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Boats on Lake Lucerne: discover Lake Lucerne from the water

Schiffe auf dem Vierwaldstättersee

Discover the magical world of Vierwaldstättersees, one of the most magnificent bodies of water in Switzerland, from the deck of a boat. This unique region, nestled in a breathtaking mountain landscape, offers visitors the opportunity to experience the beauty of Central Switzerland in a very special way. Boats on Lake Lucerne offer a variety of tours and experiences that turn every excursion into an unforgettable adventure.

From culinary delights on a Brunch- oder Candle Light boat dinner to tailor-made excursions that highlight the historical and natural splendor of the region - the choice is diverse. Schifffahrt Luzern and the surrounding communities take advantage of these unique waters to offer visitors a wide range of unforgettable experiences. Lake Lucerne tours range from relaxing cruises to exciting adventures that reveal the hidden treasures of the lake and its shores.

The Hotel Sempachersee serves as an ideal base from which guests can take full advantage of the proximity to the water and the activities on offer. It is more than just a place to stay; it is a ticket to a world of discovery. Bootsfahrten Luzern (Boat trips Lucerne) and the experiences they offer represent the essence of Swiss hospitality and adventure.


The Lake Lucerne fleet

Lake Lucerne, with its fjord-like arms and surrounded by picturesque Alpine peaks, is home to an impressive fleet that has the right boat for every preference and occasion. Navigation Lucerne offers a variety of experiences on the water, from historic steamboats to modern motor vessels and a panoramic yacht that showcases the lake in all its splendor.

Paddle steamers are considered the jewels of the fleet. With their nostalgic charm and turning paddle wheels, they offer an authentic experience from times gone by. These steamboats are not just a means of transportation, but a journey through time as they glide gently through the waves. Particularly noteworthy is the steamboat Schiller, a historic ship known for its elegance and traditional style.

In addition to the steamboats, the Panorama-Yacht stands out, a modern vessel that offers an uninterrupted view of the surrounding landscape with its glass structure. Ideal for those who want to enjoy the lake in a luxurious atmosphere without sacrificing the comforts of the 21st century.

The motorboats, including the new Motorschiff Diamant and the Bürgenstock Shuttle-ferry, offer a faster and more efficient way to explore the lake. These vessels are perfect for day trippers who want to see a lot of the region, while still offering comfort and spectacular views.

Whether you're planning a romantic evening cruise, exploring historic sites along the shore or simply enjoying the fresh lake air, Lake Lucerne tours have something for everyone. The variety and quality of the fleet make every trip an unforgettable experience and highlight the beauty of the Swiss lake landscape.

Stadt Luzern Boats
Stadt Luzern Boats

Exceptional experiences on the water

The ships on Lake Lucerne whisk their guests away into a world of extraordinary water experiences that go far beyond a simple cruise. From culinary highlights to festive occasions, Lake Lucerne offers a stage for unforgettable moments. Whether you want to enjoy the fresh lake air over a sunny brunch, crown the evening with an exclusive dinner under the stars or celebrate special life events such as weddings on the water, the variety of experiences on the lake is as rich as the landscape that surrounds it.

Culinary cruises

An exceptional culinary experience awaits guests on Lake Lucerne, combining the pleasures of a boat trip with exquisite gastronomic delights. Brunch and dinner cruises offer a perfect combination of picturesque views and fine dining, turning any trip on the water into a festive event. While the gentle waves of the lake provide a soothing backdrop, guests can enjoy a sumptuous buffet of local and international delicacies.

Not forgetting the themed culinary ships, which offer unique taste experiences. Whether it's the hearty fondue on the fondue boat, which radiates warmth and coziness in the cooler months of the year, or theFondue-Boat, which makes the hearts of all cheese lovers beat faster with melted cheese and a selection of side dishes - these special cruises make every meal an unforgettable experience. In addition, specialized ships such as the Fajita-ship or the Chinoise-Steamboat invite guests on culinary voyages of discovery, enchanting them with flavours from faraway lands.

