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With towering mountains on oneside and Lake Lucerne on the other, this medieval city is known for its sceniclocation and historic charm.

Flanked by Mounts Rigi and Titlis, the small city of Lucerne is locatedon the shores of Lake Lucerne. It offers water recreation, hiking and mountainsports to visitors throughout the year. Because of its temperate climate, theregion is nicknamed “Lucerne Riviera.”

The central Swiss city is primarily German-speaking. Its roots traceback to the 12th century. Stroll down the cobblestone streets to see some ofthe city’s history in its centuries-old architecture. With its compact nature,Lucerne is easy to explore on foot but you can also admire the city from thewater with a ride on a ferry or rented paddleboat.

Old Town has narrow alleys, quaint storefronts and outdoor cafés. It’salso home to one of Switzerland’s most famous attractions, the 14th-century Chapel Bridge across the Reuss River. ChapelBridge is the oldest covered bridge in Europe and features a variety ofhistoric paintings for visitors to admire as they stroll its length. Be sure toinvestigate the iconic Water Tower, which once served as a prison and torturechamber. Two-thirds of Chapel Bridge was destroyed by a fire in 1993 and hassince been carefully restored.

The Lion Monument is another Lucernehighlight. Designed by Danishsculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, the “Lion of Lucerne” was erected to commemorate600 Swiss soldiers who were killed during the French Revolution. Described byMark Twain as “the most mournful and movingpiece of stone in the world,” the massive monument was carved into thesandstone face of a former quarry.

The Swiss Museum of Transportis beloved by visitors of all ages for its interactive exhibits. In addition toa vast collection depicting the past, present and future of transportation, themuseum also features a planetarium, an IMAX theater and a wing with works bylocal artist, Hans Erni.

Lucerne has access to most major Swiss cities via the SBB Railway. Thenearest international airport is in Zurich, which is an hour from Lucerne byrail and about 45 minutes by car.

Where to stay in Lucerne

ibis budget Luzern City
ibis budget Luzern City
1 out of 5
Kellerstrasse 6, Lucerne
The price is $157 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
per night
Jun 5 - Jun 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Lucerne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our ...
7.6/10 Good! (1,003 reviews)
"The IBIS staff was so kind and accommodating. The rooms were exceptionally clean. The area is outside of the main downtown area everyone prefers to be in, but can’t afford. The staff provided us with bus tickets and directions, very easy for us to get around. The area was safe, but very noisy. Tip- ..."

Reviewed on May 22, 2023

ibis budget Luzern City
Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora
Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora
4 out of 5
Seidenhofstrasse 5, Lucerne, LU
The price is $263 per night from Jul 3 to Jul 4
per night
Jul 3 - Jul 4
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lucerne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our ...
9/10 Wonderful! (1,003 reviews)
"Breakfast was not great. Passable quality. Otherwise very good. Staff was excellent. Location is great. Near train and lake and old town. I little noisy from street in lower floors"

Reviewed on Jun 1, 2023

Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora
Hotel Hermitage
Hotel Hermitage
4.5 out of 5
Seeburgstrasse 72, Lucerne, LU
The price is $470 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 5
per night
Jun 4 - Jun 5
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Lucerne. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 restaurants, and a private beach. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
9.2/10 Wonderful! (816 reviews)

Reviewed on May 9, 2023

Hotel Hermitage
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Galaxy Apartments
Galaxy Apartments
3.5 out of 5
13 Gibraltarstrasse, Lucerne, LU
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Lucerne. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle, and a snack bar/deli. Our guests praise the bathrooms and the family amenities ...
7.8/10 Good! (131 reviews)
"Good location for exploring Lucerne. Apartment was comfortable, clean and had everything we needed. Staff were friendly and helpful"

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2023

Galaxy Apartments
Hitrental Allmend Standard Studios
Hitrental Allmend Standard Studios
3 out of 5
Zihlmattweg 44, Lucerne, Canton of Lucerne, 6005
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Lucerne. Enjoy free WiFi, 8 bathrooms, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Museum Sammlung Rosengart and Franciscan Church are ...
6/10 (2 reviews)
"zu teuer"

Reviewed on May 26, 2023

Hitrental Allmend Standard Studios
Lucerne Lake View Apartments
Lucerne Lake View Apartments
4 out of 5
2 Sankt Leodegarstrasse, Lucerne
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Lucerne. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle, and a terrace. Our guests praise the family amenities in our ...
8.8/10 Excellent! (11 reviews)
Central location, modern apartment, pros/cons
"The apartment is located on the last floor of a building, thus being a duplex (two floors inside with stairs) apartment. Kitchen and dining area are upstairs, where the air gets warmer and you feel less comfortable. There is no central air conditioning in the building, in each room you have standalone ..."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2019

Lucerne Lake View Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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5/5 - Excellent

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Mar 3, 2020

Beautiful city

5/5 - Excellent

Feb 29, 2020

We were there during their AWESOME carnival season! Loved everything!

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 20, 2020

This town is a gem!

4/5 - Good

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Feb 9, 2020

One of the nicest cities in Switzerland.

5/5 - Excellent

Feb 7, 2020

A perfect city for sightseeing and day off trip. The view from everywhere was perfect.

4/5 - Good

Feb 3, 2020

We stopped by Lucerne for only one day. it was a nice town

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