COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

Lucerne
Travel Guide

Chapel Bridge which includes a city, street scenes and a bridge

With towering mountains on one side and Lake Lucerne on the other, this medieval city is known for its scenic location 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.

Where to stay in Lucerne

Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne
Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne
4.5 out of 5
Lakefront Center, Inseliquai 12, Lucerne, LU
The price is AU$330 per night from 24 May to 24 May
Located in the heart of Lucerne, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of KKL Lucerne and Chapel Bridge. Lion Monument and Swiss Transportation Museum ...
4.2/5Excellent! (960 reviews)
"Fine, nothing exceptional. Breakfast only until 10am is ridiculous. No option for room service either."

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne
Hotel Central Luzern
Hotel Central Luzern
3 out of 5
Morgartenstrasse 4, Lucerne, LU
The price is AU$225 per night from 6 Jun. to 6 Jun.
Located in the heart of Lucerne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chapel Bridge, Lucerne Town Hall and Saint Peters Church. Loewenplatz and Lion Monument ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (729 reviews)
"Simple, clean and friendly. Great location close to historic centre of Lucerne. Helpful reception staff but beware the desk is only manned up to 8pm. Breakfast buffet surprisingly good for what felt like a budget hotel. Free parking and location were key reason for us choosing this hotel as we were ..."

Reviewed on 11 Oct. 2020

Hotel Central Luzern
ibis budget Luzern City
ibis budget Luzern City
1 out of 5
Kellerstrasse 6, Lucerne
The price is AU$112 per night from 23 May to 23 May
Situated in Lucerne, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of KKL Lucerne and Chapel Bridge. Lion Monument and Swiss Transportation Museum are also ...
3.8/5Good! (655 reviews)
"Very friendly and super helpful staff! They also offer free bus tickets, which make transportation super easy. Rooms were clean and modern style. Garage spots were limited and air conditioning doesn't work properly (old system)."

Reviewed on 16 Aug. 2020

ibis budget Luzern City
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.
Galaxy Apartments
Galaxy Apartments
3.5 out of 5
13 Gibraltarstrasse, Lucerne, LU
The price is AU$134 per night from 9 May to 9 May
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
Top city center Lion Monument
Top city center Lion Monument
4 out of 5
Löwenstrasse 12, Lucerne, LU
The price is AU$288 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Situated in Lucerne, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Hertensteinstrasse and Lion Monument. Chapel Bridge and KKL Lucerne are also within ...
4/5Very Good! (22 reviews)
Roomy and clean apartment
"The location of the apartment is perfect , close to everything. The apartment is so roomy and clean . James is so nice that he will respond to your email or text promptly. Highly recommended this place for those who are looking for a stay in Luzern."

Reviewed on 29 Sep. 2019

Top city center Lion Monument
Hof Apartments - by Keyforge
Hof Apartments - by Keyforge
3 out of 5
16 Hofstrasse, Lucerne, LU
The price is AU$154 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Situated near the boardwalk, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Hertensteinstrasse and Lion Monument. Chapel Bridge and KKL Lucerne are also ...
4.4/5Excellent! (34 reviews)
Everything as per expectations...
"I stay up n these apartments all the time, everything is perfect..."

Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2021

Hof Apartments - by Keyforge
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.

Popular places to visit in Lucerne

Top activities in Lucerne

Reviews of Lucerne

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
33
5 - Excellent 61.111111111111114%
4 - Good
19
4 - Good 35.18518518518518%
3 - Okay
2
3 - Okay 3.7037037037037037%
2 - Disappointing
0
2 - Disappointing 0%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Feb. 2020

very tourist orientated city - the lucerne card for free transport was good although we didn't get a chance to use it - I contacted tourist information using WhatsApp which was really convienient - fantastic place to stay - would like to go back.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Dec. 2019

Easy to navigate on foot.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Dec. 2019

As our first time to Lucerne we fell in love with this beautiful little city. The only thing we found was that most things were expensive.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Oct. 2019

A great place to relax and absorb European history, culture and lifestyle

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

23 Oct. 2019

I preferred the smaller towns as a tourist. Much more nature to enjoy!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Oct. 2019

Really beautiful place. Breathtaking views of the lake and mountains. Surprisingly busy with tourists and large tour groups.

Cities near Lucerne