Lucerne Altstadt

Lucerne's Old Town

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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.

Make sure you cross the famous Kapellbrücke and Spreuerbrücke, but try to do it early in the morning, when things are less busy.

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.

At A Glance

Zentralstrasse 5
Lucerne Lucerne CH-6004
41 41 227 17 17

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