Some world travel destinations intrigue your curiosity while others beckon your heart. For me, Lucerne Switzerland is one of the latter. The lures of Lucerne’s charming village, medieval buildings, majestic mountainscapes and dazzling lake all entice me to their wonderland. If you are drawn to the charms of Lucerne like me and want to know more about it, I offer you the following information.
Ascend Mount Pilatus
Mount Pilatus is one of Lucerne’s main attractions. With its highest summit reaching nearly 7,000 feet high, Mount Pilatus derives its name from a legend that alleges it to be the burial place of Pontius Pilate. To reach the mountain’s peak, you can take a cable car or ride the cogwheel train, which is the world’s steepest of its kind. At the top, you can bask in the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding Alps and marvel below at the wondrous, sweeping views over the shimmering lake and picturesque village. While visiting the the mountain top, you can also enjoy dinner in the lovely restaurant and buy souvenirs in the gift shop.
Cruise Lake Lucerne
What could be better than gliding along this gorgeous lake on a paddle steamship, enveloped in the majesty of the Swiss mountains with a warm cup of hot chocolate or coffee while you bask in the stunning scenery? If you purchase a Swiss pass when you travel to Switzerland, your Lake Lucerne cruise is included in with the pass for no extra charge. You will find the cruise boats just right outside of the train station in Lucerne.
Can you imagine an enormous, outdoor museum that is made up of 2,000 year old glacier potholes? This fascinating attraction also features a museum where you can also check out ancient artifacts, fossils and bones that date back to prehistoric times. On top of that, you are sure to be captivated by the Mirror Maze, which is a series of 90 mirrors that play all sorts of tricks on your mind.
Explore the Old Town
Lucerne’s Old Town is a definite must do. You can stroll the cobblestone streets down narrow alleys that end in postcard vistas of the dominating mountains. Meander about the historic square and check out the medieval stone walls, towers, gates and half-timber buildings. Browse through the market and sample foods like sausages, cheeses or fresh pastries. Shop for souvenirs like Swiss watches, army knives and fine chocolates. Take a break in one of the many quaint restaurants and savor a helping of Zürcher Geschnetzeltes, a Swiss dish made with thin pieces of tender veal cooked in a delicious cream sauce with mushrooms.
Stroll along the Chapel Bridge
Adorned with multicolored flowers, this charming old bridge is Lucerne’s most famous attraction. Built way back in 1333, Lucerne’s Chapel Bridge is Europe’s oldest covered wooden bridge. As you saunter along inside the bridge, you will discover more than 100 beautiful paintings from the 17th century that illustrate historic events and Swiss daily life.
Dying Lion Monument
Carved into a limestone cliff in 1820 to pay tribute to the hundreds of Swiss soldiers who died during the French Revolution while serving King Louis XVI, this stunning monument of a dying lion stretches nearly 33 feet long and 19 feet high. Overlooking a serene reflective pool, the monument presents a peaceful and poignant setting. Mark Twain once described the monument as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.”
If you are enticed by the irresistible lures of Lucerne like me, you can save money during your visit with a purchase of a Swiss Pass. For one affordable cost, this pass will cover transportation use and admission into many museums and some other attractions. Additionally, you can receive discounts on restaurants and shops. You can purchase these passes online or at tourist offices in Switzerland.