Geographically, it lies in the heart of Switzerland; historically, it is the birthplace of Switzerland: the Lake Lucerne Region with the world famous city of Lucerne.
Its landscape is shaped by the spectacular world of the Alps, covered in a magical blanket of fluffy snow in winter. The Lake Lucerne Region is the “pocket-size version” of Switzerland. No other region offers so many memorable Swiss vacation moments in such a small amount of space: be it while enjoying raclette on a winter boat ride on Lake Lucerne, spending a day in the snow in the foothills of the Alps with a panoramic view of the mountains or taking a winter stroll through Lucerne, the “Festival City” and “Christmas City” in the heart of Switzerland.
Avant-garde is just as much a part of the city, with the modern KKL Luzern (Culture and Convention Centre Lucerne) designed by Jean Nouvel, as the sights which have attracted guests for centuries. The museums, theatres and festivals have all contributed to establishing Lucerne as a culture city, which elegantly accommodates both tradition and trend. Enjoy memorable excursions on a paddle-steamer on Lake Lucerne, soak up pure nature on the close-by mountains and relax in the mild climate of the “Lucerne Riviera” with its leading offers of wellness hotels. The idyllic lakeside villages of Weggis and Vitznau on the shores of Lake Lucerne on the sunny southern flank of Mt. Rigi offer a variety of holiday experiences.
Lucerne – Lake Lucerne Region look forward to welcome you here!
Hotel des Balances ★★★★
The Christmas market is 100m away
A picturesque location on the Reuss river
Hotel Des Alpes ★★★
The Christmas market is 400m away
This hotel has an excellent location score of 9.8
The Christmas market is 100m away
Kitchen with a dining area
Tours & Activities
Top things to do
Promenade to the Chapel Bridge and in Lucerne’s Old Town
A world famous photo and post-card scene and a very good reason to visit Lucerne; the chapel bridge with its water tower is Lucerne's city landmark. The paintings on the bridge illustrate scenes of Swiss and local history. The bridge used to be part of the city’s historic fortification, just as the Musegg wall with its nine towers from where you have a wonderful view over the city, the lake and the mountains.
Experience the mountains and its view
From May to mid-October do the Golden Round Trip to Mt Pilatus by traveling by ship, along the steepest cog railway in the world to the top. Ride down all year round by aerial cable car and gondola. The "Queen of the Mountains" Mt Rigi is the attraction for locals and tourists.
Enjoy a ship cruise
Lake Lucerne captivates you with its scenic beauty, the largest original fleet of steamboats and its historical sites that lie just at the water's edge. 20 boats - 5 of which are nostalgic paddle-steamers - enable you to take round trips and offer endless possibilities for excursions which can also be combined with mountain railways along the lake. On board of various lake cruises you can even enjoy a culinary highlight which is warmly recommended.
Get inspired by the festivals
Three times a year the most distinguished performers from all over the world celebrate a festival of music together. In the KKL Lucerne concert hall the Lucerne Festival offers the finest taste in music. As a city of festivals, Lucerne offers a year-round programme of music and culture that's both rich and unique: classical music, brass bands, blues, jazz, fine food, comics/fumetti, theatre – not to mention Lucerne's famous carnival.
Explore the museums for various interests and age
The Swiss Museum of Transport is providing a variety of new activities and adventures. It showcases the fascinating history of transport, its achievements and its vehicles. Art lovers will take great delight in the breathtaking Rosengart Collection and the Lucerne Museum of Art. The Glacier Garden has fascinating kettle basins – giant rock formations that date from the last Ice Age.