What To Do
There’s so much to explore in this amazing city, you’ll need to allow plenty of time to cover off everything. Here are some of the highlights;
Cross the famous bridges
Lucerne’s famous wooden bridge and it’s most iconic, the Kapellbrücke or Chapel Bridge, is located in the middle of the Reuss river and decorated with the most colourful flowers! When you walk through you’ll see the wood change from its original from 1333 to the new as the bridge suffered a great fire in 1993. As you can imagine it’s strictly no smoking!! As you enjoy the view of the buildings along the river banks don’t forget to look up at the interesting portraits showing a history of the city.
There plenty more bridges on the to cross the Reuss, so you can take your pick to get you across! All provide fantastic views of the city and mountainous surroundings
Visit the Market
Most days there is a market by the Kappelbrücke bridge selling a variety of fair trade, boho and ethnic souvenirs. It’s friendly vendors couldn’t do anything more to help you as you look around!
Visit the Lion of Lucerne
Created as a rock relief memorial to commemorate the fallen Swiss guards involved in the French Revolution, the Lion is carved into a giant rock face in the city. It has picturesque surroundings over a green pond and trees. Everywhere I stood the lion seemed to change expression from pain, to exhaustion and relief. it was a beautiful statue and well worth the visit!
Adventure in Altstadt
One of my favourite things to do was explore the old city on foot. Every corner you turned had a gift in the form of a historic building with colourful murals, cute balconies, windows and shutters. Buildings as old as the 14th Century are painted in all sorts of colours and turreted walls line the city – it’s straight out of a fairy tale – I could get lost for hours exploring.
Go on a boat trip
As Lucerne is located by the lake, it’s only natural it would have boats to set sail across. As you cruise along you will see picturesque ports, exclusive resorts and mountains either side of you. It’s definitely worth the ride and the views are unforgettable – prices are around 25 francs for a round trip.