Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Lucerne

Museum 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 Italian in Lucerne

Grottino 1313

Offering a welcome escape from Lucerne's tourist throngs, this relaxed yet stylish eatery serves ever-changing 'surprise' menus featuring starters like chestnut soup with figs, creative pasta dishes, meats cooked ov…
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 an…
Top Choice Asian in Lucerne

Bam Bou

The Hotel’s below-street-level restaurant resembles a lacquered bento box and thrills with its pan-Asian menu. The Japanese flavours tend to win the most praise.
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…
Bridge in Lucerne

Spreuerbrücke

Downriver from Kapellbrücke, this 1408 structure is darker and smaller but entirely original. Lore has it that this was the only bridge where Lucerne's medieval villagers were allowed to throw Spreu (chaff) into …
Planetarium in Lucerne

Planetarium

Switzerland's largest planetarium, in Lucerne's Verkehrshaus (transport museum), presents a variety of shows every afternoon on its 508-sq-metre dome.
Brewery in Lucerne

Rathaus Bräuerei

Sip home-brewed beer under the vaulted arches of this buzzy tavern near Kapellbrücke, or nab a pavement table and watch the river flow.