Top 7 sights to see in Lucerne

Lucerne is a serene town that is a joy to explore: here are our seven highlights.

1. Mount Pilatus

Mount Pilatus overlooks Lucerne and is a must do. The summit can be reached via the Pilatus railway – the steepest cogwheel railway in the world – or cable car.

Top tip: Check the forecast and dress appropriately – it can get chilly.

2. Richard Wagner Museum

The home of the famous composer has been turned into a museum celebrating his life and work. The surrounding gardens are also a great place to relax.

Top tip: Use the boat service to get there in a fun and scenic way.

3. The Old Town

The Old Town in Lucerne is one of the best preserved in Switzerland. Take a leisurely stroll through the cobbled streets and admire the colourful buildings.

Top tip: Visit on a Saturday to try Swiss specialities from the market.

4. Glacier Garden

This museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of the ice age and features glacier potholes more than 20,000 years old.

Top tip: Visit ‘the tower’ for spectacular views of Lucerne.

5. Spreuer and Chapel bridges

These wooden bridges were built in the 14th and 15th centuries. The Spreuer Bridge is thought to be the oldest wooden bridge in Europe.

Top tip: Don’t miss the Chapel Bridge ceiling – it features paintings depicting 17th century life.

6. Lion Monument

This monument, carved directly into sandstone, depicts a dying lion and commemorates the Swiss soldiers massacred during the French Revolution.

Top tip: Join a walking tour for a full history of this fascinating monument.

7. Lake Lucerne

Spend some time on the lake that gave the town its name: join a boat cruise or simply relax at one of the lakeside bars.

Top tip: Visit during sunrise/sunset for the best atmosphere.

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