Gotthard Panorama Express Adventure from Lucerne to Lugano

Feb 12, 2024 | News

Experience a spectacular adventure trip through Switzerland on the steamboat and the Gotthard Panorama Express. From Lucerne to Lugano, you will travel through majestic mountains, emerald green lakes and picturesque villages. Immerse yourself in the beauty and magic of the Swiss countryside on this unforgettable journey.

Hinweis: You can experience the adventure of a steamboat trip on Lake Lucerne on our luxury tours through Switzerland.

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Notalgic steamboat trip on Lake Lucerne

Notalgic steamboat trip on Lake Lucerne

By steamboat from Lucerne to Flüelen

Rütli meadow

Rütli meadow

In Lucerne, board a nostalgic steamboat or saloon motorboat and glide across Lake Lucerne. Enjoy culinary delicacies and admire the picturesque landscapes as you glide past mystical bays.

Discover historic places such as the Rütli meadow, where Switzerland was founded in 1291, as well as the imposing Schiller Stone and Tell’s Chapel. The Schiller Stone, a striking boulder in Lake Uri, serves as a monument to Friedrich Schiller and his drama “William Tell”.

During your trip along the Schiller Stone, you may be able to read the golden inscription on the rock: “Dem Sänger Tells, F. Schiller, Die Urkantone 1859”. The Schiller monument can only be reached from the water.

The Tell Chapel is located on the shore of Lake Lucerne and marks the spot where, according to legend, William Tell jumped from the boat of the bailiff Gessler, the so-called Tellsplatte.

The panoramic train awaits you in Flüelen, taking you south through the impressive Reuss Valley in Uri along the famous Gotthard railroad line. On this route, you will pass the world-famous church of Wassen three times, known for its bold railroad layout with numerous helical tunnels.

The baroque church in Wassen offers three different perspectives: from below, up close and from above. In addition to the church in Wassen, other highlights include the legendary Schöllenen Gorge, the imposing 2-metre-high Devil’s Stone and the 15-kilometre-long Gotthard railroad tunnel.

Lake Lucerne Brunnen

Lake Lucerne Brunnen

The historic tunnel between Göschenen and Airolo is the central structure of the 130-year-old Gotthard railway line and the longest railroad tunnel in the world. The Gotthard Base Tunnel, a masterpiece of engineering, stretches for 57 kilometers under the Gotthard massif and symbolizes Swiss engineering skill.

After passing through the tunnel, the train slows down and the myth of the Gotthard is brought to life by impressive light projections.

From Airolo, the famous panoramic train winds its way downhill to Lugano, offering breathtaking views of picturesque Ticino landscapes with vineyards, chestnut forests and idyllic villages.



Immerse yourself in the diverse Mediterranean landscape of Ticino. Three impressive castles rise up in Bellinzona, which characterize the cityscape and are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. These imposing fortresses, built in the 15th century, symbolize the rich history and culture of the region and are popular tourist attractions today.

Shortly afterwards, you will be enchanted by the charm of Lugano with its magnificent palaces, well-tended parks and idyllic Lake Lugano. The picturesque town on the shores of the lake exudes a Mediterranean atmosphere and attracts visitors with its elegant boutiques and cafés. Lugano is also a paradise for art lovers, with a variety of museums and galleries showcasing works by renowned artists such as Picasso and Dalí.

Your Gotthard panorama experience ends in Lugano, but can also be enjoyed in the opposite direction, from Lugano to Lucerne.

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Lugano is located in the sunny Mediterranean region of Switzerland in the canton of Ticino. The city on Lake Lugano is a picturesque oasis that delights visitors with its rich cultural history, breathtaking landscapes and vibrant city life. Lugano’s charm is evident in its winding alleyways, elegant squares and inviting lakeside promenade. Here, Swiss precision and Italian joie de vivre merge into a harmonious symbiosis that is reflected in the city’s art, architecture and cuisine.

TOP of Lugano and Monte Brè

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