Europe, Switzerland, Travel

48 Hours in Lucerne, Switzerland

June 1, 2014

Lucerne is a beautiful lakeside city in central Switzerland. This charming little city comes complete with old cobbled lanes, wooden bridges and quaint buildings, and is set off the beautiful Lake Lucerne. As it is only a small town, you can generally get away with exploring it by foot.

Here is how you should spend 48 hours in Lucerne…

Stroll along the Kapellbrücke Chapel Bridge

The most well-known symbol of Lucerne. Built in the 14th century, the Kapellbrücke is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe and is full of history. As you stroll along the flower-lined bridge and past the water tower, you can view the many paintings on the gables inside the bridge, which were painted by Hans Heinrich Wägmann in the 17th-18th century. Many of these paintings and the bridge were destroyed after a fire in 1993, but have since been reconstructed. Set over the River Reuss, you can capture a gorgeous view of the town of Lucerne as well as a scenic view of Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps.

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48 hours in Lucerne, Switzerland by Endlessly Exploring

48 hours in Lucerne, Switzerland by Endlessly Exploring

Wander through the Old Town

Follow the old cobbled streets in the Old Town of Lucerne, and get lost amongst the many shops, fountains, restaurants and the historic painted buildings. The four main squares of the Old Town are Mühlenplatz, Weinmarkt, Hirschenplatz and Kornmarkt.

48 hours in Lucerne, Switzerland by Endlessly Exploring

48 hours in Lucerne, Switzerland by Endlessly Exploring at http://endlesslyexploring.com/48-hours-lucerne-switzerland/

Reach the top of Mt Pilatus

For a breathtaking and spectacular view of the Swiss Alps and Lake Lucerne, this is a must. Mt Pilatus was the highlight of my time in Lucerne – check out my post about Mt Pilatus here.

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Lucerne by boat

Take a break from travelling by foot and unwind on a boat cruise on Lake Lucerne. Sit back and relax while you cruise past the beautiful views of Switzerland. For something more active, hire a paddle boat for an hour or so and make your own way around Lake Lucerne.

48 hours in Lucerne, Switzerland by Endlessly Exploring

48 hours in Lucerne, Switzerland by Endlessly Exploring

View the Lion Monument

This 10 metre long sculpture is one of the most moving artworks in the world. The piece is dedicated to the Swiss Guards of Louis XVI of France who were massacred in the French Revolution in 1792.

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Try some cheese fondue at a Swiss Folklore Restaurant

You can’t go to Switzerland without attending a Folklore show and eating some cheese fondue. Try Stadtkeller Swiss Folklore Restaurant, even though it’s tourist central – it’s still a lot of fun. The three-course menu includes Swiss Cheese Fondue (be prepared for the overwhelming taste of wine), a Roasted Swiss Bratwurst and Rösti, and a Swiss Chalet Dessert. You’ll eat your meal accompanied by folk music, yodeling, alphorn blowing and flag throwing – audience participation is welcome.

48 hours in Lucerne, Switzerland by Endlessly Exploring

48 hours in Lucerne, Switzerland by Endlessly Exploring

48 hours in Lucerne, Switzerland by Endlessly Exploring

48 hours in Lucerne, Switzerland by Endlessly Exploring

Indulge on some Swiss Chocolate

Swiss chocolate has an international reputation for being high quality. So while you’re in Lucerne, why not satisfy that sweet tooth with some delicious chocolate? Some of the famous Swiss chocolate brands are Lindt, Toblerone and Nestle, but you can find other chocolate shops throughout the city. One of my personal favourites is Confiserie Bachmann in the Old Town – not only good for chocolate but for pastries, gelato and sandwiches as well.

Splurge on a Swiss Pocket Knife or Watch

Switzerland is not only famous for its cheese and chocolate, but for its pocket knives and watches too. There are many shops selling these goods around Lucerne, they are known for their good quality and for being reasonably priced.

