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Lucerne Travel Guide

Lucerne Destination Travel Guide - Tourist Information

The scenic city of Lucerne is situated in the heart of Switzerland on the other side of the lake from Altdorf, the place that has become famous because of the legendary William Tell who shot an apple off the head of his son.

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Lucerne is one of the best places from where you can conveniently discover the Ruth Meadow and Mount Rigi. Since Lucerne acts as the entry point to the Central of Switzerland this place is always brimming with tourists and thus it has a flourishing tourism industry.


Shopping in Lucerne is a very enriching experience with no dearth of departmental stores selling almost everything at affordable prices as well as the costly ones that specialize in certain items. Do not miss Switzerland’s famous store that deal in watches and jewelry.


You will find various eating joints that suit different pockets. You can choose the economic joints such as Treibhaus Luzern that serve food, snacks and coffee with concerts at nightfall, or even opt for Migros or Coop that are supermarket chains with reasonably priced products. If you wish to go for those with medium range then you can go in to the Movenpick Restaurant and if you want to spend lavishly then you can try the Schwan Restaurant, the Bodu Restaurant known for its French cuisine.


You can go to Jazzkantine for a drink in the comfortable bar with some jazz sessions or try Lowengraben, Mr Pickwick’s Pub, Opus, Parterre, Schuur and Sedel. If you want to taste beer made in a joint that serves as a restaurant cum brewery then you can head for Rathaus.


For your accommodation you can choose the inexpensive ones like Backpackers Lucerne, Youthhostel Lucerne. For the mid ranged ones you can choose Hotel des Alpes or hotel Pickwick and for the luxurious ones you can go to the Grand Hotel National, Palace Luzern, Hotel Schweizerhof or the Art Deco Hotel Montana.


Lucerne attracts visitors because it has been able to preserve the old culture of the town which you should not miss. Discover Mount Pilatus to catch a view of the spectacular Alps with the help of the cogwheel railway or cable cars that operate all through the year. You can take a tour of Felsenweg either by boat, train, bus, funiculaire or on foot where you can see the beautiful lakes.

The Chapel Bridge is a landmark and the oldest wooden bridge of Europe. This wooden bridge was built in the 14 th century for protecting the city. You can also visit the Alpineum, the Bourbaki Panorama, The Glacier Garden and the Swiss Transport Museum. You should visit the Lido beach which is the halting point for boats that leave the central train station.

ou can even tour the old city wall, the Lucerne Art Museum and the Picasso Museum where the artist’s daily life is captured in the portraits that are displayed here. The Richard Wagner Museum and the Rosengart Collection are some of the must sees along with the Kunst and Kongresshaus Luzern building.

How to go there - Train, Rail, Air/Flights

By train

Reaching Lucerne from various other locations in the country is easy as you can avail the Swiss Federal Railway. You will always find trains every half an hour from Zurich and that from Olten and Zurich airport every hour. You can even board the direct train from Berne which leaves every hour though the departure times are more recurrent because of the connections.

By boat

Lucerne is situated on the northern end of Vierwaldstattersee whose waterways are one of the busiest in Switzerland and always humming with activity.

By Bus

You can use the efficient bus services of Lucerne to travel around the city and in the suburbs.

On Bicycle

You can hire bicycles at the central railway station at a cheap price. You can get the heavy built bikes with a 24 speed that has a baggage clamp for 31 CHF or even go for one of those electric ones, You will find bike lanes on minor streets and the drivers are courteous towards bikers.




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This page last updated in Feb 2016