Best Things To Do in Lucerne, Switzerland

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  • Chapel Bridge: Lucerne’s oldest and most famous landmark is also Europe’s oldest surviving wooden bridge. Built in the 14th century, most of this bridge was rebuilt after a tragic fire that set it ablaze in 1993.
  • Lion Monument: One of the best monuments you’ll ever come across, the Lion Monument stands testimony to the bravery and loyalty of the Swiss; the Lion Monument was carved as a tribute to the Swiss Guards who lost their lives during the French Revolution, fighting for the French king.
  • Sammlung Rosengart Collection: For a crash-course on the best of art during the 19th and the 20th century, the Sammlung Rosengart Collection will not fail to impress. Featuring all the masters of that time period, the Rosengart Collection is primarily the private collection of the Rosengart family, the father and daughter in particular.

Below we have a list of things to do in Lucerne and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Lucerne getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Lucerne with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Lucerne

Here is the list of things to do in Lucerne and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Lake Lucerne

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    Lake Lucerne

    Water Body, 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 a...Read more
  2. Mount Pilatus

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    Mount Pilatus

    Cable Car

    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 endin...Read more
  3. Chapel Bridge

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    Chapel Bridge

    Landmark, View Point, Bridge

    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 walke...Read more
  4. Mount Rigi

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    Mount Rigi
    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 hea...Read more
  5. Museum Sammlung Rosengart Luzern

    Art Museum, Specialty Museum

    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 amass...Read more
  6. Museum Glacier Garden Lucerne
    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. Highlights include: View form the tower Rock Lion Massive potholes (natural) Lush green botanical ambience A walk around the garden is the best way to explore it and the cafe on ...Read more
  7. The Nine Towers Image
    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 exper...Read more
  8. Jesuit Church

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    Jesuit Church

    Church, Cathedral

    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 ...Read more
  9. Culture And Convention Center
    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 ...Read more
  10. Church Of St Leodegar

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    Church Of St Leodegar


    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. Highlights include: Marvellous architecture and design. Historic relevance dating back to the 17th century. Every morning t...Read more
  11. Bourbaki Panorama

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    Bourbaki Panorama
    The Bourbaki Panorama is everything you need to know about the history of Switzerland and its fight to achieve independence. The panoramic painting has a mysterious 3D effect without the goggles! Highlights include: Panorama Painting Guided tours ‘The invention of Switzerland’ Absinthe Degustation- a must for absinthe lovers! The panorama is the perfect spot to explore whether you...Read more
  12. Richard Wagner Museum

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    Richard Wagner Museum
    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...Read more
  13. Bucherer Shop

    4.4 (727 Votes)
    Bucherer Shop

    Specialty Shop

    Name of Attraction: Bucherer Shop The Bucherer Shop is the only place in the city where you can buy Swiss watches. The place offers some of the biggest brands of watches, right from Gucci and Rolex to Longines and Rado! Highlights include: Rolex watches Jewellery If you love your watches luxurious or simply believe in ‘the quality of you time’ – then this is the place for yo...Read more
  14. Kornmarkt Image

    Walking Area, Streets

    The Kornmarkt or the ‘market’ is the best place to shop while in the city! The streets are full of shops sharing walls with each other in alleys which exude a certain old-world charm. If you are not a shopping-lover and would prefer a heavier wallet than a heavier shopping bag, the place is ideal for window shopping. A must if you truly want to experience the shopping pulse in the c...Read more
  15. Lion Monument

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    Lion Monument


    Switzerland might not have an active army but their reputation of supplying top notch mercenaries remains untainted; the guards of the Vatican, for example. The Lion Monument in Lucerne is a testament to this long standing tradition. Carved in the 19th century to honour the Swiss guards who fought for Louis XVI of France in 1972 during the French Revolution, the Lion Monument will have you resp...Read more

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  • what do you recommend to see in Lucerne. Only going to be there for 2 days.

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  • is there a jewish cementary there

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    • No, I don't think there is any Jewish cemetery in Lucerne. But, you can talk to one of the synagogues and check if there is a cemetery that is not listed online. 

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