At a glance
Explore the local fjords by steamer boat
Saunter around botanic gardens on Mount Pilatus' summit
Peer through the centuries at the Glacier Garden Museum
Destinations in Lucerne
Top things to See and Do in Lucerne
Bay of beaches
Lake Lucerne boasts long stretches of sandy beaches around the bay, with pretty views of the city and the distant mountains.
This 300m-long, soft, sandy beach is located on the other side of the bay to the bustling city centre and is backed by a huge sunbathing lawn. Onsite, you'll also find a heated pool and a choice of cafés and bars where you can grab a snack or a spot of lunch.
The Lucerne Nationalquai, situated in front of a row of historic hotel complexes, offers bathing in the heart of Lucerne. You can take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear lake, sunbathe on the deck or hire a stand-up paddle board and head out on your own little voyage.
Lucerne's markets are amazingly varied, from fruit and veg to clothes and toys - and all at great prices. There are farmers' and flea markets every Saturday, as well as a crafts market on the first Saturday of every month. The Stadt Luzern also holds a monthly market on the first Wednesday of every month.
There are two main shopping districts in Lucerne - the pedestrianised old town and the busier high streets of the new town. Both districts house a selection of well-known international brands, while the old town also has a mixture of regional boutiques. The Pilatusstrasse, in the new part of town, even has a few big department stores, too.
Shopping for famous Swiss goods - like watches and jewellery - is in easy reach too. The old town and new town shopping districts are not only home to high-street brands and independent boutiques, but also to top-notch designer names like Rolex and Cartier.
The Sunset Bar at the Hotel Seeburg is a perfect location for a chilled evening. It's in the garden of the property and features sun loungers so you can watch the sun set with a cocktail in hand. There are lots of restaurants and bars on the promenade, too, where you can enjoy a a quiet meal and a post-dinner drink.
From rooftop bars and casinos to modern lounges and nightclubs, Lucerne is the epitome of swish Swiss nightlife. Louis Bar, on the Adligenswilerstrasse, is named after the legendary trumpeter, Louis Armstrong, and is the place to go for a bit of jazz and soul. The Pilatusstrasse in the old town is also full of lively night spots. If you're looking for something extra swanky, try Nectar - a sophisticated rooftop bar at the Radisson Blue Hotel that has DJs playing on weekends.
Lucerne is stuffed with restaurants selling cuisines from all over the world. From lakefront eateries to cafés and bars in the maze of streets slightly more inland, there are loads to choose from. Make sure to try some of Lucerne’s very own pear bread – buttery puff pastry filled with pears, plums, figs, walnuts and raisins.
Swiss specialities at Wirthaus Galliker
On the Schützenstrasse you’ll find Wirthaus Galliker, a traditional tavern run by the Galliker family since 1856. It’s always thriving with locals and the atmosphere is great – friendly waitresses serve Swiss specialities like the Lucerne Chogalipasteli.
Mingle with the locals at Restaurant Drei Konige
A short walk from the railway station is Restaurant Drei Konige - a high-ceilinged, retro restaurant offering a mixture of European dishes and Swiss classics. Despite being part of the Drei Konige hotel, it’s a place that locals love too.
Colourful creations at Grottino 1313
Down the road from the Drei Konige is Grottino 1313, a gorgeous restaurant with rustic décor. The plates from the set menu are colourful, inventive and beautifully presented, and the service is top-class.