10 things to do in Luzern

Luzern (Lucerne / Lucerna), my Swiss home, is located in the Central Switzerland. It lies at the lovely area where the river Reuss flow into the Lake Lucerne (der Vierwaldstättersee).

Since I moved to Luzern I had more than enough time to fully explore the it. If you’ll ever visit this charming little city, there are 10 things I would recommend doing:

  1. Climb the Musegg wall (Museggmauer) & enjoy the spectacular views
    The Museggmauer is an original section of the old city walls, ramparts and towers of the medieval of Lucerne. Each of the nine towers have their own distinct design and construction. From 1st April to 1st November, four of nine towers are open for public. You can climb up Schirmer, Zyt, Wacht and Männli Tower for free. Männli Tower got its name from the little iron man figure at the top. It has open roof where you can enjoy stunning views over Luzern’s rooftops, lake and the mountains beyond of all towers. Schirmer Tower used to served as gateway from city to country. Zyt Tower (eng. Time Tower) contains the oldest clock in Luzern and its mechanism. The clock is set to chime one minute before any of the other clocks in the city.
    Con: The ramparts are closed for public in winter-time.

    View from Männli Tower

  2. Taste the fresh Swiss chocolate at one of the city’s chocolate shops
    Switzerland is heaven for sweet tooths like me. As many different types of delicious chocolate as exist in this country, exist nowhere else. If it does, please let me know! Store shelves offers a broad selection of different brands and types of Swiss chocolate. Although pre-packed chocolate is tasty, don’t miss trying the fresh chocolate or pralines at the chocolate shop. It is delicious! Apart from traditional types of chocolate (milk, almond, hazelnut), you can also chose unique types as for instance chilli-lime, pepper-strawberry, corn-flakes et others.
    Cons: Fresh chocolate is a bit pricey.

    Fresh Swiss Chocolate

  3. Explore the secrets of The Swiss Museum of Transport (Verkehrshaus der Schweiz)
    The Swiss Museum of Transport is modern museum exhibiting all forms of transport as well as communications. No means of transport is left out. Visitors of all ages are encourage to interact with the exhibition via different simulators, quizzes and games. Touching some of the objects on display is allowed and visitors are even allowed to get on some of them (e.g. truck, plane). Museum also shelters planetarium, 3D cinema and the Swiss Chocolate Experience.
    Con: Museum’s entrance fee is quite expensive: 30 CHF for adults, 15 for children.

    The entrance to Swiss Museum of Transport

  4. Take a walk on the wooden bridges
    Not visiting Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) and its Water Tower (Wasserturm) when in Luzern is like not visiting Eiffel Tower when in Paris. Chapel Bridge was originally built in 1333 and is the oldest covered bridge in Europe. Although being almost destroyed in fire in 1993, it has been renovated and is nowadays the Luzern’s most famous landmark. When crossing the bridge, note the series of triangular paintings, showing important events from Swiss history and mythology. Downriver from Chapel Bridge lies less known Luzern’s wooden bridge – Spreuer Bridge (Spreuerbrücke). I doesn’t have a tower, but has a small chapel in the middle. It also features series of paintings, titled “Dance of Death”, showing how the plague affected all levels of society.
    Con: In high season is possible the Chapel Bridge to be packed with tourists.

    Chapel Bridge

  5. Take a boat to Meggenhorn and walk aroun Meggenhorn Castle estate
    If you want to take a boat trip and don’t want to spent a fortune, go to Meggenhorn, a penninsula on the northen shore of the Lake Lucerne. 34-minutes boat ride from Luzern will take you to peaceful Meggenhorn Estate where you’ll find a lovely 17th century castle and farm with farm animals (e.g. cows, sheeps, chickens, pigs). Walk along the paths connecting different spots of the estate and enjoy the spectacular views to the lake, city of Lucerne, Mt. Rigi, Mt. Pilatus and the surrounding Swiss Alps.
    Con: The boat ride is only available in the summer-time. In other seasons is Meggenhorn only accessible by road.

    Meggenhorn Castle

  6. Get lost in the Old Town
    Luzern’s Old Town is located just north of the river Reuss. Just wander the old cobbled streets and squares and get the taste of picturesque architecture.

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    Houses at Hirschenplatz

  7. Feed the swans and ducks on the banks of river Reuss and Lake Lucerne
    Lake Lucerne is home to many birds species. If you’re not afraid of birds, get some bird food and soon flock of “hungry” ducks, swans and seagulls will come. Enjoy their show. The birds are used to people and some of them are so friendly, they would eat from your hand.

