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  • By Rail to Lake Lucerne Holiday

    Credit: Switzerland Tourism

    Credit: Switzerland Tourism

    Credit: Switzerland Tourism

    By rail to Lake Lucerne holiday
     7nights/ 8days

    This seven night rail holiday gives you plenty of time to explore and enjoy the Lake Lucerne region, taking in the highlights of Lake Lucerne and the city of Lucerne, and giving you chance to explore the rail- and cable-ways that take you up to Mount Rigi and Mount Pilatus.

    We recommend travelling to Switzerland by train from London to Basel, and then on to Lake Lucerne, though return flights from the UK with rail travel in Switzerland can also be arranged. Your destination is Brunnen (or another resort on the lake or Lucerne itself if you prefer) on the banks of Lake Lucerne, facing across to the stunning skyline of the Rutli and Schillerstein mountains. Lucerne itself is one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland: overlooking the stunning lake, and populated by colourful, quirky townhouses. Historic monuments stand in the lake and river waters, on the green terraces of the mountainsides, and emerge proudly from the city streets. Outside the city, vantage points that grant sweeping panoramas across the water and mountains are waiting to be discovered. Use your Swiss rail pass to travel around the lake to villages and towns such as Sisikon, Fluelen, Weggis, and Schwyz, and to take in the views across the many phenomenal sights of natural beauty, including the alpine meadows at Rutli, and Rigi, the Queen of the Mountains. 

    Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.

    Day-by-day summary
    DAY ONE
    Travel from London to Brunnen by rail on your first day; or fly into Zurich and travel the rest of the journey by rail. The Eurostar leaves a little before seven in the morning for Paris, where you change to a TGV train headed to Basel. Here, change for a train south-east to Lake Lucerne, arriving in the early evening. It is possible to take the train to Lucerne and make the last stretch of the journey by boat across the lake although this is slower. Check into your chosen resort hotel.
    DAYS TWO TO SEVEN
    Spend seven nights enjoying the highlights of Lucerne and the lake, making the most of your eight day rail pass to explore the surrounding area.
    DAY EIGHT
    On your eighth day, board a morning train from Brunnen back to Basel. Take the TGV back to Paris to meet the Eurostar here and cross the Channel, arriving in London in the early evening. 

    Choice of hotels
    Seehotel Waldstatterhof Brunnen – 4 star 

    Prices

    Rail (standard class on Eurostar and second class on all other trains) from London and throughout back to London at 4 star hotels (eg Seehotel Waldstatterhof Brunnen), from £1,995 per person
    Supplement: Standard premier on Eurostar and first class on all other trains £420 per person

    Flights to/from Switzerland and second class rail travel in Switzerland at 4 star hotels (eg Seehotel Waldstatterhof Brunnen), from £1,935 per person
    Supplement: First class rail in Switzerland £210 per person

    What’s included:
    Rail travel London to Switzerland via Paris in standard class (first class can be booked at a supplement) return, or scheduled return flights from the UK to Zurich
    8 days Swiss rail pass for travel on 3 consecutive days
    7 nights’ bed and breakfast in your resort hotel

    What’s not included:
    Transfers in Paris
    Transfers in Switzerland station to hotel unless offered by your hotel

    Optional extensions:
    Combine this holiday with one of our Iconic Swiss Rail Journeys or another long stay in a different part of the country.

    About the Resort

     The village of Brunnen sits low on the banks of Lake Lucerne, on the bend that divides Lake Lucerne into two halves. At just 435m above sea level, Brunnen has the benefits of both proximity to the lakeside and stunning alpine views. Nestled in an open valley surrounded by majectic mountains and turquoise waters, this small hamlet is the perfect peaceful, scenic destination on the banks of Lake Lucerne. A warm climate, afforded by the low altitude, and its place on the so-called Swiss Riviera, identifies Brunnen as a summer holiday retreat. The region of Lucerne outside the village is rich with cultural and natural interest, thus suiting sports enthusiasts as well as those looking for a quiet, relaxing break. Browse the range of activities listed below to see just how varied this area is.

