The Tourist city of Lucerne
With the population of 57,000 the tourist city of Lucerne is said to be one of Switzerland's most charming medieval cities. On your Lucerne tours
you can view many interesting sites offered by the Old Town. Kapellebrucke
, the covered bridge and the nearby octagonal water towers are among the most popular tourist places to see on tours to Switzerland. Walk across the bridge to look at the paintings of Lucerne's history on the ceiling. You can visit the Jesuitenkirche
; one of the oldest baroque churches in Switzerland situated near the southern end of the bridge. Other main attractions of the tourist city of Lucerne include the Rittersche Palast, an Italian Renaissance villa that has now become the seat of government for the canton. On the opposite side of the Reuss River
are the Weinmarkt, Hirschenplatz and Kornmarkt
, three squares surrounded by buildings with painted facades.
On your Lucerne visit you can visit the Renaissance-style town hall on the Kornmarkt. The Museggmauer was part of the city's medieval wall. Nine towers remain with the Zytturm, large clock dating to 1535, is the most impressive. Another covered bridge, the Spreuerbrucke, was also once part of the city's fortifications. More recent attractions include the Kultur and Kongresszentrum a multipurpose complex designed by Jean Nouvel, housing the Kunstmuseum, Sammlung Rosengart and the Picasso Museum. Opera fans can visit the Richard Wagner Museum on their Switerland tours.
To make the most of your tour to Switzerland you can take a trip via cable car from Kriens to Mount Pilatus, a huge mountain adjacent to Lucerne, for lunch and a panoramic view of the Swiss Alps. Other pleasant trips can be taken to Mount Rigi or Mount Titlis; by cable car. A half-day trip can be taken to the town of Altdorf, where the mythical figure of William Tell was supposed to have lived. Go high up in the hills on the other side of the lake (opposite Lucerne) to Burgenstock, an old-world-style resort area with charming hotels and outstanding views of the lake and environs, on tours to Lucerne Switzerland.
Restaurants in Lucerne
There are many fine restaurants in Lucerne that range from exclusive gourmet restaurants to quaint eateries offering local cuisine. A regional specialty is the Luzerner Kügelipastete. This dish consists of an outer crust of pastry containing a delicious mixture of mushrooms and chopped veal cooked in thick gravy. This authentic Swiss dish is sure to leave you feeling full and content on a tour of Lucerne.
Restaurants in Lucerne also specialize in various fish preparations. The locally found trout and pike are cooked in different delicious ways and are a favorite with the local people, as is Kaffee fertig, a coffee made more potent by the addition of Schnapps.
Eating out is a popular activity in Lucerne as can be seen by the profusion of eateries, café's, bars and restaurants in Lucerne, particularly around the Old Town square and on the lake waterfront. Another attraction of the city is the twice-weekly Old Town market. Tourists and local folk can be seen browsing through the stalls where local food, fresh fruit, vegetables, and fish, pies and pastries, dairy products, flowers, local jams and wine and local handicrafts are displayed. Don't miss the quaint weekly markets of Lucerne or the restaurants of Lucerne on tours to Switzerland.
Some of the best restaurants in Lucerne are Opus (wine bar and café), Panorama (rooftop bar),
Heini's Tearoom (patisserie), Jazz Kantine (café and bar) Café Parterre, and Café Hug.
Enjoy dining on Swiss and international cuisine on tours to Lucerne, Switzerland with Switzerland Flexi Tours.
Walking Tours to Lucerne