Lucerne's Historical Religious Sites (Self Guided), Lucerne

Lucerne is a beautiful city, often referred to as the heart of Switzerland. Beautiful churches and other renaissance-era buildings make this a charming city for locals and tourists alike. The spacious, richly decorated interior of the city's churches will enliven your spirit - take our tour to see some of the most famous religious buildings in Lucerne.
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Lucerne's Historical Religious Sites Map

Guide Name: Lucerne's Historical Religious Sites
Guide Location: Switzerland » Lucerne (See other walking tours in Lucerne)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 Km or 2.4 Miles
Author: doris
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • St. Paul's Church
  • Franciscan Church (Franziskanerkirche)
  • Jesuit Church (Jesuitenkirche)
  • St. Matthew Church (Matthäuskirche)
  • Church of St. Leodegar
  • St. Josef-Maihof Church
  • New Apostolic Church
St. Paul's Church

1) St. Paul's Church

Dating back to 1912, Lucerne's St. Paul's Church was designed by Swiss architect Karl Coelestin Moser. It’s an amazing church with a splendid interior, charming frescoes and majestic glass paintings.
Franciscan Church (Franziskanerkirche)

2) Franciscan Church (Franziskanerkirche)

Lucerne's Franciscan Church was built between 1270 and 1280. It has a simple Gothic architectural style. The church's highlight is the spectacular side chapel, decorated with Italianate stucco in a baroque style. Inside you'll find a wide range of amazing sculptures and pictures.
Jesuit Church (Jesuitenkirche)

3) Jesuit Church (Jesuitenkirche) (must see)

This impressive church is considered to be the first large baroque style churches ever built in Switzerland. It's located on the south bank of the Reuss river in a triangular area known as Kleinstadt. Special points of interest include the sacristy, the rich stucco work and church relics including the penitential robe of St. Nikolaus von Fluee.

Why You Should Visit:
While it is very pleasing from outside along the river promenade, the rich, unchanged interior in pink and white is what really stands out. It may look closed, but just try the front doors and go on in!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6:30am-6:30pm
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.
Church of St. Leodegar

5) 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
St. Josef-Maihof Church

6) St. Josef-Maihof Church

This church is home to the Catholic parish of the same name that welcomes worshipers from all walks of life. Its ceremonies are characterized by an open theology, with thematic sermons and prayers. The church also offers itself as a space for concerts.
New Apostolic Church

7) New Apostolic Church

The New Apostolic Church in Lucerne is housed in a modern building. Its doctrine is based around a combination of faith in The Holy Spirit with a modern, spiritual message.

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