Top things to do in Central Switzerland

Top Choice Museum in Lucerne

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 close …
Top Choice International in Lucerne

Zur Werkstatt

This funky, post-industrial, monochrome-toned restaurant revolves around a show kitchen and hip cocktail bar. Menus are kept simple (go meaty or veggie), but the food is anything but, singing of the seasons in dishe…
Top Choice Bridge in Lucerne


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 recon…
Top Choice Church in Einsiedeln


Follow the crowds flowing towards this baroque edifice, the 18th-century handiwork of Caspar Moosbrugger. The interior dances with colourful frescoes, stucco and gold swirls. Yet most pilgrims are oblivious to the m…
Top Choice Monument in Lucerne

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 Sw…
Top Choice European in Zug

Gasthaus Rathauskeller

You can’t miss the late-Gothic Rathauskeller’s frescoed facade near the Zytturm. The downstairs bistro serves marvellous high-end takes on classic local ingredients, while the swish upstairs restaurant, Zunftstube, …
Top Choice Modern European in Engelberg

Brasserie Konrad

At Ski Lodge Engelberg's on-site restaurant, Chef Jonas Bolling conjures up extraordinarily good New Nordic cuisine that’s as pretty as a picture and perfect for refuelling after a tough day on the slopes (the three…
Top Choice European in Brunnen

Gasthaus Ochsen

Photos of celebrity Swiss patrons line the walls at Brunnen’s oldest haunt, which specialises in Poulet im Chörbli (chicken in a basket). There’s a great little apéro bar under the same ownership just across the way…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Lucerne

Bam Bou by Thomas

The Hotel’s below-street-level restaurant has undergone a transformation and is now run by award-winning chefs Corinna and Ralf Thomas, specialising in excellent French-Mediterranean cuisine.
Top Choice Fortress in Lucerne


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), where…