of taking photos or recording time-lapse videos. In that case, you might like to stay on the top of Hammetschwand Elevator to capture the sunset over Lucerne.

Hammetschwand Elevator offers an overlooking view of Lake Lucerne and Lucerne. You can catch the moment when Lucerne starts to glitter with city lights as sunlight fades on the horizon during the sunset.

The last time I checked, there were days when the ferries and funiculars operated until 11:00 pm. So, if your hotel is in Lucerne, you can still stay in Burgenstock until the evening and still get back to the city at the end of the day.

Please check the timetables of Lake Lucerne’s ferries and funicular I linked at the end of this post before staying until the evening in Bürgenstock. You can book your round-trip tickets (Lucerne-Burgenstock) here.

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9. Ultimate Adventure

For me, and perhaps for most of us, one of the reasons why we travel is to live our lives—to feel good and have incredible experiences we can cherish until our old age. 

We want our memories to be filled with awesome stories, which often come from adventures and once-in-a-lifetime encounters. 

With all that has been mentioned in this list of things to do in Lucerne, I have no doubt that Lucerne is a place filled with opportunities that allow travelers to live their lives.

Simply that moment that you’re on top of Mount Pilatus looking at the heaven-on-earth alpine scenery or marveling at the time-transporting structures in Old Town Lucerne—they’re moments that you can say you’re enjoying your life. 

However, there’s something else that can give you a more ecstatic feeling. What possibly could it be?

Flying.

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Paragliding in Lucerne, Switzerland
Paragliding in Lucerne
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It is Tandem-Paragliding in Lucerne, a bucket list, unmissable activity for 3-or-more days in Lucerne. 

It’s an epic adventure that can make you feel like you’re a bird. As your adrenaline rushes into your bloodstream, you’ll surely shout at the top of your lungs, “I’m flying, I’m free, it’s the best day of my life!”

Absolutely, it’s one of the best feelings in the world. 

If you were speechless throughout the flight, it’s because of the scenery awaiting you in the sky. The Swiss Alps, Lake Lucerne, Lucerne, Engelberg, and Emmetten will be all yours to see.

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Bird’s eye view of Lake Lucerne, Switzerland
Bird’s eye view of Lake Lucerne
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Don’t have any idea how to use a paraglider? You need not worry because you will be accompanied by a professional pilot. All that you need to do is enjoy the moment in the air and marvel at the spectacular scenery below you!

Learn more about Tandem-Paragliding in Lucerne here. You also can use the link to book your flight. 

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10. Day Trip To Jungfrau Region

Have you heard about the valley in Switzerland called “heaven-on-earth?” It’s called Lauterbrunnen—the inspiration of J.R.R Tolkien for Rivendell (the home of the elves in his book, Lord of The Rings).

Lauterbrunnen is one of the most spectacular places you’ll ever find in Switzerland. Like, absolutely! It’s a valley of 72 waterfalls, and one of the waterfalls cascades right just beside the Lauterbrunnen village. 

Here’s what it looks like:

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Lauterbrunnen view from Wengen, Switzerland
Lauterbrunnen view from Wengen
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You can find Lauterbrunnen in the canton of Bern’s mountainous part, called the Jungfrau Region. This region is a part of the Bernese Oberland, which is then one of the mountain ranges in the Swiss Alps. 

Discover: Lauterbrunnen Map: 7 Best Viewpoints & Photo Spots

You can get to Interlaken (the main transport hub of the Jungfrau Region) from Lucerne with just an hour of driving. On the other hand, the travel time is no more than two hours if you ride on the fastest train.

The thing is, Lauterbrunnen is only one of the awe-inspiring places in the Jungfrau Region.

This region is packed with wondrous idyllic, and unique scenery. For me, it is the most worth-visiting destination in Switzerland!

From the subterranean roaring Trummelbach Falls to the glittering bluish turquoise water of Lake Brienz and to the marvelous Aletsch Glacier, 4000+ meters above sea level—all are remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences you wouldn’t want to miss. 

Below are my other blog posts where you can learn more about Interlaken, Jungfrau Region, and Lake Brienz.

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Trummelbach Falls, Aletsch Glacier, Lake Brienz, Mannlichen - natural tourist attractions in the Jungfrau region, Switzerland
Trummelbach Falls, Aletsch Glacier, Lake Brienz, Mannlichen – natural tourist attractions in the Jungfrau region
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Also, the Jungfrau Region has something for you, whether it’s just a revitalizing hike you like or epic adventures you want. And if these are the experiences you are looking for, try going to Grindelwald.

Discover: Free Things To Do In Grindelwald: One Day Budget Itinerary 

Grindelwald is the village in the Jungfrau Region where all the adventurous activities happen. Do you like jumping in the middle of the gorge and then swinging on a rope after a split second in free fall? Ziplines? Rafting? Canyoneering? You can have all of it here.

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Tourist attractions in Grindelwald, Switzerland
Tourist attractions in Grindelwald
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There’s a lot more you can visit and experience in the Jungfrau Region, and they are so exciting. Overwhelming—I think it’s the better term to describe them!

With all the activities and places I just said above, it can be hard to choose where to go for a day trip to the Jungfrau Region from Lucerne. If you’re undecided, you might like to visit the region’s ultimate tourist attraction, the Jungfraujoch.

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Jungfrau Massif_ Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau seen from Murren, Switzerland
Jungfrau Massif: Eiger, Monch, and Jungfrau seen from Murren
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Jungfraujoch is the saddle between Jungfrau and Mönch, two of the legendary 4000-meter peaks of the Bernese Oberland.

It’s also the highest railway station in Europe, where you can spot the start of the Aletsch Glacier. Visiting Jungfraujoch, you are also given a chance to enter a glacier, ski even during the summer, and see one of the highest observatories in Europe. 

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Jungfraujoch, Switzerland
Jungfraujoch
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Are you excited to visit the Jungfrau Region? Check this list of Jungfrau Region day trips from Lucerne. They can help you get the best of the Jungfrau Region without hassle or thorough planning.

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Sources: Activities and Tourist Attractions For a 3-Day Stay In Lucerne

So, that’s all! That’s how I think you can spend three or more days in Lucerne. Below are some helpful links which have the information to help you visit different tourist attractions in Lucerne. 

Lastly, if you haven’t booked any hotel yet, you can find a place to stay in Lucerne here.

Do you need more ideas where to go in Lucerne? I can help you with that! You can try reading: 10 Must-See Landmarks In Lucerne (Free Things To Do), 10 Unique Things To Do In Lucerne and Lucerne Is A Beautiful City: 10 Beautiful Things To See. (Links open in a new tab)

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