Lucerne is one of Switzerland’s most beautiful towns
in a stunning location where the River Reus meets Lake Lucerne. The picturesque old quarter is charming, there are ancient guildhalls, frescoed houses, charming medieval streets and cobbled alleys to explore.
The preserved 15th century town walls make an ideal setting for the medieval fountains. You will see the famous wooden Chapel Bridge built around 1330 the oldest wooden bridge in Europe its tower has had various uses over the decades including been a dungeon and a torture chamber it was used as a prison until the 19th century.
Guided tours are available and take approximately 2 hours taking in the Old Town and the city walls, worth doing if you would like to learn more about the town’s history. The Musegg Walls (the original city wall) medieval towers are open to the public.
There are museums and galleries which may appeal to some of you, worth visiting is the Swiss Transport Museum said to be the largest in Europe. The Picasso Museum which is housed in an old restored building has a collection of his works and on the upper floor photographs by an American photographer of Picasso’s private life. The Wagner Museum is housed in the composer’s former home and may be of interest to you.
You will find boat steamers call in on a regular basis to take visitors to a number of picturesque lakeside village resorts. You can take a lakeside day cruise relax and simply enjoy the views. Lake Lucerne has a fleet of paddle steamers and boats operating a regular timetable from Lucerne to Vitznau and Weggis.
One day cruise that may tempt you is to Lucerne’s impressive mountains you will travel by steamer and a mountain railway to visit Mount Pilatus and Rigi, worth doing. There is plenty to keep you occupied on your holiday break in and around Lucerne, it is also makes a good base for exploring more of the region.
If walking is your thing you won’t be disappointed there is good scope for hiking and walking in the surrounding areas with many well marked walks for all age groups. There are mountain railways and cable cars to take you to prepared walking trails you will get to see some breathtaking scenery.
Some of you may prefer to stay in Lucerne where you can swim in the indoor pool or swim and sunbathe at the large lakeside lido. Maybe have a stroll along the lakeside or visit the twice weekly market beneath the arcades. You can sit, relax at a pavement café and watch the world go by.
There are other activities available such as windsurfing, sailing and boating, or hire a bike and go off and explore the surrounding area. As you stroll around you will see the flowers along the promenades and the old wooden bridges.
You will find a selection of shops and boutiques, and plenty of pavement cafes and drinking venues for food and refreshment. In the evenings some of the bars have live music. You should find something to suit your budget. Accommodation is good with a choice of hotels and apartments. From the 10th August to mid September the International Music Festival
takes place here, with concerts from many well known orchestras and artists. You should book your holiday accommodation in advance of your proposed holiday during the main holiday season and at the festival time.
Average temperatures for June are around 21degrees - July 24degrees. Transfer time from Zurich to Lucerne is around 1 hour.