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Around Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne – where access to the high mountains is easy
Visit historic Lucerne, ascend Mount Rigi, and stay in charming mountain and lakeside hotels on this self-guided walking holiday, with luggage transported. Combining superb walking with boat, rail and cable car journeys, this trip highlights the beauty of one of Switzerland’s most captivating regions.

Holiday information


A walking holiday around Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne, one of Switzerland's most beautiful lakes, is surrounded by spectacular heights, including the 'Queen of Mountains', the Rigi. Historic steamers ply the vivid blue waters, linking the handsome city of Lucerne with elegant villages along the shore, while rack railways give easy access to high, panoramic paths. Combining superb walking with thrilling boat, rail and cable car journeys (all included), this walk takes you right into the heart of the mountains, avoiding many steep sections on foot, allowing you to enjoy the constantly changing vistas of the lake and mountain backdrop.
Starting in the historic lakeside city of Lucerne, this journey takes you across the eponymous lake, both south and north, to visit the lakeside meadow where Switzerland was founded over 700 years ago and to explore the surrounding mountains and relaxed waterside resorts with their almost Mediterranean summertime feel. The walking is suitable for all of average fitness, featuring a mix of short up- and down-hill routes, and longer routes on the flat. The landscapes through which you walk are surprisingly varied, and the shape of the lake, together with the effects of the light, make for an ever-evolving panorama of which it is impossible to tire. In late June and throughout July, the flowers are spectacular, while cooler, clear September days are a favourite time for walkers.

Book now for summer 2021

Travel restrictions mean that we cannot accept any new bookings from UK residents for autumn 2020 at the moment. We remain hopeful that restrictions will be eased and that we will be able to resume the holiday before the end of the season. If you have a holiday booking with us, we will contact you nearer the time.

Looking further ahead, we are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.

What we’re doing so you can book and travel with confidence >


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on almost any day of the week, and are free to add extra nights.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    The best time for flowers is late June and early July.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 2 4 8 13 17 20 23 21 18 13 7 3
    mm 68 66 68 94 119 150 140 157 101 66 80 66
  • Arrival in Lucerne
    Night 1: at Hotel Wilden Mann (where you spend one night).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Exploration of Lucerne then boat (1h20) to Beckenried
    Enjoy a morning strolling through Lucerne's narrow, pretty streets, admiring the fine Renaissance architecture and views from the city walls. Don't miss the famous covered bridges – the Kapellbrücke and Spreuerbrücke, with their 17th-century paintings depicting scenes of the city – before catching an afternoon boat (check the timetable to be sure of an historic paddle steamer) for a scenic trip across Lake Lucerne to Beckenried where you stay in the lakeside Hotel Nidwaldnerhof.
  • Beckenried to Rütli (return by boat): 10km, 3.5hrs
    Today’s walk begins with a bus journey from Beckenried to Sagendorf near the village of Emmetten, from where you meander through idyllic Swiss farming country, beneath impressive peaks. The way then descends through forest to traverse more meadows and farmland, with magnificent lake views, to reach Rütli. This lakeside meadow is thought of as the heart of the country and is where, at the end of the 13th century, an oath was sworn between representatives of the founding cantons of Switzerland. Return to Beckenried by boat.
  • Boat and cog railway to Rigi-Kaltbad followed by walking options: 2.5-7.5km, 1-2.5hrs
    Take a boat to Vitznau, from where Europe's oldest cog railway takes you to the 1,797-metre summit of the Rigi, celebrated internationally and best known for Mark Twain's humorous account of its ascent in 'A Tramp Abroad' as well as for Turner's series of paintings. Admire the exceptional 360-degree panorama of lakes and mountains before descending via one of two options, across meadows and through forest to Rigi-Kaltbad, where you stay in the spectacularly positioned Hotel Edelweiss.
    Rigi cog railway
    Rigi-Kaltbad walk: 2.5km
    Rigi-Kaltbad walk: 7.5km
  • Circular walk followed by cable car from Rigi-Kaltbad to Weggis: 14km, 5hrs
    A wonderful high-level walk takes you along the spine of the Rigi to Rigi Scheidegg. These distinctive mountains are not in fact technically part of the Alps but belong to the Swiss Plateau; along the way you will see striking examples of the 'molasse' conglomerate of which they are made. Our route follows a mixture of dramatic paths and track with exceptional views over Lake Lucerne. It brings you back to Rigi-Kaltbad to descend by cable car to Weggis, where you stay for two nights at the Hotel Central am See.
    Circular walk Rigi-Kaltbad to Weggis: 14km
    Views over Lake Lucerne
  • Circular route from Weggis: 8.5km, 3hrs
    Explore another aspect of the Rigi on your final day. After journeying by bus and cable car to Seebodenalp above Küssnacht, you traverse the steep western slopes of the mountain, with exceptional views, before finally descending through woods and farmland back to Weggis. There are several mountain restaurants along the way, and the relaxed nature of this walk allows plenty of time to sample them.

