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Lucerne City is truly called the “Heart of the Country”. Thanks to its location, Lucerne is ranking among the prettiest cities in the world. Therefore, it is a central point to start your exploration around Switzerland.
Lucerne is a charming city on a picturesque lake surrounded by the majestic mountains. Thus, it captures the visitors with its magnificent panoramic views. Your journey to Lucerne can give you the most rewarding aspects of any other trip to Europe.
Lucerne is best-known for the wooden bridge spanning the river to connect the city. The most famous and world's oldest one is the Chapel Bridge dating back to the 14th century. This pedestrians bridge is decorated with pictures representing Lucerne’s history.
The bridge is certainly the most recognizable and photographed landmark in the town. While walking across the bridge you will find a gift shop, here, it had formerly been the Water Tower, an armoury for all the weapons that Lucerne invented. All along the lakeside are located many cafes and restaurants, where you can relax and admire the incredible view.
The whole area of the Lake Lucerne is used to generate power by splitting up the Reuss River and controlling the level of the water.
Lucerne City is home to many town squares and churches, which will surely leave unforgettable impressions on you. Simply take a foot trip through this magnificent area and you will understand why!
Start your traveling back in time, by strolling in the Old Town of Lucerne, the car-free historic section of the city. It is consisting of many blocks of old buildings richly decorated with painting murals, which show the village life and hunting scenes from the olden days, turning this place into an outdoor art gallery. Later, they brought the contemporary art to the traditional culture while decorating the new houses.
All of this is settled on beautiful waterfronts along the shores of Lake Lucerne and the River Reuss.
We urge you not to leave Lucerne if you have not seen the glorious “Lion Monument”, a classic statue carved out of natural rock. It is described as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world” by outstanding American author Mark Twain. This Lion sculpture is known as Lucerne’s symbol for representing the memorial of a great tragedy. This was built in honor of the Swiss soldiers who gave their souls while assisting the French Royal Family to escape during the French Revolution.
Also, you can relax on a boat across Lucerne Lake by taking a scenic cruise through the landmarks of this elegant city mixed with the panorama of the surrounding Swiss Alps' peaks of Pilatus, Rigi and Titlis.
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Here are some top Lucerne sightseeing places for tourists: