Switzerland – a landlocked country in the cultural and geographical centre of Europe. Renowned for its snow-capped Alps, lush green meadows and fresh water lakes, the prosperous country of Switzerland is blessed with a distinct character and dynamism.
Lucerne is a beautiful city located at the northern tip of Lake Lucerne. It is a compact city in Switzerland known for its preserved medieval architecture and elegant historic buildings, sits amid snowcapped mountains.
Lucerne is compact and easy to explore, with the old town and all the main sights within walking distance of the railway station.
Lucerne is a city of town squares and churches. And if you are someone who loves mountain scenery and snow (like me), your search for a spectacular hill tops ends here. Lucerne is home to magnificent regional mountains,: Mt. Rigi, Mt. Pilatus, Mt. Titlis, and Jungfraujoch.
Apart from the mountains (about which I will be writing separately), let me list down few places that are must-visit when you are in this town!
- Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge): The most magnificient sight in Lucerne is the Kapellbrücke, a covered wooden bridge running diagonally across the Reuss.
- Lake Lucerne
- Old Town: It is like a fairy-tale! The Old Town of Lucerne, on the right bank of the Reuss, still preserves many old burghers’ houses and little squares with fountains.
- Spreuerbrücke: This is the 2nd bridge in the town that has survived for centuries. Yep! It was built in 1406!
- Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument): It is a monument with a huge figure of a dying lion hewn from the face of the rock ledge. It commemorates the death of 26 officers and more than 700 troops of the Swiss Guards, mercenary soldiers who were killed while protecting King Louis XVI during the attack on the Tuileries in the French Revolution in 1792.
- Verkehrshaus der Schweiz (Swiss Transport Museum):
- Museggmauer & Türme (Town Walls and Towers)
- Museum Sammlung Rosengart (Rosengart Collection)
- Jesuit Church
You can cover it all in one day! So, guess 2-days are enough to explore this town. You can also shop at the famous “Bucherer” for Swiss watches, jewelry and souvenirs.
Its not cold in the afternoons so you can wear regular cloths, but evenings tend to get a bit chilly (even in summers) so always carry a jacket when going out!
Do comment if you are planning to go to Switzerland! I will be happy to help 🙂