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Chapel Bridge. The world-famous 660-year-old bridge, which burnt down in August 1993 and was reconstructed six months later, true to the original. See the paintings of the Swiss and local city history inside the covered bridge.

Lion of Lucerne (Löwendenkmal). “The Dying Lion of Lucerne“ figures among those monuments known all around the world. Globetrotter Mark Twain described the Lion of Lucerne as “the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world”. Denkmalstrasse (Bus no. 1 to Maihof, get off at Löwenplatz).

Glacier Gardens (Gletschergarten). The real history of the Swiss glaciers; a place not to be missed. Next to the Lion of Lucerne. Daily 10 am – 5 pm, admission CHF 12.-, students CHF 9.50, with guest card CHF 10.-. www.gletschergarten.ch

The Bourbaki Panorama, an 1100-sq metre circular painting, is one of the world’s few panorama paintings still existing. The scene is brought to life with recorded commentary (in English). At Löwenplatz 11. Open Mon 1 – 6 pm, Tue – Sun 9 am – 6 pm, admission CHF 8.- / students CHF 7.-. www.bourbakipanorama.ch

Collection and Picasso Donation Rosengart. The most recent museum in Lucerne. It owes its importance to two unique groups of works by Paul Klee and Pablo Picasso. Open daily 10 am – 6 pm, admission CHF 18.-, students CHF 16.-. Pilatusstrasse 10

Nature Museum (Naturmuseum) A permanent biological exhibition shows flora and fauna from Central Switzerland, and a variety of live animals can be seen in aquariums and terrariums. Kasernenplatz 6 (next to Spreuerbrücke), open Tue-Sun 10 am – 5 pm, closed on Mondays, admission CHF 6.- / students CHF 5.-. www.naturmuseum.ch

The Swiss Transport Museum (Verkehrshaus) is the biggest and best museum in Lucerne! A house full of attractions! More than 3,000 items are exhibited in a space as large as 40,000 square meters. Europe’s largest and most diversified transport museum has a planetarium , a giant-screen IMAX cinema (regular showings throughout the day), and the “Swiss Arena” – an eye-catching floor map of Switzerland and accompanying geographical puzzle. Lidostrasse 5 is 2 km east of the center. You can take a boat or bus no 6, 8 or 24 from Lucerne station to the “Verkehrshaus-Lido” stop, or else it’s a pleasant twenty-minute lakeside stroll. Open daily 10 am – 5 pm, admission CHF 24.- (museum only); CHF 16.- (IMAX only); or by a combi-ticket (museum and IMAX) for CHF 32.-. www.verkehrshaus.ch

Musegg Wall. A part of the rampart built in 1386; almost entirely intact. Three towers are open to the public: Schirmer, Zyt and Männli. The oldest city clock, built by Hans Luter in 1535, is on the Zyt tower. This clock is privileged to chime every hour one minute before all the other city clocks.

KKL (Culture and Convention Center Lucerne). The KKL (at Europaplatz, next to the station) is the work of the Parisian architect Jean Nouvel. It houses one of the finest concert halls in the world and the Museum of Art - the fourth largest in Switzerland

A major reason for coming to Lucerne at all is to explore the beautiful Lake Lucerne (not only in summer). All boats depart from the quay directly outside the station. Free with Eurail- and Swiss Pass, 50% off with Interail.

Mount Pilatus. An excursion to mount Pilatus (2,132 m / 7,000 ft) is an absolute must if you stay in Lucerne! www.pilatus.ch

TIP
The LucerneCard gives you unlimited travel on public transportation in the city, a 50% discount on admission to most of Lucerne’s museums and more. Costs CHF 19.- (24 hours), CHF 27.- (48 hours), CHF 33.- (72 hours). The LucerneCard is available at the tourist office and at the railway station.