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About Lucerne

Located on the shore of Switzerland’s famous lake of the same name, Lucerne is a popular post-cruise extension destination for river voyagers travelling on the Rhine and ending their cruise in Basel. Due to its proximity to Lake Lucerne and Mount Pilatus, Lucerne is a popular city destination for all types of tourists and was founded in 1178 after beginning life much more humbly, as the site of a Benedictine Monastery. It was situated on an important ancient trade route and continued to grow in importance as a city. During its long history it has been its own city state and joined the Swiss Confederacy as a reaction to the increasing influence of the powerful Hapsburg dynasty.

Exploring Lucerne

The lake itself is the city’s biggest attraction and an area of great natural beauty. Whether you take a stroll, hire a bicycle to explore the shore or take a boat ride across its waters, you are sure to appreciate the tranquility that the environment offers. There are photo opportunities galore and some great places to relax and enjoy a leisurely meal. Also, if you’re stopping in Lucerne overnight as part of your itinerary, make sure you don’t miss the spectacular sunset over the lake.

Mount Pilatus is another must-see natural landmark and, as you would imagine, the views from the observation deck at the summit are more than worth the trip. You can take a (very steep) train ride up the mountain and a cable car to get down but there is also a range of mountain trails and a rope park to try out if you’re feeling more adventurous.Either way, spending time on the mountain is always a worthwhile experience.

Architectural attractions in the city include the Chapel Bridge, a wooden covered footbridge across the River Reuss which was built in 1333 as part of the city’s defences and houses over 100 paintings in its roof which depict the city’s history. The city’s concert hall is another key landmark and boasts what many orchestral enthusiasts believe to some of the finest acoustics in the world. If you find yourself with an evening in Lucerne and a partial to taking in a show, the concert hall is certainly not to be missed.

Lucerne tips

A real centre for culture, Lucerne hosts a number of eclectic festivals throughout the year, so you may be lucky enough to catch a little of one of them during your visit. Particular highlights include the Orchestra, Blues and Yodelling festivals.

Lucerne Itineraries

Koln

The Romantic Rhine: Amsterdam to Basel

11 sailing dates April 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Lucerne

Christmas Markets Along the Rhine - Northbound

4 sailing dates November 2020 to December 2021
7 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to Germany , Koln
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Strasbourg

Basel to Amsterdam

6 sailing dates May 2020 to August 2020
10 Nights From Munich, to Switzerland , Basel
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Rudesheim

The Rhine, Swiss Alps & Amsterdam - Southbound

7 sailing dates May 2020 to August 2021
9 Nights From Amsterdam, to Bern
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Amsterdam

Castles on the Rhine: Southbound

7 sailing dates June 2020 to July 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Amsterdam

Castles on the Rhine: Northbound

5 sailing dates July 2020 to July 2021
7 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Amsterdam

Basel to Amsterdam

7 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2020
7 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Rudesheim

Christmas Markets Along the Rhine - Southbound

3 sailing dates December 2020 to December 2021
7 Nights From Koln, Germany to Switzerland , Basel
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Basel

Rhine Cruise to Switzerland - Basel to Cologne

38 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to Germany , Cologne
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Zurich

Rhine Christmas Markets & Switzerland-N G Expert

1 sailing date December 2020
11 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam

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Heidelberg

Rhine -Switzerland Basel to Amsterdam-NGC Expert

1 sailing date July 2020
11 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam

National Geographic Cruise! NEW lowest prices plus enjoy FREE private door-to-door chauffeur transfers!

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Basel

Jewels of the Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich

9 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2021
10 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Lucerne

Jewels of the Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich

12 sailing dates June 2020 to October 2021
10 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich

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Amsterdam

The Rhine, Swiss Alps and Amsterdam Northbound

11 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2021
9 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Basel

Rhine Highlights - Amsterdam to Zurich

4 sailing dates May 2020 to September 2020
11 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Zurich

Zurich to Amsterdam

1 sailing date May 2020
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Strasbourg

Autumn Along The Rhine

4 sailing dates September 2020 to September 2021
9 Nights From Amsterdam, to Munich
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Amsterdam

From Amsterdam to the Swiss Peaks

1 sailing date September 2020
11 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Speyer

Rhine Cruise to Switzerland - Cologne to Basel

26 sailing dates July 2020 to October 2021
7 Nights From Cologne, Germany to Switzerland , Basel
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Lucerne

Rhine Highlights with Switzerland

6 sailing dates May 2020 to October 2020
11 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam

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