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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.
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- 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
Really liked this trip. It was nice to let someone else handle the details of the day. Tickets and driving with engaging tour guide both ways. Kinda like a field trip. They take you there, hand out everything you need and then you can run around at your own pace. Very fun day. They even arranged for a sunny day. . Overall great trip. Thanks guys!
Keep your camera ready all the time, the whole way return can see a lot of stunning views, great value. Choose a better season without raining, then you may see more beautiful views with sunshine, but we were able to see snowing at the top of Jungfrau this time during rainy day.
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.
The visit to Mt. Pilatus is breathtaking and ending it with a beautiful trip around Lake Lucerne was very well worth it. We had a beautiful sunny day. And it’s an easy bus trip from central Lucerne to Kriens, where you begin your trip up the mountain on a gondola.
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.