Lucerne
Canton Lucerne

Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its attractions, its attractive shopping offer, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby excursion mountains of the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, the town is a destination for many travel groups and individuals on their journey through central Switzerland.

About Lucerne

Complete with gable paintings, the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge forms the centrepiece of Lucerne’s townscape and is considered to be one of the oldest, covered wooden bridges in Europe. A further landmark of the town is the Museggmauer, a wall which, with the exception only of one of its towers, has been preserved in its original, well-fortified state.

Historic houses decorated with frescoes line the picturesque town squares as they do the ‘Weinmarkt’ square in the car-free old town. Lucerne is a city of town squares and churches. The Jesuit church dating from the 17th century is regarded as Switzerland’s first sacral Baroque building and the twin towers of the Hofkirche form an integral part of the townscape. The figure of a dying lion which was hewn from the face of rock in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guards killed during an attack on the Tuileries in 1792 is one of the best-known monuments in Switzerland. And with its 112-metre-long Bourbaki panorama, Lucerne possesses one of the world’s few maintained, mammoth circular paintings

Tradition and modernity stand side-by-side with ease in Lucerne, as the town has also earned a reputation for itself with innovative design. The futuristic Culture and Convention Centre (KKL), designed by leading French architect Jean Nouvel, is one the architectural highlights of the town. The KKL is also a landmark of «Lucerne: Festival City» and venue for a wide variety of cultural events throughout the year.

Lucerne is the ideal starting point for many excursions to the highlights of central Switzerland. A trip up one of Lucerne’s regional mountains, the Pilatus or the Rigi – the queen of mountains – is a must. But excursions up onto the Stanserhorn, the Bürgenstock or a steamship cruise on Lake Lucerne with its many bends and arms are certainly no less worthy. The Gotthard Panorama Express originates in Lucerne and ferries its passengers to the foot of the Gotthard pass via Lake Lucerne and then continues by rail into Ticino, south of the Alpine ridge. The «cherry road» leads from Lucerne through the landscape of cheery trees and kirsch.

Winter

Lucerne has a picturesque lakeside setting, against an impressive mountain backdrop. Architectural gems, such as the celebrated KKL Luzern by Jean Nouvel or the famous Chapel Bridge.

Summer

Lucerne has a picturesque lakeside setting, against an impressive mountain backdrop. Architectural gems, such as the celebrated KKL Luzern by Jean Nouvel or the famous Chapel Bridge.

Our personal highlights

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Preferred hotels

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Park Hotel Vitznau

Park Hotel Vitznau features accommodation suites and junior suites, individually designed with great attention to detail and furnished with state of the art amenities. Guests can enjoy outstanding culinary experiences in the hotel’s two gourmet restaurants or in one of the private dining rooms, accompanied by one of the 32000 bottles from six exclusive wine cellars. The hotel spa, featuring outdoor pools, sauna, steam room and ice grotto is exclusively reserved for hotel guests and offers relaxation and privacy. The Park Hotel Vitznau is the ideal starting point from which to discover the breathtaking scenery of central Switzerland, Mount Rigi as well as Lucerne and Zurich.

Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern

Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern is situated right on the shores of Lake Lucerne in the immediate vicinity of the city center of Lucerne. For over 150 years, the host family Hauser has been leading the festival hotel with 101 spacious rooms and suites, outstanding service, three specialty restaurants, a wellness area and beautiful banquet rooms. Here you will spend the night where kings, emperors, writers, politicians, musicians and actors have visited. Accommodation consists of a variety of guest rooms and suites, each equipped with a minibar, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, coffee/tea making facilities, an en-suite bathroom and hairdryer. Guests can expect a top event program: at the Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne, exquisite concerts are performed by well-known events such as the Blue Balls Festival, Lucerne Blues Festival, Magic Lake Festival, Retro Festival or World Band Festival.

Unique experiences

Discover Suisse Selection’s once-in-a-lifetime activities, to be included in your personal itinerary.

Pilatus Railway
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Steamship adventure
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Chapel Bridge and Spreuer Bridge
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Make your own cheese
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Max Chocolatier
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World of Victorinox
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Emmental Show Dairy
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Cast your own bells
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Villa Honegg
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Crossing the Gotthard
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Furka steam railway
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Titlis Revolving cable car
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Titlis Cliff Walk
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When to go

Switzerland has a moderate climate and four distinct seasons, making it an attractive year-round travel destination.

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