You will see alpine views from Lucerne, especially if you go up Rigi or Pilatus or Titlis. Rigi and Pilatus are easily accessible from Lucerne, and Titlis is a little bit further (take the train to Engelberg, then the cable car).
From Zurich, if it's clear you'll see Alps in the distance, but you're not in the Alps.
Thanks. My husband can't do a lot of walking so views of the Alps are the best that we can do!
If your husband doesn't have a condition which makes being at high altitudes dangerous, you can still go up Rigi or Pilatus for the views. Both are accessible by cable car and/or cog-railway. Titlis is also reached by cable car, but it's a bit of a walk from the Engelberg train station to the cable car station (I suspect there's a bus or you could arrange a taxi though if you want to go there).
Thanks. I will look into this.