Your Weekend Trip Guide to Lucerne, Switzerland
Chocolate, fondue, and luxury watches. These are all the thoughts that come to my mind when thinking about Switzerland. However, Switzerland also has a lot of beautiful landscapes and cities. Even though Switzerland is close to my hometown Stuttgart, I’ve never been to Switzerland before. Actually, I had never heard of Lucerne before my mum mentioned that she would like to visit this city. Since the rest of the family didn’t mind where to go, we quickly made a short trip to Lucerne. We were all astonished by this little but very charming fairy tale city by the lake in Switzerland.
The medieval town is known for its scenic location and historic charm, surrounded by towering mountains and Lake Lucerne. Additionally, it is a vibrant city with many people milling around, outdoor cafes, and plenty to see and do. Hence, here’s your weekend trip guide to Lucerne. I summarised all the places in Lucerne which you need to see.
1. LAKE LUCERNE
Also known under the name Vierwaldstättersee, Lake Lucerne is acknowledged as one of Switzerland’s most beautiful lakes. Lucerne is characterised by its iconic lake and the mountains as a backdrop. The lake has a long promenade that takes you all the way around. It is common for locals to take a walk along the lake while enjoying the sun.
I recommend you take a boat tour to enjoy the lake and the magnificent panorama view of the lake and the Swiss Alps. Seeing the city from the water and the mountains lining the lake is breathtaking. If you have a boat license, you can also rent a private little boat to enjoy your day on the water.
2. CHAPEL BRIDGE
In the middle of the old town, you will find the Chapel Bridge, one of Lucerne’s most famous and iconic landmarks. The Chapel Bridge is known for the beauty of all the flowers which line the sides of the bridge. While strolling across the bridge, visitors can admire historical paintings covering the bridge, which date to the 14th century. Switzerland’s wooden footbridge over the Reus River has become one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions. This footbridge is also the oldest one of its kind in Europe. Moreover, in 1993 the bridge was once partly burned down, and it had to be rebuilt carefully back then to keep Lucerne’s most iconic landmark as we know it today.
3. LION MONUMENT
The lion monument in Lucerne has become one of the most famous sights in Switzerland. Closed to the old city, at the end of the medieval town, you will find the lion monument surrounded by water and trees. It is a lion figure carved into the sandstone above a little pond. The monument stands for honouring the Swiss guards who died during the French Revolution in 1792. The lion monument was built by the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorwaldsen. The area is a very peaceful and calming place. According to Mark Twain, the sculpture depicting a mortally wounded lion is “the most mournful and moving stone work in the world.”
4. OLD CITY WALLS
Built around the city, the Museggmauer is a 14th-century old wall and tower structure. It has nine towers that once served as fortifications for the city and measures 870 meters long. The ancient city walls run from the north bank of the Reuss to almost the north shore of Lake Lucerne. You can visit the wall for free. Moreover, there is also the possibility of entering and climbing up a few towers to get a great view over Lucerne.
5. LUCERNE OLD TOWN
Take a stroll through the old town of Lucerne. With narrow alleys, the streets are squares, all decorated with fountains and lined with colourful facades of medieval houses. You will find all kinds of shops in the old town of Lucerne, from quaint storefronts to outdoor cafés. Lucerne’s old town is the city’s most visited part.
There is a unique story behind each building in the old town. It is delightful to soak in the unique designs and paintings that decorate them. You can explore the old town streets in the vibrant atmosphere during the day and experience the romantic atmosphere at night.
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If you are staying longer in Switzerland, then I really recommend you to visit the Interlaken area. About an hour away from Lucerne, you will find Iseltwald. The views are breathtaking. Besides, all Kdramas fans must visit Interlaken since Crash Landing on You was filmed in the Interlaken area. Read the Crash Landing on You filming location guide for complete information about the spots. Otherwise, I wish you a lovely weekend in Lucerne and hope this guide to Lucerne will help you plan the best weekend.
If you prefer a visual guide of the spots you should visit on your Lucerne weekend trip, feel free to check out my TikTok.