If you are in the Lucerne area on a clear sunny day, one thing you shouldn’t miss is taking a cruise in Lake Lucerne. Lake Lucerne or Vierwaldstättersee in Swiss German is located in central Switzerland. As in many other lakes in the country, the lake was formed by past glacial activities. It’s the fourth largest lake in Switzerland.
Lake Lucerne has an unusual shape with many arms. The western side of the lake is generally less deep than the eastern side. Passenger boats, which runs on a regular schedule, serve as an important mode of transportation for cities and towns around the lake. Many of these boats are historic paddle steamers. For visitors like us these boats provide a fantastic way to enjoy a cruise on the lake.
We started the journey in Weggis, our base for three weeks in Switzerland, catching a paddle steamer that came from Lucerne. The boat made 8 stops along its way to Flüelen, which is on the shore of Urnersee, before turning around and heading back toward Lucerne.
After the boat left Brunnen, it headed south into Urnersee. Urnersee is an arm on the east end of Lake Lucerne. The scenery was getting better.
While waiting to disembark, we got to see the paddle steamer engine in action. To launch a video, click on the picture below.
The total time for our journey from Weggis to Flüelen and back was a little over 4 hours. If you start the journey in Lucerne, a roundtrip boat journey to Flüelen takes about 6 hours. From what I read, some visitors took a short cruise from Lucerne which showed you only the west side of the lake. It would be a shame to not have enough time to see the east side of the lake as in my opinion is more dramatic than the Lucerne side.