Mark Twain, for one, was fascinated by the sunrise on the Rigi. On selected days between June and September, a special early morning service on the Rigi Railway from Goldau brings you to Rigi Kulm. The unique panoramic views of the mountain landscape and Lake Lucerne are accompanied by the sound of the alphorn. The colourful natural spectacle is followed by a breakfast buffet in the Rigi event tent at Rigi Staffel. Rather than take the special train back down to Goldau after breakfast, you could instead explore the Queen of the Mountains on foot.
In July and August, the Sörenberg-Brienzer Rothorn aerial cableway takes you up the Brienzer Rothorn at sunrise every Sunday. Lucerne's highest peak offers spectacular 360° views of the surrounding Bernese and central Swiss Alps. After watching the sunrise, start the day fortified courtesy of a hearty breakfast buffet in the summit restaurant.
This easy-going walk from Lungern-Turren to Fluonalp is a delight for the heart and the stomach. The aerial cableway takes you from Lungern to Turren, where you start your walk by following the Butterfly Trail. After the descent to Fluonalp, supper – maybe the local Hindersimagronen macaroni dish – awaits in the homely Fluonalp alp restaurant and dairy. You awake early after a peaceful night and walk for 50 minutes to the summit cross on the Giswilerstock to admire an enchanting sunrise over the Sarneraa valley.
Experience the sunrise over Lake Lucerne in a canoe. This two-hour guided canoe tour has you paddling towards the sunrise and basking in the first rays of sunshine on the water. You then return to the water sports centre in Buochs for a breakfast buffet featuring freshly made zopf bread, seasonal fruits and various egg dishes. The breakfast tour in the canoe is offered on various Sundays from May to August.
You don't need to go up a mountain to witness a beautiful sunrise: the Gütsch in Lucerne is a great place for experiencing the sunrise and watching the city slowly awaken from its slumbers. There are two ways of getting there: the easy option is to take the Gütsch Railway, or you can climb the 270 steps from Gibraltarstrasse for some early-morning exercise. An ensuing walk through the Gütsch wood helps you start the day with a clear head.