Lucerne is situated on the shore of Lake Lucerne in north-central Switzerland sandwiched between the Swiss Plateau and the Alps, in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Lucerne began as a small fisherman's village, but developed quickly due to its ideal location as the gateway to Zurich and Basel via the North/south Gotthard route. Lucerne has long been a popular holiday destination for tourists, in part due to its picturesque location at the foot of Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi and in part for its fame as the setting for the famous William Tell legend. Millions of visitors visit Lucerne every year for the captivating and beautiful landscape of these mountains surrounding the town on its quiet lake bay. Lucerne can truly be counted as one of Europe's most charming cities.
Old Town
The center of Lucerne is where you find the original "Old Town": a pedestrian area of cobbled streets bordered by historical medieval buildings beautifully painted and decorated with flowers. The original city wall above the old town, showcases the splendour and variety of the scenery.
Chapel Bridge & Mill Bridge
And of course, not to be missed right in the center of town, the famous roofed wooded bridge called “The Chapel Bridge” (Kapellbrücke), first erected in the 14th century is the city’s most famous iconic landmark. The Chapel Bridge is 204metres long, connecting Reuss River and the river exist of Lucern River. Halfway across the river, the bridge intersects with the Water Tower (Wasserturm), an older fortification. ... Read MoreAs you walk along the bridge, don’t forget to look up into the roof, where there are still 17th century paintings depicting events from Luzern's history. Downriver is another covered bridge constructed in 1408 with a series of paintings about the Plague. Called the Mill bridge, it zigzags across the Reuss, and is the oldest of this kind existing in Europe. Less
The Dying Lion (Löwendenkmal)
The Dying Lion of Lucerne commemorative monument, carved out of natural rock in 1820-21 by Lukas Ahorn and titled: “HELVETIORUM FIDEI AC VIRTUTI" ("To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss”). It is dedicated to the memory of the 700 Swiss Guards, who in 1792 were slaughtered by the French revolutionists whilst protecting the French King Louis the 16th at Tuileries in Paris. ... Read MoreMark Twain praised the sculpture of a mortally-wounded lion as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.” Less
The Musegg Wall (Museggmauer)
The Musegg Wall was built in 1386 with many stone watch towers dotted along, each different from the next, providing strategic vantage points, offering a view of the city below as well as far into the surrounding landscape. The Wall is 870 metres long, 1.5metres thick and 9metres tall. Nine of these grand towers are still standing today, 3 of which are open to the public.
Nearby Activities
Mount Titlis
At 3020 metres above sea level, it’s impossible to miss the incredible scenery of the Alps in the revolving cable car. At the top you will find highest glacier and biggest ski and snowboard paradise in Central Switzerland. ... Read MoreDon’t forget to include an adventurous visit to the Ice Grotto on the glacier, or feel pure adrenaline as you hold on tight and tiptoe across The Titlis Cliff Walk: Europe`s highest suspension bridge. Less
Engelberg Village and Monastery
The village of Engelberg is only about 1 hour from Lucerne and is characterised by it’s imposing Benedictine monastery. There are still about 30 monks living and working here today, and inside you can visit and watch demonstrations at a working snow cheese factory. ... Read MoreThe collegiate library, to which men only are admitted, contains a historic and complete collection of the writings of Martin Luther. Less
The Lucerne Festival
The Lucerne Festival has offered since 1938 a series of concerts of classical music of the highest world standard. It takes place during Easter, Summer, and November just before winter hits.
The Lucerne Carnival
One of the world's most unique and colourful carnivals occurs at “Luzerner Fasnacht” in February. In these street parades thousands of people with fantastic masks and costumes parade and dance along the narrow streets of Lucerne to the joyous cacophony of music of carnival musicians (“Guggenmusigen”) ... Read MoreThree big parades are held: The Fritschi Parade, which starts on “Schmutziger Donnerstag” (“Dirty Thursday”) The Wey Parade, which starts on “Güdismontag“ (“Fat Monday”) The Monstercorso Parade, which starts on (Shrove Tuesday) Less
Fumetto Internationales Comix Festival Luzern
The avant-garde independent scene offers comics art in the Fumetto international comics’ festival every spring in April.
Blue Balls Festival
One important music festival in Switzerland that would blow you away is the Blue Balls Festival where International stars grace the stage in lakeside venues and in the Culture & Convention Centre. It’s hosted every July.
Summer Night Festival
Another festival worth being a part of is the Summer Night Festival (Luzеrnfеѕt) which resonates with music and stands dotted around the lakeside accompanied by breathtaking fireworks which is an attractive sight to thousands of onlookers all over Switzerland. It is always celebrated every August.
Lucerne Blues Festival
Culture and music lovers are usually enthusiastic when November comes around, at this period the Lucerne Blues Festival takes place at the Grand Casino Luсеrnе, it boasts of moments and experiences to last a lifetime.
  • Handcrafted and unique products can be purchased at the Crafts Market, a great place to get original take home gifts.
  • The Old Town of Lucerne in the city of Lucerne is quite a tourist attraction decorated with artfully contrived streets, beautiful locales and a good number of restaurants.
  • The Renaissance-style town hall in Lucerne is absolutely worth visiting especially to experience the energetic environment of the surrounding marketplace.
  • Lucerne is overlooked by Mount Pilatus; which you can ascend to the top for an incredible view over the city on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway.
Info Table
  • 3 languages spoken: : Swiss, English, and German.
Lucerne grew from a small fishing community of the Saint Leodegar monastery along the Reuss River, becoming a small town in 1178 as it became independent from the monastery and has since then blossomed into the great city that it is today. The famous chapel bridge and the great middle age fortifications are testaments to the rapid growth of the city of Lucerne. ... Read MoreOnce the 16th century came around, Lucerne had successfully become a religious center, and it became the seat of papal nuncio by 1579 and 1874. Although, civil wars ravaged the region in the 19th century, but in 1859 the advent of the railway restored Lucerne leading to the growth of tourism and Lucerne becoming one of the most sought after tourism destinations that it is today. Less