Jewels of Lucerne Tour (Self Guided), Lucerne

Lucerne is an amazing city that sits on the side of Lake Lucerne and is surrounded by beautiful mountains. Sometimes known as "The City of Light", Lucerne is one of Switzerland's key cities. Its long and rich history has bestowed upon it lots of amazing architecture and fascinating stories. Take this walking tour to discover the real jewels of Lucerne.
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Jewels of Lucerne Tour Map

Guide Name: Jewels of Lucerne Tour
Guide Location: Switzerland » Lucerne (See other walking tours in Lucerne)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
Author: doris
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Chapel Bridge
  • Rathaus (Town Hall)
  • Confectionary Bachmann
  • St. Matthew Church (Matthäuskirche)
  • Hofstube Restaurant
  • Schmocker-Souvenirs
  • Church of St. Leodegar
  • Old Swiss House
Chapel Bridge

1) Chapel Bridge (must see)

The Chapel Bridge is a covered wooden footbridge spanning diagonally across the Reuss River in the city of Lucerne. Named after the nearby St. Peter's Chapel, the bridge is unique since it contains a number of interior paintings dating back to the 17th century, although many of them were destroyed along with most of the centuries-old bridge in a 1993 fire. Subsequently restored, the Kapellbrücke is the oldest wooden covered bridge in Europe, as well as the world's oldest surviving truss bridge. It serves as the city's symbol and as one of Switzerland's main tourist attractions.

The bridge itself was originally built in 1333 as part of Lucerne's fortifications. It linked the old town on the right bank of the Reuss to the new town on the left bank, securing the city from attack from the south (i.e. from the lake). The bridge initially had a length of over 200 metres (660 ft), although due to numerous shortenings throughout the years and river bank replenishments, the bridge now totals only 170 metres (560 ft) in length.

Why You Should Visit:
From the charming farmer's markets along the water's edge to the infamous swans floating across the water, this bridge is dreamy to say the least.
Along its both sides you'll find lush flowers pouring over the edges and artwork every few feet that dates back to the 1600s.

Experience it at night also with the city lights, swans, flowers and vibrant atmosphere. Both banks are full of great shopping and fantastic restaurants.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Rathaus (Town Hall)

2) Rathaus (Town Hall) (must see)

The Rathaus was constructed in 1606 by Anton Isenmann. This town hall has a Renaissance architectural style, with an Emmentaler-style roof. Right above the arcades, you will find the Kornschütte hall, which used to be a major trading venue.

Why You Should Visit:
Part of the city's urban landscape and a beautiful sight as such, its tall clock tower dominating the right bank of Reuss river.
Fits perfectly into the Old Town architectural/historical ensemble, though it may not accessible on the inside.
Makes for a pretty good photo op and close to other attractions such as shops, restaurants and bars.
Confectionary Bachmann

3) Confectionary Bachmann

If you're a chocolate lover you won't want to come to Lucerne without visiting the Confectionary Bachman, a veritable "Land of Chocolate". Here you'll find an amazing variety of delicious products unique to the store that are produced with the best traditional methods and to the highest quality. Be sure to taste the Luzerner Chatzestreckerli (cherry-flavored chocolates with liquid truffle creme) as well as the famous Baileys truffles and many other kinds of bread, pastries, desserts and chocolates.
St. Matthew Church (Matthäuskirche)

4) St. Matthew Church (Matthäuskirche)

The Matthäuskirche is named after the evangelist Matthew, one of the twelve Apostles. The first Protestant church in the city, Matthäuskirche was designed by Ferdinand Stadler around 1860. It came about as a result of a search for a church site by the owner of the adjacent Hotel Schweizerhof. The church represents a fascinating example of Gothic renaissance style. Composer Richard Wagner, who lived in Lucerne from 1866 to 1872, married his second wife Cosima von Bulow here in 1870.
Hofstube Restaurant

5) Hofstube Restaurant

The Hofstube is a historical Swiss-style restaurant located in the Hotel Zum Rebstock. This amazing restaurant famous for serving a large variety of German, French and Swiss dishes. Spread across two dining rooms, you're sure to have a charming evening of folklore-inspired dining.

6) Schmocker-Souvenirs

If wood carving and handicrafts are your thing then this is a store you won't want to miss. Centrally located in the main shopping area near the Lion monument, it's the perfect place to find a special something that will always remind you of Lucerne. They've got a very wide assortment of original Swiss handicrafts including cuckoo clocks, dolls, bells, music boxes and the finest woodcarvings.
Church of St. Leodegar

7) Church of St. Leodegar (must see)

The Church of St. Leodegar is the most important church and a landmark in the city of Lucerne. It was built in parts from 1633 to 1639 on the foundation of the Roman basilica which had burnt in 1633. This church was one of the few built north of the Alps during the Thirty Years War and one of the largest and art history rich churches of the German late renaissance period. In 1874 the parish church of St. Leodegar was founded and with that, the church became simultaneously a monastery church and parish church, as it is today.

Why You Should Visit:
The views at the top are majestic overlooking the Old Town and Lake Lucerne.
Inside the church, the details are quite pretty and there are regular organ concerts.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7am-7pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Old Swiss House

8) Old Swiss House

This timber restaurant near the Lion Monument is one of the most popular attractions in the area. It's beautifully decorated in a 17th-century style with porcelain, antique glass, hand-carved oak doors, wooden stairways and antique silver. Be sure to try the Wiener Schnitzel, which have been a favorite of tourists for decades. In summer there's a great outdoor terrace too.

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