Luzern is often called the Heart of the Country, because of its location. Luzern is a beautiful city, which belongs among the world’s prettiest cities, full of fabulous sights and rich history. Famous for the Chapel Bridge, the Musegg Wall, the Water Tower, the Spreuer Bridge, the convention centre, and many more. Let’s not forget the beautiful lake which surrounds the charming city. Let’s discover the top things to do in Luzern!
The top things to do when visiting Lucerne
1. Lake Lucerne
Lake Lucerne is rated at place four of the top 5 largest lakes in Switzerland. Well-known as the lake of Four cantons. Lake Lucerne is enclosed by the cantons, Schwyz, Unterwalden, Uri, and the canton of Lucerne. Besides the beautiful city of Lucerne, the shores rise to the peaks of wonderful local mountains, named: Pilatus and Rigi. Let’s discuss the top things to do at Lake Lucerne.
Things to do at lake Lucerne
One of the reasons why tourists visit Lucerne is because of the stunning lake. There are many cruises on the Lake. You can easily book a wonderful steamer cruise or a boat trip on the lake. There are five paddle steamers and twelve motor vessels on the lake, let’s not forget the fantastic panoramic yacht and the brand new Diamant motor vessel. They take you around the lake during the whole year and in almost all weather. These services offer great connections with the cableways and the railways. To discover Lake Lucerne, we have made a top three recommended lake cruises, which will be a fantastic way to explore the lake.
The best restaurants at lake Lucerne with lake view
After a day of exploring Luzern, the parks, the Old and Town, perhaps a museum. It is a fantastic way to relax at a restaurant directly located at lake Luzern, with a stunning view over the lake. Enjoy a romantic sunset directly at the lake or simply enjoy the spectacular view over the Lake and the delicious food. Good coffee with a fresh croissant is a perfect way to start your day of exploring Lucerne as well of course. This is a top 5 with the best restaurants in Luzern with lake view:
- Seebistro LUZ, location: Landungsbrücke 1, 6002 Luzern, Switzerland
- Olivo, location: Haldenstrasse 6, 6006 Luzern, Switzerland
- Mill’Feuille, location: Mühlenpl. 6, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland
- Restaurant Schiff, location: Unter der Egg 8, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland
- Nix’s, location: Reusssteg 9, 6003 Luzern, Switzerland
2. Mount Pilatus
How do you get up Mount Pilatus?
There are 4 possible ways to get up Mount Pilatus. You can go up by cableway, cogwheel railway, hiking, and a combination of the cogwheel train, cableway, and the boat.
What to do on the Mount Pilatus?
Mount Pilatus is located just outside the city of Lucerne. The summit of Pilatus is 2119 meters and can be reached via two different routes. to experience Mount Pilatus we have made a selection of three wonderful trips to discover and experience Mount Pilatus.
The first activity mentioned down below is the Mount Pilatus Summer day trip from Luzern. A short overview for this activity: you can go with the Gonadala ride from Kriens to Fräkmüntegg terminus plus an ascent by aerial cableway to the summit of Mount Pilatus. At the summit, you can make amazing pictures and enjoy the spectacular view.
After some time spend on the top, you can go down with the steepest cogwheel train in Europe, to Alpnachstad. Here you can board the boat and enjoy a 1-hour cruise on Lake Luzern, let’s not forget the guide who gives you interesting information during the trip. If you click on the activities down below, you can read in more detail about the trip, what the trip includes, what to expect, and more.
3. The old town of Luzern
Although Switzerland is known for its beautiful cities, Luzern has something extra. It has an exceptional touch. This city in Switzerland, situated where the Reuss River meets Lake Lucerne, is well-known for its notably preserved Old Town. When visiting Luzern, take a look at the beautiful Old town boulevard of Luzern. It is situated between the city hall and the Chapel Bridge, along the river the Reuss. There are numerous delicious restaurants, which offer a splendid view over the river. Tourists from all over the world stroll along the river and enjoy the see and be seen.
Please allow yourself as much time as possible to experience and enjoy the rich history of Luzern. There is a sequence of squares hemmed by charming painted houses with cobblestone streets. good to know, all the streets in the old town are car-free. The Weinmarkt is an obligatory starting point to look at the medieval guildhalls, they have wonderful decorative painted facades.
