The railway terminus you see today was inaugurated in 1991 and is the latest of three versions. The first mainline terminus was constructed in timber by the Swiss Central Railway Company and completed in 1856. Designed as a terminus, it occupied a lakeside location next to the landing stages of the Lake Lucerne Navigation Company. Today you can still admire the original archway on the fore court of the current train station. In the underground of the train station you can find various shops, which are even open on Sundays, as well as a small food court. If you are in Lucerne, the Railway Station is one of the best things to visit. For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucerne_railway_station
The architecture of the church, erected in the latter half of the 13th century is typical of the medieval mendicant order. The Gothic structure boasts the pulpit with the most elaborate ornamentation in Switzerland; it dates from between the Renaissance and the Baroque periods. Today the Franciscan Church is often used for concerts which can be mostly visited for free.
For more information: https://www.kathluzern.ch/katholische-kirche-stadt-luzern.html
The Bruch quarter ranks amongst the more vibrant parts of the city. This lively residential quarter is where you’ll find a wealth of culture, local handcrafts, bars and restaurants. Especially nice are all the affordable, unique and small restaurants and bakeries you can find everywhere. This area is highly popular among students.
What the people of Lucerne call the “Hofkirche” was originally Romanesque in conception; dedicated to patron saint Leodegar, and is Lucerne’s parish church today. Especially noteworthy is the facade. Mary’s altar (with a relief panel dating from 1500), and the souls’ altar. Except for its enormous appearance the organ which is found inside the church is a spectacle in itself. The total weight of the organ is 30 tons with 7374 pipes over 111 registers. A couple of minutes walking behind the church and you will find a beautiful and small park, where you can relax for a couple of minutes before continuing your tour around Lucerne.
For more information: https://www.kathluzern.ch/pfarreien-standorte/st-leodegar-im-hof/,
This bridge was constructed in the first half of the 14th century as part of the city’s fortifications. The painted panels added in the 17th century portray scenes of Swiss and local history, including the life of Lucerne’s patron saints. Originally, the Chapel Bridge served not only in its early days as a means of crossing the river on foot, but also as part of the town’s fortifications.
Unfortunately, on 18 August 1993 the bridge nearly completely burnt down. All that could be saved were the two bridgeheads and the Water Tower. The bridge was rebuilt in only eight months, allowing the Chapel Bridge to be reopened on 14 April 1994. However, about two-thirds of the iconic paintings, which made the bridge famous in the first place, got partially destroyed or damaged during the fire.
This octagonal tower, over 34 meters in height, was build around 1399 as part of the city’s fortifications. It has been used as an archive, treasury, prison and torture chamber. It is now Lucerne’s trademark attraction, Switzerland’s most photographed monument, and one of the best things to visit in the city. The best way to take a great picture from the tower and the bridge is from one of the two bridges nearby (Seebrücke or Reussteg).
For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kapellbr%C3%BCcke
The “Dying Lion of Lucerne” is one of the world’s most famous monuments. Carved out of rock, it commemorates the heroism in 1972 of Swiss soldiers who died attempting to protect the Tuileries Palace in Paris during the French Revolution. Mark Twain described the Lion of Lucerne as “the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world”. If possible, visit the monument in the early morning, before all the group tourists arrive in the afternoon, if you would like to take a great picture of the monument.
For more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lion_Monument