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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

With ECHO Trails, you are guaranteed an outstanding, customized and intimate Swiss-guided hiking and biking tour experience. All our tours are led by native English speakers. You’ll see the best panaramic vistas and meet the local Swiss along the way.

But don’t take it from us, read though our testimonials on Trip Advisor and then book your guided tour today!

Ohio, Dan & Lisa enjoying local Lake Lucerne fish in Bauen

Louis Palmer,solar pioneer and eco adventurer & René enjoying the UNESCO Biosphere in Entlebuch

Jay & Todd from MN enjoying lunch in Brunnen after a fun Swiss Army Knife Valley E-Bike tour

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

On the Bernina Express

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

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

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

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

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

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

Calgary Kui Kui enjoying the Mt.Rigi scenery

Santa Cruz, Murph getting the royal 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

Taiwan meets Chaeserenholz on Mt. Rigi

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

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

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

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

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!

Cute Alpine women you meet on ECHO Trails tours

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

Mom & Daughter from California smiling after the Swiss Path hike

Hartford, CT ladies enjoying the Lake Lucerne Boat cruise

Kennie from Taiwan

There's room for everyone on the trails.

Mt. Pilatus view

Great view from Mt. Pilatus

Easy local bus to start the Mt. Pilatus hike

On the trail

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

Sausage grilling on the Mt. Rigi hike

Easy family hiking on Mt. Rigi

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