Top attractions in 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!
Lucerne's reputation is preceded by its sparkling lake!
This 14th century wall was built for the purpose of defense and comes with several towers, all of which were used for different purposes.
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 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.
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.
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!
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!
Although Switzerland actually has four official languages, German is the one spoken in Lucerne!
Make sure you're adequately protected with sunscreen - especially if you go up into the mountains!
You can explore Lucerne by bus, rent a bike, and even take a boat across the lake.
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.
- CurrencyFranc (CHF)
- Time ZoneUTC (+02:00)
- Country Code+41
- Best time to visitJune 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
This is a must do if in the area, the day we went the weather was great. If you go in March, you may want to just get the tram tickets at the mountain, we had opted for the tram and cog wheel train down but the train wasn’t running yet. It was still awesome.
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
Had very nice tour with Cynthia in Basel. She is very engaging and quite knowledgeable.
The whole day was exceptional. We enjoyed every aspect of it. It was the highlight of our time in Switzerland.
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.