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    Feeding the birds

  8. See the Dying Lion of Lucerne
    The Lion Monument (Lövendenkmal) is found in a small park near the Löwenplatz. The Bertel Torvaldsen’s carving of a dying lion commemorates the hundreds of Swiss Guards who were massacred during the French Revolution. Just sit on a bench in the park and enjoy the remarkable masterpiece. If you ever watch or read the Chronicles of Narnia, I’m sure carved lionwill evoke associations of Narnia’s Aslan at the stone table.

    The Dying Lyon

  9. Take the Golden Round Trip to Mt. Pilatus
    The Golden Round Trip is not only a great way to see the Pilatus mountain from different angles, but also to experience diversity and efficiency of Swiss travel system. The trip starts by boat, continues on the Pilatus Railway (world’s steepest cog railway!). When on top of Mt. Pilatus at 2.132 meters, enjoy the spectacular views. Go back down the mountain by panoramic gondola, aerial cable car and back to Lucerne by bus. You can do the other way round.
    The mountain offer loads of activities in all seasons. In the summer you can ride a summer sledge run or test your skills at the rope park at Fräkmüntegg or hike and bike lots of trails. In the winter-time go snow-shoeing or rent a sledge and ride over the snow to the valley.

    View from the top of Mt Pilatus

     

  10. Take a dip into Lake Lucerne at Ufschötti
    In the hot summer months, join the locals in the Ufschötti, a public park with access to the beach. Have a picnic, take a dip into the refreshing waters of Lake Lucerne, sunbath or do some sports, as frisbee, football or badminton.
    Cons: Park is very popular with locals and can be very busy in the hot summer days.

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    Ufschötti beach in autumn


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49 thoughts on “10 things to do in Luzern

  1. Ruth says:

    Tons of great ideas! I love it. I didn’t do some of these when I visit. Well, I guess that is an excise to go back. I particularly liked the lion. it such a moving monument.

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    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Thank you Ruth! 🙂 What did you miss from my suggestions? Did you do anything else what’s not listed, but is worth mentioning? 🙂

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  2. Wander Mum says:

    Thanks for taking us on a tour through your local city…it’s stunning and some great tipsI haven’t explored Switzerland as thoroughly as I’d like – will have to put Luzern on the list. Beautiful pictures too. Thanks for linking to #citytripping

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    • Urska @ Slovenian Girl Abroad says:

      Thank you Elizabeth! 🙂
      I’m repeating myself, but thank you again for hosting #citytripping linkup and allowing me to share my posts. It’s always fun reading all those interesting linked posts. 🙂

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  3. Kristin says:

    What gorgeous photos! I love the one of the wooden bridge, and those mountain views are spectacular! Although I think I’d be sidetracked from those by all the lovely chocolate. 😀

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  4. laurenonlocation says:

    Luzern looks like such a gorgeous place! I’ve only been to Geneva and Interlaken in Switzerland, but both were incredibly beautiful. Switzerland looks straight out of a fairytale. And that view from the top of Mt Pilatus!! Amazing! 😀

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  5. travelsewhere says:

    Lucerne has to be one of my favourite places in Switzerland and reading this brought back fond memories. I recommend the Musegg wall whenever people ask about things to do there. I’ve yet to reach the top of Mt Pilatus but that view definitely makes me keen to visit there next time.

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  6. Ruth says:

    I have been to this lovely city and there is a lot I have not done (from your list). I would like to visit the Museum of Transport and the Castle. I do get to see the lion. It was my favorite part of the city (not sure whtybut it evokes a lot of emotion). #FarawayFiles

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  7. oregongirlaroundtheworld says:

    Luzern is such a lovely city to live in! It has been such a long time since I’ve been there, but remember fondly sitting in a cafe near the bridge enjoying the lake views and flower baskets. I would love to take the boat ride to the castle and see Mt. Pilatus! Thanks for sharing your home with us! #FarawayFiles, Erin

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  8. Juliette | Snorkels to Snow says:

    What a beautiful to place to live! I think it would be great to get to Museggmauer for those views! And I would be absolutely fascinated with the museum of transport! They always fascinate me – and amazing to see all the different modes of transport over time! As for the chocolate, I’d be smuggling lots back to NZ with me! #farawayfiles

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