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    Ringed by snow-peaked mountains, Lake Lucerne enjoys a scenic variety quite unique in the Swiss lakes; the mild climate a contradiction to its fjord-like landscape. Occupying a wonderful position where the River Reuss meets the lake, picture-perfect Lucerne effortlessly wins the hearts of its many visitors.

    With a dazzling river and lakeside confection of frescoed buildings, turreted walls, candy-coloured houses, belle époque hotels, sunny cobbled squares, Italianate cloisters, and waterfront promenades, Lucerne also boasts a charming, traffic-free, wonderfully well-preserved medieval old town, separated by the River Reuss and linked by the extraordinary 14th century, dog-legged, timbered bridge of Kapellbrucke; its own interior replete with antique roof paintings.

    Beyond the delightful cafés, traditional shops and designer boutiques, you’ll also find some serious museums and galleries such as the Sammlung Rosengart with its superb collection of 20th century masters including Picasso and Klee. Meanwhile, concert-goers are spoiled by the acoustic brilliance of the searingly modern KKL, the waterfront Kultur and Kongresszentrum arena.

    Historic paddle wheel steamers and elegant saloon motor vessels regularly call in at the harbour ferrying guests to pretty lakeside villages such as Weggis and to the nearby mountains of Pilatus Kulm, Rigi, Burgenstock and Stanserhorn; all of which offer plentiful opportunities for hikers and walkers of all abilities.

    Delightful Lucerne is compact enough to discover on foot.

    During the summer months the 14th century ramparts are open, enabling you to enjoy the fine views of the old town before immersing yourself in the medieval atmosphere below. The early 17th century paintings depicting the Dance of Death, under the roof of the Spreuer Bridge, capture the spirit of the times. The absorbing Bourbaki Panorama, a circular mural, depicts moments from the Franco-Prussian war. And a vast cliff-face carving of a dying lion commemorates Swiss mercenaries killed by French revolutionaries in 1792. In the early 19th century, the steamships brought more and more distinguished visitors; Goethe, Wagner, and crowned rulers such as Queen Victoria, arrived to be inspired by the beauty of the lake. But Lucerne doesn’t only dwell on the distant past, modern sophisticates enjoy concerts in the brooding dark glass and steel KKL conference centre and in the numerous live music venues bordering the buzzing riverside.

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Ringed by snow-peaked mountains, Lake Lucerne enjoys a scenic variety quite unique in the Swiss lakes; the mild climate a contradiction to its fjord-like landscape. Occupying a wonderful position where the River Reuss meets the lake, picture-perfect Lucerne effortlessly wins the hearts of its many visitors.

With a dazzling river and lakeside confection of frescoed buildings, turreted walls, candy-coloured houses, belle époque hotels, sunny cobbled squares, Italianate cloisters, and waterfront promenades, Lucerne also boasts a charming, traffic-free, wonderfully well-preserved medieval old town, separated by the River Reuss and linked by the extraordinary 14th century, dog-legged, timbered bridge of Kapellbrucke; its own interior replete with antique roof paintings.

Beyond the delightful cafés, traditional shops and designer boutiques, you’ll also find some serious museums and galleries such as the Sammlung Rosengart with its superb collection of 20th century masters including Picasso and Klee. Meanwhile, concert-goers are spoiled by the acoustic brilliance of the searingly modern KKL, the waterfront Kultur and Kongresszentrum arena.

Historic paddle wheel steamers and elegant saloon motor vessels regularly call in at the harbour ferrying guests to pretty lakeside villages such as Weggis and to the nearby mountains of Pilatus Kulm, Rigi, Burgenstock and Stanserhorn; all of which offer plentiful opportunities for hikers and walkers of all abilities.

Delightful Lucerne is compact enough to discover on foot.

During the summer months the 14th century ramparts are open, enabling you to enjoy the fine views of the old town before immersing yourself in the medieval atmosphere below. The early 17th century paintings depicting the Dance of Death, under the roof of the Spreuer Bridge, capture the spirit of the times. The absorbing Bourbaki Panorama, a circular mural, depicts moments from the Franco-Prussian war. And a vast cliff-face carving of a dying lion commemorates Swiss mercenaries killed by French revolutionaries in 1792. In the early 19th century, the steamships brought more and more distinguished visitors; Goethe, Wagner, and crowned rulers such as Queen Victoria, arrived to be inspired by the beauty of the lake. But Lucerne doesn’t only dwell on the distant past, modern sophisticates enjoy concerts in the brooding dark glass and steel KKL conference centre and in the numerous live music venues bordering the buzzing riverside.

Local Information

Language:
German
Currency:
Swiss Franc
Local time:
GMT + 1 hour
Local airport:
Zurich airport
Flight time:
2 hours 15 minutes

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Hotel Des Balances

4 Star

Hotel des Balances enjoys a wonderful riverside location in the heart of the old town of Lucerne

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Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne

5 Star

Set on the lakeshore promenade in Lucerne’s historic old town and with stunning panoramic views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps.

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Seehotel Hermitage

4 Star

In a privileged lakeside setting amidst immaculately tended parkland, Seehotel Hermitage enjoys the most fabulous vistas across the lake from all areas of the hotel.

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Featured hotels

Hotel Des Balances

4 Star

Hotel des Balances enjoys a wonderful riverside location in the heart of the old town of Lucerne

Hotel Schweizerhof Lucerne

5 Star

Set on the lakeshore promenade in Lucerne’s historic old town and with stunning panoramic views of Lake Lucerne and the Alps.

Seehotel Hermitage

4 Star

In a privileged lakeside setting amidst immaculately tended parkland, Seehotel Hermitage enjoys the most fabulous vistas across the lake from all areas of the hotel.

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Local Information

Language:
German
Currency:
Swiss Franc
Local time:
GMT + 1 hour
Local airport:
Zurich airport
Flight time:
2 hours 15 minutes

Weather

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30

20

10

0

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