Lucerne
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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

Our guide, Luis, was knowledgeable, fun, interesting and helpful.

Luis was a Blast to hang out with while walking around Lucerne. My 10-year-old daughter and I learned so much and he shared so many interesting and entertaining ideas and thoughts about the city and life in Switzerland. I can’t wait to bring the rest of my family back to spend more time learning from him

Great time with a personable and informative guide

Had very nice tour with Cynthia in Basel. She is very engaging and quite knowledgeable.

Guided City Tour of Lucerne Reviewed by Robert, 10/11/2018

Outstanding scenry and impressive tram ride, cog railway and boat.

The whole day was exceptional. We enjoyed every aspect of it. It was the highlight of our time in Switzerland.

Learned a lot about the history of Lucerne.

Ralph is an excellent guide. He takes you places you would never be able to go and see. Would highly recommend this tour and Ralph!!

Lucerne: Classic city tour Reviewed by Deborah, 09/12/2018

Smoothly organised and spectacular to boot!

After weeks of travelling and organising all our activities, it was delightful to have someone else doing it for us and, as hoped, doing it very well. From the beginning - turn left out of the Lucerne train station to find the meeting point in Starbucks - Juan, our guide, communicated all information clearly, in a friendly, personable manner. The stunning scenery and awe inspiring transport there and back, made it a wonderful day and money very well spent.