Lucerne

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Top attractions in Lucerne

Top sights 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!

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 3,189 reviews

Tour provided by Best of Switzerland. Everything from start to finish was faultless. Excellent communications before the tour commenced. A very friendly, knowledgeable tour guide and a friendly group - what more could you want? Attention to hygiene and safety precautions were good and implemented well without detracting from the experience. Konrad our guide was informative, humourous and readily available to take pictures upon request! In fact the your wouldn't have been as good without him! An excellent, highly recommended tour - well worth the money !

Great experience with tour guide Peter and lady, pls execuce me as I don't remember her name, to visit Lucern and mount Pilatus. Tour guides gave detailed information throughout the tour about places which might not be possible to know otherwise.

Worth every penny! A beautiful day traveling through the Alps! Peter was an excellent guide and extremely knowledgeable. I felt very safe on this tour with the precautionary measures taken due to covid.

Eine absolut perfekte Stadtführung mit vielen Informationen zur Geschichte und Kultur von Luzern. Die Führung war spannend, abwechselungsreich und mit Leidenschaft. Absolut empfehlenswert!!!!

Everything was awesome, we had plenty of time for all the activities, the mount was great and the guide told us everything we needed to know in order to take advantage of our time.