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LucerneSwitzerland

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.

Top Hotels in Lucerne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Des Balances
Hotel Des Balances
4 out of 5
Weinmarkt, Lucerne, LU
The price is CA $237 per night

Located in the heart of Lucerne, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lucerne Town Hall and Chapel Bridge. KKL Lucerne and Lion Monument are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (424 reviews)

"Excellent location with beautiful view on the city center. Great shopping and restaurants around within walking distance. Staff is very friendly and helpful"…"

Reviewed on Jun. 23, 2020

Hotel Des Balances
Seehotel Hermitage
Seehotel Hermitage
4.5 out of 5
Seeburgstrasse 72, Lucerne, LU
The price is CA $478 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Lucerne hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of KKL Lucerne, Lion Monument and Lucerne Town Hall. Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church are also ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (702 reviews)

"Location ideal, away from bustle of city centre with fantastic views over lake and mountains but accessible to the city centre by regular and free bus journey or walk. Staff friendly and helpful. Good breakfast and restaurant was also a positive experience. Clean and quiet rooms. A good night sleep ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 3, 2020

Seehotel Hermitage
VISIONAPARTMENTS Lucerne Neustadtstrasse
VISIONAPARTMENTS Lucerne Neustadtstrasse
3.5 out of 5
Neustadtstrasse 16, Lucerne

Located in the heart of Lucerne, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Jesuit Church, Chapel Bridge and KKL Lucerne. Lion Monument and Swiss Transportation ...

3.4/5Good! (626 reviews)
great little hotel

"great little hotel. close to the main train station, about a 10 minute walk..and to the covered bridge and main area. you also got a pass to use the buses for free, which was great. wifi and a/c. room was perfect for our stay."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 22, 2018

VISIONAPARTMENTS Lucerne Neustadtstrasse

Popular places to visit in Lucerne

Chapel Bridge
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Chapel Bridge

4.5/5(106 reviews)

Enjoy “history with a view” amid the natural beauty of Lake Lucerne from Europe’s oldest covered bridge.

Lion Monument
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Lion Monument

4.5/5(41 reviews)

The “Lion of Lucerne” combines art, history and natural beauty into Switzerland’s most beloved historic monument.

Swiss Transportation Museum
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Swiss Transportation Museum

4.5/5(5 reviews)

Trains, planes and automobiles come to life through interactive exhibits in a vast collection at Lucerne’s transportation museum.

Top things to do in Lucerne

Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip from Lucerne
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Mount Pilatus Golden Round Trip from Lucerne

CA $181
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich
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Lucerne Day Trip from Zurich

CA $82
Per adult
72% of travellers recommend
Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe Full-Day Tour from Lucerne
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Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe Full-Day Tour from Lucerne

CA $341
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Eiger & Alpine Glaciers Full-Day Tour from Lucerne
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Eiger & Alpine Glaciers Full-Day Tour from Lucerne

CA $184
Per adult
Glacier Paradise & Titlis Half-Day Tour from Lucerne
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Glacier Paradise & Titlis Half-Day Tour from Lucerne

CA $196
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Independent Mount Rigi Tour from Lucerne Including Lake Lucerne Cruise
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Independent Mount Rigi Tour from Lucerne Including Lake Lucerne Cruise

CA $174
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Lucerne

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 29, 2019

I would really like to go back there during the summer

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

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

Verified traveller

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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The Grand Train Tour of Switzerland

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