I thought that I should try to finish blogging about the places in Switzerland that I’ve visited since I’ve been here a combined total of more than 2 months during one of my previous jobs.

Lucerne (Luzern in German) is easily one of the most popular cities in Switzerland to visit for any tourist. I too made my way there on my second day when I was based in Switzerland for the first time.  The city is built beside a lake and surrounded by snowcapped mountains. It really fits the perfect fairy tale description of a Swiss town.

Being situated in central Switzerland, Lucerne is easy to get to as it is connected by railway and highways to most of the other Swiss cities and towns. Named after the lake that it’s built beside (Lake Lucerne), the major attraction is the Chapel Bridge which spans the Reuss River. A chapel lies in the middle of the bridge which gave rise to it’s name. As you walk along the 200m long wooden bridge, you can see pictures on the bridge describing 12th century Swiss history.

Synonymous with Lucerne is the Chapel Bridge, built in 1333. A fire destroyed most of the wooden bridge in 1993 and it was rebuilt a few months later.
Synonymous with Lucerne is the Chapel Bridge, built in 1333. A fire destroyed most of the wooden bridge in 1993 and it was rebuilt a few months later.

Surrounded by snow capped mountains in the distance, and standing in the Old Town area, you do feel like you have been transported back in time to the medieval age. The ski resorts of Mt. Rigi and Mt. Pilatus are nearby and they make good day trips from Lucerne. Activities that you can do there besides skiing in winter, include paragliding, cycling and hiking.

Lake and mountains view.
Lake and mountains surround Lucerne giving that perfect Swiss scenery.
A view of Lucerne with the Hofkirche church in the distance.
A view of Lucerne with the Hofkirche church in the distance.
The Hofkirche.
The Hofkirche church.
Walking in the Old Town.
Scene from the Old Town.
The old town of Lucerne with it's many decorated buildings.
The old town of Lucerne with it’s many decorated buildings. Most of these are converted into shops in the ground floor with residences on the upper floors.
I don't know why they had that fake whale's tail in the water then. I hope they have removed it by now.
I don’t know why they had that fake whale’s tail in the water then. I hope they have removed it by now.
If you see the castle overlooking Lucerne, that's actually a hotel.
If you see the castle overlooking Lucerne, that’s actually a hotel.
The other famous sight in Lucerne is the Dying Lion statue in a small park. It commemorates the massacred of hundreds of Swiss Guards during the French Revolution in 1792.
The other famous sight in Lucerne is the Dying Lion monument in a small park. It commemorates the massacre of hundreds of Swiss Guards during the French Revolution in 1792.

Personally, I find Lucerne a wonderful place to relax in. It has the perfect balance between tourism and retaining it’s local flavor, which may explain why it’s so popular with visitors. Being centrally located, it’s a good base to explore the rest of Switzerland using the train system. There are plenty of hotels here ranging from budget to luxury, so just take your pick.

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