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Sammlung Rosengart

Lucerne’s blockbuster cultural attraction is the Sammlung Rosengart, occupying a graceful neoclassical pile in the heart of town. It showcases the outstanding stash of Angela Rosengart, a Swiss art dealer and...

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Kapellbrücke

Kapellbrücke

You haven’t really been to Lucerne until you have strolled the creaky 14th-century Kapellbrücke, spanning the Reuss River in the Old Town. The octagonal water tower is original, but its gabled roof is a modern...

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Lion Monument

By far the most touching of the 19th-century sights that lured so many British to Lucerne is the Lion Monument. Lukas Ahorn carved this 10m-long sculpture of a dying lion into the rock face in 1820 to commemorate...

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Museggmauer

For a bird’s-eye view over Lucerne’s rooftops to the glittering lake and mountains beyond, wander along the top of the old city walls that date back to 1386. A walkway is open between the Schirmerturm (tower),...

Museum in Lucerne

Verkehrshaus

A great kid-pleaser, the fascinating interactive Verkehrshaus is deservedly Switzerland’s most popular museum. Alongside rockets, steam locomotives, aeroplanes, vintage cars and dugout canoes are hands-on...

Arts Centre in Lucerne

Kultur und Kongresszentrum

French architect Jean Nouvel’s waterfront arts and convention centre is a postmodern jaw-dropper in an otherwise historic city. Inside, the tall, narrow concert hall, partly built below the lake’s surface, is...

Historic Site in Lucerne

Old Town

The medieval Old Town, with its ancient rampart walls and towers, 15th-century buildings with painted facades and two covered bridges, is fascinating. Kapellbrücke, dating from 1333, is Lucerne’s best-known...

Bridge in Lucerne

Spreuerbrücke

Downriver from Kapellbrücke, this 1408 structure is dark and small but entirely original. Lore has it that this was the only bridge where Lucerne's medieval villagers were allowed to throw spreu (chaff) and...

Park in Lucerne

Inseli

Just a stone’s throw from the train station, Inseli is a leafy lakefront park where locals congregate in sunny weather to lounge on the grass, play ping-pong at outdoor tables and drink at the summertime bars...

Tower in Lucerne

Zytturm

Near the western end of the old city walls' walkway, you both ascend or descend here at Zytturm, with its legendary clock. Since the late Middle Ages the Zytturm Clock, held up by two giants, has had the right to...

Tower in Lucerne

Männliturm

West along the old city walls and not connected to the ramparts walkway, climb Männliturm for unobstructed views out over Lucerne and marvellous photo opportunities. The 33m-high tower got its name, meaning...

Landmark in Lucerne

Bourbaki Panorama

Edouard Castres’ painstakingly detailed 1100-sq-metre circular painting depicting the internment of French troops in Switzerland after the Franco–Prussian War of 1870–71 is accompanied by a moving narrative (with...

Tower in Lucerne

Wachturm

At the western end of the old city walls walkway, the Wachturm is where you have to turn around and retrace your steps, either to descend at Zytturm or back at Schirmerturm. Take time to gaze out between the...

Tower in Lucerne

Schirmerturm

Your entrance point for a walk along the top of the old city walls, don't forget to climb to the top of the Schirmerturm tower before you get started. It dates to 1420 and the gateway below used to be the way...

Museum in Lucerne

Historisches Museum

Lucerne's history museum is cleverly organised into a series of attention-grabbing themed sections, each interpreted in German or English with the help of a barcode-reading audioguide.

Museum in Lucerne

Kunstmuseum

At this art museum inside the Kultur und Kongresszentrum, the permanent collection garners mixed reviews, but keep an eye out for great temporary exhibitions.

Landmark in Lucerne

Gletschergarten

The Gletschergarten houses a strip of rock bearing the scars (including huge potholes) inflicted on it by the glacier that slid over it some 20 million years ago. Kids of all ages and devotees of kitsch will love...

Museum in Lucerne

Natur-Museum

At this hands-on museum full of stuffed critters and creepy crawlies, highlights include a woodland trail with real trees, plus the fabled Luzerner Drachenstein (Lucerne Dragon Stone), which legendarily fell from...

Museum in Lucerne

Richard Wagner Museum

Housed in the composer’s former residence in Tribschen, on the lake’s southern shore, this museum harbours historic musical instruments, including rarities such as a regal (portable organ). Take bus 6, 7 or 8...

Planetarium in Lucerne

Planetarium

Switzerland's largest planetarium, in Lucerne's Verkehrshaus, presents a variety of shows every day on its 508-sq-metre dome. Check the website for full opening hours and details of what's coming up.