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Lucerne
Travel Guide

Chapel Bridge showing a bridge, heritage architecture and a river or creek

With towering mountains on oneside and Lake Lucerne on the other, this medieval city is known for its sceniclocation and historic charm.

Flanked by Mounts Rigi and Titlis, the small city of Lucerne is locatedon the shores of Lake Lucerne. It offers water recreation, hiking and mountainsports to visitors throughout the year. Because of its temperate climate, theregion is nicknamed “Lucerne Riviera.”

The central Swiss city is primarily German-speaking. Its roots traceback to the 12th century. Stroll down the cobblestone streets to see some ofthe city’s history in its centuries-old architecture. With its compact nature,Lucerne is easy to explore on foot but you can also admire the city from thewater with a ride on a ferry or rented paddleboat.

Old Town has narrow alleys, quaint storefronts and outdoor cafés. It’salso home to one of Switzerland’s most famous attractions, the 14th-century Chapel Bridge across the Reuss River. ChapelBridge is the oldest covered bridge in Europe and features a variety ofhistoric paintings for visitors to admire as they stroll its length. Be sure toinvestigate the iconic Water Tower, which once served as a prison and torturechamber. Two-thirds of Chapel Bridge was destroyed by a fire in 1993 and hassince been carefully restored.

The Lion Monument is another Lucernehighlight. Designed by Danishsculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, the “Lion of Lucerne” was erected to commemorate600 Swiss soldiers who were killed during the French Revolution. Described byMark Twain as “the most mournful and movingpiece of stone in the world,” the massive monument was carved into thesandstone face of a former quarry.

The Swiss Museum of Transportis beloved by visitors of all ages for its interactive exhibits. In addition toa vast collection depicting the past, present and future of transportation, themuseum also features a planetarium, an IMAX theater and a wing with works bylocal artist, Hans Erni.

Lucerne has access to most major Swiss cities via the SBB Railway. Thenearest international airport is in Zurich, which is an hour from Lucerne byrail and about 45 minutes by car.

Where to stay in Lucerne

Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne
Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne
4.5 out of 5
Lakefront Center, Inseliquai 12, Lucerne, LU
Free cancellation
The price is CA $300 per night from May 27 to May 27
Located in the heart of Lucerne, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of KKL Lucerne and Chapel Bridge. Lion Monument and Swiss Transportation Museum ...
4.2/5Excellent! (961 reviews)
"Fine, nothing exceptional. Breakfast only until 10am is ridiculous. No option for room service either."

Reviewed on Sep. 14, 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne
Hotel Central Luzern
Hotel Central Luzern
3 out of 5
Morgartenstrasse 4, Lucerne, LU
The price is CA $205 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
Located in the heart of Lucerne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chapel Bridge, Lucerne Town Hall, and Saint Peters Church. Loewenplatz and Lion Monument ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (729 reviews)
"Simple, clean and friendly. Great location close to historic centre of Lucerne. Helpful reception staff but beware the desk is only manned up to 8pm. Breakfast buffet surprisingly good for what felt like a budget hotel. Free parking and location were key reason for us choosing this hotel as we were ..."

Reviewed on Oct. 11, 2020

Hotel Central Luzern
ibis budget Luzern City
ibis budget Luzern City
1 out of 5
Kellerstrasse 6, Lucerne
The price is CA $102 per night from May 30 to May 30
Situated in Lucerne, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of KKL Lucerne and Chapel Bridge. Lion Monument and Swiss Transportation Museum are also ...
3.8/5Good! (655 reviews)
"Very friendly and super helpful staff! They also offer free bus tickets, which make transportation super easy. Rooms were clean and modern style. Garage spots were limited and air conditioning doesn't work properly (old system)."

Reviewed on Aug. 16, 2020

ibis budget Luzern City
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Galaxy Apartments
Galaxy Apartments
3.5 out of 5
13 Gibraltarstrasse, Lucerne, LU
The price is CA $138 per night from May 20 to May 20
Situated in Lucerne, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Musegg Wall and Chapel Bridge. KKL Lucerne and Lion Monument are also within 1 mi ...
3.8/5Good! (38 reviews)
Think twice, there are better options
"Initial communication from hotel was good via their DM and WhatsApp. We were met on time at hotel/apartment and let in/checked in. Apartment is in noisy complex with residents living in building and area. Noise in complex was very loud very late at night. Kids didn’t sleep well. Spiders and cobwebs ..."

Reviewed on Mar. 21, 2020

Galaxy Apartments
Top city center Lion Monument
Top city center Lion Monument
4 out of 5
Löwenstrasse 12, Lucerne, LU
The price is CA $167 per night from May 24 to May 24
Situated in Lucerne, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Hertensteinstrasse and Lion Monument. Chapel Bridge and KKL Lucerne are also within ...
4/5Very Good! (22 reviews)
Roomy and clean apartment
"The location of the apartment is perfect , close to everything. The apartment is so roomy and clean . James is so nice that he will respond to your email or text promptly. Highly recommended this place for those who are looking for a stay in Luzern."

Reviewed on Sep. 29, 2019

Top city center Lion Monument
Hof Apartments - by Keyforge
Hof Apartments - by Keyforge
3 out of 5
16 Hofstrasse, Lucerne, LU
The price is CA $140 per night from May 16 to May 16
Situated near the boardwalk, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Hertensteinstrasse and Lion Monument. Chapel Bridge and KKL Lucerne are also ...
4.4/5Excellent! (34 reviews)
Everything as per expectations...
"I stay up n these apartments all the time, everything is perfect..."

Reviewed on Jan. 9, 2021

Hof Apartments - by Keyforge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Lucerne

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5/5 - Excellent

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Dec 29, 2019

I would really like to go back there during the summer

2/5 - Disappointing

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Oct 20, 2019

Not much there to do and too many tourists. Have deep pockets too as very expensive.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Aug 7, 2019

Delightful architecture with beautiful views and THE place to purchase a watch.

5/5 - Excellent

ZeeM

Aug 4, 2019

Loved Lucerne

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 23, 2019

Breathtaking views, so beautiful it is hard to believe it is real!

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 5, 2019

Loved it! Beautiful, historique, great food. Took several train rides from there. Would recommend a 4 day stay. Worth it!

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