Top things to do

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 Bridge in Lucerne

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 recon…
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 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

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), where…
Top Choice Italian in Lucerne

Grottino 1313

Offering a welcome escape from Lucerne's tourist throngs, this relaxed yet stylish eatery south of the train station serves 'surprise' menus featuring starters like chestnut soup with figs, creative pasta dishes, me…
Top Choice Swiss in Lucerne

Wirtshaus Galliker

Passionately run by the Galliker family for over four generations, this old-style, wood-panelled tavern attracts a lively bunch of regulars. Motherly waitresses dish up Lucerne soul food – rösti, Chögalipaschtetli (…
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 activities…
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 surrou…
Historic Site in Lucerne

Old Town

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