    Alternatively, enjoy a boat trip to the Lucerne Lido and the city’s famous transport museum.


All your hotels offer high standards of comfort, exceptional service and delicious local cuisine.

Extend your stay


Summer 2021

We are keeping our prices the same, so you can book for summer 2021 at 2020 prices.
Prices & travel options
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  • 6 nights: 01 September 2020 - 11 October 2020, 01 June 2021 - 27 June 2021, 28 June 2021 - 14 August 2021 & 15 August 2021 - 11 October 2021

    Start any day (except Friday & Saturday from 1-27 Jun & 14 Aug-11 Oct) | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 13 Sep 2020 £1260 £165
    14 Sep - 5 Oct 2020 £1195 £160
    1 Jun - 13 Sep 2021 £1260 £165
    14 Sep - 5 Oct 2021 £1195 £160
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: A Swiss Half-Fare Card is included providing you with half price tickets for trains, bus and boat journeys and up to 50% reduction on private railways and cable cars.

    If you would prefer to drive from the UK, please contact us for self-drive prices.

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

    6 nights: 01 September 2020 - 11 October 2020, 01 June 2021 - 27 June 2021, 28 June 2021 - 14 August 2021 & 15 August 2021 - 11 October 2021

    Start any day (except Friday & Saturday from 1-27 Jun & 14 Aug-11 Oct) | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 13 Sep 2020 £1620 £165
    14 Sep - 5 Oct 2020 £1545 £160
    1 Jun - 13 Sep 2021 £1620 £165
    14 Sep - 5 Oct 2021 £1545 £160
    3rd & 4th person discount £0
    Single traveller supplement £0

    Includes all elements in the 'walk price', plus standard-class travel by Eurostar from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet International to Lille or Paris, with onward travel as described below.

    Included travel from the UK: UK-Paris (Eurostar), Paris–Lucerne (TGV/regional rail & bus or boat), approx duration 9h plus 0h10 walk to the hotel. Home, Weggis–Paris (TGV/regional rail & bus or boat), Paris-UK (Eurostar), approx 10h30 plus 0h10 walk from the hotel.
    > More about 'by rail' prices
    > The 'rail experience': what to expect
    A Swiss Card is included, providing you with half price tickets for trains, bus and boat journeys and up to 50% reduction on private railways and cable cars.

    If you book your holiday less than 6 months in advance of your travel date, seats may no longer be available at the tariffs on which our prices are based, but we may be able to offer you seats on the same services at a supplement.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Hotel Wilden Mann, Lucerne
    Superior: 01 Sep - 11 Oct 2020 £22
    Superior: 01 Jun - 11 Oct 2021 £22
    Hotel Nidwaldnerhof, Beckenried
    Lake view & balcony: 01 Sep - 11 Oct 2020 £32
    Lake view & balcony: 01 Jun - 11 Oct 2021 £32
    Hotel Central am See, Weggis
    Superior with lake view & balcony: 01 Sep - 11 Oct 2020 £32
    Superior with lake view & balcony: 01 Jun - 11 Oct 2021 £32

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel Wilden Mann, Lucerne (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 11 Oct 2020 £152 £184
    01 Jun - 11 Oct 2021 £152 £184

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Zürich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Aberdeen - Zurich (via Paris) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Zurich Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Zurich Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Zurich easyJet,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Zurich British Airways,  Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Zurich easyJet,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Zurich Swiss 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Frankfurt) Lufthansa 
    Manchester - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Newcastle - Zurich (via Paris CDG) Air France 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Zürich. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service (£60 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    If purchasing outward connecting travel through Inntravel, the homeward travel is at no extra cost.

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Zürich airport to Lucerne (1h10), walk to hotel (0h10) £16 1800
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    walk to Weggis quay (0h05), boat Weggis to Lucerne (0h40), walk from quay to station (0h05), rail Lucerne to Zürich airport (1h) £0 1430
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 5 dinners
    6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported (1 bag per person)
  • route notes and maps
  • all cable car, boat and rail journeys mentioned in itinerary

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If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
    Information about accommodation, general practicalities and more >
    Booking conditions >
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our travel insurance policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your alternative policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Switzerland, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance.
  • The official languages are German, spoken in the majority of the country; French, spoken in the south-west; Italian, spoken in the south-east; and Romansch, mostly limited to the Engadine valley. The currency is the Franc. Swiss time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.

    When the UK withdrew from the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020, it entered an 11-month transition period that will last until the end of December 2020. During this transition period there will be absolutely no changes to current arrangements for UK citizens travelling to an EU destination, so you can book your 2020 holiday certain that there will be no disruptions or complications caused by Brexit.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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