Situated on the shores of Lake Lucerne with a population of some 75,000, Lucerne is a popular tourist destination for many reasons - including its stunning scenery, its well-preserved Old Town, and its many bridges. The Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) is the oldest wooden bridge in Europe and the Spreuerbrücke (Mill Bridge) is the world’s oldest covered bridge. The enchanting city also has several museums worth exploring, such as the Swiss Transport Museum and the Rosengart Collection, which houses works by Picasso, Matisse, and Monet. In addition to its many tourist attractions, Lucerne offers a wide range of activities for visitors to enjoy.
The Swiss Museum of Transport is Switzerland's most popular museum. It tells the story of the development of transport and mobility by road, rail and water as well as in the air and outer space - and how it affects everyday life. Look at more than 3,000 objects like planes, steam engines and cars in the huge halls. In the Swissarena you can walk around on an aerial photograph of Switzerland with a scale of 1:20,000 - or be a TV presenter for a couple of minutes in the communication section and take home a recording of your performance. This museum is very much hands-on and in every section there are special activities for children - a good choice for the family not just on a rainy day! A planetarium and the Swiss Chocolate Adventure are on site too.
In 1993 a fire destroyed a large part of the bridge (towards the centre) including 78 of the paintings. When you walk across the bridge you will see burned, blackened paintings on either end which mark the point where the restored parts begin. The Chapel Bridge is really only complete with the octagonal Wasserturm, literally the 'water tower', which stands in the water next to it. Built before the bridge (i.e. before 1365), the Wasserturm was part of Lucerne's military fortifications and was also used as a dungeon. It is seldom accessible to the public.
The museum is housed in a building with Baroque, Renaissance and Biedermeier rooms, which are exquisite but not tied into a larger concept. The larger part of the exhibition consists of relief models of Switzerland and exhibits about glaciers, climate change and avalanches. The mirror maze finally is pure and simple 19th century fair-ground fun. But it still works, and children particularly love this part. Watch your nose!
In Switzerland the soldiers were disarmed and looked after by the government and the public, giving rise to a humanitarian tradition. Paintings like this one were hugely popular at the time, before the advent of cinema, let alone 3D cinema and the like! In the original panorama building from 1889 you can view this 19th-century attraction, as well as learn more about the event behind it thanks to the museum's very state-of-the-art exhibition and film. Most text is in English and French as well as German, as are guided tours.
The KKL also houses other event halls, conference facilities and the Kunstmuseum art museum. It also has several culinary options, the top-end restaurant Red, the self-service World Café and the elegant Seebar. The KKL is home to the world-renowned classic music festival the Lucerne Festival and there are often guided tours in English, German and Chinese (check here for dates and languages).
Do the Goldene Rundfahrt Tour (Golden Roundtrip Tour)The "Goldene Rundfahrt" (Golden Round Trip) is a popular tourist route in Lucerne, Switzerland. The tour typically involves taking a scenic boat ride on Lake Lucerne, followed by a train or bus ride up to the Pilatus mountain, and finally a return trip by cogwheel train. The tour offers breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps and the surrounding countryside, as well as a unique opportunity to experience some of the region's most iconic and scenic attractions.
The Goldene Rundfahrt is a must-visit for anyone visiting Lucerne, and is an excellent way to experience the best of what the city and surrounding region have to offer, from stunning mountain vistas to charming lakeside villages. Whether you're a nature lover, history buff, or just looking for an unforgettable travel experience, the Goldene Rundfahrt is a tour that should not be missed.