Cruises to Lucerne

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Lucerne (Photo:gevision/Shutterstock)

About Cruising to 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. Find this popular port on our Switzerland cruise itineraries.

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Emerald Dawn
Emerald Dawn

10 Night
Jewels Of The Rhine & Lucerne - Zurich

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Emerald Sun
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The Majestic Rhine & Lucerne - Zurich

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Avalon Envision (Photo: Avalon Waterways)

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Romantic Rhine With 3 Nights In Lake Como & 1 Nigh...

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The Best Of Austria & Switzerland With Romantic Rh...

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Jewels Of The Rhine & Lucerne - Zurich

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Copenhagen To Zurich & Jewels Of The Rhine

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Copenhagen To Zurich & Jewels Of The Rhine

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Zurich - Lucerne & Jewels Of The Rhine

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Zurich - Lucerne With Tulips & The Rhine

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Zurich To Berlin & The Majestic Rhine

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Tulips Of The Rhine & Lucerne - Zurich

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Zurich - Lucerne & The Majestic Rhine

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Zurich-lucerne & Jewels Of The Rhine & Amsterdam

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More about Lucerne

Why Cruise 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
Beautiful city, one of our favorite stops. This was a pre cruise destination Read More
SRCJAX
Beautiful city. Hotel centrally located. Julia Neto made exploring fun and interesting. Excursion to Berger Oberland most enjoyable.Read More
fzq3546
We spent the morning in the Bernese Oberland from Wilderwil, going up a mountain on an old train - do make sure you use the facilities at the station before boarding, there aren't any onboard!! After our trip up theRead More
Eurovisionfan
Had a super tim e exploring the city by foot and Lake Lucern boat tour ... expensive city but oh so memorable.Read More
susanstar88

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