Excursions into the nearby mountains and onto Lake Lucerne are a must if you visit Lucerne. The best thing to do is to travel through the Lucerne - Lake Lucerne Region by public transport; there are very good connections to all excursion destinations.
Lake Lucerne (434 m above sea level) is fascinating due to its picturesque landscape and historical sites. 20 boats - 5 of which are nostalgic paddle-steamers - enable you to take round trips and offer endless possibilities for excursions which can also be combined with mountain railways along the lake. Five magnicently restored, over one hundred year old paddle steamers are the pride of the Lake Lucerne fleet. Cruise from Lucerne to Flüelen through tremendous scenery, with the witnesses of the Art Nouveau era. www.lakelucerne.ch.
Maker of weather, dragon's lair, home to giants and grave of rulers: Lucerne's very own mountain, Pilatus (2132m.a.s.l.), is one of the most legendary places in Central Switzerland. And one of the most beautiful. On a clear day the mountain offers a panoramic view of 73 Alpine peaks. Further informations: www.pilatus.ch