By boat

A boat trip in Lucerne

Discover the fjords of Lake Lucerne

Enjoy the fresh lake air on an outing on Lake Lucerne. You’ll be fascinated by the scenery, the attractions of inland navigation and the historical places dotted along the shoreline.

Combine your hiking excursion with a boat trip

Five paddle steamers, twelve motor vessels, a panoramic yacht, the new Diamant motor vessel and the new Bürgenstock shuttle take visitors around Lake Lucerne throughout the year and in all weathers. All services offer excellent connections with the surrounding mountain railways and cableways.

Top connections to the mountain railroads

The fascinating mountain world is easy to reach by boat and you can enhance your excursion with a hike to the Rigi, Pilatus, Klewenalp or Bürgenstock.

History

Lake Lucerne

The German name of the lake has its origin in the four historical “forest cantons” that surround Lake Lucerne: Uri, Schwyz, Unterwalden and Lucerne. The oath sworn in 1291 by representatives of these cantons on the Rütli meadow by Lake Lucerne laid the foundations for the Swiss Confederation. For a long time, the lake was the most important transport axis in the region. Until 1863, it was the only means of accessing the Gotthard mountain pass if you had goods to transport.

Lake Lucerne Navigation Company

A trip aboard one of the five historic paddle steamers or 15 elegant saloon motor vessels is one of the highlights of the region. Dating from the Jugendstil period, the paddle steamers sail between Lucerne and Flüelen through some fabulous natural scenery. The meals served up by the galley double the pleasure of the on-board experience.

Cruises and charters

Numerous cruises offer musical entertainment and culinary specialities. Would you like to charter a boat? Book a trip with one of the three charter companies in Lucerne, Charles Bucher, SNG and SGV and charter boats of all sizes.

SGV

Blue water - green shipping

The Lake Lucerne Navigation Company is the first major shipping company in Switzerland to offset the CO2 emissions caused by its fuel consumption. In this way, the Lake Lucerne Navigation Company is not only committed to the careful use of resources, but also supports social projects for clean drinking water. Customers have the option of offsetting the CO2 emissions of their journey with myClimate. In the future, too, the focus will be on reducing fossil fuel consumption in shipping.

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