Located in the alpine scenery of central Switzerland at the north end of Lake Lucerne where the River Reuss flows out of the lake. With its well-preserved medical core, elegant historical building, gorgeous blue lake, great classical music and genial atmosphere, Lucerne is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Switzerland.
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The Kapelbrucke built in 1333 is a covered wooden bridge running diagonally across the Reuss is the most characteristic sight in Lucerne. The bridge is well-known for the more than 100 17th century pictures hanging from the roof rafters inside, depicting patron saints and scenes from the town's history. A 13th century water tower ‘octagonal Wasserturm’ more than 34 meters high was once part of the town’s fortifications.
2. RICHARD WAGNER MUSEUM
The famous 19th century German composer, Richard Wagner lived on Lake Lucerne for six years where he composed important operas. Visitors can learn about his life and music through memorabilia at the museum that is located on his country estate, Tribechen. The museum is closed December to April and on Mondays.
3.MUSEUM SAMMLUNG ROSENGART
The relatively new museum displays art from Post Impressionists with works by Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso. The museum also features important works of more than 20 artists from the 19th and 20th centuries, among them Cézanne, Monet, Chagall, Braque, Kandinsky, Léger, Matisse, and Miró. Paintings and drawings by Paul Klee represent all periods of the artists work while Picasso’s work includes some of his earlier drawings but concentrates mainly on his paintings after 1938. Painting of the Museum’s founder, Angela Rosengart by Picaso is also among the work on display.
The 13th century wall is an important part of Lucerne’s fortifications and is largely intact today. Only a few of the nine tower is accessible today. Zyt the most famous of the towers contains the 1536 clock, the clock rings on the hour one minute before all the other city clock can ring. Views from the accessible towers are spectacular.
5.SWISS TRANSPORT MUSEUM
All forms of transport, communications and tourisms are on display in the large complex exhibition halls. You can follow the development of transportation from its earliest days, expecially in its mechanized forms. On exhibit is rolling stock, railway locomotives, models and actual examples of ships, aircraft, rockets and automobiles. An entire exhibit explains the construction of the St. Gotthard rail tunnel. A 3D film theater with the largest screen in Switzerland, and a 150-projector Planetarium also offers daily shows.
Glacier-polished rock, erratic boulders dropped by the retreating ice, and 32 potholes formed at the base of waterfalls of melting glacial ice, this all form the remarkable relic of the Ice Age. How the changing climate effecting the earth can be seen in exhibits. Also on display in the museum are relief maps of Switzerland, groups of alpine animals, rock specimens and historic rooms. Higher up are an early climbers' hut and a lookout tower. The adjoining park is a good place for a picnic.
The church was founded in the 8th century as a Benedictine monastery. Today it is the main cathedral in Lucerne and the most important Renaissance church in Switzerland. In 1633 a fire destroyed the original church with only a few religious objects, the towers and St. Mary’s altar, with a panel dating back to 1500, are about all that remains of that church. The replacement church white stone interior are adorn with Gilt statues and the ornate and plain pews represent where the rich and poor worshipped separately.
The tine Old Town is located of the right bank of the River Reuss across the Chapel Bridge. The well preserved Old Town is surrounded by the city wall with squares with fountains and cobblestone streets. Considered as the prettiest in Switzerland, visitors can find murals painted on numerous buildings. Visitor will also see medieval burghers’ brightly painted, wood-timbered houses. The Italian Renaissance Town Hall was built in 1602.
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The best time to visit Lucerne is between June to September when the weather is pleasant. The gateway central Switzerland, Lucerne's proximity to the Alps ensures that it is cool even in summers, particularly in the evenings.
Lucerne’s public transport network includes buses, local trains, taxis, bicycles and car rental.