Lucerne

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With towering mountains on one side and Lake Lucerne on the other, this medieval city is known for its scenic location and historic charm.

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

The central Swiss city is primarily German-speaking. Its roots trace back to the 12th century. Stroll down the cobblestone streets to see some of the 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 the water with a ride on a ferry or rented paddleboat.

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

The Lion Monument is another Lucerne highlight. Designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, the “Lion of Lucerne” was erected to commemorate 600 Swiss soldiers who were killed during the French Revolution. Described by Mark Twain as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world,” the massive monument was carved into the sandstone face of a former quarry.

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

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

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, 6005
The price is $138 per night from Jul 23 to Jul 24
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Lucerne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in our ...
3.8/5 Good! (816 reviews)
"Rooms are super small. Bathrooms outdated."

Reviewed on May 27, 2022

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Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora
Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora
4 out of 5
Seidenhofstrasse 5, Lucerne, LU, 6002
The price is $224 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Lucerne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (972 reviews)
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Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora
Hotel Hermitage
Hotel Hermitage
4.5 out of 5
Seeburgstrasse 72, Lucerne, LU, 6000
The price is $379 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 20
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 ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (770 reviews)
"Very clean, super nice hotel staffs. Hotel located right next to lake, beautiful lake and mountains view. Bathroom amenity has two sinks.two Free water and chocolate bar when checking out. Less than 20 feet walk to bus station to Train Station and Ferry Station. Very satisfied for our stay"

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2021

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.
Anstatthotel.ch Luzern
Anstatthotel.ch Luzern
3 out of 5
Rothenstrasse 9, Lucerne, 6015
The price is $111 per night from Jul 10 to Jul 11
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Lucerne. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Lion Monument and Chapel Bridge are located ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (28 reviews)
Inexpensive option in Lucerne
"Close to train station...good quality breakfast and restaurants and shopping nearby"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2021

Anstatthotel.ch Luzern
Galaxy Apartments
Galaxy Apartments
3.5 out of 5
13 Gibraltarstrasse, Lucerne, LU, 6003
The price is $119 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Lucerne. Enjoy free WiFi, an airport shuttle, and a snack bar/deli. Our guests praise the bathrooms and ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (78 reviews)
"The property is conveniently located - 5 minutes walk to the riverside and from there another two minutes to the world renowned Chapel Bridge! It is a decent apartment with all the basic amenities in the kitchen. Bring your own shampoo though as they only provide shower gel. Quality of towels could ..."

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2022

Galaxy Apartments
Hitrental Chapel Bridge Apartments
Hitrental Chapel Bridge Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Brandgässli 9, Lucerne, Canton of Lucerne, 6004
The price is $274 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 2
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Lucerne. Enjoy free WiFi, 9 bathrooms, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Burgenstock and Chapel Bridge are located nearby. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
"Near train station. Walk around 5-6 minutes.good location.but room is to small."

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

Hitrental Chapel Bridge 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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