There are some places that are on Instagram so often you feel as though it is mandatory to visit. Lucerne Switzerland is one of them. If there was a reward for the prettiest country, Switzerland would rank high and Lucerne is a perfect example of why. How could it not be with its frescoes, lake setting and Swiss Alp background?

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Lucerne Switzerland Itinerary: Things To Do

Take a boat ride around Lake Lucerne, have a picnic lunch by the lake or relax and watch the swans glide by.

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Kapellbrucke (Chapel Bridge) is Europe’s oldest wood covered bridge, it dates back to 1333. The bridge was destroyed in a fire in 1993; it has been rebuilt and many of the famous interior paintings have been restored. The Wasserturm (Water Tower) was never an actual water tower, it has been a prison and a torture house.

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The Musegg Wall (City Walls) was built in 1386. Walk the medieval wall and climb the towers for amazing city views.

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The Dying Lion Monument is a ten-meter-long memorial carved in sandstone with a pond at its base. It is dedicated to the Swiss Guards killed in the 1792 French Revolution. The emotion portrayed in this art is amazing.

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The Spreuerbrucke (Spreuer Bridge) is Lucerne’s second covered wooden footbridge and dates back to 1408. This bridge also has interior paintings so remember to look up!

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The Rathaus (Town Hall) has a 17th Century clock tower, it is now a marketplace.

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Old Town’s colorful frescoes are almost as famous as Chapel Bridge and the Dying Lion. Ensure you explore the four main squares: Muhlenplatz, Weinmarkt, Hirschenplatz and Kornmarket.

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And, of course, eat lots of Swiss Chocolate!

Lucerne Switzerland: 24 Hour Itinerary

Lucerne is an easy 45-minute train ride from Zurich. The central station is in the heart of the city. Exit the train and walk the city wall toward the Dying Lion Monument.  Next make your way to the lake and have a picnic lunch. Spend the remainder of the day wandering around the old town. Use this map to plan your route. Food is expensive in Switzerland, water is free from public fountains throughout the city. Consider splurging on cheese fondue and traditional entertainment at A Swiss Folklore Restaurant. If time permits take the world’s steepest cogwheel train up Mt Pilatus for great views.

Lucerne is the perfect city for a day trip from Zurich or to use as a base for exploring the Swiss Alps.  Visit the Lucerne Office of Tourism for more information.

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Lucerne Switzerland is full of colorful frescoes, wooden bridges, shutters galore, old city walls, monuments full of emotion, chocolate, lake setting and Swiss Alps... Lucerne has it all! Click here to discover the best things to do in Lucerne Switzerland.