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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 lakeside hotels on this self-guided walking holiday, with luggage transported. Combining superb walking with boat, rail and cable car journeys – all of which are covered by the included travel pass – 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.


The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on any day of the week, and are free to add extra nights.

Included in our arrangements is a 5-day Tell Pass which gives unlimited travel on buses, boats, trains and cable cars in the area, meaning that it covers not only those journeys that form part of our walking routes, but any other local journeys you wish to take, for example during your free day in Lucerne.

The itinerary below was introduced for 2022; any reviews dating from before this relate to the previous version of the holiday.
  • 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 (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Day in Lucerne
    Use our self-guided city walking tour notes to explore Lucerne's narrow, pretty streets, admiring the fine Renaissance architecture and views from the city walls. Other highlights include the famous covered bridges – the Kapellbrücke and Spreuerbrücke – with their 17th-century paintings depicting scenes of the city. Afterwards, it's  well worth hopping on the world's steepest cog railway to reach Mount Pilatus. At 2,132 metres above sea level, it towers above the city and, on clear days, commands views of 73 peaks, whetting your appetite for the panoramas to come over the course of your holiday. You return to Lucerne on the Dragon Ride cable car, whose large windows give you the feeling of flying!
  • Boat to Beckenried followed by walk: 6km, 2.5hrs
    Start the day by catching a boat (check the timetable to be sure of an historic paddle steamer) for the scenic trip across Lake Lucerne to Beckenried. Here, you take a cable car into the mountains for an easy downhill walk with spectacular views north across the lake towards the mountains beyond. Traversing meadows and slopes renowned for their wildlife, you reach another cable car which whisks you down to Emmetten, where you connect with the bus back to Beckenried, for two nights at the lakeside Hotel Nidwaldnerhof.
    Circular walk around Beckenried: 6km
    Arrival in Beckenried
  • 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 route 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.
    Beckenried to Rütli: 10km
    En route to Rütli
  • Boat and cog railway to Rigi 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 take the cable car down to Weggis, for two nights at the Hotel Central am See.
    The Rigi cog railway
    Rigi walk: 2.5km
    Rigi walk: 7.5km
  • Choice of walks from Weggis: 7.5km or 8.5km

    Küssnacht to 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.

    Circular walk around Weggis: 7.5km, 3hrs
    This gentler route, a good option in wet weather, explores the gentle farmland and forest that surround Weggis. It makes a short loop via Hertenstein, returning through orchards to the centre of Weggis.

    Alternatively, enjoy a boat trip to the Lucerne Lido and the city’s famous transport museum.
    Küssnacht to Weggis: 8.5km
    Circular walk around Weggis: 7.5km


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

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  • 6 nights: 01 June 2022 - 09 October 2022

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Jun - 31 Aug 2022 £1330 £175
    1 Sep - 3 Oct 2022 £1295 £170
    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 5-day Tell Pass is included, covering all the cable car, boat and train rides that form part of the itinerary, plus any additional travel in the region.

    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 June 2022 - 09 October 2022

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 Jun - 31 Aug 2022 £1745 £175
    1 Sep - 3 Oct 2022 £1695 £170
    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 5-day Tell Pass is included, covering all the cable car, boat and train rides that form part of the itinerary, plus any additional travel in the region.

    If you book your holiday less than 10 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 Jun - 09 Oct 2022 £20
    Hotel Nidwaldnerhof, Beckenried
    Lake view & balcony: 01 Jun - 09 Oct 2022 £34
    Hotel Central am See, Weggis
    Superior with lake view & balcony: 01 Jun - 09 Oct 2022 £34
    As an alternative to flying, we can arrange rail travel from London

    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 
    Birmingham - Zurich (via Munich) Lufthansa 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Zurich Swiss 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Zurich (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    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 for any of the options listed above except those operated by Ryanair. We charge £35 per person for our flight booking service. 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.

    Connecting travel options - flying via Zurich

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    rail Zürich airport to Lucerne (1h10), walk to hotel (0h10) £26 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) £44 1430
What is included
  • 6 nights
  • 4 dinners
    6 breakfasts
  • luggage transported (1 bag per person)
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • unlimited local travel pass

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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.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • 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, not least proving your vaccination status or taking a test in order to travel.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
    Entry requirements for non-UK destinations & for re-entering the UK >
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from A to B, 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.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). 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. The fee for this service is £35 per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). 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 take out a policy with our recommended provider (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK 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 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). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • 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.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit

    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.
  • 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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