Visit Lake Lucerne
Set in stunning Swiss mountain scenery, Lake Lucerne is also known as the Lake of the Four Forested Cantons, overlooked by the Uri, Underwalden and Schwyz areas. The lake is the fourth largest in Switzerland at 44 square miles and has a uniquely beautiful location. Nestled in between mountains, it offers the opportunity to take in spectacular views of the area.
The heart of Switzerland
Sometimes called the heart of Switzerland, the lake holds an important place in Swiss history. The meadow above the lake, Rütli, was the setting for the oath taken in 1291, which laid the foundation of the Swiss Federation. On August 1st that year, the Rütli Oath was taken to form a confederation and this day is now celebrated each year as the Swiss National Holiday.
Starting at the Rütli meadow is the famous Swiss Path, a themed hiking trail, which allows walkers to discover moments in Switzerland’s history. The trail is 35 kilometers long and will take you to different historical locations, while spreading out incredible scenery at your feet. If you enjoy nature, then you can walk the whole trail or just certain stages. Many sections are wheelchair friendly and easy to navigate.
Cruises on the lake
As a gateway to central Switzerland, boat trips on Lake Lucerne are popular with those aiming to travel elsewhere in North-Central Switzerland. A trip out on the water is also perfect if you are looking to experience the spectacular scenery from the water. Sail on the lake, take a charter yacht or cruise on board a restored paddleboat steamer. The paddleboat steamers offer stops at the villages that hug the shoreline and you can even hire them out for business or personal events.
If you are booking a trip to Lucerne, stay in comfortable surroundings right on the lake’s shores at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne. Explore the region's beautiful scenery from the hotel’s central location and sleep in style.