Lucerne is located in the heart of Switzerland, at the foot of the Swiss Alps. It’s a compact city, offering visitors beautiful views, an historic old town and a world famous covered bridge. This post covers 5 of the must see and do things in Lucerne, Switzerland.
1. Lake Lucerne
With swans gliding across the emerald blue waters and the swiss alps in the backdrop, lake Lucerne provides for some epic picture postcard views. Stroll along the shores of the lake, or grab a seat by the lake in the evening closer to sunset and enjoy some nice views. You can also rent a paddle boat or take a boat ride across the lake.
2. Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
Chapel Bridge is an absolute must see and do in Lucerne. In fact, it’s a little hard to miss it while in the city. This bridge is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe and the world’s oldest surviving truss bridge. The bridge goes all the way across the Reuss river. Look up at the ceiling as you pass through! It contains several paintings dating back to the 17th century.
3. Old Town and Kornmarkt
Wander around the cobblestone streets of Old Town and admire the pastel colored buildings. Look out for Kornmarkt, which used to be where locals bought and sold grain like corn back in the day. There are also lots of restuarants along the water if you want to grab a meal.
4. Lion Monument
This sculpture of a dying lion is perhaps one of the most famous monuments in Switzerland and certainly one of the most iconic places to visit while in Lucerne. The lion is carved into the stone and is pierced by a massive spear. It was sculptured in 1820-21 to honor the Swiss Guards who died protecting King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.
5. Day trip to the Swiss Alps
Lucerne is in a great location to either make a pit stop on the way to the Swiss Alps or to do a day trip to the Swiss Alps. Catch an early train to Lauterbrunnen or Wengen from Lucerne and hike either up or down. Click on my post below or HERE for more details about this hike. The Berner Oberland Pass covers transport within the Oberland including Bern, Interlaken, Jungfrau and Lucerne. Check it out HERE.
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