On this Post, some tips about Lucerne, our home town!! I live here with my family since 2013 and love the city! Lucerne is one of the most beautiful cities in Switzerland, just on the shore of Lake “Vierwaldstättersee”. The city guest over 1 million visitors from around the world every year.
Canton Lucerne bellows to the German-speaking part of Switzerland, is about 50 km from Zürich (the nearest airport) and 100 km from Bern, Switzerland’s capital. It is a medium-sized city, for Swiss standards, it has around 80.000 inhabitants.
Since the Middle Age, it is part of the vital route that connects the North to the South of Europe, through tunnel St. Gotthard. Because of strategic location, it is one of the main bases for tourists traveling thought the country to set up different itineraries, such as panoramic trains and snow sports.
Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge)
If you are passing through Lucerne, be sure to visit the oldest covered wooden bridge in Europe with over 650 years of history. In 1993, a big fire destroyed part of The Chapel Bridge. One of the peculiarities of the bridge is the paintings of the 17th century, some already restored and tell part of Swiss history.
Next to it is the Water Tower (Wasserturm), built-in 1300, once a prison and used to store the city’s treasure and today it is Switzerland’s most photographed monument.
Near the Jesuit Church, another wooden bridge, built in the 14th century, is the “Spreuerbrücke”. Nowhere in the world will you see a bridge with such morbid paintings than “Dance of Death”, painted by Kaspar Meglinger.
Old Town and Rathaus
The historic buildings of Lucerne are amazing! Highlight for the Rathaus, built in the first decade of the 16th century in the Renaissance style. We’ve been to an event here, and the interior of the Rathaus is awe-inspiring!
Museggmauer / Medieval Towers
Initially, 30 Towers of the Middle Ages protected Lucerne between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. Today, there are still 13 towers, and we can visit 4 of then during April and November. We’ve visited the “Zytturm”, that means in English “Tower of Time”. The Zytturm is 31m high and was built in 1535 by Hans Luter.
The attraction is for active children + 5 years old, there is no access to strollers and lots of stairs. The view of the city is spectacular!