These culinary cruises on Lake Lucerne not only offer the chance to enjoy the beauty of the Swiss landscape from the water, but also to discover and appreciate the diversity and richness of Swiss cuisine.

Special offers and events

Lake Lucerne is not only a stage for natural beauty and culinary cruises, but also an exceptional venue for special offers and events. A highlight among these offers is the candlelight cruise, which offers couples a romantic evening under the stars. On this cruise, guests glide over the sparkling water while enjoying an exquisite candlelit dinner. The tranquil atmosphere and breathtaking scenery make it an ideal place for unforgettable moments for two.

In addition, the boats on Lake Lucerne offer the perfect setting for celebrating special occasions such as weddings, birthday parties and corporate events. The option of hiring an entire boat gives event organizers the freedom to create a bespoke experience tailored to their exact needs. Whether it's an intimate family celebration or a large gala with hundreds of guests, the unique combination of excellent service, fine cuisine and the majestic backdrop of the lake ensures that every event is an unforgettable experience.

These special cruises and event options on Lake Lucerne emphasize the versatility and charm of the region by offering visitors and locals alike unparalleled experiences.


Combination of boat trips and hikes

The unique geography of Lake Lucerne not only offers idyllic cruise routes, but also opens the doors to a hiking paradise that starts right on the shore. The combination of boat trips and hikes is an excellent way to experience the natural beauty of Central Switzerland from different perspectives. In this way, visitors can admire the picturesque landscapes from the water and from the surrounding mountains.

Lake Lucerne and mountains

The connection between the crystal-clear waters of Lake Lucerne and the majestic mountains of Central Switzerland offers a seamless nature experience that is ideal for both adventure-seekers and those seeking relaxation. Integrating the cruise with visits to the surrounding mountains such as Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn opens up a world of opportunities to explore the region's scenic diversity.

Rigi, often referred to as the "Queen of the Mountains", is easily accessible by boat from Lake Lucerne via Vitznau. From there, Europe's oldest mountain railroad takes you up to breathtaking vantage points that offer 360-degree views of the surrounding Alps and lakes.

Mount Pilatus, with its steep rock faces and deep valleys, is another highlight that can be perfectly integrated into a boat trip and hiking adventure. A boat trip to Alpnachstad and then the steepest cogwheel railroad in the world to the summit allows you to experience the impressive landscape from a new perspective.

The Stanserhorn offers a unique experience thanks to the modern CabriO cable car, an open double-decker cable car. The journey there can begin with a short boat trip to Stansstad, followed by a nostalgic ride on the funicular to the CabriO cable car valley station.

This combination of boat trip and mountain railroads is not only a testament to Swiss innovation in the field of public transport, but also an invitation to discover Switzerland's nature in an unforgettable way.

Suggested routes for hikers

One of the great pleasures of the Lake Lucerne region is the opportunity to explore the beauty of the landscape both from the water and on foot. Here are some suggested routes that make perfect use of the unique combination of boat trip and hike:

  1. Vitznau-Rigi Kulm: Start your tour with a boat trip to Vitznau. From there, a historic cogwheel railroad takes you up to Rigi Kulm, the summit of the "Queen of the Mountains". Once at the top, you can enjoy the breathtaking view on well-maintained hiking trails. Alternatively, you can return on foot, with the option of stopping off at one of the cozy mountain huts along the way.
  2. Alpnachstad-Pilatus: A boat trip takes you to Alpnachstad, where the world's steepest cogwheel railroad awaits you on the Pilatus. After the impressive ride up to the summit, there are a variety of hiking trails that lead through the alpine landscape. On the way back, the cable car to Kriens and a bus ride back to Lucerne round off the excursion.
  3. Stans-Stanserhorn: A boat transfer to Stans followed by a ride on the CabriO cable car to the Stanserhorn gives hikers an incomparable view from the open double-decker gondola. Various hiking trails await on the Stanserhorn, leading through the blossoming Alpine flora and offering breathtaking panoramas.


