Things to do in Lucerne

Are you going to Lucerne in Switzerland for business or a holiday? Want to know what to do in Lucerne? Here we’ve included highlights of some of the best attractions in Lucerne

Lucerne is located in the heart of Switzerland approximately 1 hour away from Zurich by car. Lucerne is a popular destination for tourists in Switzerland; either to enjoy the nearby lakes, or as a stop-over on the way to the Swiss Alps in the South of Switzerland.

Tours of Switzerland

The Swiss tourist office in Lucerne is the best starting point for those wishing to take a guided tour of Lucerne. The Swiss tourist office offers regular guided walking tours of Lucerne with explanations in English which usually last about two hours and cover the main points of attraction in Lucerne. Alternatively, there are tours up the nearby Pilates Mountain from which a splendid view of Lucerne can be had.

Chapel bridge of Lucerne

Chapel Bridge is considered to be a symbol of Lucerne dating back to the 14th century. Chapel Bridge in Lucerne was mostly destroyed by a fire in 1993; however, it was soon rebuilt using materials and methods that tried to be in keeping with the original structure. Unfortunately, the painted roof panels of the bridge which were one of its main attractions were mostly destroyed in the fire.

The Lion Monument of Lucerne

The Lion Monument of Lucerne is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Lucerne. This statue of an injured and dieing lion accompanied by a spear is a monument that was originally built to commemorate the massacre of 700 mercenaries from Switzerland. The Swiss mercenaries were working for the French Royal Family during the time of the French Revolution when they were overpowered and put to death by the French revolutionary forces.

The Bourbaki Panorama of Lucerne

The Bourbaki Panorama is an interesting permanent artistic exhibit in Lucerne. This large, circular panorama painting depicts scenes from the Franco-Prussian war.

The History Museum of Lucerne

The History Museum of Lucerne is located on the south bank of the river that runs through the city. This museum is housed in a building that used to be the town’s arms supply and still exhibits many displays related to the military history of Lucerne.

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