Flying into Basel or Zurich, Lucerne is just a short scenic train ride away for the ultimate Swiss city trip. Lucerne has the perfect combination of city comfort and outdoor activities. The city itself is quite small so you can do everything by foot. The charming centre is full of old cobbled lanes, wooden bridges and quaint buildings all set off the beautiful Lake Lucerne. These four to do’s are not to miss when visiting this charming Swiss city.
Wander through Lucerne Old Town
Follow the old cobbled streets in the Old Town of Lucerne and marvel at the typical Swiss historic painted buildings. Wander along the (expensive!) shops, beautiful fountains, restaurants and make sure to visit the four main squares Mühlenplatz, Weinmarkt, Hirschenplatz and Kornmarkt. When you make your way up you will be lead to the historic Museggmauer (Musegg Wall). You can climb the steep stairs up to the top of the city wall for stunning views of the city and Lake Lucerne.
The most well known symbol of Lucerne is the Kapellbrücke chapel bridge. The bridge is built in the 14th century and is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe. Skip the crowds and visit the flower-lined bridge early in the morning.
Lucerne by water
Tired of walking and is the sun out? Then unwind on a boat cruise on Lake Lucerne. Sit back and relax while your cruise passes beautiful views of the Lucerne, surrounding villages and mountains. A whole round-trip will take you about 5 hours, but you can also choose to hop off and on in the different picturesque villages where the boat stops. Make sure to get a first class ticket so you can sit on the top terrace of the boat to enjoy the views to the fullest. Looking for something more active? You can hire a stand up paddleboard or a canoe and explore the lake by yourself.
Swiss chocolate and cheese
You can’t leave Switzerland without having eaten cheese fondue and tried out a dark and white chocolate piece. In Lucerne centre you’ll find many restaurants serving a traditional delicious cheese fondue (make sure to come in hungry!). In the shopping area are also multiple Swiss chocolatiers where you can find any type of chocolate you can think of!
Switzerland in summer is a playground for active people. The locals are crazy about mountain biking and hiking. There are many good hikes to do in the surrounding mountains of Lucerne. Always check the level of the hike you plan to do before you start, and make sure it will match your condition. Hikes on Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi are the touristiest ones. But there are many other hikes, where you walk up all alone. So you can truly enjoy nature, experience the breath-taking scenery of snowed summits of the Alps and in the background a soundtrack of Swiss cow bells.