One of Switzerland’s most picturesque urban sights, Lucerne’s Old Town is a firm favorite with visitors and often packed to the gills with camera-toting tourists.
And with good reason! Prosperity, prettiness and placement have all contrived to make this place a visual feast. With fresco-ed building facades, painted wooden bridges over the Reuss River, narrow medieval streets and old-fashioned fountains, there’s a lot to look at.
The best place to start your explorations is on the northern side of the river, where you’ll see medieval buildings and character-filled cobblestoned streets-cum-squares such as Weinmarkt and Kornmarkt. The latter has the 17th-century Rathaus (Town Hall) and the beautiful frescoes of the Pfistern Guildhall.
Guided tours (two hours long; CHF18) in German and English are available through the city’s tourist information service. The meeting point is Zentralstrasse 5, at
the train station; no bookings are required.