Welcome to Lucerne, the world’s famous city in the midst of an Alpine wonderland.

Lucerne, like many of Switzerland’s largest cities, is perched on the shores of a scenic lake. Possessing a rare beauty that makes Lucerne Switzerland’s most photogenic city, it also has a lovely Old Town, a strong cultural tradition and several very interesting sights.

Lucerne straddles both sides of Lake Lucerne, which flows outward into the River Reuss. Two unusual covered bridges, Kapellbrucke and Spreurbrucke, along with the former bridge’s soaring water tower, are Lucerne’s most famous landmarks.

Built in the 14th century, a walk through these bridges’ dark interiors reveal the city’s history – including the Black Plague – in a series of interior paintings done by local artists over the centuries.

Just as unusual is Lucerne’s Glacier Garden where viewers skirt giant boulders and peer down into deep glacier potholes. Nearby is another city symbol, the Lion Monument; this arresting sculpture of a dying lion commemorates the Swiss war dead from the18th century battles.

Lucerne also abounds with gothic squares, ornate churches (the reformation never made it here) and marvelous museums that keep the cameras clicking steadily. Just outside the city center is one of the world’s finest technology museums, the Swiss Transport Museum.

Also recommended as a day excursion is a trip to the summit of Mount Pilatus, via a genuine cog railway system. A visit to Lucerne, without a morning or afternoon cruise on Lake Lucerne – affording terrific views of the city and surrounding Alpine countryside – is, by our standards, an incomplete visit.

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