    Places of interest around Lake Lucerne:
    Rigi Mountain – known affectionately as Queen of the Mountains;’ the summit is popular for watching the sunrise.
    Mount Pilatus – accessible via a thrilling rack railway, this is reputedly the final resting place of Pontius Pilatus and the mythical former home of a dragon; from the top, you can see 73 alpine peaks.
    Stanserhorn – a hiking excursion, or funicular railway and cable car ride, takes you up to the summit from Stans, from where you can see the Jungfrau, Mount Titlis, and the northern hills and lakes.
    Chapel Bridge, Lucerne – the most iconic monument in the area, and the most photographed in Switzerland; it was named after St Peter’s Chapel. Visit also the Water Tower that marks the bridge’s sharp corner.
    Spreuer Bridge, Lucerne – an ochre-coloured bridge that also crosses the Reuss River, and has miniature red turrets.
    Jesuit Church, Lucerne – an imposing baroque church built on the water’s edge in the 17th century with iconic turquoise droplet-shaped domes Musegg Wall, Lucerne – built in the 14th century, nine of the city’s original defensive towers remain; three of which are open to the public.
    Historic squares, Lucerne – in particular, visit the Kornmarkt Square, home to the Pfistern Guildhall, and the Weinmarkt Square, where Lucerne swore a federal oath with its neighbouring cantons in the 4th century.
    Dying Lion Monument, Lucerne – one of the most moving memorials in Lucerne, this rock carving commemorates those who lost their lives in the attack on the Tuileries at theend of the 18th century.
    Lucerne art galleries – visit the Rosengart Collection of works by Picasso and Klee, the Wagner Collection in Tribschen, and the KKL Luzern.
    Gotthard Panorama Express steamboat or salon motorboat – departing from the Swiss Transport Museum in Lucerne, this boat takes you to the most important points in the the legendary story of the Swiss National Hero of Liberty: Tell’s Slab and Tell’s Chapel in Sisikon and the Rutli Meadows.
    Fluelen – a riverside, picturesque town with mountainside churches and a pretty marina promenade; Fluelen also marks the end of the Gotthard Panorama Express boat ride.
    Funicular Railway from Stoos to Fronalpstock – this is the steepest railway.
    Panoramic cableway from Weggis to Rigi Kaltbad at 1450m above sea level.
    Rigibahn – this rack railway leads up from Rigi Kaltbad to Rigi-Kulm; once at the summit, you can see 13 lakes, the entire Swiss Mittelland, and the French and German borders.
    Quay – lined with colourful flowers and an idyllic promenade.
    Paddlewheel steamers on Lake Lucerne.
    Kurplatz – musicians play on this picturesque square every day in the summer, bar Mondays.
    Mark Twain Trail – stretches across 12km from Weggis to Rigi Kulm.
    Cruise to Lucerne – taking 45 minutes.
    Rose Festival – originating in 1926, the Rose Festival offers authentic food stalls and entertainment in July.

    Local sports:
    • Kayaking
    • Swimming by the promenade in Weggis
    • Para-gliding off Mount Pilatus
    • Hot air ballooning on Mount Pilatus
    • Hiking
    • Cycling – bike rentals are available in Weggis
    • Fishing – permits can be acquired from the Weggis tourism office
    • Sailing, water-skiing, river-rafting, and windsurfing in Brunnen

    The abundance of available activities, from cultural and historic tours to water sports and hiking, will ensure that each of your days in the Lake Lucerne area is unique and memorable. This seven night rail holiday allows you to make the most of this variety and get to know the region in-depth.

    Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.

    Hotel Information

    As part of this single centre rail touring holiday, we include a seven night stay at the Seehotel Waldstatterhof Brunnen. Other options in the Lake Lucerne area are available on request, and additional nights can be added here or in other destinations.

    Seehotel Waldstatterhof Brunnen
    4 star
    The four star Seehotel Waldstaetterhof in Brunnen stands on the banks of Lake Lucerne, a mere 40 minute drive from the city of Lucerne and a stone’s throw away from Brunnen ferry terminal. Overlooking the lake, the hotel enjoys breathtaking views of alpine peaks and is set in a private park. Its location lends itself to the ethos of ‘wellness’ and benefits from a very peaceful atmosphere. Relaxing strolls can be had along the shores of the lake or into the quaint town of Brunnen, while taking in the sign of the sunset across the water. The Seehotel Waldstaetterhof is a traditional hotel that has benefited recently from the addition of brand new spa areas, which have been designed with a specific focus on wellness. The hotel has a sauna and relaxation area, swing chairs, a gym and a wide range of beauty and wellness treatments. The room are adorned with rich furnishings and elegant décor, and the hotel’s newly renovated restaurant with a view awaits you with classic international dishes and exclusive wines. Activities in the surrounding area include, but are not limited to, golf, snow sports, mountain biking, hiking and fishing. The Seehotel Waldstaetterhof is well-suited to those embarking on a rail touring holiday around Switzerland, as well as those looking for a longer, lakeside break. The hotel’s emphasis on wellness makes it a particularly good destination for those looking for a relaxing holiday.
    Click here to find out more about the Seehotel Waldstatterhof Brunnen.

    Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.

    By Rail to Lake Lucerne Map

    Click here to download a full PDF itinerary.

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