Straddling a lake, surrounded by mountains and abundant in well-preserved medieval structures and squares, Lucerne is another of Switzerland’s picturesque cities.
Like the rest of the country, Lucerne combines tradition and modernity with ease but, unlike flashy Geneva and Zurich, it still remains humble and serene in doing so. The city is charming and restorative.
One of Lucerne’s most famous landmarks is Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge), a 14th century covered wooden bridge; Europe’s oldest, in fact. Train, rail and aircraft buffs will be delighted to find that Lucerne is also home to Switzerland’s most-frequented museum, the Swiss Museum of Transport.
As the gateway to central Switzerland, Lucerne is a great base for excursions to the surrounding towns and mountains such as Pilatus, Rigi and Stanserhorn.