Where to park Luzern Old Town
The best parking place if you want to visit the Old Town and enjoy a leisure walk around the Old Town of Luzern. The City Parking, located: Zürichstrasse 35, Luzern, Switzerland. Offers a great parking place. It is located close to the Old Town. On walking distance, only 3 minutes. Within 5 minutes you are at the lake. There are a total of 455 parking spaces. Including parking spaces for the disabled and parking spaces specially reserved for women. The height clearance is 2 meters.
4. The Chapel Bridge
The history of the Chapel Bridge
The Chapel Bridge is a world-famous timber bridge located in Luzern. For tourists a must-see sight when visiting Switzerland. Together with the water tower, these two form a landmark of Luzern.
But…in the 20th century, a disaster happened. On the night of 18 august 1993, the Chapel Bridge caught fire. Only the two bridgeheads and the Water Tower could be saved. In less than 8 months the bridge was rebuilt. reopened on the 14th of April 1994. The Chapel Bridge is 650 years old and has always served as a means of crossing the river, by foot, as well as the town’s fortifications.
The paintings on the Chapel Bridge
The paintings on the Chapel bridge are very unique. Here you can admire paintings with scenes from the history of the Swiss Confederation, as well as the lives of the patron saints of Luzern, named: St Leger and St Maurice. The competition of the biblical cycle of the paintings on the Court Bridge was around 1580. After these paintings were a huge success, the chronicles Renward Cysat of Luzern decided to draw up concepts for a program of paintings on the Chapel Bridge. Submitted in 1599, to the councils. And yes, they decided that paintings should be on the Chapel Bridge as well.
Until today all visitors of the Chapel Bridge admire these beautiful paintings. Remarkable is, this cycle of paintings only contains world pictures, no religious ones. The start of creation of the paintings was in 1611. Unfortunately, in 1993 the fire destroyed about 110 of the 158 panels, these suffered severe damage.
Where is the chapel Bridge located + Coffee?
The Chapel Bridge is also called: Kapellbrücke. It is a wooden footbridge, spanning over the river Reuss diagonally. The Chapel Bridge is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, and also the world’s oldest surviving truss bridge. This bridge is one of the main touristic sights of Switzerland. You won’t miss this sight, it is world-famous and easily found. Enjoy a nice coffee at the Starbucks with a view of the beautiful Chapel Bridge. The location of Starbucks is Rathausquai 9, 6004 Luzern, Switzerland.
5. Guided tours in Lucerne
A guided tour gives you a sense of comfort since the tour guide understands the culture, and has a lot of knowledge about the city, as well as some nice hidden spots, or local recommendations for a delightful dinner or a coffee with a house-made cake. We have selected three guided tours in Luzern, which show you the key destinations on foot, or by another means of transport. Discover Luzern Highlights and back streets on a small-group walking tour, exploring with a local to learn about the city’s history and hear stories from daily life as you see the centre.
6. Mount Titlis
The Titlis is impressive, yes it definitely is. The mounting is located in Central Switzerland close to Lucerne. You can reach the summit by cable car. You can enjoy a spectacular view of the eternal snow and the views at around 3032 meters high.
We have made a selection of three amazing activities to do on your holiday to Lucerne. Which you won’t forget. Ride an aerial cableway from the Alpine Village Engelberg to the summit of Mount Titlis, this village is close to Lucerne (around 27 kilometres). The first guided half-day trip mentioned below takes you to Mt Titlis from Lucerne, where you can enjoy free time in the snow. Enjoy snow tubing or some adventure in the Glacier Cave, Ice Flyer chairlift and the Titlis Rotair Gondola, and the Cliff Walk. This is the highest suspension bridge in Europe, ready for some adventure? Check out the three unique experiences listed below!
In conclusion, there are many beautiful sights in Luzern. We have talked about the Chapel Bridge, the famous wood-covered bridge in Lucerne, with its beautiful paintings. A must-visit as well is the Old Town of Luzern, enjoy a cup of coffee with a cake while enjoying the fabulous atmosphere. Explore Mount Titlis, this is a unique experience. Mount Pilatus is worth visiting as well, with its splendid views and a unique way to get to the summit, by cable car or cogwheel train. Luzern has a lot to offer, let us know in the comments if you would love to visit Luzern, and do not hesitate to ask us any questions!