Lucerne travel guide
Lucerne is a small city of enormous charm, ranged around the Reuss River on the western edge of Lake Lucerne. Just one of its claims to fame is its association with the legendary William Tell. Our Lucerne travel guide may not be able to pin point the exact spot where William Tell shot the apple from a boy’s head, but it can offer you travel and tourism advice for your visit to one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.
In the top ten of the world’s most popular tourist destinations, this delightful city in the scenic heart of Switzerland is a beautiful picture postcard place truly deserving of its reputation. Dotted with alpine villages surrounded by flower bejewelled meadows and with ultramarine lake-land shining under azure skies and with the Alps glistening pristinely in the distance, it is a perfect picture to behold.
The cobbled streets of the old town weave through mediaeval style buildings and the old city wall looms above it as if shielding the town in its protective embrace. The Chapel Bridge is a flower-garlanded covered footbridge across the River Rheuss. Built in 1333, it is especially famous for its roof paintings depicting life in Lucerne from the 16th century.
The cultural and historical gems of Lucerne also include the History Museum, Glacier Garden and Richard Wagner Museum. For art lovers, the Museum of Modern Art and galleries such as the Rosengart Collection or the Picasso Gallery should offer many hours of delightful browsing. There is also a concert hall and convention centre, which are both places of architectural interest as well as venues for cultural events.
But how can you visit an alpine city and not visit the Alps? Mount Rigi must be one of Switzerland’s most precious jewels. You can drive part of the way, ringing round the lake and enjoying the views at every bend or cross Lake Lucerne by boat and take the cog wheel train or cable car. The breathtaking views ranging out across the Alps and half of Switzerland, and the sparkling necklace of lakes (eight in total), stretching like a precious diadem below, are something that can only be appreciated at first hand.
Mount Pilatus offers a similar experience, with the added religious significance of stories about it being Pontius Pilate’s burial place. The Pilatus Railway up to the summit is the highest railway track in the world. With hiking trails and summer sledge runs as well, it is obvious why Lucerne is such a top rate tourist destination.