Lucerne, also known for its scenic locales and breathtaking views is one of the most populous city in Central Switzerland. There are plentiful of attractions and things to do in Lucerne which can be enjoyed on your visit here. Be it the Chapel Bridge or the Lake Lucerne, Lucerne’s touristy spots will bowl you over with its beauty. Hence, if you’re planning to visit Switzerland, then you should definitely include Lucerne in your must see list. Before you start planning, go through this list of things to do in Lucerne.
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Water Body, Tour, Lake, Boating, Cruise
A little outside of Lucerne, the ride to Lake Lucerne is just as picturesque as the destination. Many a poets swear by the beauty the lake emanates and you’ll be mad as a hatter if you don’t see it for yourself. With a promise for an indescribable view, at first sight, Lake Lucerne is reminiscent of a fjord (save the weather of course) that seems to extend its way to the mountains and make way around them.
Lake Lucerne has everything- majestic peaks, limestone cliffs, thick forest cover attracting Alpine wildlife and vast expanses of blue water. Rightly called the Lake of the Four Cantons in German, a cruise ship on Lake Lucerne is sure to make it to your bucket-list if it hasn’t already..
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Mountain, Tour, Cable Car
6010 Alpnach, Switzerland
Every time you turn a corner in Central Switzerland, an Alpine peak greets you! Three such peaks are thronged by tourists- Jungfrau, Titlis and Pilatus. From Lucerne, Mount Pilatus is the most accessible and close one. One cable ride away, the views beckon you…the peak of Mount Pilatus, Esel, is a 10 minute walk away from where Lucerne looks like a model village and the Alps, never ending and grand.
Offering a 360 degree view, take time from just clicking pictures and admire nature’s gift with your own two eyes. The ideal way to plan your trip to Mt. Pilatus would be via a tour operator. During the winters, the cable car ride is suspended due to extreme weather conditions. Don’t fret for instead of a cable car, you get to ride one of the steepest cogwheel trains up and down the mountain.
Mount Pilatus is a beautiful peak, a short distance away from Lucerne, and part of probably the most scenic mountain ranges – the Alps. Visits can be made through a cable car from Lucerne and tickets for Mount Pilatus cable rides can be easily purchased online. You can even check Mount Pilatus ticket prices for cable cars on our ticketing portal. So better pre-book tickets in advance rather than waiting in long queues. It is always better to buy tickets for Mount Pilatus online as a time saving option. You can also get Mount Pilatus tickets for cogwheel trains that take you up the peak offering panoramic views all around.
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Landmark, View Point, Bridge
Kapellbrücke, 6002 Lucern, Switzerland
The Alstadt (old town) is where the fabled charm of Lucerne lies. The Reuss River which divides the city into two distinct parts, Old Town and New Town, plays more of a part than just acting like a division. Hanging atop the river is Europe’s oldest wooden bridge, constructed in the 14th century. There’s a saying that you haven’t actually seen Lucerne unless you’ve walked on the creaky old bridge that undoubtedly Lucerne’s most famouslandmark.
Although the Chapel Bridge you see today has undergone extensive restoration after an obviously disastrous fire in 1993, it’s managed to retain the old feel of it.
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Rigi, 6410 Arth, Switzerland
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Mount Rigi is known for its spectacular view from the top! The ethereal peaks, the beautiful landscape and the feeling of complete oneness with the nature are hard to define but the place more than makes up for the lost words. A panoramic view of the best of nature is sure to keep you engaged for a long time.
A small cafe on top of the hill is perfect to warm up your freezing hands and your heart- ideal after a splendid ride on the Cog Wheel rail.
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Family And Kids, Specialty Museum
Lidostrasse 5, 6006 Luzern, Switzerland
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Switzerland’s most popular museum, the Swiss Transport Museum is a great destination for a family activity. Right from grand-parents to kids, all walks of life are guaranteed to have a good time here. True to its name, the Transport Museum has over 3000 means of commute spread across a huge premises, covering all modes of transportation- air, water, land, you name it!
The museum is interactive incarnate with a locomotive simulator, advanced enough to get anyone excited. Home to a planetarium which provides one of best virtual tours of the universe money can buy. It’s easy to lose track of time here, so keep an eye on your watch.
