Best Walking Tours In Lucerne (Unmissable Experiences)

best walking tours lucerne

Lucerne is one of the loveliest cities to visit in Switzerland and deserves a spot at the top of your European dream destinations. Imagine an Old Town with colorful facades and paintings that tell the story of the family who first lived there, a 14th-century rampart wall, and a covered wooden bridge built in 1333!

Lucerne is connected to all of Europe and Switzerland’s major railways making it easy to visit. This Swiss city is full of history and stories to be heard. One of the best ways to experience both the history and the many things to do in Lucerne is with a walking tour by a local guide like one of the following.

Lucerne 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour

Spreuer Bridge Lucerne
Spreuer Bridge Lucerne

Find out why Lucerne is called The City of Lights and other interesting facts about the city on this informative and entertaining 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide at the Tourist Information Luzern shop and head out to see the Chapel Bridge and water tower, the Spreuer Bridge, and the iconic Museggmauer city wall.

You will get to admire the historical facades of ancient buildings in the old town as well as Lucerne’s more modern Culture and Congress building. All of this fantastic sightseeing is embellished with historical and often amusing tales about Lucerne.


Lucerne: 1-Hour Historical Tour with Night Watchman

chapel bridge
Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

Discover the City of Lights with a night watchman as your guide on this fascinating 1-hour historical tour. Hear stories about life in the Middle Ages from law and order to war and Swiss mercenaries and much more. You’ll be amazed at how much this short tour covers. Topics include Hans von Trient and his nemesis Luzius Ritter, the engraver Martin Martini, and other past Lucerne personalities.

This tour also takes you by some interesting landmarks as they tie into the narration. It begins near the Chapel Bridge and goes to Kapellplatz, then along Furrengasse to Kornmarkt.


Lucerne: Culture & Congress Centre Behind the Scenes Tour

KKL Luzern
KKL Luzern – Image courtesy of Wikimedia

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Lucerne Culture & Congress Center on this unique tour. Known to the locals as KKL Luzern, this amazing concert hall is highly regarded as the world’s best. Learn about the archeological vision of its creator, Jean Nouvel, and how the concert hall came into being.

A knowledgeable tour guide will explain the fascinating features of the KKL including its perfect proportions, echo chamber, and sound reflector.

The meeting point for this tour is the KKL lobby.


Lucerne: Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Musegg Wall Lucerne
Musegg Wall Lucerne

See the city like a local on this private tour with a local guide. You’ll see the main sights of the city and discover hidden gems as well. Highlights include the Chapel Bridge, the Museggmauer Wall, and more. All of the best parts of Lucerne are the focus of this tour. Guides are willing to customize your tour and answer questions about how best to spend your time in Lucerne.

This is your chance to get the inside scoop about where to go and what to do in Lucerne. A favorite feature of this private tour is that it includes hotel pick-up.


Private Medieval Walk in the Historic Centre of Lucerne

Lucerne Old Town
Lucerne Old Town

This tour will take you back to how Lucerne looked 500 years ago through the eyes of the nightwatchman. A unique feature of the tour is following along with a presentation through words and pictures on your mobile device.

Once you meet your guide at the Chapel Bridge, you’ll listen to commentary about life, society, and notable people from the medieval era. The stories continue as you follow a route that includes the Kapellplatz, the Furrengasse, Kornmarkt, and Weinmarkt.


Express Walk of Lucerne with a Local

This 1-hour experience introduces you to the City of Lights in a nutshell. Led by a local, it’s a quick yet thorough overview of the city’s highlights and history. You’ll meet your group in front of the LUZ bistro near the Tourbogen and take a guided walking tour of the city center.

Have a list of questions to ask? Your tour guide can answer your questions from a local’s perspective. Get insider tips on the best places to eat and drink.


Lucerne Classic City Walking Tour

Bourbaki Museum
Bourbaki Museum – Image courtesy of Wikimedia

This classic tour is one of the most comprehensive you’ll find in Lucerne. The guide will meet you at your hotel’s reception and explain your route on a city map before departing for the Bourbaki Museum for a history lesson. The next stop is the Lion Monument which commemorates Swiss mercenaries.

From here you’ll continue to explore Lucerene’s highlights and hidden gems. You’ll climb the hill to the Musegg Wall, visit the Peterskapelle (the city’s first church), and more before ending with a stroll across the Chapel Bridge.


Lucerne: 3-Hour Essential Photography Tour

Lion Monument, Lucerne
Lion Monument, Lucerne

This intensive 3-hour tour will ensure that you go home with the best possible photos of your trip. The city has many photographic possibilities from iconic landmarks to interesting back streets and cultural experiences. Your tour guide and a professional photographer will help you capture great images of modern and historical sights.

You’ll go to the Musegg Wall, the Chapel Bridge, the dramatic Lion Monument, the KKL, and more.

The meeting point for this tour is Torbogen Luzern, Bahnhofplatz.


Lucerne: Water Tower Ticket with Private Guided Tour

This specialized tour gives you an in-depth look at Lucerne’s old water tower by the Chapel Bridge. A knowledgeable guide will meet you in front of the Lucerne train station with narration on the story of the Middle Ages in Switzerland. Once at the tower, you’ll get to explore sections of the tower like the dungeon, the Armory, and the treasure chamber.

After learning the dark secrets of the tower, you’ll get to go to the top for a view of the city and its surroundings. You’ll have the option of extending the tour with snacks and drinks.


Lucerne Walking and Boat Tour: The Best Swiss Experience

Lucerne Old Town
Lucerne Old Town

Lucerne’s Old Town and history are fascinating but don’t overlook Lake Lucerne, Switzerland’s 5th largest lake. This tour has you covered with a small-group tour of the city on foot and a sightseeing boat ride on the lake. The tour lasts for 3 hours and includes landmarks like the Chapel Bridge and other archeological gems and monuments.

You can also get the option of a wine tasting with Swiss cheese. Depending on your options, you’ll either meet at the Big Arch in front of the train station or at the Torbogen Monument.


Meeting Points for Lucerne Walking Tours

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Lucerne a walkable city?

Lucerne’s town center is easily explored on foot.

Is it worth going on a walking tour in Lucerne?

Lucerne is a city with a fascinating history and well worth the cost of a walking tour.

Written by Ashley Faulkes
As a twenty-year resident of Switzerland, I am passionate about exploring every nook and cranny of this beautiful country, I spend my days deep in the great Swiss outdoors, and love to share these experiences and insights with fellow travel enthusiasts.

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