With its car-free medieval old town, a sparkling blue lake surrounded by mountains, quaint covered bridges, wonderful waterfront promenades, frescoes historic buildings and sun-dazzled plazas with refreshing fountains, Lucerne is a touristic heaven.
Top Attractions in Lucerne
Lucerne’s Kapellbrücke is one of its most significant sights. The covered wooden bridge runs diagonally across the Reuss. The bridge was built in 1333 and is famed for its roughlo 100 17th century pictures that hang the interior roof rafters. Another famous landmark is the Wasserturm, a 13th-century water tower more than 34 meters high and together the two landmarks are among the most photographed sites in all of Switzerland. Lucerne is home to 2 preserved covered bridges, the other one being Spreuerbrücke.
On the bank of the Reuss you’ll find the Old Town of Lucerne that boasts a variety of preserved houses and little squares with pretty fountains. The fairytale atmosphere here is created by some of the old buildings with their brightly painted colors. The Kornmarkt is where you’ll find the Altes Rathaus, the Old Town Hall that dates back to 1602, and just to the west lies the Weinmarkt with a Late Gothic fountain. Make sure you see Lucerne’s oldest church, St. Peter's chapel, while you’re in the area.
The Swiss Transport Museum
History buffs will delight in the Verkehrshaus der Schweiz, a large complex of exhibition halls and outdoor exhibits tha covers all forms of transport, communication and tourism. With the help of guided tours, life-sized models of old vehicles and a thrilling 3D IMAX theatre and Planetarium, you’re bound to spend a good full day here.
The famous Lion Monument of Lucerne lies just west of Löwenplatz, and Löwendenkmal dates back to 1820. It’s another one of the city’s iconic sites, but it’s also nearby the other great monument of Bourbaki Panorama.
The old town walls of Lucerne runs along the north side of the city and were built between 1350 and 1408 boasting 9 towers all constructed in different styles. Four of the towers - Schirmer, Zyt, Wacht, and Männli - can be climbed to catch a great view of the city, the lake and the natural landscape.
Lucerne’s own relic of the Ice Age features glacier-polished rock, erratic boulders dropped by the retreating ice and 32 potholes that formed at the base of the waterfalls from melting glacial ice. The museum boasts relief maps of Switzerland, collections of Alpine animals, rock specimens and historic rooms. The museum also features a fun labyrinth of mirrors and a quaint adjoining garden to relax in afterwards.