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Lucerne comes from the latin "lucerna" meaning lamp. The legend is an Angel with a light streaming finger directed the 8th century Benedictine monks to build the city's first chapel. The Hof Church Cathedral still stands and is one of Lucerne's centerpieces. Definitely worth a visit to see.

Many Swiss say Mt. Rigi is their favorite place for hiking. Also this is where Swiss tourism started in the 19th century with the first hotel built in 1816 in Switzerland. Mt. Rigi offers year-round hiking and that's why ECHO Trails offers Summer & Winter Mt. Rigi guided tours.

At 7000ft, Mt. Pilatus, Lucerne's "Home Mountain" offers awesome Swiss Alp views and a great way to experience the alps up close.

The on-the-lake perspective brings out all the beautiful tiny places that you normally wouldn't see from the road. That's why all the Full-Day Lake Lucerne Region tours include lake steamers in your experience.

Agriculture is still central to Swiss life today. "Everyone- can-do-an-E-bike tour"! You experience the "real Switzerland" with spectacular views you only get from the bike paths.


Your Invitation to Hiking in Switzerland

Welcome to our small group, custom intimate Swiss-guided-hiking,biking and escorted tours led by native English speakers!

Let us help you feel the Alps first hand and plan your future hiking trip in Switzerland today! Our base is in Lucerne for it’s easy access, central location (in a medieval town), situated directly on Lake Lucerne and surrounded by the Swiss Alps! Lucerne is located on all the major transportation hubs-trains,boats and planes! A Lucerne visit provides you one of the best places to hike in Switzerland and experience all that Switzerland has to offer!

ECHO Trails offer smaller, individual tour “adventures” able to mix and mingle with the local people, offering daily surprises and history that will make you feel more like a local and not as a “tourist” – leaving you with years of special memories of Switzerland and the Alps! Plan smart and allocate enough days in Lucerne so you maximize your experiences in the area. Each hiking in Switzerland guided tour begins and ends by the Lucerne train station with an average tour size of 2 to 4 people.

Please choose from the full, half-day, semi- guided tours on the page (below or to the side). Each hiking in Switzerland tour is linked to a separate page with a tour map, description, pictures and rates. Also see the 8-day escorted multi-day specialty tours and the Scenic Alps by rail, boat, bus and feet tour.  The page will allow you to easily book an on-line reservation for your tour today!

Please read the Trip Advisor reviews in the “Testimonials” section about their ECHO Trails experiences and see why ECHO Trails is Trip Advisor’s # 1 recommended tour company in Lucerne.

New – Need a Swiss Pass or a Swiss Hotel room? Please check out our Book a Hotel and / or Swiss Pass menu. You can now purchase your Swiss Pass on-line and also reserve your Swiss hotels on our site too.

We look forward to hiking or cycling with you, sharing what we love best in Lake Lucerne region, the magnificent natural beauty of the Swiss Alps! Reserve your guided hike or bike tour today!

Santa Cruz, CA Chris & Murphy enjoying the Alps

USA Nancy & Amanda on Mt. Pilatus Flower Trail

On a Glacier Express segment from St. Moritz in the historic dining car

Andrew, Navy Veteran wanted a 4 to 5 hour Mt. Rigi hike...we will name Backpacker Mt. Rigi hike

On the Bernina Express

San Jose State Alumns dining at the Wildemann restaurant, one of the oldest and finest in Lucerne

Swiss national heritage trail 16th century castle stop with view of Altdorf where the William Tell story happened

Enjoying the Lake Lucerne Steamer rewards after a morning E-Bike ride

Swiss alpine scenery through the windows of a historic dinning car with white table cloth

Utah, Amanda & Kathy with Irish Sarah enjoying the visit to the Aschwanden cheese dairy and the scenic alpine views

Calgary Kui Kui enjoying the Mt.Rigi scenery

Scenic Alps By Rail, Boat, Bus & Feet group enjoying Ticino hospitality

Santa Cruz, Murph getting the roayal Lucerne tour by one of Lucerne's "Friendly Hosts"

Edelweiss in Zermatt with ladies from the USA & Australia

Yes, the Matterhorn view from the Gornergrat worth the trip to Switzerland

Wisconsin - Mary & Rosean, Boston-Nancy & Melbourne-Eunice enjoying their walk through the Lavaux vineyards in the Lake Geneva region

Taiwan meets Chaeserenholz on Mt. Rigi

Take a T...and an A...then ad an I plus a W..then another A and finally a N...what's it spell.... TAIWAN of course!!!

Mike, Sue, Stu and Cindy spelling their Alma Mater...what's it spell? OHIO of course!!

Noel from Ireland helping to grill the Swiss sausages to perfection

Ryan & René enjoying the Mt. Pilatus view

Geok & Michael from Singapore relaxing after their E-Bike ride

Geok & Michael High-Fiving their Lake Lucerne E-Bike experience

Michael & Geok relshing their alpine views only available from the E-Bike trails.

Peter & Tony from London, Jess from Brisbane, Australia and Anischka from the Netherlands enjoying their "In the Heart of the Alps" experience

Tom, Lynn, Bev & Richard from Canada enjoy "In the Heart of the Swiss Alps" hike

San Diego, Pete completes the 4-Day Lake Lucerne Circle Tour Hike

Australian couple loving the view

Mom, I hiked 30km / 18 miles today!

Evening shot of Mt. Pilatus on the cruise back to Lucerne

Cute Alpine women you meet on ECHO Trails tours

Mom & Daughter from California smiling after the Swiss Path hike

Hartford, CT ladies enjoying the Lake Lucerne Boat cruise

Kennie from Taiwan

Mt. Pilatus view

There's room for everyone on the trails.

Great view from Mt. Pilatus

Easy local bus to start the Mt. Pilatus hike

Mt. Pilatus view from the Lake Lucerne boat

On the trail

Coffee & apple flan on the mtn tastes extra good.

Alphorn on Mt. Rigi Cheese-Dairy farmer Franz Toni Kennel's place

Folklore on Mt. Pilatus

Easy family hiking on Mt. Rigi

Sausage grilling on the Mt. Rigi hike

Janie from San Jose, CA hiked the Engelberg Valley!

Afternoon Lake Lucerne View

Yes, You will see cows!

Lunch grilling spot on the Wildlife Trail

Swiss National Day Hiking Gang