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

an experienced and good heart tour guide

Lucerne is a good place for visiting in terms of landscape, history, culture, .... and even shopping. Highly recommended

Excellent guided history tour of Lucerne

Excellent guided history tour of Lucerne by night watchman Ralf. Went over what the city was like several centuries ago in terms of construction, judicial history, dad to day life, and art history. The small group size, 11 people, made it more personalized. Thank you Ralf!

Beautiful, my favorite part of a ten day trip!

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.

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.