Lucerne Lake And Mountain Holidays

Breathtaking scenery, idyllic lakeside resorts and countless excursion possibilities make the Lake Lucerne region one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Switzerland.

This beautiful region is located in the geographic and historical centre of the country and is excellently connected to the public transport system, making excursions in the surrounding area very easy. Lake Lucerne features the world's largest fleet of paddle steamers which offer the most relaxing and scenic way to explore the region.

The beautiful city of Lucerne, also known as 'The City of Lights', offers a stunning lakeside location and mountain scenery with a wide range of attractions and activities. Its famous landmark, the medieval Chapel Bridge, is considered to be one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe. Lucerne's medieval Old Town, with its cobble-stoned pedestrian zone, offers great shopping as well as many restaurants and bars. Walk through Lucerne's small alleyways and squares, dominated by historical buildings, fountains and churches.

The museums, theatres and festivals have all contributed to Lucerne's reputation as a cultural city, which elegantly combines both tradition and style. From the legendary carnival celebrations in winter, classical music and blues festivals in summer to the Christmas markets in December, the city has a lot to offer all year round. It is the ideal starting point for many excursions in central Switzerland. A trip up the Pilatus or Rigi mountains is an absolute must, offering breathtaking views over the lake.

The Lion of Lucerne (Lion Monument), commemorates the death of Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris. The American writer Mark Twain described the Lion as "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world."

Discover the crystal-clear lakes and waterfalls, flowering alpine meadows and the many historic sites. Long walks and mountain hikes, cycle trails and all kinds of water sports, as well as culture and tradition are just some of the highlights that await you in this part of Switzerland.

Additional Information
Useful Information
  • Flight time from London: 1 hour 40 min
  • Zürich Airport: 67km from the city centre; transfer time about 55 min
  • Currency: Swiss franc
Attractions

Water Tower

Lucerne's landmark and the most frequently photographed monument in Switzerland.

 

Town Hall

Built between 1602 and 1606 in the Italian renaissance style by Anton Isenmann, its open arcades facing the Reuss are still used as a weekly marketplace.

 

Chapel Bridge

The Kapellbrüke is Lucerne's most famous landmark and an iconic image of the city.

 

Pilatus Railway

The steepest rack railway in the world takes you up to Lucerne's very own mountain. On a clear day, the mountain offers a panoramic view of 73 Alpine peaks.

 

Swiss Museum of Transport

With exhibitions about everything from aviation to cableways, the museum depicts transport through the ages. There's even a chocolate adventure ride.

 

Musegg Wall

This remnant of the old city ramparts still contains much of the original wall and four towers that are open to the public.

 

Glacier Garden

This archaeological site features glacial potholes from the Ice Age and a beach-like landscape from even further into the past.

 

Farmers' Market

Every Tuesday and Saturday morning the market offers the chance to try some local delicacies or hunt for gifts.

 

Try a Luzerner Chügelipastete

If you are looking for some local cuisine, head to one of the many restaurants serving this Swiss delight.

 

Shop along Bruchstrasse

Head to Lucerne's trendiest neighbourhood for some unique souvenirs.

Events

Lucerne Festival Ostern: 1st - 9th April 2017

The first festival of the summer celebrates easter with a range of religious musical performances.

 

Fumetto International Comic-Festival: 1st - 9th April 2017

A festival dedicated to the art of comics.

 

Lucerne Regatta: 7th - 9th July 2017

Rowers take to the famous lake for a serious of elite races.

 

Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern: 11th July 2017

This track and field meeting serious athletes from all over the world come to compete in a range of events.

 

Blue Balls Festival: 21st - 29th July 2017

This festival is predominantly music led but also features film, photography and other art forms. Performances go into the night, creating a fantastic atmosphere within the city.

 

Lucerne Festival: 11th August - 10th September 2017

A classical music festival featuring orchestral performances and virtuoso soloists.

 

World Band Festival: 23rd September – 1st October 2017

A music festival celebrating bands of all kinds, from orchestras to marching and brass bands.

 

SwissCityMarathon: 29th October 2017

Competitors race around the city, taking in some of the many highlights. As well as running around the lake, they also race through the football stadium.

 

Lucerne Blues Festival: 11th – 19th November 2017

A non-profit showcase of blues music.

 

Lucerne Festival Piano: 18th – 26th November 2017

Enjoy a range of different artists tinkling the ivories over a nine-day period.

TravelCard

From 1 January 2017, anyone staying in a city centre hotel will receive a free travelcard. The ticket grants complimentary bus and train travel within zone 10 of the Swiss Federal Railways network.

Transport

Direct trains from Zurich every hour mean that Lucerne is easily reached from this international hub.

Take the Vitznau-Rigi cog railway to Mount Rigi, which offers spectacular views and was Europe's first ever mountain railway.

Where to stay

Hotel des Balances 4*

Great views over the Jesuit Church and the wooden Chapel Bridge from the terrace.

 

Hotel Ambassador 3*

Great location near the Lion Monument with great staff and a reasonable price.

Discovering The Song Of The Nibelungs In Worms
The Song of the Nibelungs is a German epic poem set in Worms. There are many places to trace the tale's roots in this beautiful city.