Welcome to Lucerne!

Lucerne is Switzerland because it encompasses all the merits of this country: The City – The Lake – The Mountains.

Whatever you expect from a unique city, Lucerne will surprise you – again and again. The avant-garde, in the form of the futuristic KKL Lucerne designed by Jean Nouvel, is just as at home here as historic sights which have survived for centuries. The museums, theatres and festivals provide the perfect mix of tradition and trend, archaic customs and high-tech, making Lucerne a city of culture with a difference.

Immerse yourself in this town, enjoy the magnificent landscape, stroll along the quays and don’t be surprised when you feel you never want to leave. Lucerne’s charm is legendary. Lucerne is such a beautiful place to shop; it’s not just a city but a beautiful boutique. While strolling down the narrow streets that feed the city’s airy squares, enjoy the sheer multiplicity of shops and boutiques displaying all manner of exquisite wares: there’s surely something to suit everyone.  

Lucerne: the festival city
As the “Festival City” in the heart of Switzerland, Lucerne plays host to a multifaceted range of events throughout the entire year. Due to its numerous festivities, Lucerne is truly Europe’s festival city. The Lucerne Festival or the Blues Festival are just two examples of how the international stage is set, attracting thousands of visitors to this festival city in the heart of Switzerland every year. The various festivals often transform city life for several days—much to the delight of the inhabitants of Lucerne and its guests.
 
Lucerne: the essence of Switzerland
Lucerne acts as a gateway to a very special part of the world: Central Switzerland. And when we say Central, we really mean Central. From the historic Rütli Meadow and the perpetual snow on Mt. Titlis to Lucerne’s landmark mountain, Mt. Pilatus, and the famous locations on the Lucerne Riviera, everything is within easy reach – even in winter. Mould-breaking designers and engineers gave Mt. Pilatus the world’s steepest cog-railway, Mt. Rigi Europe’s first mountain railway and Mt. Titlis the Rotair, an aerial cableway with a rotating cabin.