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Floating Fun in Lucerne: A Adventure Down the Reuss River

Updated: Jun 7

Lucerne river fun
Lucerne river fun

As the sun turns up the heat, Switzerland's pristine rivers beckon with promises of refreshing escapades and scenic delights. Let's embark on a journey down the Reuss River, immersing ourselves in the breathtaking landscapes of Lucerne and forging a connection with nature like never before.

Glide through Lucerne's Charm: A Serene Float through a Picturesque City

Float along the graceful currents of the Reuss River as it winds its way through the enchanting city of Lucerne. Your journey unveils a world of tranquility, allowing you to bask in the beauty of the iconic Kapellbrücke and the towering Jesuit Church.

Where to Begin: Easy Entry Points for Your River Adventure

Where to start with your Floating Fun
Where to start with your Floating Fun


Stairs near Lucerne Nature Museum:

  • For a less intimidating start, head over to the stairs near Luzern Nature Museum. They're wide and comfy – perfect for casually hopping into the river on your floaty. Loads of folks start their journey from here, so if it's your first time, it's kind of like a "see-how-the-pros-do-it" situation. Take a sec to watch others, catch the vibe, and then go on, dip your toes (and floaty) into the Reuss River. Click here for Google Maps location

Where to get out: Discover the Chill Vibes of Nordpol

As your float adventure winds down, the big question is, "Where to get out?" Let's point those floaties towards Nordpol, a spot that's not just an endpoint but a destination in itself and a perfect landing for floaters looking to extend the good times.

The distance from Spreuerbrücke to Nordpol is approximately 2.5 kilometers. 

Why Nordpol? 

Relaxed Atmosphere:

  • Unwind and kick back in a laid-back setting. Whether you're in full adventurer mode or just enjoying a lazy river day, Nordpol matches your vibe.

Scenic River Views:

  • Grab a seat with a view. Nordpol's location gives you front-row access to the river spectacle. Sip on your favorite drink while soaking in the post-float glow.

Refuel and Refresh:

  • Float-fueled hunger? Nordpol has your back. Enjoy a bite from their menu, paired with a refreshing drink to top off your river adventure.

Socialize and Share Stories:

  • Swap float tales with fellow river enthusiasts. Nordpol's community atmosphere makes it easy to connect with others who just conquered the Reuss.

Tips from a local: 

  1. Start to move towards the left side of the river (direction of travel) quite in advance of Nordpol as the current can be strong and you don’t want to miss out on the fun!

  2. Get back to the city easily by walking (for those who want more activity) or by bus. The bus station heading back is not a long walk from Nordpol.  

Essential Gear for Your Journey: Float with Comfort and Style

  • Inflatable Tubes or Boats: Trusty companions for a smooth and enjoyable river journey

  • Waterproof Dry Bag: Safeguard your valuables from the river's playful splashes

  • Sunscreen: Shield yourself from the strong Swiss sun

  • Swimsuit: Dive into the refreshing waters in style

  • Towel: Indispensable for drying off and basking in the warmth of the sun

  • Money: To buy a drink after your float as the perfect wind down to the day. Don't forget to put it in your Dry Bag!

Tips for a Secure River Expedition

The trip is recommended for strong swimmers only. 

  • Be mindful of your surroundings:

  • Stay vigilant and respect fellow river users.

  • Stay within marked areas:

  • Adhere to designated swimming areas and restricted zones.

  • Bring a floating device or wear a life jacket:

  • Prioritize safety, especially for children

  • Protect the environment:

Embark on a river adventure down the Reuss, where every splash leads to unforgettable moments in the heart of Switzerland. Also, read our article about Lucerne's best chill bars.


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