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LucerneSwitzerland

With towering mountains on oneside and Lake Lucerne on the other, this medieval city is known for its sceniclocation and historic charm.

Flanked by Mounts Rigi and Titlis, the small city of Lucerne is located on the shores of Lake Lucerne. It offers water recreation, hiking and mountain sports to visitors throughout the year. Because of its temperate climate, the region is nicknamed “Lucerne Riviera.”

The central Swiss city is primarily German-speaking. Its roots trace back to the 12th century. Stroll down the cobblestone streets to see some of the city’s history in its centuries-old architecture. With its compact nature, Lucerne is easy to explore on foot but you can also admire the city from the water with a ride on a ferry or rented paddleboat.

Old Town has narrow alleys, quaint storefronts and outdoor cafés. It’s also home to one of Switzerland’s most famous attractions, the 14th-century Chapel Bridge across the Reuss River. Chapel Bridge is the oldest covered bridge in Europe and features a variety of historic paintings for visitors to admire as they stroll its length. Be sure to investigate the iconic Water Tower, which once served as a prison and torture chamber. Two-thirds of Chapel Bridge was destroyed by a fire in 1993 and has since been carefully restored.

The Lion Monument is another Lucerne highlight. Designed by Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, the “Lion of Lucerne” was erected to commemorate 600 Swiss soldiers who were killed during the French Revolution. Described by Mark Twain as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world,” the massive monument was carved into the sandstone face of a former quarry.

The Swiss Museum of Transportis beloved by visitors of all ages for its interactive exhibits. In addition to a vast collection depicting the past, present and future of transportation, the museum also features a planetarium, an IMAX theater and a wing with works by local artist, Hans Erni.

Lucerne has access to most major Swiss cities via the SBB Railway. The nearest international airport is in Zurich, which is an hour from Lucerne by rail and about 45 minutes by car.

Top hotels in Lucerne

Hotel Des Balances
Hotel Des Balances
4 out of 5
Weinmarkt, Lucerne, LU
The price is AU$232 per night from 29 Nov. to 30 Nov.

Located in the heart of Lucerne, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lucerne Town Hall and Chapel Bridge. KKL Lucerne and Lion Monument are also within ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (442 reviews)

"Amazing view of the river and the Old City. Clean, friendly staff, great food"…"

Reviewed on 25 Sep. 2020

Hotel Des Balances
Grand Hotel National
Grand Hotel National
5 out of 5
Haldenstrasse 4, Lucerne, LU
The price is AU$447 per night from 27 Nov. to 28 Nov.

Located in the heart of Lucerne, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grand Casino Lucerne and Lion Monument. Chapel Bridge and KKL Lucerne are also ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (604 reviews)

"Superb hotel. Great location. Wonderful 5 star hotel. Directly on the lake. The street is behind the hotel"…"

Reviewed on 29 May 2020

Grand Hotel National
Chateau Guetsch
Chateau Guetsch
4 out of 5
Kanonenstrasse, Lucerne, LU
The price is AU$262 per night from 2 Dec. to 3 Dec.

Situated in Lucerne, this boutique hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Musegg Wall, Chapel Bridge and KKL Lucerne. Lion Monument and Swiss Transportation Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (312 reviews)
A Great hotel in a great location!

"A very nice hotel, we were made very welcome and the staff were really helpful with recommending places to see and eat! Gorgeous views of lake Lucerne! Would definitely recommend!!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2020

Chateau Guetsch
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Lucerne

Hitrental Allmend Comfort Apartments
Hitrental Allmend Comfort Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Zihlmattweg 44, Lucerne, Canton of Lucerne

Situated in Lucerne, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Franciscan Church, Chapel Bridge and KKL Lucerne. Lion Monument and Swiss Transportation ...

Hitrental Allmend Comfort Apartments
Lucerne Lake View Apartments
Lucerne Lake View Apartments
4 out of 5
2 Sankt Leodegarstrasse, Lucerne
The price is AU$451 per night from 30 Nov. to 1 Dec.

Situated in Lucerne, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Hofkirche, Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument. KKL Lucerne and Swiss Transportation Museum ...

4.4/5Excellent! (11 reviews)
Central location, modern apartment, pros/cons

"The apartment is located on the last floor of a building, thus being a duplex (two floors inside with stairs) apartment. Kitchen and dining area are upstairs, where the air gets warmer and you feel less comfortable. There is no central air conditioning in the building, in each room you have standalone ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2019

Lucerne Lake View Apartments
Galaxy Apartments
Galaxy Apartments
3.5 out of 5
13 Gibraltarstrasse, Lucerne, LU
The price is AU$179 per night from 30 Nov. to 1 Dec.

Situated in Lucerne, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Musegg Wall and Chapel Bridge. KKL Lucerne and Lion Monument are also within 1 mile ...

3.8/5Good! (38 reviews)
Think twice, there are better options

"Initial communication from hotel was good via their DM and WhatsApp. We were met on time at hotel/apartment and let in/checked in. Apartment is in noisy complex with residents living in building and area. Noise in complex was very loud very late at night. Kids didn’t sleep well. Spiders and cobwebs ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar. 2020

Galaxy Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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