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7 highlights of Lucerne

Lucerne, founding city of Switzerland's Everlasting League, has been a tourism destination for centuries. Its attracted many historically notable figures, including the respected author Mark Twain! Its delightful old town is particularly well-preserved and full of historic beautiful sights!

Lake Lucerne

Lake Lucerne

Lucerne's reputation is preceded by its sparkling lake!

Museggmauer

Museggmauer

This 14th century wall was built for the purpose of defense and comes with several towers, all of which were used for different purposes.

Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus

The peak of the mountain overlooking Lucerne can be reached by cogwheel railway - in fact, the highest of its kind. You can go tobogganing on Mount Pilatus, even in the summer!

Chapel Bridge

Chapel Bridge

Chapel Bridge crosses the River Reuss. It is crafted out of wood and contains many paintings from the 17th century to enjoy on a leisurely stroll across the pedestrian-only bridge.

Chapel of St. Nicholas

Did you know that Lucerne is nicknamed the City of Lights? Legend has it that an angel shone a light to St. Nicholas here, and so a chapel was built in his honor.

Swiss Transport Museum

Swiss Transport Museum

Despite its name, the delights at this museum aren't just limited to transport - there's a planetarium and even a multimedia adventure through the world of Lindt chocolate!

Rosengart Collection

Picasso and Klee are just two of the artists whose works are showcased in this small museum, which also hosts concerts from time to time!

Planning Your Lucerne Visit

Brush up on your German

Although Switzerland actually has four official languages, German is the one spoken in Lucerne!

Sun safety

Make sure you're adequately protected with sunscreen - especially if you go up into the mountains!

Get around

You can explore Lucerne by bus, rent a bike, and even take a boat across the lake.

Local food

For the chance to try some regional produce, get yourself to the farmers' market next to the River Reuss every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday morning.

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Franc (CHF)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
    +41
  • Best time to visit
    June through September offers perfect conditions for outdoor pursuits, but its also peak tourist season so accommodation books up fast! For winter sport enthusiasts the best time is late November to April, when snow is just beginning to thaw into Spring.

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What people are saying about Lucerne

An excellent and wonderful experience but Dario made it memorable!

This is a must do tour! A truly amazing and wonderful experience. All the places we went were just sublime, we used various forms of exciting transport, but the icing on the cake was the experienced and well versed tour guide Dario. Dario made all the difference. He was very professional and kept us updated with so much information he made the tour informative and exciting! Keep up the excellent work Dario you have shown us the wonders of Switzerland but you were just amazing! Well done!

From Zurich: Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour Reviewed by william, 09/07/2019

Must do if you looking to visit any mountain top

Note: You need a printed ticket. Mobile voucher will not work. Do the trip in reverse order - first the bus to Gondola station (station opens at 8.30), then the cable car, then down in cog wheel train and then the ship cruise. This will reduce the rush a lot. Try out some of the trails if not all - all has its own charm. Listen to the Alp Horn performance (happens every 30 minute or so) Try to sit in front of Gondola, cable car and cog wheel train - the view is excellent from front.

Golden Round Trip from Lucerne to Mount Pilatus Reviewed by Mohan, 22/07/2019

Nice tour and train ride! Beautiful mountain!

Tour went smoothly, although it was much larger tham I anticipated (about 60 people). It worked out fine but as the guide did a good job and tourmates respect the meeting time. I can see it is very difficult to manage such a large group with one guide and the meeting point is really busy so it's almost impossible to keep track on headcounts.

just right to complete a beautiful Lucerne tour. 7 pm cruise Friday.

Lots of space and nice to have a cool breeze during the 2019 heat wave. Good audio recording information. Beautiful clean boat. Easy to find departure times and book online with getyourguide.com if the ticket kiosk is closed. Pier7 across from the Sweitzerhoff Hotel.

Lucerne: 1-Hour Cruise on Panoramic Yacht Reviewed by Nancy, 28/07/2019

Don't hesitate, just do it you won't regret it.

As long as you don't mind a few stairs you will get some amazing views. The first cable car stop had a lot of interesting things to do I would like to have had more time there but we were racing potential bad weather. Still a wonderful day.