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Travelzoo - Switzerland All-in-One Experience: City, Lake, Mountain, and Swiss Culture

Lucerne - Mount Pilatus Kulm - Weissbad

Embark on a captivating journey through Switzerland, where every step is an immersion into the rich tapestry of Swiss culture, history, nature, and culinary delights. This exclusive "Switzerland Discovery Package" is meticulously crafted to offer an all-encompassing experience from the vibrant city life of Lucerne to the traditional heartlands of Appenzell.

Please note: This is a Travelzoo special offer which can only be booked if you have previously purchased your voucher via Travelzoo (one voucher per person - for a double room, please purchase 2 vouchers). Thank you. 

This experience is a self-guided tour. You are therefore flexible in your choice of travel time. Our Private Selection Hotels tour consultants will provide you with all the information and timetables you need to have a carefree and wonderful experience - and are of course always happy to provide you with information and assistance by telephone. Rest assured that the Swiss train system and all public transportation in Switzerland operate on an excellent timetable and are absolutely safe and clean. 

Day 1: Lucerne - The Heart of Switzerland

  • Begin your Swiss adventure with a check-in at the illustrious Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne*****
  • Explore Lucerne's enchanting old town, the poignant Lion Monument, the historic Musegg Wall, and the iconic Chapel Bridge.
  • Culminate your day with a luxurious overnight stay and a sumptuous 4-course dinner at Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne.

Day 2: Majestic Mount Pilatus

  • After breakfast, embark on a scenic boat journey right through Switzerlands founding history from Lucerne to Alpnachstad.
  • Ascend to Mount Pilatus via the world's steepest cogwheel railway, embracing breathtaking vistas.
  • Enjoy an overnight stay and a 4-course dinner at Hotel Pilatus-Kulm****, with the chance to witness a stunning sunset.

Day 3: Scenic train ride to Appenzell

  • Breakfast at mount Pilatus, stunning sunrise views included (if not cloudy)
  • Cable car Pilatus – Kriens
  • Bus ride Kriens – Lucerne train station (with bus Nr. 1 direct)
  • Scenic train ride with the Voralpen Express from Lucerne to Weissbad (ca. 3h)
  • Overnight stay and 4 course dinner at Hotel Hof Weissbad****S

Day 4: Appenzell - A Dive into Tradition

with a once in a lifetime breakfast

  • at 8 am (without breakfast) short transfer from Hotel to Wasserauen to the steepest aerial cableway – Wasserauen – Ebenalp. 15 minutes walk to Aescher Mountain guesthouse(1’471m above seelevel). National Geographic rated this place in its book “Destinations of Lifetime” as the most beautiful place at all. You have your table with a view reserved for breakfast.
  • After Breakfast – short walk back to the cable car which will bring you down again – and ride by train to Appenzell.
  • Appenzell is the most traditional town in Switzerland and, with a population of around 7,000, is the political, economic and cultural center of the smallest Swiss canton, Appenzell Innerrhoden. In the car-free town center, the pretty alleyways with their numerous small stores entice visitors to stroll and shop. The houses, richly decorated with paintings, are characteristic. The Appenzell Museum in the town hall shows a cross-section of history and culture. Appenzell lives the most direct democracy possible - on the Landsgemeindeplatz, all the people still vote on all the canton's business by raising their hands.
  • Your tour through Appenzell will be self-guided – with our map and some information – with the highlight – an Apéro (one glass of whitewine)  with a special hot cheese-bread (Appezöller Chäsflade) at the typical bakery & restaurant Drei Könige.
  • To get back to the hotel, you can either take the train (just a few minutes ride) or – what we suggest – a 1h walk along the stream Sitter. Please take your time to enjoy the fabulous new SPA in midst the wonderful nature!
  • Tonight enjoy a traditional Appenzeller night with an elegant and rich buffet of specialties out of Käthi Fässler’s rewarded cuisine – and life Appenzeller music and Yodel.
  • Overnight stay again at Hotel Hof Weissbad****S

Day 5: Departure or an Extension to St. Gallen

  • Breakfast at Hotel Hof Weissbad
  • Check-out and departure
    We highly recommend: a visit of St. Gallen on your way back to Zurich - to explore this beautiful town and visit the Abbey ofSt. Gallen which is a UNESCO world heritage site

    and additional overnight stay at
    Hotel Bad Horn****S directly on the shores of Lake Constance (we are happy to book a room for you)

In the package included:

  • 4 nights:
    1 night at Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne*****
    1 night at Hotel Pilatus-Kulm****
    2 nights at Hotel Hof Weissbad****S
  • Daily breakfast buffet and 4-course dinner ( including 1 night Appenzeller specialties buffet, 1 breakfast at mountain guesthouse Aescher)
  • Lucerne guest card including city ticket for public transport (valid for day 1 and 2)
  • Luggage transfer from Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne to Hotel Pilatus 
  • Boat ride Lucerne – Alpnachstad
  • Mountain railways Alpnachstad – Pilatus (up) and Pilatus – Kriens (down)
  • Bus ride Kriens (Pilatus) – Lucerne
  • Train ride Lucerne – Weissbad
  • Public transport and Mountain railways tickets for the trip to mountain guesthouse Aescher
  • Apéro at bakery «Drei Könige» in Appenzell including 1 glass of white wine and regional cheese-bread
  • All-in one experience and organisation by Private Selection Hotels & Tours


Would you like to book this offer? Then contact us via phone +41 41 368 10 05, send us an e-mail at or fill in the enquiry form.

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The Private Selection Hotel Service AG is part of the guarantee fund of the Swiss tourism sector and ensures the repayment of your deposit paid in connection with the booking of a package as well as your return journey. For further details kindly ask Private Selection Hotels or on