Lucerne (or Luzern) is one of major cities in central Switzerland, popular with tourists all year round due to its charming landscape and heritage. We visited Lucerne on a day trip from Basel (Switzerland) on our 8 day self-planned trip to Switzerland. The pretty city with its beautiful lake, interesting heritage and friendly people made for an enjoyable day spent. Sharing my list of things to do in Lucerne, Switzerland :

Lake Lucerne, Switzerland on a beautiful sunny day

1) Golden Round Trip to Mount Pilatus from Lucerne city – While researching for ‘things to do in Lucerne’ we got recommendations from multiple travel blogs and websites on the ‘Golden Round Trip to Mount Pilatus‘ as one of the must do things when in Lucerne. Since we were using Swiss Travel Pass with us, which included the Golden Round Trip ticket cost, we first completed this half day excursion in the morning. You can read in detail about how to take the ‘Golden Round Trip to Mount Pilatus’ here.

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2) Lake Lucerne and its outflow into River Reuss – The Lake Lucerne forms the centre point of the city and it is a visual delight! Especially on a sunny spring day, with cerulean skies above and the mountains of Pilatus massif & Rigi dotting at one end of the lake, one can spend hours by lakeside (which we did!) watching people and the views. If you are adventurous kind (or the walking kind), take a walk upto the outflow into River Reuss from lake Lucerne. One can take a boat ride in Lake Lucerne (Pro tip : if you’re taking the Golden Round Trip to Mount Pilatus, one leg of the journey is a boat ride through the lake).

3) Chapel Bridge – The chapel bridge or Kapelbrucke is the most famous heritage landmark of Lucerne city. The Chapel bridge is a covered wooden foot bridge, dating back to the 16th-17th century. It is said to be the oldest wooden bridge in Europe as well as the oldest truss bridge.


Chapel Bridge in Lucerne, Switzerland

4) Old Town – As the name suggests, this is old part of the city along the chapel bridge and has many interesting buildings well preserved, lot of which have been turned into restaurants, boutiques and hotels. We spent our time at one such restaurant by the Chapel Bridge, feeding swans, watching the views and people.

An old Swiss House – now converted into a cafe
What a pretty building in Lucerne
Walking through Old Town, Lucerne, Switzerland

5) The Lion Monument – One of the most famous and landmark monuments for tourists in Switzerland is the Lion Monument. Built to honour the swiss guards massacred in French revolution, today almost every traveller to Switzerland poses in front of it (otherwise trip to Switzerland not considered complete!)

The Lion Monument, Lucerne, Switzerland

5) Museggmauer – The Museggmauer (or Musegg wall) with its none towers was built as a protective wall in 14th century, for the Lucerne town. Located at one end of the Old town, its a charming heritage structure.

How to Reach Lucerne :

Lucerne is well connected by the Swiss Travel System from the main cities of Zurich, Geneva and Basel. We took the train from Basel (which was our base city for Switzerland trip) using the Swiss Travel Pass.

There are many interesting museums in Lucerne, however, due to lack to time, we could not visit any of them. I found Lucerne to be a charming city and worth spending more than a day if I had the chance!

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