Skip to main content

10 Fun Things to do in Lucerne

Lucerne - zugerli  / pixelio.de
In recent years I haven't written very much about the cantons and places that form Central Switzerland. This happened mainly because I lived near Zurich and most of my free time and leisure time was spent somewhere in that area. Needless to say that it's totally worth it to escape Zurich and head to central Switzerland once in a while.

Central Switzerland is a region in the center of Switzerland and consists of the cantons of Uri, Schwyz, Lucerne, Obwalden and Nidwalden. In it's center lies beautiful Lake Lucerne or Vierwaldstättersee (lake of the four cantons) as it is called in German. If there was a capital of this region of Central Switzerland I believe it would have to be the city of Lucerne.

Have you been to Lucerne? There are plenty of fun things to do in Lucerne and the close surroundings. Here is my own list of the best 10 Fun Things to do in Lucerne!
  1. Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge): This wooden foot bridge crosses the river Reuss right in the middle of Lucerne. The beautiful construction became even more famous after a big part of it in 1993. It has since been restored to its original shape.
  2. Seepromenade: Every lake in Switzerland has it's boradwalk and Lucerne's promenade is one of the prettiest. Be ware of the swans though, they like to steal your food! 
  3. Gletschergarten (Glacier Garden): This museum tells the history of Switzerland's (and Europe's glaciers). The greatest attraction for children is the large mirror maze where you can get lost for a while.
  4. Löwendenkmal (Lion Monument): This monument, which commemorates the death of Swiss Guards during the French Revolution, is right next to the Glacier Garden. It's impressive.
  5. Bourbaki Panorama: This is a giant panoramic painting (360 Degrees) that depicts a winter scene from the French-German war. In addition to seeing the painting, you'll learn about the French-German war, Bourbaki and his army, and panoramic paintings in general. The museum is located close to Glacier Garden and Lion Monument.
  6. Pilatus: This is one of the mountains close to the city of Lucerne. It is accessible either by cable car from Kriens or with world's steepest cogwheel railway from Alpnachstad. Once on the summit you can go for a walk (up to 2 hours long if you like) or enjoy a coffee at the restaurant. The views are excellent!
  7. Rigi: Rigi is Lucerne's "Home Mountain" and also called "Queen of the Mountains". You can reach the summit of Rigi by cable car, train or by hiking up. In winter, Rigi is a great destination for sledding!
  8. Glasi Hergiswil: If you're into art, this is for you! This glass factory is located in Hergiswil, about 30 minutes from the center of Lucern and easily reachable by public transportation. Here, you can see glass blowers at work, learn about the history of glass making, find your way through a glass maze and much more. Most recommended!
  9. KKL (Culture and Congress Center Lucerne): This is a great location to enjoy a classic or modern concert. 
  10. Boat Trip: No Swiss city without a lake and no lake in Switzerland without ships. Enjoy a short or long tour on Lake Lucerne with views of the city and the surrounding mountains.
If you happen to be in Switzerland in the summertime, you should check out Blue Balls Festival in Lucerne! The name is a bit funny for English speakers, I know, but the festival usually not only features great concerts with internationally known artists, but also a lot of free music, bars and other activities.




© 2017 IRENE WYRSCH "A HUMOROUS GUIDE TO SWITZERLAND" ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

How to Spot a Swiss Person

As an expat one usually spots fellow expats right away. It's not only the language or the looks of people but rather the little peculiarities of life that seem so normal at home that give us away while abroad. Obviously, it's a cliche that all people from the same place (country, city, continent) behave in the same way and I am far from making that claim. However, growing up in a certain surrounding does rub off on people's behavior and some similarities can certainly be observed.

This is also true for Swiss people. According to the Swiss stereotype, we are a clean, punctual and strictly organized people. However, there are many exceptions like my Swiss friend who is always late or my brother whose room was a total mess while growing up. Yet, although they do not fit the description of a typical Swiss person, they still have some traits that give them away as Swiss. The same is probably true for myself - if I like it or not.
10 Signs you are dealing with a Swiss Person So,…

Schätzli, Schnüggel and Müüsli - Terms of Endearment in Swiss German

If you've ever been invited to the home of a Swiss couple, you are probably familiar with the most popular Swiss German term of endearment "Schätzli" (little treasure) or one of it's many varieties like e.g. "Schatz" or "Schätzeli". Obviously, this is not the only pet name used by Swiss couples (or parents for that matter). Like many other languages, Swiss German offers a wide variety of words and phrases that you can use to address your loved one.

What most of these pet names have in common is the ending "-li" which basically turns the thing or person a word refers to into something small. For example "Haus" means house and "Hüüsli" means small house. This ending "-li" can also be added to first names as a means of endearment, e.g. Benjaminli, Estherli or Fabienneli.

I tried to come up with a collection of Swiss German pet names but realized I only know a handful. However, after combing through the interne…

10 Fun Things to do on a Rainy Day in Switzerland

The weather has been so so these last few days and will remain rainy and rather cold. No swimming in one of the many lakes of Switzerland, going on a nice bike trip or playing soccer outside unless you are willing to endure some heavy rain. :)

However, there are plenty of fun things to do in Switzerland even on rainy days. Here's the list of my current favorite rainy day activities:
Alpamare: Biggest water park of Switzerland with dozens of water slides and pools. It's open all year round since most of the baths and slides are indoors. It is perfect for a rainy day since there are usually less people than on a sunny day.Zoo Zurich: The famous zoo in Zurich features bears, elephants, monkeys, tigers and the mazoala hall (a tropical glass house). Many animals can be visited in their houses.Swiss National Museum: The Swiss National Museum in Zurich gives an overview over the cultural history of Switzerland. Swiss Museum of Transport: The Museum of Transport in Lucerne tells the h…