LUCERNE: A QUICK GUIDE

LUCERNE: A QUICK GUIDE

Okay, so Lucerne is officially my favourite city in Switzerland! Situated next to the beautiful Lake Lucerne, with historic architectural masterpieces placed either side and the famous Kapellbrücke bridge running through its middle – it’s absolutely gorgeous! I couldn’t believe how picture perfect every little piece of this place was!

The sun made everything go slower in the heat and swans gracefully swam next to the patrons sipping their coffees in the numerous umbrella covered cafes by the river in the morning, I had to sigh at the view. Make sure you at Lucerne to your Swiss itinerary!

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Getting here

Lucerne is roughly half way between Zurich and Bern and is accessible by train or car. From Zurich you can take the number 14 road and from Bern you can take the number 6 all the way into the city. There is plenty of parking available by the harbour and at the main train station. From there, it’s a short walk to the city and the main attractions.

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

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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What to Eat

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Ice cream!! Take your pick, there are dozens of gelato outlets around the city. If you’re tired of Movenpick (but let’s face it, who would get tired of it!), then you can visit the famous Bachmann chocolate world and buy some there. Ideally located by the main bridge, it has a variety of flavours including Smurfs (which was an alarming shade of blue) and Minions (yellow with eyes) – you’ll definitely have trouble choosing which one you want!

What to Drink

Eichhof lager is brewed here in Interlaken so it would be rude not to Indulge in a pint! You can also visit the brewery if it takes your fancy.

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Don’t Miss

Feeding the swans, seagulls, birds and ducks by the river – although there are a few turf wars between them all they’re quite lovely when you say hello (and feed them bread of course!)

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I absolutely adore this wonderful, fairy tale city. It is such a glorious place to visit and I don’t think I could ever get tired of the views from the Reuss river – make sure you add Lucerne to your journey through Switzerland!

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What do you think of Lucerne? Would you like to visit? Comment below!

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Sophie Pearce is the founder of Third Eye Traveller. Always having itchy feet and a restless soul seeking adventure, she has now travelled to over 30+ countries, many of them solo. Leaving her heart in India, which gifted her a “Third Eye”, she felt inspired to share her travel stories in the hope of encouraging others to explore this big beautiful world of ours.

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