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About Lucerne

There's an argument to be made that, with its lake, flower covered pedestrian bridge and medieval old city, Lucerne is the prettiest city in Switzerland and, considering that Switzerland is up there in terms of the beauty, possibly the world. Imminently walkable and full of cafes, shops and restaurants, Lucerne makes for a lovely day trip, usually offered as an optional or included excursion from Basel.

No matter what your interest, you'll find it in Lucerne. Love history? Stroll around the old city, take a walk on the city walls and visit the mournful Lion Monument. Art your thing? The Rosengart Collection has large collections of both Pablo Picasso and Paul Klee, buttressed by other pieces by Cezanne, Chagall, Kandinsky, Miro and Renoir. Train buffs will either want to visit the Swiss Museum of Transport or -- if you have enough time -- take the cogwheel train up Mount Pilatus; it's the world's steepest.

Much of Lucerne's appeal, however, is that you don't have to do anything to have an enjoyable day. Take a seat at a cafe, either on the lake or on Rathaus Quai along the Reuss River. Buy chocolate and gawk at the top-of-the-line (and oh so pricy) Swiss watches. Get a closer look at the nearby mountains by taking a sightseeing boat tour on Lake Lucerne. And make sure your phone is charged; Lucerne was made for Instagram.


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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Lucerne

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
    Visiting:
    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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    10 Night Cruise to Lucerne Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Heidelberg
    • Day 5
      Mannheim
    • Day 6
      Kehl
    • Day 6
      Riquewihr
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 8
      Basel
    • Day 8
      Lucerne
    • Day 9
      Luzern
    • Day 10
      Lucerne
    • Day 10
      Zurich
    • Day 11
      Zurich
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    Emerald Sun - Emerald Waterways

    Pros

    Modern design in public areas and cabins, enclosed indoor pool, included gratuities

    Cons

    Perfunctory service; lackluster dining

    Bottom Line

    A good value with a contemporary feel, moderate inclusions and a casual, friendly atmosphere

    Reviews

    Emerald Sun Reviews

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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

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    Cruiser Gil
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Expensive but food lacking
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    DTOR
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Entertaining and Educational
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Lucerne

    Leaving:
    Zurich
    Visiting:
    Lucerne, Zurich ... see more
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    Emerald Waterways
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    10 Night Cruise to Lucerne Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Zurich
    • Day 2
      Lucerne
    • Day 2
      Zurich
    • Day 3
      Luzern
    • Day 4
      Basel
    • Day 5
      Breisach
    • Day 6
      Kehl
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Heidelberg
    • Day 7
      Mannheim
    • Day 8
      Koblenz
    • Day 9
      Cologne
    • Day 10
      Amsterdam
    • Day 11
      Amsterdam
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    Emerald Sun - Emerald Waterways

    Pros

    Modern design in public areas and cabins, enclosed indoor pool, included gratuities

    Cons

    Perfunctory service; lackluster dining

    Bottom Line

    A good value with a contemporary feel, moderate inclusions and a casual, friendly atmosphere

    Reviews

    Emerald Sun Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.5

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    Maxine.noble
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    When can I afford another
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    Dwtiffin
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Excellent value
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  • 10 Night
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    10 Night Cruise to Lucerne Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Heidelberg
    • Day 5
      Mannheim
    • Day 6
      Kehl
    • Day 6
      Riquewihr
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 8
      Basel
    • Day 8
      Lucerne
    • Day 9
      Luzern
    • Day 10
      Lucerne
    • Day 10
      Zurich
    • Day 11
      Zurich
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    Emerald Destiny - Emerald Waterways

    Star-Ship design features heated pool with retractable roof

    Line offers inclusions at a reasonable fare

    Bikes onboard as well as active excursions

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    Emerald Destiny Reviews

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    Emerald Destiny -- one of Emerald Waterways fleet of "Star Ships" -- has been sailing on the Da...

