Chapel Bridge, River Reuss, © Can Stock / olgysha
Visit Lucerne – Chapel Bridge
It’s a short two block walk from the train station to the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbruecke). This medieval pedestrian bridge over the Reuss River is likely the most photographed spot in Lucerne. The Chapel Bridge is synonymous with the city. When you walk across, look up at the rafters above you to see the paintings. The bridge includes the Water Tower (Wasseturm) along its angled route over the river. Another couple blocks along Rail Street (Bahnhofstrasse) on the south side of the Reuss leads to the Jesuit Church. This church was built in 1673 and is filled with marble and decorative plasterwork.
Jesuit Church, Reuss River, Can Stock / Bertl123
Visit Lucerne – Around the Train Station
A Visit to Lucerne can begin right around the train station, with lots of things to see and do. The KKL Luzern is located beside the station and includes the Museum of Art Lucerne, concert halls for the Lucerne Festival, restaurants and a convention center. The ticket booth for SGV lake steamer terminal is located right beside the train station too. SGV operates several historic steamboat restorations that cruise Lake Lucerne. They also have breakfast and dinner cruises.
Lucerne view from Musegg Wall, © Can Stock / Bertl123
Visit Lucerne – Spreuer Bridge
Continuing on another few blocks leads to another medieval pedestrian bridge over the Reuss River – the Spreuer Bridge. This wooden bridge has pictures in its roof top by Kaspar Meglinger detailing the Dance of Death (Totentanz). The History Museum is at the south end of the Spreuer Bridge. The Rosengart Foundation is a three minute walk from the train station and exhibits include works by Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso. The Franziskanerkirche church is found on the south side of the river.
Reuss River, Musegg Wall, © Can Stock / olgysha
Visit Lucerne – Old Town, Musegg Wall
Cross one of the medieval bridges to reach the Old Town on the north side of the Reuss River. The Old Town includes the Mühlenplatz, Sternenplatz, Weinmarkt, Hirschenplatz and Kornmarkt squares. Enjoy cobbled streets, fountains such as the Fritschi Fountain and the architecture of days gone by. City Hall (Rathaus) is located on the Kornmarkt. It was built in the 1350s. Bordering the northern edge of the Old Town is the Musegg Wall where you can hike along the 14th century towers and remnants of the old city walls, while catching views of the city below. The Zyt Tower is one of the best known of Lucerne’s nine towers on the Musegg Wall.
Sternenplatz, Old Town
Visit Lucerne – East Along the North Shore
Walk east from the Old Town along the north shore of Lake Lucerne for less than 10 minutes to reach another location to take a boat cruise. As you walk along the lake front, the Court Church of St. Leodegar is visible just a few minutes beyond the boat landing. This abbey is the city’s main cathedral. It was built in the 1600s and includes an altar to the Death of the Virgin. From the church, walk north along Lowenstrasse to the Bourbaki Panorama with its large panorama painting. Beside the Bourbaki Panorama is the Old Swiss House. The Old Swiss House dates back to 1858 and is best known as a family restaurant serving schnitzel. A few more minutes walk brings you to the Lion Monument, the Glacier Garden and the Alpineum 3D Alpen Panorama. The Lion Monument is dedicated to the Swiss Guard who were killed in the French Revolution.
Church of St Leodegar, © Can Stock / olgysha
Visit Lucerne – See More Sights
Across the bay from downtown Lucerne, but still only a few minutes away by foot or a short steamboat ride is the Swiss Museum of Transport and the Hans Erni Museum. At the lakefront is the Lido Lucerne with an excellent and very popular beach.
Just west of the downtown on a terrace overlooking the city and Lake Lucerne is the Château Gütsch, which operates as a hotel and restaurant. The location can be reached by walking up or taking a short funicular ride.
A five minute cab ride south along the waterfront from the train station takes you to the Richard Wagner Museum. Enjoy a piano concert and visit the cabin overlooking the lake where Wagner did his composing.
Musegg Wall, Reuss River, © Can Stock / olgysha
Carnival Lucerne – the Swiss version of Mardi Gras held during Lent.
Ruderwelt Luzern – annual World Rowing Cup held on the Rotsee, a natural lake shaped perfectly for rowing competitions.
See the Jesus Christ statue by Josef Vetter from the water on a boat tour or travel about 10 minutes by car from downtown to Meggenhorn Castle to see the statue from land.
Visit Lucerne – Hotels
Hotels near the train station in Lucerne are quite expensive. Consider staying elsewhere around Lake Lucerne or visit on a day trip from Zurich. AirBnB may also be a great option for Lucerne.
Hotel Des Alpes – in the heart of the Old Town on the Reuss River.
Seehotel Hermitage – Take a short ferry ride to the town of Hermitage and stay in a quality hotel with a lovely view that over looks Lake Lucerne.
Ibis Budget Hotel Luzern City – one of the least expensive and most popular budget hotels in Lucerne. It’s a long walk from the train station. Rooms are small. Breakfast is included.