Updated: Mar 30
Lucern is around 53 KM from Zurich and it's surrounded by beautiful Alp mountains. The city is known for its culture and location on the shore of Lake Lucerne and on River Reuss.
You can either plan a day trip to Lucerne or you can also plan to spend a weekend in the city.
Things to do in Lucerne:
Wandering around the Lucerne Old Town:
Lucerne has a very lovely old town with cobblestone streets near the Reuss River. The Old town is within the walking distance of the Lucerne Train Center.
Just like any other European city, Lucerne Old town has a Town square. If you want to enjoy some Architecture, you can also visit Jesuit Church and Hofkirche St Leodegar Church.
You can also find many nice restaurants serving authentic Swiss delicacy and you can also experience famous Swiss Fondue in some local restaurants in Old town.
The old town also has some good options for shopping. There are many big brands and local Swiss brands where you can enjoy some time shopping.
On Saturday, you can also find a local farmer market from where you can get a chance to do the tasting of the Fresh Swiss Cheese and you can also find fresh vegetables and fruits.
Every February before Covid, the city welcomes
February with a crazy celebration of Carnival where locals dress up in different costumes and participate in the Carnival Parade.
One of the main highlights of Lucerne city is its Chapel Bridge also known as Kapellbrücke. The Brucke is on a Reuss River and it's the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe. It has very unique paintings from the 17th century.
In the middle of the Bridge, there's a water tower called Wasserturm which used to be a watchtower back in time.
Cruising in Lake Lucerne:
The Lucerne Lake is the fourth largest lake in Switzerland and it has a very different shape with several sharp bends and four arms. The lake is surrounded by different lush green valleys. In Lucerne, if you go out from the Lucerne Central Train station, you can find the Lake next to you.
We had enjoyed a lovely Lake Cruise to Alpnachstadt from Lucerne. We would like to suggest a 1-hour River Cruise which cost Euro 25.
There are panoramic sightseeing Boats even in the winter times, you can still enjoy the breathtaking view of the Swiss Alps. There are different options for the Lake Cruise. You can check our different packages here.
You can also rent out your boat in summer and enjoy boating in Lake. There are also many spots in Lucerne on the Lakeshore where you can sit along the lake and enjoy the mesmerizing view of the lake.
Trip to Mount Pilatus from Lucerne:
The Pilatus mount is 2,128 m high and it's around a 1.5-hour journey from Lucerne City. There are many adventurous activities like Swiss largest Toboggan Bahn, Dragon Fly etc which you can do. Moreover, you can also enjoy breathtaking views of the Alps and Lucerne.
There are 4 different options to reach Mount Pilatus. There are different means of communication to reach the top of Mount Pilatus including Boat ride, Cogwheel train, Gondola Cable Car, Dragon Ride Cable car and bus.
Along the River Reuss, you can find so many options to enjoy amazing Swiss food with a refreshing view of the River Reuss. There are also a few restaurants with rooftops as well where you can enjoy some lovely sunset with your favourite cocktail.
Musegg Wall and its Nine towers:
Along the River Reuss, you can find an 800-meter long Musegg Wall which was used to protect the city from foreign attack in the 13th century. It also has Nine watchtowers. You can walk along the wall and also enjoy the beautiful view of the city from the watchtowers. The towers are open to the public.
Monument of Lion:
The famous Lion of Lucerne or Löwendenkmal is a carved sad lion designed by Bertel Thorvaldsen in the 19th Century and it symbolized the Swiss Guards who were massacred in 1792 French Revolution. It's one of the most famous and historical monuments in Switzerland.
Château Gütsch is a 19th century Castle which turns into a Castle Hotel and it's located on a small hill around 2 km away from the Lucerne Central Train station.
You can take a direct tram no. 2 in direction of Emmenbrücke from the Central station and then you need to get off at Gütsch station and from there you can take a funicular ride of 1 minute to reach to Castle.
Even though if you aren't staying there, it's really worth visiting the Castle Hotel and enjoying lunch or breakfast on their restaurant terrace with a beautiful view of Mount Rigi and lucerne City.
Restaurants to try out in Lucerne:
Cafe de Ville:
The Cafe de Ville is located in Schwanenplatz around 600 meters away from Lucerne Central Station. It's a traditional spot for breakfast and lunch. The Restaurant also has a terrace from where you can enjoy a lovely view of Lake Lucerne. We had enjoyed French toasts with a cup of coffee for the breakfast in Cafe de Ville.
Hotel Monopol Rooftop:
The Hotel Monopol is just 250 meters away from the Lucerne Central Station. The Hotel has a lovely terrace bar and restaurant where you can enjoy the lovely view of the City and Lake.
Zunfthaus Restaurant Pfistern:
The Zunfthause is a lovely restaurant along the River Reuss and no doubt, it's the best place to enjoy the traditional Swiss food with a beautiful view.