If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed how my feed has recently become a whole lot more panoramic. It was time to take another weekend trip to Switzerland. It’s the fourth time I’ve been to Lucerne, and something always seems to drag me back to this place. Dark blue waters of the Lake Lucerne meet snowcapped mountains, even during the summer months, the impressive panorama has me dreaming whenever I go.
Lucerne is a true medieval gem with a modern touch. While it’s centerpiece, one of Europe’s oldest covered bridges, and historic houses serve as main Instagram hotpots (Impressive mountainous view included) the town is also home to the concert hall and art gallery KKL, as well as the countries main attraction, the Swiss transport museum. I’ve listed Lucerne’s top things to do and see, ready for you to visit the town and upgrade your feed. My tip: Go through the summer months to unlock the full potential of the city. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
#1 Lake Lucerne
Encircled by an impressive mountain scenery, Switzerland’s fourth largest lake, the “Vierwaldstättersee”, is what the local residents are particularly proud of. The lake can be enjoyed all year long and you will hardly ever not see paddle steamers or sailboats being out there. Impressive boat parties are held during summer and residents’ boats can be found parked along the edge (Be prepared not to see many of them on a hot summer day).
#2 Chapel Bridge // Water tower
The Chapel Bridge, one of Europe’s oldest covered bridges, serves as the town’s picture-postcard centerpiece. The 14th century bridge originally built to defend the city is one of the countries main attractions and is hard to miss when visiting the town. The old water tower forms part of the bridge, having served as prison, torture chamber and treasury tower back in the days.
#3 Swiss Transport Museum
The Swiss Museum of Transport is considered Switzerland’s #1 attraction. Exhibiting the development of all forms of transportation, including automobiles, ships, aircrafts and locomotives since 1959, the museum also includes a film theatre, planetarium and Hans Erni house. Features simulations and interactive stations, the museum has a huge appeal and attracts visitors from all over the world.
#4 Medieval building facades
You just can’t help but fall in love with the colorful, ornated facades Lucerne’s old town is glanced with. It feels like they are telling a story, as many of the facades have been dedicated to events occurred in the city. Many of them date back to medieval times or have been restored.
#5 Stone Lion Monument
“To the fidelity and virtue of the Swiss” is what the Stone Lion’s inscription reads. Mark Twain once called it the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world. The tragically carved sculpture was created of natural rock to honor the heroic deaths of Swiss guardsmen during the French Revolution.
#6 Mount Pilatus
Lucerne offers its tourist what is called a “Golden Round Trip” up to the Mount Pilatus. It’s definitely a must-do when visiting the city for the first time. Trust me, the ride to the top of the Mount Pilatus is one of the most spectacular you will ever experience. Once arrived at freezingly cold top, the panoramic views of the lakes and mountains will leave you breathless. Your round trip includes an aerial cable car and gondola ride, gently gliding you down along the spine of the mountains.