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Lucerne River Cruises

  

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

Koblenz

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Grand Alpine

1 sailing date August 2021
29 Nights From Amsterdam, to Austria , Vienna
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Lucerne

Rhine Christmas Markets with Switzerland

1 sailing date December 2021
11 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Strasbourg

Rhine Highlights with Switzerland & Bruges

2 sailing dates July 2022 to September 2022
14 Nights From Bruges, Belgium to , Zurich
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Lucerne

Rhine Christmas Markets with Switzerland

1 sailing date December 2022
11 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Koblenz

Rhine Highlights with Switzerland & Bruges

4 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
14 Nights From Zurich, to Belgium , Bruges
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Basel

Rhine Christmas Markets with Switzerland

1 sailing date December 2022
11 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Strasbourg

Romantic Rhine & Moselle with Switzerland

3 sailing dates May 2022 to August 2022
18 Nights From Zurich, to Amsterdam
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Koln

Alpine Discovery & European Gems River Cruise

6 sailing dates August 2021 to September 2022
22 Nights From Lucerne, Switzerland to , Amsterdam
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Rudesheim

Zurich to Paris

6 sailing dates August 2021 to September 2022
25 Nights From Zurich, to Paris
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Lucerne

Zurich to Budapest

7 sailing dates August 2021 to September 2022
26 Nights From Zurich, to Hungary , Budapest
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Koblenz

Zurich to Prague

2 sailing dates August 2021
29 Nights From Zurich, to Prague
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Speyer

Rhine Cruise to Switzerland from Basel

1 sailing date August 2021
7 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to Germany , Cologne
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Koln

Rhine Highlights with Switzerland from Amsterdam

7 sailing dates September 2021 to September 2022
11 Nights From Amsterdam, to Zurich
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Strasbourg

The Majestic Rhine with Lucerne & Zurich

1 sailing date August 2021
10 Nights From Frankfurt, to Zurich
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Viviers

South of France with Switzerland from Zurich

1 sailing date September 2021
14 Nights From Zurich, to France , Lyon
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Lyon

South of France with Switzerland

1 sailing date August 2021
14 Nights From Lyon, France to , Zurich
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Strasbourg

The Romantic Rhine: Amsterdam to Basel

4 sailing dates August 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, to Switzerland , Basel
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Heidelberg

Christmas Markets Along the Rhine - Northbound

2 sailing dates December 2021
7 Nights From Basel , Switzerland to Germany , Koln
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Amsterdam

The Rhine, Swiss Alps & Amsterdam - Southbound

1 sailing date August 2021
9 Nights From Amsterdam, to Bern
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Strasbourg

Castles on the Rhine: Southbound

1 sailing date July 2021
7 Nights From Amsterdam, Netherlands, to Switzerland , Basel
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