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Lucerne
The beautiful city of Lucerne, 'The City of Lights', offers a stunning lakeside location & mountain scenery with a wide range of attractions and activities.
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  • Flight time from London: 1 hour 40 min
  • Zürich Airport: 67km from the city centre; transfer time about 55 min
  • Currency: Swiss franc

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.

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.

Overview

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.

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.

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