City profile

Lucerne is the capital of the Canton of Lucerne, with a population of about 60,000. Due to its location on the shore of Lake Lucerne (der Vierwaldstättersee), within sight of Mount Pilatus and Rigi in the Swiss Alps, Lucerne has long been a destination for tourists. One of the city's famous landmarks is the Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke), a wooden bridge first erected in the 14th century. Lucerne was voted the fifth most popular tourism destination in the world in 2010 by Tripadvisor.

Lucerne is well-served by museums and galleries . The Old Town is pedestrianised, and the lively new part of town also boasts a good selection of shops. Attractive markets are held several times a week selling fresh and artisan produce, plants and handicrafts.

The city hosts a very wide range of local and international festivals. Every year, towards the end of winter, Carnival (Fasnacht) breaks out in the streets, alleyways and squares of the old town. This is a glittering outdoor party, where chaos reigns.Nightlife in Lucerne also provides something to suit everyones tastes.

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City Travel

Fly to Zurich from: Shannon, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Birmingham.

Train from Zurich to Lucerne: 45m