Meggenhorn Castle and the surrounding gardens are positioned on a small peninsula just outside of Lucerne. It is not your typical castle, but was inspired by Châteaux Chambord in the Loire Valley. Since 1974 the grounds have been open for public use and it is a popular spot for picnicking (including a covered area). There is a large adventure playground and farm animals for kids and it's all free of charge. Down by the lake there are a couple of swimming beaches, however these are not ideal for small children or non-swimmers, as the water gets deep quickly. Vineyards surround the area and there is a path leading down from the castle to a large statue of Christ overlooking the lake, which was sculpted by a local artist and unveiled in 1900. It is possible to tour the castle on Sundays, check the website for more information. In summer you can get to Meggenhorn by boat (from Lucerne main station) - alternatively jump on bus N°24 or 25 (15 min). From the bus stop it is a five-minute walk to the entrance of the park and a further ten-minute walk to the castle. The path is paved and push chair / wheelchair friendly.