Travel Tip: Switzerland is definitely a place that can break the wallet, so be prepared to spend a bit more money than you’re used to!

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21 Comments

  • Reply Corinne June 5, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Kelly, We just came back from a wonderful weekend in Gruyeres, Switzerland and fondue we did have! Yum!

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 5, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      Glad you enjoyed some fondue! Switzerland is beautiful! 🙂 x

  • Reply Becky Padmore June 6, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Switzerland is so beautiful, definitely one of my favourite travel destinations!

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 6, 2014 at 11:03 am

      Agreed, it really is so beautiful! Can’t wait to head back again one day!

  • Reply Alexis June 11, 2014 at 11:50 am

    I’m hoping to visit Switzerland on the last few days of my Euro trip! Haven’t yet decided which Swiss city to visit, but this definitely makes me want to visit Lucerne.

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 11, 2014 at 1:05 pm

      I’ve only been to Lucerne and it was lovely, so I definitely recommend it! But from what I saw driving through Switzerland, everywhere was incredibly beautiful – so I’m sure you will love it wherever you go! 🙂 x

  • Reply The Slow Pace June 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Lovely post! You got me with the cheese fondue 😉
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

    • Reply Kelly Ross June 15, 2014 at 11:06 am

      Thanks! It’s pretty good 😉 x

  • Reply Kate Ramsay September 5, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Great guide and photos, thanks for sharing! I was lucky enough to visit Lucerne and agree Mt Pilatus is a real highlight. You might enjoy this similar pist I have written on Bruges: http://houseofemerald.com/2014/04/27/must-dos-in-bruges/

    Kate x

    • Reply Kelly Ross September 12, 2014 at 6:01 am

      Thanks Kate! I’ll definitely give it a read! It may come in handy next year when I go back to Europe!! 🙂 x

  • Reply Andrea October 27, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    I’m going to be driving through Switzerland later this year. I wasn’t planning on stopping in Lucerne but it does look gorgeous. I might add it to my itinerary.

    • Reply Kelly Ross October 29, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      Lucerne is definitely a beautiful place! Hope you enjoy Switzerland, and Lucerne if you end up stopping there 🙂 x

  • Reply Paula Wheeler @ A Travelers Postcard October 30, 2014 at 7:18 am

    It’s on my (long) list of travel must stops. Enjoyed reading and beautiful photo’s. Thanks for the tip too, it’s nice to be cost prepared.

    • Reply Kelly Ross November 6, 2014 at 2:35 pm

      I hope you get there eventually Paula 😛 Thanks so much! 🙂 x

  • Reply Rasya November 10, 2014 at 11:45 pm

    Switzerland looks beautiful. Definitely gonna check out the places you’ve recommended if i ever find myself there 🙂
    xoxo,
    Rasya / http://www.sevenoone.blogspot.com

    • Reply Kelly Ross November 15, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      It’s a lovely place Rasya! Hopefully you do find yourself there one day, I promise you won’t regret it! 🙂 x

  • Reply Wendy Kerby November 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    Thanks for checking out my blog and after reading your post on Lucerne we are very similar! What a great post! A truly spectacular town and I hope one day to go back too.

    Happy and safe travels 🙂 x

    • Reply Kelly Ross December 1, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks Wendy! No worries, I really enjoy your posts 🙂 x

  • Reply Michelle W June 18, 2015 at 3:54 am

    I loved Lucerne but sadly didn’t make it to the lion statue. My only complaint about the city was overpriced food, but maybe I just wasn’t looking in the right places- Cheers!

  • Reply Michelle W June 18, 2015 at 3:54 am

    I loved Lucerne but sadly didn’t make it to the lion statue. My only complaint about the city was overpriced food, but maybe I just wasn’t looking in the right places- Cheers!!

  • Reply sue January 4, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    We go tomorrow, cant wait to see it. We enjoyed your blog about it!
    Just thought we would mention that the French revolution was 1792 😉

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