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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

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.

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 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

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
  • Currency
    Franc (CHF)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+02:00)
  • Country Code
  • 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

Stunning, and yes it is worth the price!

I want sure about paying so much for a tour, but on researching, this is pretty much the same price as the train and lift; so go with the guide! Luzern was a highlight of our trip to Switzerland and obviously Titlis was out of this world, even in summer. Guide was whacky (in a cute Swiss way!) and left the perfect balance of free and guided time. Don't hesitate to pay, if you can afford it; for the convenience and local knowledge it's worth every penny!
Mount Titlis Day Tour from Zurich or Lucerne Reviewed by Robert, 09/24/2016

Guide Marcel & team was wonderful ! Thank U for being so professional

You guys were awesome in managing the tour, guide Marcel, his assistant and driver Nigel were very nice helpful and professional. Just one suggest - you should provide some historical facts willing crossing such historical points along the way upto the top. Marcel did at some points but it is done frequently with more info. It will e interesting and helpful for tourists. Overall I rate my experience EXCELLENT
Jungfraujoch Tour from Zurich or Lucerne Reviewed by Inderjeet, 09/13/2016

Simply amazing...!!!! Breathtaking..!! Jaw dropping experience..!!!

Booking this tour was one of the best decisions I made before reaching Switzerland... It was so convenient , we boarded the bus from tourist center near Lucerne station. The guide was really helpful , spoke good English, the bus was comfortable and Mt.titlis with the cable car was just was a beautiful sunny day, and there was so much snow at the top..!!! We took some great pictures..!! The tour started and ended promptly at the promised timings.No delay and no hassles...!! Exactly what I wanted..!!! This was a very good experience..!!
Mount Titlis Day Tour from Zurich or Lucerne Reviewed by Bhavya, 09/03/2016

Excellent Day tour with so friendly and informative Guide.

This is one of the very enjoyable day tour, we really enjoyed it and very worth it, very beautiful scenery.
Grindelwald & Interlaken Day Tour from Lucerne / Zurich Reviewed by Mohankumar, 08/24/2016

Very interesting and educational!the guide was polite and competent!

Monika is a very good and friendly guide and driver. We learnt more than expected, she exceeded our expectation! We had the opportunity to see picturesque Switzerland during this one day mountain tour!

Based on 86 reviews by GetYourGuide customers