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    debrariley
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Basel to Amsterdam Rhine River Cruise
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    harperlewis
    Sail Date Jul 2019
    Emerald Star- Bucharest to Budapest
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  • 10 Night
    Cruise to Lucerne

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    Zurich
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    Lucerne, Zurich ... see more
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    10 Night Cruise to Lucerne Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Zurich
    • Day 2
      Lucerne
    • Day 2
      Zurich
    • Day 3
      Luzern
    • Day 4
      Basel
    • Day 5
      Breisach
    • Day 6
      Kehl
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Heidelberg
    • Day 7
      Mannheim
    • Day 8
      Koblenz
    • Day 9
      Cologne
    • Day 10
      Amsterdam
    • Day 11
      Amsterdam
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    Emerald Destiny - Emerald Waterways

    Star-Ship design features heated pool with retractable roof

    Line offers inclusions at a reasonable fare

    Bikes onboard as well as active excursions

    Reviews

    Emerald Destiny Reviews

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    Emerald Destiny -- one of Emerald Waterways fleet of "Star Ships" -- has been sailing on the Da...

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    HenryGF
    Sail Date Jun 2019
    Another excellent Emerald Cruise
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    mmireau
    Sail Date May 2019
    A bucket list item that exceeded expectations
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    10 Night Cruise to Lucerne Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Zurich
    • Day 2
      Lucerne
    • Day 2
      Zurich
    • Day 3
      Luzern
    • Day 4
      Basel
    • Day 5
      Breisach
    • Day 6
      Kehl
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Heidelberg
    • Day 7
      Mannheim
    • Day 8
      Koblenz
    • Day 9
      Cologne
    • Day 10
      Amsterdam
    • Day 11
      Amsterdam
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    Emerald Dawn - Emerald Waterways

    Contemporary ship with a friendly vibe

    Swimming pool that converts into a movie theater

    Value for money fares

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    Emerald Dawn Reviews

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    The 182-passenger Emerald Dawn is one of Emerald Waterways signature "Star Ships." Emerald...

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    SoCal Retiree
    Sail Date Aug 2019
    Great First Cruise Experience
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    Ianmpartridge
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Superb cruise
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    Cruise to Lucerne

    Leaving:
    Amsterdam
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    Amsterdam, Cologne ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Emerald Waterways
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    10 Night Cruise to Lucerne Route (Emerald Waterways)
    • Day 1
      Amsterdam
    • Day 2
      Amsterdam
    • Day 3
      Cologne
    • Day 4
      Koblenz
    • Day 5
      Heidelberg
    • Day 5
      Mannheim
    • Day 6
      Kehl
    • Day 6
      Riquewihr
    • Day 6
      Strasbourg
    • Day 7
      Breisach
    • Day 8
      Basel
    • Day 8
      Lucerne
    • Day 9
      Luzern
    • Day 10
      Lucerne
    • Day 10
      Zurich
    • Day 11
      Zurich
    Ship Details

    Emerald Dawn - Emerald Waterways

    Contemporary ship with a friendly vibe

    Swimming pool that converts into a movie theater

    Value for money fares

    Reviews

    Emerald Dawn Reviews

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    Cjwhelpton
    Sail Date Oct 2019
    Danube delightful
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    Sail Date Oct 2019
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More about Lucerne

Why go to Lucerne?

Pros: Cheese shops and chocolatiers offering tours and tastings deliver an authentic Swiss experience.

Cons: Because Lucerne is not a cruise port, visitors will have to either book a tour or pay their own way.

Bottom Line: Lucerne's colorful buildings and magical landscape make it popular place to visit on Rhine River cruise excursions.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money

The Swiss franc, seen on currency charts as CH, is the monetary unit of Switzerland. That being said, some restaurants do take euro and most take credit cards. ATMS are plentiful throughout the city.

Language

Switzerland has four official languages: French, German, Italian and Romansh - but the main one you'll hear in Lucerne is German. That being said, almost all waiters, shop keepers and museum workers speak English.


Lucerne Cruise Reviews

Jane Austen
Eurovisionfan
Sail Date: Aug 2018
After our trip up the mountain, we went to Lucerne, which is very pretty indeed, but we only had an hour, so just had a rather quick walk around....Read More
Viking Vidar
spont
Sail Date: Apr 2018
Spent two days before flying home. Great city to explore, food was great as was the shopping and sightseeing. Walked the "wall" and climbed up into one of the towers. Also took cable car to top of mountain....Read More
Viking Egil
Jim and Jo
Sail Date: Apr 2016
Viking booked and excursion to Mt. Titlis at about 10,000 ft. Unfortunately it was snowing,so we had no view. But we had the adventure of two cable car rides and great Christmas shopping at the top of the moutain....Read More
Viking Kvasir
susanstar88
Sail Date: Aug 2018
Had a super tim e exploring the city by foot and Lake Lucern boat tour ... expensive city but oh so memorable....Read More
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