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Cycling in Switzerland

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Lucerne
ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 6, Sursee–Luzern
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 10, Zug–Luzern
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 11, Luzern–Malters
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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 7, Luzern–Altdorf
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Waldstätterweg
Waldstätterweg
Stage 3, Küssnacht–Luzern
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Waldstätterweg
Waldstätterweg
Stage 4, Luzern–Alpnachstad
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 25, Luzern–Werthenstein
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Luzerner Seeuferweg
Luzerner Seeuferweg
Route 560, Luzern–Luzern, Seeburg
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Cycling in

Lucerne
Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 6, Sarnen–Zug
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Emmental–Entlebuch
Emmental–Entlebuch
Stage 3, Escholzmatt–Luzern
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Seetal–Bözberg
Seetal–Bözberg
Stage 1, Luzern–Lenzburg
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North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 3, Luzern–Flüelen
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North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 2, Aarau–Luzern
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Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Stage 2, Willisau–Luzern
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Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Stage 3, Luzern–Brunnen
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Wynental-Route
Wynental-Route
Route 67, Luzern–Aarau
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Mountain biking in

Lucerne
Napf Bike

Skating in

Lucerne
Zentralschweiz Skate
Zentralschweiz Skate
Stage 2, Luzern–Beckenried
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Zentralschweiz Skate
Zentralschweiz Skate
Stage 1, Zug–Luzern
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Luzern
Lucerne

Lucerne

Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its attractions, its souvenir and watch shops, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby excursion mountains of the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, the town is a destination for many travel groups and individuals on their journey through central Switzerland.
Complete with gable paintings, the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge forms the centrepiece of Lucerne’s townscape and is considered to be one of the oldest, covered wooden bridges in Europe. A further landmark of the town is the Museggmauer, a wall which, with the exception only of one of its towers, has been preserved in its original, well-fortified state.

Historic houses decorated with frescoes line the picturesque town squares as they do the ‘Weinmarkt’ square in the car-free old town. Lucerne is a city of town squares and churches. The Jesuit church dating from the 17th century is regarded as Switzerland’s first sacral Baroque building and the twin towers of the Hofkirche form an integral part of the townscape. The figure of a dying lion which was hewn from the face of rock in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guards killed during an attack on the Tuileries in 1792 is one of the best-known monuments in Switzerland. And with its 112-metre-long Bourbaki panorama, Lucerne possesses one of the world’s few maintained, mammoth circular paintings.

Tradition and modernity stand side-by-side with ease in Lucerne, as the town has also earned a reputation for itself with innovative design. The futuristic Culture and Convention Centre (KKL), designed by leading French architect Jean Nouvel, is one the architectural highlights of the town. The KKL is also a landmark of «Lucerne: Festival City» and venue for a wide variety of cultural events throughout the year.

Lucerne is the ideal starting point for many excursions to the highlights of central Switzerland. A trip up one of Lucerne’s regional mountains, the Pilatus or the Rigi – the queen of mountains – is a must. But excursions up onto the Stanserhorn, the Bürgenstock or a steamship cruise on Lake Lucerne with its many bends and arms are certainly no less worthy. The Wilhelm Tell Express originates in Lucerne and ferries its passengers to the foot of the Gotthard pass via Lake Lucerne and then continues by rail into Ticino, south of the Alpine ridge. The «cherry road» leads from Lucerne through the landscape of cheery trees and kirsch.

Highlights

  • Chapel Bridge – one of Europe’s oldest wooden bridges and landmark of Lucerne, faithfully restored to its original design after a serious fire.
  • Culture and Convention Centre of Lucerne (KKL) – unites a large concert auditorium, the convention centre and the art museum under its imposing roof.
  • Swiss Museum of Transport – one of the most diverse museums in Europe for transport and communication, and the most-frequented museum in Switzerland. Has its own IMAX cinema on site.
  • Lake Lucerne – the scenic beauty of the lake can be discovered on the many different cruises offered by paddlewheel steamers and motor vessels.
  • Pilatus, Rigi, Stanserhorn – excursion mountains made accessible by cableways, offering up picture-book panoramas of the regions around Lucerne.
Lucerne, the gateway to central Switzerland, sited on Lake Lucerne, is embedded within an impressive mountainous panorama. Thanks to its attractions, its souvenir and watch shops, the beautiful lakeside setting and the nearby excursion mountains of the Rigi, Pilatus and Stanserhorn, the town is a destination for many travel groups and individuals on their journey through central Switzerland.
Complete with gable paintings, the covered, medieval Chapel Bridge forms the centrepiece of Lucerne’s townscape and is considered to be one of the oldest, covered wooden bridges in Europe. A further landmark of the town is the Museggmauer, a wall which, with the exception only of one of its towers, has been preserved in its original, well-fortified state.

