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Global City Guidebook: Lucerne

Jul 10, 2023

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Often called Switzerland’s prettiest city, Lucerne sits where Reuss River opens into shimmering Lake Lucerne, nestled among the snow-capped mountains of the magnificent Alps. Known for its preserved medieval architecture, the colorful Old Town is bordered on the north by Musegg Wall, a 14th-century rampart. The covered Chapel Bridge, Lucerne’s iconic landmark, links Old Town to the river’s right bank. Whatever the season, modern and prosperous Lucerne offers myriad activities from mountain excursions and boat tours on the lake to fine dining and cultural and historical sites.

GETTING THERE & AROUND

Most visitors arrive in Lucerne by train from Zürich Airport, the country’s largest international airport and primary hub of Swiss International Air Lines. Direct trains to Lucerne leave the airport every hour and take 70 minutes. With its commitment to preserving cobblestone pedestrian plazas, Lucerne is best discovered on foot (walking tours are available) or by bicycle, using the popular Nextbike bike-sharing system. Lucerne’s public transport network includes buses and local trains; taxis and Uber also operate in the city.

LODGING

Art Deco Hotel Montana

Spectacular views over Lake Lucerne, exceptional service, superior rooms, a third-floor outdoor beach bar with a Mediterranean feel and the immersive Kitchen Club concept all ensure a relaxing atmosphere for guests. Ride the funicular for a breathtaking arrival to the hotel.

Adligenswilerstrasse 22, Lucerne, Switzerland, tel 41 41 419 00 00

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Grand Hotel National Luzern

The 5-star lakeside hotel, in business since 1870, retains the charm of its past while offering the comfort and hospitality travelers expect. The hotel houses 41 elegantly designed guestrooms and suites, four restaurants with lakeside terraces, conference space and a pool with sauna.

Haldenstrasse 4, Lucerne, Switzerland,
tel 41 41 419 09 09

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Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern

The iconic Belle Époque landmark has stood on the shores of Lake Lucerne since 1906, reopening as Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern after an extensive renovation. It offers 136 tranquil rooms and suites, legendary service, a range of dining venues and a holistic spa.

Haldenstrasse 10, Lucerne, Switzerland, tel 41 41 588 18 88

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DINING

The Kitchen Club

Take a seat in the middle of the action at the stunning 15-Gault-Millau-point kitchen and watch talented chefs prepare your meal right in front of you. The unique concept invites guests to see, smell, listen, touch and taste all at once. Open Wednesday–Saturday, reservations are accepted for up to 24 people.

Art Deco Hotel Montana, Adligenswilerstrasse 22, Lucerne, Switzerland, tel 41 41 419 00 00

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Pfistern Zunfthausrestaurant

In an Old Town house dating back to 1578 with a unique view of Chapel Bridge, settle in for inventive contemporary cuisine blending typically Swiss dishes with Mediterranean ingredients. Leave room for the delectable desserts! Children’s menu and gluten-free options available.

Kornmarkt 4, 6004 Lucerne, Switzerland, tel 41 41 410 36 50

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Restaurant Bündnerland Luzern

Savor Alpine comfort and culinary delights overseen by Chef Fabian Dumitrache. Ranked first in the Best of Swiss Gastro 2022 awards, the restaurant spans three floors of one of the oldest houses in Old Town and offers a creative twist on local specialties.

Eisengasse 15, Lucerne, Switzerland,
tel 41 41 554 13 55

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ATTRACTIONS

Chapel Bridge

Take an inspiring walk on Lucerne’s picturesque wooden footbridge, crossing Reuss River. Considered Europe’s oldest covered bridge, it was built in the 14th century as part of the city fortifications. The 17th-century pictorial panels inside depict scenes of Swiss and Lucerne history.

Mountain Excursions

Lucerne’s streets offer impressive views of the surrounding mountains, but there’s no need to admire them from afar. You can easily access many peaks, such as Mount Pilatus, Mount Rigi and Mount Titlis, via aerial cableways, either self-directed or with a tour. Some tours also include a boat trip on the lake.

Swiss Museum of Transport

This destination of discovery offers immersive and interactive exhibits about automobiles, trains, aircraft, ships and even space travel. Don’t miss the Swiss Chocolate Adventure to learn about the manufacture and transport of chocolate — and get a taste of the sweet stuff.

Lidostrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland, tel 41 41 375 75 75 verkehrshaus.ch

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