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 Volière and Buvette. From the station, head east past the Kultur und Kongresszentrum (KKL), then turn 100m south along the lakeshore.

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Nearby Lucerne attractions

1. Kultur und Kongresszentrum

0.12 MILES

French architect Jean Nouvel’s waterfront arts and convention centre is a postmodern jaw-dropper in an otherwise historic city. Inside, the tall, narrow…

2. Kunstmuseum

0.12 MILES

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

3. Sammlung Rosengart

0.33 MILES

Lucerne’s blockbuster cultural attraction is the Sammlung Rosengart, occupying a graceful neoclassical pile in the heart of town. It showcases the…

4. Kapellbrücke

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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…

5. Old Town

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The medieval Old Town, with its ancient rampart walls and towers, 15th-century buildings with painted facades and two covered bridges, is fascinating…

6. Bourbaki Panorama

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Edouard Castres’ painstakingly detailed 1100-sq-metre circular painting depicting the internment of French troops in Switzerland after the Franco–Prussian…

7. Schirmerturm

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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…

8. Museggmauer

0.55 MILES

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…