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Schirmertorweg, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Located behind the shopping centre of the city, The Nine Towers are a series of towers which offer a cityscape view! Built originally to provide a guarding fortress wall to the city, today the Nine Towers is a tourist favourite.
The tallest tower has a clock embedded in it and anyone who climbs to the top can see the working mechanism of the clock- knobs and all!
The view only adds to the experience and is worth every step you climb.
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Bahnhofstrasse 11a, 6003 Lucern, Switzerland
06:00 am - 06:30 pm
The first baroque church built in the Alpine region of Switzerland, this church stands for the struggle of the Catholic Church to remain the majority spiritual leadership when the country was undergoing a shift in religion and faith. Even today, the church’s facade looks as good as new. The interiors of the Jesuit Church are bound to blow you away. Restored to its resplendence during the glory days, there’s no second guessing why the church is a popular tourist attraction.
Don’t miss out on the pink altarpiece in the front of the sanctuary, the onion domes, the painting on the ceiling depicting the glory of Saint Francis Xavier and the Ignatius chapel.
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Europaplatz 1, 6005 Luzern, Switzerland
12:01 am - 12:00 am
One of the most well designed performing stages all over the world, the Culture and Convention Centre is an acoustic marvel. Lucerne in itself is a music loving city and the centre is its own way of acknowledging its artistic side.
There are regular shows organised here all through the year- a pleasure for people who love to watch live performance. Do catch a show here when in the city.
If you are not in the mood to watch a performance, it is still pleasant to take a walk around the centre to admire its architecture.
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Richard Wagner Weg 27, 6005 Luzern, Switzerland
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
Richard Wagner was an operatic composer with a difference. His rich harmonious and glorious dramatic perspective to the otherwise strictly melodious singing changed the Opera Music scene in the 1800s.The former residence of the famous German composer now houses rare musical instruments like the potable organ and gives you a peek into the brain of the miracle-musician.
A must if you love history, a necessity if you are a musician.
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Haldenstrasse 6, 6006 Luzern, Switzerland
12:00 pm - 04:00 pm
If you are looking for a little bit of luxury on your visit to Lucerne and don’t mind winning or losing a couple of Francs, then the Grand Casino is the place for you. Spin some money on the roulette or try a hand at Black Jack.
If you are not a gambling aficionado but love dancing, head to the in-house club or watch a cabaret dance show.
End the day with fine dining at Olivo, the in-house Mediterranean restaurant which overlooks the beautiful mountains and the city lake.
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Art Museum, Specialty Museum
Pilatusstrasse 10, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Open to the public since 2002, the location of the Sammlung Rosengart Collection was a branch of the Swiss National Bank, a beautiful neoclassical building that dates back to early 19th century. For anyone with even the basic knowledge of artwork from the 19th and 20th century, this museum will bring you pure joy. All the works of art here are a part of a family’s private collection amassed by a father-daughter pair; they sought out these masterpieces not for its monetary value but for their individual taste and preferences in art. The legends of that era are very well represented here, one in particular being Pablo Picasso.
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Denkmalstrasse 4, Lucerne, Switzerland
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
A trip to Lucerne and a visit to the Glacier Garden are inseparable. The garden gives a peak into Switzerland’s massive geology. The place consists of a million rocks and the museum only adds to the experience.
View form the tower
Massive potholes (natural)
Lush green botanical ambience
A walk around the garden is the best way to explore it and the cafe on top of the rocky terrain is a welcome spot!
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Lowenplatz 11, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
The theatre equivalent in the 19th century, the Bourbaki Panorama is a wall to wall work of art with life size proportions, giving the illusion of bringing the scenes to life, like a motion picture. What makes the Panorama special is that this one in Lucerne is among the last remaining 30 of its kind.
Retelling the tale of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, as you walk alongside the Panorama, there is a commentary track that provides the audio aspect to the story. Recent additions to this 19th century movie going experience involve 3D viewing with help of some models placed around the panoramic images.
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Church, Family And Kids
St. Leodegarstrasse 6, 6006 Luzern, Switzerland
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
The church of St Leodegar was built on the foundation of a Roman Basilica burnt in the 1600s. The church is one of the most important landmarks in the city and is one of the few churches to be built during the ‘thirty years of war’- a critical time in Lucern.
Marvellous architecture and design.
Historic relevance dating back to the 17th century.
Every morning the church sets its bells ringing- marking its strength and function to this day.