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5 Things to do in Lucerne, Switzerland 

Lucerne Switzerland, a small compact city in centrally located known for its medieval architecture and beautiful mountains. A suburb of Zürich with great food and impressive views leaving you with a lasting impression. In Lucerne the most language spoken is {Swiss} German with a population of over 82,000 and has 17 municipalities.

I had the pleasure of visiting Lucerne in June of this year in an effort to complete my 30 countries before 30. Prior to visiting Lucerne, I had never heard of it but familiar with Basel, Geneva and Zürich. It was during my research for my trip to Basel when I stumbled upon this lovely and magnificent city.

Lucerne Switzerland

5 Things to do in Lucerne Switzerland 

As with most places I travel to, I make my mission to visit different places and try new things. Lucerne, no exception and thought I didn’t get to explore much, here is what I managed to see. If you ever get a chance to visit, here are the 5 things I recommend to see or do in Lucerne Switzerland.

Chapel Bridge {Kapellbrücke}

The Chapel Bridge is the oldest wooden bridges in Europe and is a centre piece of the old town in Lucerne. Built in the 14th century since been rebuilt after the disastrous fire of 1993. The bridge is named after St. Paul’s chapel and spans diagonally across the Reuss River.

Lucerne Switzerland

Water Tower {Wasserturm}

Wasserturm means Water Tower though this is not a water tower in the usual sense. It is a tower ‘standing’ in water and previously used as a prison and torture chamber.

Lake Lucerne

The fourth largest lake in Switzerland with a complicated shape giving to multiple bends and four arms. I have the great pleasure of taking a ferry on Lake Lucerne on our way to Mount Pilatus. The lake is surrounded by magnificent views and whilst its shore lines are covered with stony mountains.

Jesuit Church

The first large sacral Baroque church in the North of the Alps, a catholic church built in the 17th century. Seeing the church for the first time had me too mesmerized to think of anything else. It is such a beautiful church unlike anything I have ever seen.

Lucerne

Mount Pilatus 

I will start with a confession, I have never climbed a mountain before later on reached the peak. Visiting Mount Pilatus was the first {reaching the peak not climbing it} and it was the best thing ever. To get to Mount Pilatus you hop on a ferry to Alpnachstad where you can catch a gondola and aerial cable car. It was such an incredible experience riding all the way to the top with such incredible views.

Lucerne is one compact city that I highly recommend and want to visit again.

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29 Comments

  1. Clair
    August 24, 2017 / 11:25 am

    I have only briefly passed though Switzerland on a trip to France but Lucerne looks beautiful.

  2. Rachel In Real Life
    August 18, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Lucerne before but it looks like a lovely place to visit. The church in particular looks like it would be lovely inside too.

  3. August 18, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    Lucerne sounds like a great place to visit. I have never climbed a mountain either.

  4. Helen Clark
    August 18, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Lucerne looks such a beautiful place, I love the water tower and the view from Mount Pilatus. Switzerland isn’t a country I know very much about so I’d love to learn more about it and hopefully visit one day.

  5. Kira
    August 17, 2017 / 11:40 pm

    Wow how lovel , we have always wanted to visit Switzerland x

  6. August 17, 2017 / 9:45 pm

    These are some great recommendations, I have always wanted to visit Switzerland so this has made me want to do it even more 🙂

  7. beautykinguk
    August 17, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    I don’t think ive ever come across Lucerne before, but it looks beautiful.

  8. Kassy Sanchez
    August 17, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    I’ve never even heard of this place! I’m totally going to have to look into this!

  9. August 17, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    I have never heard of Lucerne, and quite honestly have never really placed Switzerland in my top ten of places to go, but I will definitely do that now!! It looks gorgeous and I love the history!

  10. August 17, 2017 / 7:59 am

    wow!Its nice that you have a 30 before 30 plan.It seems Lucerne is a beautiful town in Switzerland…I’d love such places with beautiful architectural views..
    -Amila

  11. Chandresh Jain
    August 17, 2017 / 6:54 am

    30 Before 30 .. WOW.. now i can only plan 40 before 40 🙂

  12. Deimarys Colon
    August 17, 2017 / 4:52 am

    Mount pilatus sounds like an amazing experience. I have never climbed a mountain either, would be pretty cool thought!

  13. August 17, 2017 / 4:34 am

    Those are some great ideas on what to do. Good luck with you 30 by 30 you can do it!

  14. Rose Mont
    August 17, 2017 / 2:47 am

    Haha that was definitely the easiest mountain climb! The land looks beautiful along with the waterviews and architecture. I envy your 30 before 30! Awesome goal!

  15. Jhilmil Bhansali
    August 17, 2017 / 1:56 am

    Love this place. I haven’t been but my Mm dad went there last year and covered all of these 5 places you’ve mentioned. They loved Lake Lucerne and Mount Pilatus the most.

  16. KGR
    August 16, 2017 / 10:02 pm

    I love the look of this place as it seems so old and historical which is a great interest of mine. The views from the mountain would be worth the journey x

  17. August 16, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    I’ve never been to switzerland before! Looks like an amazing place to visit! x

  18. Maro Akamatra
    August 16, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    These photos say it all! And if you did like reaching the top.of the mountain you should come to Greece. We have more mountains for you to enjoy 😊

  19. August 16, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    Switzerland is on my to do list, it looks idyllic x

  20. Mellissa Williams
    August 16, 2017 / 5:44 pm

    I love Switzerland and would love to visit Lucerne one day – it looks absolutely stunning!

  21. Lauren Porter
    August 16, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    Looks lovely! The water tower sounds fascinating! x

  22. August 16, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Sounds like an interesting place, although not one I’ve heard of yet x

  23. August 16, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Lucerne looks beautiful – and a cable car is the perfect way to reach the top of a mountain in my eyes!

  24. Helen Jacob-Lloyd
    August 16, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    Aww it looks amazing – I’ve always wanted to visit Switzerland! Maybe one day 🙂

  25. Little Steps
    August 16, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    Would love to visit Switzerland! Your photos are amazing. How exciting that you’re able to tick off your list of 30 places to visit before you turn 30. Love the idea 🙂

  26. August 16, 2017 / 11:49 am

    I love the old buildings and history! It’s like you’re stepping back in time. It must be amazing IRL and I don’t blame you for wanting to visit again.

  27. kate
    August 16, 2017 / 10:01 am

    I’d never thought of Lucerne only some of the bigger placed but after this I will have to put it on my ever expanding list of places I’d like to visit sometime as it looks beautiful.

  28. Jayne
    August 16, 2017 / 9:34 am

    What a stunning place. I would love to visit here. I love the 30 countries before 30 challenge and looking forward to reading all about your travel adventures 🙂 x

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