Historic houses decorated with frescoes line the picturesque town squares as they do the ‘Weinmarkt’ square in the car-free old town. Lucerne is a city of town squares and churches. The Jesuit church dating from the 17th century is regarded as Switzerland’s first sacral Baroque building and the twin towers of the Hofkirche form an integral part of the townscape. The figure of a dying lion which was hewn from the face of rock in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guards killed during an attack on the Tuileries in 1792 is one of the best-known monuments in Switzerland. And with its 112-metre-long Bourbaki panorama, Lucerne possesses one of the world’s few maintained, mammoth circular paintings.

Tradition and modernity stand side-by-side with ease in Lucerne, as the town has also earned a reputation for itself with innovative design. The futuristic Culture and Convention Centre (KKL), designed by leading French architect Jean Nouvel, is one the architectural highlights of the town. The KKL is also a landmark of «Lucerne: Festival City» and venue for a wide variety of cultural events throughout the year.

Lucerne is the ideal starting point for many excursions to the highlights of central Switzerland. A trip up one of Lucerne’s regional mountains, the Pilatus or the Rigi – the queen of mountains – is a must. But excursions up onto the Stanserhorn, the Bürgenstock or a steamship cruise on Lake Lucerne with its many bends and arms are certainly no less worthy. The Wilhelm Tell Express originates in Lucerne and ferries its passengers to the foot of the Gotthard pass via Lake Lucerne and then continues by rail into Ticino, south of the Alpine ridge. The «cherry road» leads from Lucerne through the landscape of cheery trees and kirsch.

Highlights

  • Chapel Bridge – one of Europe’s oldest wooden bridges and landmark of Lucerne, faithfully restored to its original design after a serious fire.
  • Culture and Convention Centre of Lucerne (KKL) – unites a large concert auditorium, the convention centre and the art museum under its imposing roof.
  • Swiss Museum of Transport – one of the most diverse museums in Europe for transport and communication, and the most-frequented museum in Switzerland. Has its own IMAX cinema on site.
  • Lake Lucerne – the scenic beauty of the lake can be discovered on the many different cruises offered by paddlewheel steamers and motor vessels.
  • Pilatus, Rigi, Stanserhorn – excursion mountains made accessible by cableways, offering up picture-book panoramas of the regions around Lucerne.

Arrival and return Lucerne

Adresse

Luzern Tourismus AG
Zentralstrasse 5
6002 Luzern
Tel. +41 (0) 41 227 17 17
luzern@luzern.com
www.luzern.com

Services

Accommodation

B&B Haus im Löchli
B&B Haus im Löchli
Luzern
Backpacker’s Lucerne
Backpacker’s Lucerne
Luzern
Hotel Continental Park
Hotel Continental Park
Luzern
Jugendherberge Luzern
Jugendherberge Luzern
Luzern
Seeburghof
Seeburghof
Luzern
The Bed + Breakfast
The Bed + Breakfast
Luzern
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Places of interest

Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke)
Glacier Garden
Glacier Garden
Hammetschwand Lift Bürgenstock
Hammetschwand Lift Bürgenstock
KKL Luzern
KKL Luzern
Lake Lucerne
Lake Lucerne
Lion Monument
Lion Monument
Musegg Wall
Musegg Wall
Rosengart Collection Lucerne
Rosengart Collection Lucerne
Schweizerhofquai/Nationalquai
Schweizerhofquai/Nationalquai
Swiss Museum of Transport
Swiss Museum of Transport
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Hiking in

Lucerne
ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 6, Sursee–Luzern
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 10, Zug–Luzern
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Alpine Panorama Trail
Alpine Panorama Trail
Stage 11, Luzern–Malters
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ViaGottardo
ViaGottardo
Stage 7, Luzern–Altdorf
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Waldstätterweg
Waldstätterweg
Stage 3, Küssnacht–Luzern
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Waldstätterweg
Waldstätterweg
Stage 4, Luzern–Alpnachstad
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ViaJacobi
ViaJacobi
Stage 25, Luzern–Werthenstein
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Luzerner Seeuferweg
Luzerner Seeuferweg
Route 560, Luzern–Luzern, Seeburg
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Cycling in

Lucerne
Lakes Route
Lakes Route
Stage 6, Sarnen–Zug
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Emmental–Entlebuch
Emmental–Entlebuch
Stage 3, Escholzmatt–Luzern
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Seetal–Bözberg
Seetal–Bözberg
Stage 1, Luzern–Lenzburg
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North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 3, Luzern–Flüelen
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North-South Route
North-South Route
Stage 2, Aarau–Luzern
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Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Stage 2, Willisau–Luzern
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Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Luzerner Hinterland–Rigi
Stage 3, Luzern–Brunnen
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Wynental-Route
Wynental-Route
Route 67, Luzern–Aarau
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Mountain biking in

Lucerne
Napf Bike

Skating in

Lucerne
Zentralschweiz Skate
Zentralschweiz Skate
Stage 2, Luzern–Beckenried
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Zentralschweiz Skate
Zentralschweiz Skate
Stage 1, Zug–Luzern
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