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Lucerne

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In north-central Switzerland, Lucerne represents a small city boasting a well-preserved old town. Visitors to the German-speaking city delight in getting lost in the medieval old town's maze of narrow streets and charming squares, as they find murals painted on nearly every building around. Located on Lake Lucerne with Mount Pilatus and Rigi overlooking it, the city is a popular location to try paragliding. As the cultural center of a rural region, Lucerne hosts many cultural and folk festivals regularly throughout the year. Add Lucerne and other Switzerland destinations to your travel plans using our Switzerland itinerary planning app.
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Lake Lucerne ©
Water Body
Lake Lucerne
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Mt Pilatus ©
Wildlife Area
Mt Pilatus Kriens
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Chapel Bridge ©
Bridge
Chapel Bridge
4.7
Duration: 30 minutes
Rigi ©
Mountain
Rigi
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Lucerne

Lake Zurich ©
Water Body
Lake Zurich Zurich
4.7
Duration: 3 hours
Jungfraujoch ©
World heritage site
Jungfraujoch Grindelwald-Wengen-Murren-Lauterbrunnen
4.4
Duration: 5h 30 min
Old Town ©
Neighborhood
Old Town Zurich
4.6
Duration: 3 hours
Titlis ©
Mountain
Titlis Engelberg
4.6
Duration: 6 hours

Hidden gems in Lucerne

Lucerne Station ©
Architectural Building
Lucerne Station
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke) ©
Bridge
Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrucke)
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Parasailing / Paragliding
Parasailing & Paragliding
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
The Rosengart Collection ©
Art Museum
The Rosengart Collection
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Lucerne

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Jesuitenkirche ©
Church
Jesuitenkirche
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Hofkirche ©
Religious Site
Hofkirche
4.5
Duration: 30 minutes
Museggmauer ©
Historic Site
Museggmauer
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Markuskirche ©
Religious Site
Markuskirche
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes

Museums in Lucerne

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Schachmuseum ©
Specialty Museum
Schachmuseum Kriens
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Alte Apotheke ©
History Museum
Alte Apotheke
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Richard Wagner Museum ©
History Museum
Richard Wagner Museum
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Bourbaki Panorama ©
History Museum
Bourbaki Panorama
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes

Shopping in Lucerne

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Laderach ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Laderach
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Luzerner Wochenmarkt ©
Farmers Market
Luzerner Wochenmarkt
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Max Chocolatier ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Max Chocolatier
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Harrys Swiss Watch Center ©
Gift & Specialty Shop
Harrys Swiss Watch Center
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min

Where to stay in Lucerne

Small, historical Lucerne is big in its accommodation offerings. Surrounding the bay are plenty of mid-range and upscale hotels for those looking to splurge, putting you right downtown with easy access to sights, bars, and restaurants. If your budget is tight, look into the handful of guesthouses in the city. There are limited hostels available, and they tend to be a bit farther from the city core. Be sure to book in advance to avoid missing out.
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