Discover Lucerne - Lakes & Mountains
The must-see sites of Lucerne
The Pearl of Switzerland, also known as Lucerne or Luzern (in German) lies at the north end of Lake Lucerne (Vierwaldstätter See) where the River Reuss flows out of the lake. The town, with its well-preserved medieval core, elegant historic buildings, and genial atmosphere, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Switzerland.
The must-see sites in the city are:
Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge)
The most characteristic sight in Lucerne is the Kapellbrücke, a covered wooden bridge running diagonally across the Reuss. Built-in 1333, it is a picturesque centrepiece for Lucerne. More than one hundred 17th-century pictures hang from the roof rafters inside, depicting patron saints and scenes from the town's history. The bridge and tower are among the most photographed scenes in all Switzerland.
Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument)
It was carved out of natural rock in memory of the heroic deaths of the Swiss mercenaries at the Tuileries in 1792. 'The dying Lion of Lucerne' is one of the world's most famous monuments. Mark Twain described the Lion of Lucerne as the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world.
Swiss Transport Museum
A large complex covering all forms of transport, as well as communications and tourism. Follow Switzerland’s development of its renowned transportation from its earliest days, especially in its mechanized forms. Through rolling stock and railway locomotives, both models and actual examples of ships, aircraft, rockets, and automobiles. A treat for children and adults alike.
Älplermagronen - Completely unpronounceable by English speakers, but a very delicious all-in-one pasta, potato, cheese and cream dish. Served with fried onion and stewed apples
Fondue - Dunk rustic country bread into melted cheeses, infused with lashings of wine and garlic, bubbly over an open flame.
Rosti - Thinly grated potatoes, pan-fried until crisp and golden.
Raclette - A local cheese melted over a fire to blanket boiled potatoes, pickles and onions. Enjoy whilst drinking copious glasses of local Fendant wine.