Lucerne is known as the smaller version of Switzerland, in one city. History, culture, and of course, spectacular scenery come together in a perfect blend that will have you longing to extend your stay.
Lucerne, a small city in Switzerland known for its medieval architecture, sits surrounded by snow-capped mountains on Lake Lucerne. Its colorful old town is bordered on the north by 870m Museggmauer (Musegg Wall), a 14-century rampart. The covered bridge, Kapellbrücke (aka, Chapel Bridge), built-in 1333, links the Aldstadt (old town) to the Reuss River’s right bank.
Lucerne has a curious history as it is still debated when the city was founded. Some sources say the first semblance of a settlement dates to 840AD, while others say the city was born much later around 1178.
One of the best things about Lucerne is that it is at the heart of Switzerland, meaning you can explore the surrounding area on some enjoyable day trips. You can head to the icy heights of the Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station and home to the Great Aletsch Glacier, as well as several famous peaks.