Lucerne

Lucerne, more than a gateway to the Swiss Alps

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Lucerne is a great starting point for a day trip into the Swiss Alps. There are at least a dozen different mountain peaks that can be reached within a couple of hours, all of them offering amazing views and plenty of options for walking, hiking, riding a scooter or snow tubing.

In the past couple of years many of these mountain destinations have also invested heavily in their transportation infrastructure, so the way up to the peaks has become an adventure in itself. Recent examples include the funicular to Bürgenstock, which has been completely renovated, and the cable car to Stanserhorn, which has already had an open upper deck for a few years, so you can actually ride under an open sky. The gondola up to Titlis rotates as it moves and access to Stoos is now by the world’s steepest funicular railway. This state-of-the-art technology makes your trip even more special.

If, however, that all sounds a bit too modern for you, have no fear, as there are still plenty of nostalgic modes of transportation including the steam railway that ferries passengers up to Brienzer Rothorn or Europe’s first mountain railway that still lets you conquer Mount Rigi. Our mountains and nature chapter has all the details.

So enjoy a day or two in the mountains, but don’t forget to explore the city first!

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