Top attractions in Lucerne
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!
1. Lake Lucerne
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.
3. 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!
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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!
7. 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!
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Planning Your Visit
Brush up on your German
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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- 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
Absolutely amazing trip ! Truly unforgettable moments and memories of Switzerland We were a family of 4 and all of us thoroughly enjoyed the trip Meet and greeting our Tour Guide: Dario and boarding the Coach was a breeze Dario was just amazing: thorough knowledge of the places we visited, kept us regularly informed about the progress of the tour and his own personal experiences was a nice touch. Luckily had good weather so the Views from the Top were just Incredible ! Will visit again and have no doubt ...will be using GetyourGuide !!!
It’s everything you want an excursion to be. Our guide Monica was friendly (please tip them), the bus to the location was comfortable, the ride up the mountain was unbelievably beautiful, the time you had is good depending on what activities you’re interested in. The cogswheel train was a once in a lifetime experience and the boat ride back is the perfect ending to the perfect day.
Pascal did an excellent job navigating through people and traffic with ease while keeping up a flowing discussion of what we were seeing, how life in Lucerne has changed since the beginning of the pandemic. Would recommend him without a doubt.
Ralph was an excellent guide. He wove history/fact & fiction-, humor and technology together. His depth of knowledge about early life in Lucerne seemed endless.
Very good trip, our guide was so professional. We could see many wonderful areas of Switzerland.