These suggested routes not only offer spectacular views and enjoyable physical challenges, but also the opportunity to experience the region's rich flora and fauna up close. The combination of boat trip and hike allows you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Lake Lucerne and its surrounding mountains, making every excursion an unforgettable experience.

View from Rigi
View from Rigi

Planning and tickets

Planning a cruise on Lake Lucerne, combined with a hike in the surrounding mountain landscape, requires some preparation to get the most out of your experience. Fortunately, the Lake Lucerne navigation company (SGV) and the various mountain railroads offer a variety of ticket options and passes that allow for flexible travel and discounts.

Timetables are the key to a successful tour. The SGV provides detailed timetables online, which are regularly updated to reflect the latest sailing times for boats and connections to mountain railroads. It is advisable to consult these timetables in advance to plan your trip optimally.

Ticket options range from one-way tickets to day passes that allow unlimited travel on the lake for an entire day. For individual travelers and groups, it is often a good idea to buy combined tickets that include boat travel and mountain railroads, thus guaranteeing an all-round carefree experience.

Special passes such as the Swiss Travel Pass or the Tell-Pass offer free or discounted travel on the lake and mountain railroads. These passes are particularly advantageous for tourists who want to explore the entire region, as they also provide access to public transport throughout Switzerland.

Bookings and planning for individual travelers and groups can be made directly via the websites of the SGV or the respective mountain railroads. It is recommended to make group reservations in advance to ensure that there are enough places available. In addition, some boats and cable cars offer the option of booking special menus or activities for groups, making the trip even more memorable.

For a smooth experience, it is advisable to purchase tickets or passes online in advance. This not only saves time on the day of the trip, but also gives you an overview of all the options and offers available for your planned tour.



A cruise on Lake Lucerne is an unforgettable experience that showcases the beauty of the Swiss landscape in all its splendor. From the gentle waves of the lake to the majestic peaks of the surrounding mountains, each tour offers a variety of impressive views and experiences. Culinary cruises, themed cruises and the combination of boat trip and hike invite you to discover the region in a unique way.

To maximize the Lake Lucerne experience, visitors should take advantage of the variety of itineraries and packages on offer. Planning in advance is essential to ensure you make the most of the options available. Obtaining information on timetables, special passes and tickets can help save time and money. Furthermore, taking advantage of local events and seasonal offers allows you to experience the culture and traditions of the region up close.

The Hotel Sempachersee is the ideal base from which to explore these diverse opportunities. With its location, amenities and direct access to the boat lines, it serves as a gateway to an unforgettable adventure on and around Lake Lucerne. Future visitors can look forward to a combination of relaxation, discovery and culinary delights that will make any trip to this special place incomparable.



How can I book tickets for the boats on Lake Lucerne?

Tickets can be purchased directly on the website of the Lake Lucerne Navigation Company or at sales points along the lake. It is recommended to book tickets online in advance, especially for culinary cruises and special offers.

Are there discounts or special passes for the boat trip?

Yes, various passes such as the Swiss Travel Pass or the Half-Fare travelcard offer discounts or even free travel on Lake Lucerne. Find out about the best options for your needs before you travel.

Can I combine a boat trip with a hike?

Absolutely. Many hiking trails around Lake Lucerne are connected to boat landing stages, allowing for a seamless combination of boat trip and hike. Popular mountains such as the Rigi, the Pilatus or the Stanserhorn are ideal for such combined excursions.

Are pets allowed on the boats?

As a rule, pets are welcome on the ships, but there may be restrictions or charges. Check the specific conditions of the shipping company in advance.

Is it possible to hire a boat for private events?

Yes, the boats on Lake Lucerne can be hired for private events such as weddings, birthday parties or corporate events. It is advisable to plan early and contact the boat company directly to discuss availability and individual offers.

How far in advance should I book a boat trip?

For regular cruises, it is often not necessary to book in advance unless you are traveling in a large group. However, for culinary cruises and special events, it is recommended to book as early as possible to ensure you get a seat.


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