Lucerne

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Top attractions in Lucerne

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

    1. Lake Lucerne

    Lucerne's reputation is preceded by its sparkling lake!

  • Museggmauer

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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.

  • 5. 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

    6. 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!

  • 7. 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!

Frequently asked questions about Lucerne

Planning Your 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

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3,383 reviews

The trip was excellent and smooth with my 3 year old son. I took the cruise first from pier 2 near Lucerne Bahnhof, followed by cog wheel ride upwards. At Alpachstad we had to exchange our print out tickets at the counter in order to get the passes for the remaining trip. We were able to spend sometime at the top of Mt Pilatus and descended by dragon ride and gondola, caught the bus number 1 and back to Lucerne Bahnof. The weather was also perfect!

Loved the convenience of the tour, and our guide was super nice and gave a very informative tour. Definitely recommend it to see the city!

It is a great tour if you are looking for some adventure! Loaded packed day! My wife and I loved our guide and the journey was incredible!

Although I had hoped the weather to be better, overall the experience was quite nice. Monika was wonderful

Tiflis is something worth to see so don’t forget to ask about the upgrade:) tour is fantastic:)