Things to do in

Lucerne

A quintessential Swiss city home to a clear blue lake, snow-capped mountains, and medieval old town.

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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

    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

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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 3,454 reviews

It was an amazing experience. Toni was great. The views were spectacular. The only thing is we were not aware that we had to pay for the gondola ride to the top and we had to pay for the photos/videos that Toni took on his GoPro. Other than that, I highly recommend the experience!

Everything was great-picturesque landscape, easy transport, breathtaking views- but especially our guide Michelle was amazing, as a guide and as a person! Thank you for everything Michelle!

The tour is breathtaking. Spectacular scenery, looking like a painting. The guide is also very polite, always giving tips on how to get the most out of the tour.

Unfortunately, due to the time we went, we went up and back on the cog railway. It was still spectacular!! A must do when in Lucerne for sure!

Guide was very knowledgeable. Trip was a wonderful experience. I would highly recommend this to anyone staying in Lucerne