Old Town Lucerne is a beautiful and peaceful part of the city that is lined with many well-preserved buildings that make it seem you have stepped back in time. The atmosphere of the city is extremely romantic and is the perfect place for couples, visiting tourists, or families with children to immerse themselves amongst the stunning architecture, spectacular fountains, and historical bridges.
There are many cozy cafes, decadent chocolate shops, and various restaurants scattered throughout the Old Town.
The Spreuer Bridge is a medieval wooden footbridge that was originally constructed around 1400. In 1566 it was destroyed by a storm and was rebuilt in its current form in 1568. The artist, Kaspar Meglinger, painted 67 works that represent the “Dance of Death along the roof of the bridge. The dark paintings depicted the people’s feelings toward death during the times of the Black Plague.
The Spreuer bridge, located at the southern end of Old Town Lucerne, gets its name because in the medieval time's citizens threw chaffs of wheat (spreu) into the river from this bridge. This lovely wooden structure and its unique paintings are not to be missed on your visit to Lucerne.
Kapellbrücke, also known as Chapel Bridge, is the oldest covered wooden bridge in Europe that was constructed around 1332. The bridge was named after St. Peter’s Chapel, which is located near the bridge.
There are many 17th century paintings inside the bridge, however many of them were destroyed in a fire in 1993. Chapel Bridge is connected to the octagonal water tower located at the southern end of the bridge. The two are considered to be Lucerne’s most famous landmarks and are a must-see on any trip to Lucerne.
Swiss Museum of Transport
The Swiss Museum of Transport is one of the top museums in Switzerland. At the museum, visitors will see a variety of exhibitions dedicated to the past, present, and future of mobility. Visitors will be able to see the transitions of air, land, water, and space travel all at the Swiss Museum of Transport.
There are many interactive exhibitions that are fun for all ages. One of the attractions at the museum is a planetarium where guest can travel through space and explore the stars all from their seats. The museum is about a 30-minute walk from the center along the beautiful shore of Lake Lucerne.
The Lion Monument
The Lion Monument, designed by the Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen, is a rock relief carved by Lukas Ahorn from 1820 to 1821. The sculpture is dedicated to more than 600 Swiss Guards who were killed during a massacre in 1792 while they were trying to Protect King Louis XVI during the French Revolution.
The Latin inscription, under the Lion, “Helvetiorum fidei ac virtuti” means “To the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss.” The American author, Mark Twain, stated that the monument is “the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world.” Be sure to see this impressive attraction on your visit to Lucerne.