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A medieval lakeside city of towers and bridges
If you only have time for one spot in central Switzerland, make it Lucerne. This charming lakeside town offers a memorable mountain panorama. The standout landmark is the 12th century Chapel Bridge (Europe's oldest covered bridge), which runs past the unique octagonal Water Tower. Visitors also tend to make a beeline for the Lion Monument, carved into a cliff, which commemorates the Swiss Guards who sacrificed their lives for the royal family during the French Revolution. Make sure to stop by the lesser-known covered Spreuer Bridge, with its Danse Macabre plaques. If you're fond of classical music, you're more than in luck, as the city offers frequent performances. Lake Lucerne itself is always worth a stroll - on the other side, you'll find Altdorf, the town once home to William Tell.
Route for Lucerne tour

After you've walked around Lucerne, set your sights higher. Lucerne's biggest neighboring attraction is Mt. Pilatus, which looms above the city. Make a day of it and take the Golden Route, which entails a boat ride, followed by the world's steepest rack railroad. You'll then take a cable car back down, and a bus back to Lucerne. The peak has two restaurants, and you can also hike up, a steep 5-6 hour endeavor. You can also ride Europe's highest standard gauge railroad up the Rigi, a massif located between two arms of Lake Lucerne. The world's second oldest rack railroad, it still uses original locomotives, one of which dates back to 1858. Titlis, the area's highest peak, lets you enjoy snow any time of year, as well as an illuminated ice cave within a glacier, snow tubing, and Europe's highest suspension bridge. This is a popular alternative to the slightly higher Jungfraujoch, with fewer crowds and lower prices.

Where to stay in Lucerne

All of the accommodation options we offer in Lucerne have been hand-picked, and provide the perfect base for exploring this beautiful city. From a 19th century fairytale of a hilltop chateau (linked to the city by funicular) to the former home of Auguste Escoffier (the chef who popularized French cooking), we have plenty of memorable options. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary, we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Design Boutique Hotel in Lucerne
Design Boutique Hotel
A modern and colorful design hotel in the heart of Lucerne.
Traditional Luxury Hotel in Lucerne
Traditional Luxury Hotel
A gorgeous five-star hotel with amazing views, location, and service.
Riverside Luxury Hotel in Lucerne
Riverside Luxury Hotel
Luxurious hotel with beautiful river views.

Things to do in Lucerne

Central Switzerland's star, Lucerne offers plenty of romantic sights amid an alpine panorama, especially the Chapel Bridge (Europe's oldest covered bridge) and its neighboring Water Tower. Classic music devotees will find plenty to please their ears, while everyone sooner or later visits the Lion Monument, carved into a cliff in memory of the Swiss Guards who died for the royal family during the French Revolution. Looming above the city is Mt. Pilatus. It's hard to miss, so seek it out, and ride a boat, followed by the world's steepest rack railroad, to the top, for a memorable meal at one of its restaurants. Or, seek out another peak, whether by riding the world's second oldest rack railroad (complete with 19th century locomotives), or visiting an ice cave and Europe's highest suspension bridge. When we send you your customized itinerary, you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package, or consider adding later.
Chocolate, Mountains, and Medieval Towns Private Tour
Chocolate, Mountains, and Medieval Towns Private Tour
Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Private Tour
Bernese Oberland and Jungfrau Private Tour
Lunch Gurmet Cruise on the Lake Lucerne
Lunch Gurmet Cruise on the Lake Lucerne

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Lucerne

How can I get around Lucerne?
After checking into your accommodations, ask for a free Lucerne Visitor Card, available to overnight guests. After getting registered, you can download the digital card onto your phone. With the Visitor Card, you can use free wifi all around the city, and enjoy unlimited public transportation, as well as many discounts.
How long should I stay in Lucerne?
Two nights is fine if you just want to explore the city's must-see sights. If you're more interested in the history, cultural heritage, and city surroundings, we recommend adding a third night.
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