Monograms provides travelers access to a Local Host®, so you will have someone on hand to answer those vacation questions pertaining to Lucerne. No waiting in line at the concierge desk or trying to ask your waitress at breakfast directions to the shopping district. Plus, your Local Host® will share local Lucerne, Switzerland insights and share suggestions for getting off the beaten path, leaving you more time to create lasting vacation memories that are yours alone.
Meet a Local Host® in Lucerne
My name is Trudy; I have been welcoming guests to Lucerne for many years, and love to meet people from other countries and cultures. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, and typical Swiss hobbies such as skiing, walking in the mountains, and taking photos of our beautiful scenery.
Walking in Lucerne
Enjoy a lakeside promenade at sunset and relax over an aperitif or walk up to the city ramparts with their nine towers. The Zytturm tower is well worth a visit, housing the city’s oldest clock, built in 1535 and enjoys the privilege of striking the hour a minute before all the city’s other clocks. Your Local Host will have suggestions for other routes to discover more of this charming town.
Mount Rigi, Mount Stanserhorn, Mount Burgenstock
Follow in Mark Twain’s footsteps and enjoy a ride up Mt. Rigi, known as the Queen of Swiss Mountains. Try the world’s first open air cable car on Mt. Stanserhorn, with marvelous views of the Swiss Alps and lakes, and a revolving restaurant at the summit. Walk along the cliff path on Mt. Burgenstock, catch the Hammetschwand Lift up to the highest point in the city.
Architecture buffs might enjoy stopping by the Spreuer Bridge completed in 1408, the Renaissance-style Town Hall, the contemporary Railroad Station, and the Concert Hall, by French architect Jean Nouvel, for examples of the town’s architectural styles through the ages.
Dreilinden Park & Castle
Due to its location outside the city center, Dreilinden Park with its fairytale castle is an allure for those looking for relaxation. It is reminiscent of an English park, where artificial ruins have been strategically positioned about the grounds. It is one of Lucerne's largest parks and also features a music conservatory, marble sculptures and fine views.
Swiss Transport Museum, Glacier Museum, Bourbaki Museum
Anyone interested in locomotion through the ages will love the Swiss Transport Museum; it also has an IMAX cinema, and Planetarium. Visit the Glacier Gardens near the Lion Monument, for a fascinating glimpse into history 20 million year’s old, discovered by chance; see Swiss wood carving mastery in the historic villa, and have fun in the amazing labyrinth of mirrors. The Bourbaki Panorama houses one of the world's few panorama paintings still in existence. Inside the round building, you will find the impressive circular painting which Edouard Castres painted in 1881.
Rosengut Collection, Hans Erni Museum, Museum of History
See works of Picasso and Paul Klee in the Rosengut Collection; stroll through the Hans Erni Museum located on the grounds of the Swiss Museum of Transport – standing out in the complex with its transparent hexagonal form; or visit the Museum of History located in the ancient armoury.
Richard Wagner Museum, Lucerne Culture & Congress Center (KKL)
For music lovers, an insight into Wagner’s principal works at his home on Lake Lucerne, with a treasure of instruments and mementos. Or ask your Local Host what’s on at the Culture and Congress Centre (KKL), a multi-functional building with the Museum of Art and concert hall that is esteemed for its high-profile acoustics.
Paddle Wheel Steamer, Pedalo
Take an unforgettable journey on Lake Lucerne in an historic Paddle Wheel Steamer. Or for another fun way to see Lucerne from the lake, try a self-propelled pedalo boat.
Farmers Market, Souvenirs & Local Cuisine
Drop by the Farmers Market “Wochenmarkt” for fruit, vegetables, flowers, meats, dairy, and unique products like fresh pasta, spices, herbs, and ethnic fare. Or stop by the Fish Market “Fischmarkt” to see displays of fresh fish. Typical souvenirs are chocolate, watches, embroidered clothing, household linen, wood carved items, cuckoo clocks and music boxes. Some of Lucerne’s food specialties include the “Lozärner Chügelipastetli”, a puff-pastry shell filled with diced veal and mushrooms in a creamy sauce, “Älpler Magronen", alpine macaroni with apple slices, “À la cheesemaker” contains bread, wine and cheese, and local pear bread for a sweet treat.