Lucerne: City Adventures & Natural Wonders

Nestled in a fantastic mountain panorama, Lucerne's location on the idyllic Lake Lucerne is a delight. The magnificent mountain world around Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn seems close enough to touch. Historical sights and the charming city center make an incomparable city trip with nature experience.


As a landmark of the city, the Chapel Bridge with the Water Tower is world-famous and shapes the cityscape like no other sight in Lucerne. After a devastating fire in 1993 burned down a large part of the bridge and only the two bridgeheads and the water tower could be saved, the missing part was completely reconstructed in only eight months. Today, the Chapel Bridge runs from the Lucerne Theater on the southern bank of the Reuss to St. Peter's Chapel on Rathausquai.


In what is probably the liveliest residential area in the city, an extensive cultural offering, local handicrafts and numerous bars and restaurants inspire visitors and ensure an incomparable charm. Today it is hard to imagine that the quarter was once the scene of the cantonal cattle trade. Until 1971, cattle dealers haggled for the best animals, whereupon the residents put an end to it all because of the dirt and stench.


Historic houses and squares decorated with frescoes line the car-free Old Town of Lucerne. On the numerous picturesque squares you will find countless artistic and historical details. The „Weinmarkt“, the scene of the oath of allegiance to the federal union with Uri, Schwyz and Unterwalden in 1332, was home to a fish market until the 16th century. Today you can still admire the wine market fountain from 1481, which is considered the most beautiful fountain in the city. The approximately 1500 square meter large Mühlenplatz, the largest historical square in Lucerne, was once dominated by mills thanks to its proximity to the river. Today, the Kornmarkt houses the town hall, which was originally built in 1370 as a public department store. The Hirschenplatz impresses with fascinating facade decorations, which are listed as historical monuments. The Kapellplatz is still important for Lucerne's famous carnival. It is home to the colorful Frtischi fountain and is the starting and ending point of the carnival every year.


Lucerne delights visitors with its fantastic location at the lake of the four forested settlements. In the warm seasons, the lake attracts visitors with water sports activities or leisurely walks and bicycle tours around the lake. Next to the lake, the mountain scenery shows that nature is always close to Lucerne. This can be actively explored on a walk or comfortably with one of the numerous mountain railroads. The world's steepest cogwheel railroad leads up to the Pilatus at 2,123 meters above sea level. Snow in summer? That's no problem. On the summit of the Titlis at over 3,020 meters above sea level. Europe's oldest mountain railroad takes you up to Mount Rigi, which guarantees a unique view of Lake Lucerne. In the varied mountain landscape there are no limits for hikers on extensive hiking routes. 

Hotel Tip:

Once consisting of seven houses in Lucerne's picturesque Old Town, the Romantik Hotel Wilden Mann with its unique historical charm welcomes you to the city center. Lovely rooms as well as the excellent cuisine of the hotel ensure a successful stay. Whether in the rustic Burgerstube or the elegant Restaurant Sauvage, which has already been awarded 2 Gault Millau Toques, here you will be spoiled with culinary delights.