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  • 1 Lake Lucerne Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    CH - Luzern

    The lake recalls the watercolours of Turner who was here from 1842 to 1844. Its winding shoreline offers constantly changing views. Between Lucerne and Altdorf, it is constituted by what are virtually three separate lakes, named from west to east: Vi..

  • 2 Museum of Swiss Transportation Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Lidostrasse 5 CH - 6000 Luzern

    The Verkehrshaus Der Schweiz, created in 1959, is a veritable "city within a city", presenting all manner of floating, flying and wheeled machines! Navigating your way around the different buildings on a scooter (self service) makes for an ..

  • 3 Rosengart Collection Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Pilatusstrasse 10 CH - Luzern

    This museum was founded in 2002 by Angela Rosengart, daughter of art dealer Siegfried Rosengart. These two collectors have donated several works by Picasso, to whom they were close, to the city of Lucerne. Like her father, Angela Rosengart has shown ..

  • 4 Old Town Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kornmarkt CH - 6000 Luzern

    The old town is around the Marché aux Vins, a pretty square lined with houses covered with paintings and decorated with many signs that used to house the guilds. Further on, note the old Town Hall (1602-1606), a fine Renaissance building, Place du Ce..

  • 5 Banks Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    quai Schweizerhofquai CH - 6000 Luzern

    The banks (Schweizerhofquai, Nationalquai), are planted with trees and lined with palaces and offer fine views of the town, the lake of Four Cantons, and beyond, over the Alps from the Rigi to the Pilate. Along the lake, you will reach Carlspitelerqu..

  • 6 Lucerne Culture and Conference Centre Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Europaplatz 1 CH - Luzern

    Built in 2000 by architect Jean Nouvel, this building complements the station built in 1991 by Santiago Calatrava. With its glass architecture creating transparency and reflection effects, the building's 12 000m2 roof is oriented towards the lake and..

  • 7 Bourbaki Panorama Interesting

    Museums and art

    Löwenplatz 11 CH - 6000 Luzern

    The gigantic circular painting (110m circumference and 10m high), painted by Genevan Édouard Castres in 1881, is one of the most spectacular examples of 19C panorama paintings, which were famous attractions from before the cinema era. It illustrates ..

  • 8 Kappellbrücke Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Kappellbrücke CH - 6000 Luzern

    Situated in the place where the Reuss leaves the lake, this covered wooden bridge was entirely rebuilt after a fire in 1993. Dating back to the 14C, and flanked with a large octagonal tower, it used to protet the lake side of the town. It was decorat..

  • 9 Glacier Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    r. Denkmalstr. 4 CH - 6000 Luzern

    This garden transports the visitor to a time when the plain up to the Jura was covered by the Reuss glacier. You can see 32 "giant holes", uncovered in 1872. A museum contains prehistoric collections, a reconstruction of a hunters' cave at ..

  • 10 Kunstmuseum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Europaplatz 1 CH - 6005 Luzern

    Housed in the modern cultural centre by the French architect Jean Nouvel, the new Fine Arts Museum contains a large collection of 18-20C work. Pride of place is given to international modern art.

  • 11 Collegiate of St Léger Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Leodegarstrasse CH - 6000 Luzern

    Founded in 735, destroyed by fire in 1633, this church was rebuilt in the Renaissance style. It is surrounded by an Italian cloister. A monumental staircase leads to the vast Renaissance interior . The choir, closed off by a wrought iron gate, is dec..

  • 12 Picasso Collection

    Museums and art

    Furrengasse 21 CH - 6004 Luzern

    Housed in the Maison Am Rhym, next to the town hall and in a similar Renaissance style, these collections of pieces left by the Rosengart family are made up of works by the artist during the last 20 years of his life. An important collection of photo..

  • 13 Jesuit church

    Religious buildings

    Bahnhofstrasse CH - 6000 Luzern

    This vast church (1667-1677) has a simple façade surrounded by two high towers with a bulbous belltower. Inside, vaults are covered with frescos and the main altar is decorated with a giant retable in pink marble; the stucco in the main nave are of R..

  • 14 Palace of the Cantonal government

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Bahnhofstrasse 15 CH - 6000 Luzern

    Built from 1557-1564 for the bailiff of Ritter, this building has been the head of the cantonal government since 1804.

  • 15 Natural History and Archeology Museum

    Museums and art

    Kasernenplatz 6 CH - 6003 Luzern

    On the 1st floor of this museum, you can see a large collection of Alpine mineralogy and fossils, and a remarkable archaeology room with objects from across the region that attractively shows life in the lakeside towns with models and dioramas. The 2..

  • 16 Musegg ramparts

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Musegg Strasse CH - 6000 Luzern

    With nine guard towers, the old city walls were built from 1350-1408. From the top of Tour Schirmer (91 steps), which was rebuilt after a fire in spring 1994, there is a fine view of the town with the steeple of the collegiate of St-Léger, adnt eh la..

  • 17 Lion Monument

    Museums and art

    Löwenstrasse CH - 6000 Luzern

    Sculpted in a sandstone rockface, this lion, pictured dying with a lance in its left side, is a reminder of the heroism and faithfulness of the Swiss guards of Louis XVI, who died during the battle of the Tuileries on 10 Aug 1792.

  • 18 Richard Wagner Museum

    Museums and art

    Richard Wagner Weg 27 CH - 6000 Luzern

    Pleasantly situated on a headland in the middle of a park heading down to the lake, this was the home of Richard Wagner from 1866-1872. Here is where he met Nietzsche and composed some of his major works (Meistersingers, Siegfried, Gotterdammerrung)...

  • 19 Hans-Erni Museum

    Museums and art

    Lidostrasse 5 CH - 6000 Luzern

    This museum contains more than 300 works (paintings, drawings and sculptures) by Hans Erni, all crowned by the large fresco Panta Rhei in the auditorium, where the main thinkers of the West form Antiquity to the present day are pictured.

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