Must knows about Lucerne, the atmospheric city in Central Switzerland

Lucerne, the atmospheric city in Central Switzerland

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Must knows about Lucerne

  • Lucerne is a compact, lively town with lots of indoor and outdoor attractions;
  • It's close to Zurich airport, so it's convenient for air travelers to start or end their itinerary here;
  • The rail station is at walking distance from the beautiful old town center;
  • This town is ideal for first time visitors;
  • The local German name of Lucerne is Luzern.

Lucerne is the perfect base for a stay in Switzerland and a very attractive town.

About Lucerne

Lucerne is ideal for first time visitors. It's compact and lively, and close to many attractions for both good and bad weather.

WHAT TO DO

The attractions in and around Lucerne. The Pilatus, Titlis, hiking trails and more.

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HOTELS

The hotels we suggest for your stay.

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RENTALS

Rent an apartment or holiday home in Lucerne.

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PICTURES

Pictures of Lucerne.

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FORUM

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Facts about Lucerne

Location and scenery

Lucerne is situated where the Alps begin. There are hills in the north and mountains in the south. The town lies along the banks of Lake Lucerne. Scenic boat trips can be made directly from the town center.

Pros and cons of Lucerne

Lucerne is one of the towns that is ideal for first time visitors to Switzerland. Also, it's a good place to start or end your visit to Switzerland, as Lucerne is easily accessible from Zurich and Zurich airport. The town has a lot to offer: a picturesque and compact town centre, museums, boat cruises, and a generous choice of hotels, shops and restaurants.

Many attractions can be reached easily from Lucerne. The Pilatus mountain is right next door. A short trip gets you to the Rigi railways, or the famous cable car up the Titlis.

Lucerne allows you to be very flexible in choosing your activities, as there are plenty of good and bad weather options. The town has lots of facilities, it's lively, but not as big as Zurich or Bern for example.

If you want to see the highest peaks of the Swiss Alps, then Lucerne is not the best base. In that case you'd best consider regions further south, e.g. the Jungfrau region.

What not to miss in Lucerne

The picturesque old town can easily be explored on foot. Try to include at least these sites:

  • Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke): a 200 m long covered wooden bridge in the city center, with 111 paintings in the inside. Attached is the Water Tower, which dates back to about 1300. The bridge is accessible on foot from the train station in 5 minutes;
  • Jesuit Church (Jesuitenkirche) in the Bahnhofstrasse, 100 m from the Chapel Bridge
    www.jesuitenkirche-luzern.ch
  • Franciscan Church (Franziskanerkirche), behind the Jesuit Church;
  • Hof Church (Hofkirche) in the Sankt-Leodegar-Strasse;
  • Lion Monument in the Denkmalstrasse, about 15 minutes from the rail station. It commemorates the hundreds of members of the Swiss Guard who died while defending the Tuileries Palace in Paris in 1792;
  • Musegg Wall: the 13th century city walls in the north of the town center. Some of the towers are accessible.
    www.museggmauer.ch

More things to do in and around Lucerne are listed here.

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