This guide of places to see in Lucerne, will help you prepare a walking route through one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, optimizing the weather to the maximum.
In addition to a privileged situation on the shores of the Lake of the Four Cantons and with the Alps in the background, this city has a beautiful medieval old town, where its wooden bridges over the river Reuss are surprising, for which we advise you to walk and lose yourself then, walking or by boat, along the shore of Lake Lucerne and then regain strength by eating a delicious fondue.
You can visit Lucerne, including it as a one-day stop on a route through Switzerland by train or by car, or making a two-day getaway flying to Zurich, located an hour away by train.
Based on the experience of the time we spent in this city during our trip to Switzerland by car, we have made a list of what we believe are the 10 places to visit in Lucerne essential. We start!
1. Chapel Bridge
Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge is a wooden covered bridge from the 14th century, which is considered to be the oldest in Europe of its characteristics in addition to one of the most beautiful places to see in Lucerne.
With more than 200 meters in length, this bridge that receives the name of the nearby Chapel of St. Peter, allows you to cross the Reuss River diagonally while you enjoy important scenes of the city's history reflected in the interior paintings.
Just in the middle of the bridge you will find the Water Tower, a fortification 30 years prior to the bridge that has been used throughout history as a prison, archive and treasure.
It is worth photographing Kapellbrücke from both banks and have a beer on the terrace of the Rathaus Brauerei, which has fantastic views of the Kapellbrücke.
2. Monument to the lion
The sculpture of a dying lion next to a shield of the French monarchy and another with the emblem of Switzerland, is one of our Favorite places to visit in Lucerne.
This 10-meter sculpture carved on a large rock with a small lake in front, honors the 760 soldiers of the Swiss Guard who died defending King Louis XVI and his family, during the French Revolution.
The expression of the lion's pain in his final minutes is so shocking that the famous writer Mark Twain defined it as the «Saddest and most touching piece of stone in the world».
Map of things to do in Lucerne
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