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Old Town LucerneSwitzerland

With Lake Lucerne at your feet, appreciate the historical setting as you walk across this city’s iconic covered bridge, crooked streets and airy squares.

Even in a country renowned for its stunning cities, Lucerne is exceptional. This Swiss city, located where the Reuss River meets Lake Lucerne, is known for its remarkably preserved Old Town. Spend several days here enjoying the varied attractions in this cozy area of the town.

Look for the iconic Lion Monument on the north side of the Reuss River. It commemorates the Swiss soldiers who lost their lives in the French Revolution. Mark Twain called this figure of a mortally wounded beast "the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world."

Immerse yourself in history and art at the Bourbaki Panorama Lucerne. This circular painting is 368 feet (112 meters) long. The 1881 artwork by Edouard Castres portrays the harsh realities of the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871.

The Old Town is full of charming squares. Explore Kornmarkt, once the medieval market, now home to Rathaus, the town hall. Continue to Weinmarkt, a spacious plaza ornamented by a huge stone fountain.

No visit to Lucerne is complete without a walk across Chapel Bridge. The covered footbridge spans diagonally across the Reuss River. Said to be the oldest wooden bridge in Europe, it was originally built in 1333 to protect the city. Look up during your crossing; the inside is covered with paintings depicting the history of Lucerne.

On the other side of the river, recognize the Church of St. Leodegar by its soaring twin spires. Its cavernous interior features ornate artwork, intricate carvings and a historic organ.

Stroll down Old Town’s waterfront boulevard, which stretches along the Reuss River between City Hall and Chapel Bridge. Quaint cafés and restaurants have outdoor seating so that you can enjoy the view as you dine.

Many of the streets of Old Town are accessible only to pedestrians. Travel by the Swiss railway to connect with other destinations in the country.

If you’re unsure where to begin your visit to Old Town Lucerne, the Tourism Office is a great place to start. Located near the south side of Chapel Bridge, it offers maps and historical pamphlets for the area.

Top Hotels in Old Town Lucerne

Hotel Des Balances
Hotel Des Balances
4 out of 5
Weinmarkt, Lucerne, LU
The price is $168 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8

Located in the heart of Lucerne, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lucerne Town Hall and Chapel Bridge. KKL Lucerne and Lion Monument are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (454 reviews)

"Amazing view of the river and the Old City. Clean, friendly staff, great food"…"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2020

Hotel Des Balances
Altstadt Hotel Le Stelle Luzern
Altstadt Hotel Le Stelle Luzern
3 out of 5
Hirschenplatz 3, Lucerne, LU
The price is $91 per night from Feb 22 to Feb 23

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps from Lucerne Town Hall and Chapel Bridge. KKL Lucerne and Lion Monument are also within 15 minutes. ...

3.8/5Good! (262 reviews)
Small and functional

"Very close from the train terminal, small room, clean. There is no elevator from the first floor, the elevator is on the 2nd floor., so if you have heavy luggage it’s complicated...."…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

Altstadt Hotel Le Stelle Luzern
Altstadt Hotel Magic Luzern
Altstadt Hotel Magic Luzern
3 out of 5
Brandgässli 1, Lucerne, LU
The price is $98 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2

Located in the heart of Lucerne, this hotel is steps from Lucerne Town Hall and Chapel Bridge. KKL Lucerne and Lion Monument are also within 15 minutes. Lucerne ...

3.9/5Very Good! (613 reviews)
Perfect Location!

"This is a no frills kind of place. There is no front desk, but cleaning service daily. The rooms are cute and themed! The location was perfect!"…"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2020

Altstadt Hotel Magic Luzern
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.

Vacation Rentals in Old Town Lucerne

Keyforge Hirschen Apartments
Keyforge Hirschen Apartments
3 out of 5
Werchlaubengässli 5, Lucerne
The price is $97 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Situated in Lucerne, this apartment building is steps from Rosengart Collection and Chapel Bridge. KKL Lucerne and Lion Monument are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
A essayer

"Superbe appartement très bien placé literie de bonne qualité grande pièces"…"

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

Keyforge Hirschen Apartments
Hitrental Chapel Bridge Apartments
Hitrental Chapel Bridge Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Brandgässli 9, Lucerne, Lucerne
The price is $142 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31

Situated in Lucerne, this apartment building is steps from Lucerne Town Hall and Chapel Bridge. KKL Lucerne and Lion Monument are also within 15 minutes. Lucerne ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Fantastisk lägenhet.

"Fantastiskt läge, lite svårt att hitta första gången. Alla tänkbara bekvämligheter finns. Bra utrustat kök. Sköna sängar, kuddar och täcken. Bra Wi-Fi. Hunden var välkommen. P-hus till bilen fanns i närheten, är man beredd att gå en bit kan man komma billigare undan."…"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Hitrental Chapel Bridge Apartments
Annex Luzernerhof
Annex Luzernerhof
3 out of 5
Alpenstrasse 3, Lucerne
The price is $109 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29

Located in the heart of Lucerne, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bourbaki Panorama and Lion Monument. Chapel Bridge and KKL Lucerne are also within ...

2.6/5 (73 reviews)

"Horrible property. Rude hotel owner. Not what promised on the photos or description. Do yourself a favor and do not stay here. There are other hotels in the same location."…"

Reviewed on Jan 1, 2020

Annex Luzernerhof
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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