Lucerne Tours from Zurich

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Lucerne is a picturesque city in the heart of Switzerland.  Founded in 1179, it sits across Lake Lucerne from the town of Altdorf, where legend has it that William Tell shot an apple off his son’s head.
A center of Swiss history and culture, Lucerne is less than forty kilometers from Zurich, making for a perfect day trip.

Lucerne’s Old Town is compact and easy to navigate on foot – or by bicycle, which can be rented in front of the main train station. Much of the city straddles the Reusse River where it drains Lake Lucerne and, as a result, bridges abound throughout the city. A must-see is the Chapel Bridge, the oldest wooden bridge in all of Europe. Originally built in the 14th century, the bridge burned down in 1993 and has since been rebuilt.  Further downriver, the Mill Bridge features a series of 17th century paintings depicting the plague known as The Dance of Death.

Don’t miss one of Lucerne’s most famous landmarks is the Lion of Lucerne. Made of stone, this sculpture of a dying lion commemorates members of the Swiss Guard who were killed during the French Revolution in 1792.

Ride the world’s steepest cogwheel railway to the top of Mount Pilatus. After enjoying the view, check out the suspension rope park, walk back down the mountain or, in the winter, try the 1350 meter long toboggan course.

Further out from Lucerne you’ll find the Swiss Transport Museum, which showcases an array of planes, trains, automobiles and motorcycles, as well as a model railroad, miniature steam train and an interesting space travel exhibit. Both the museum and Lido Beach can be reached by bus or by boats that leave from in front of Lucerne’s central train station. Back in the center of the city, the Lucerne Art Museum and the Rosengart Collection display impressive collections of modern art, including works by Picasso and Klee.

Lucerne is also known for its many festivals throughout the year, the highlight of which is Fasnacht. The Swiss version of Carnival takes place the week before Lent and entails numerous masked parades, street fairs and concerts.  Visitors in the summer might enjoy the pop festival B-Sides, the Blue Balls Festival featuring jazz, blues and punk music, or the Lucerne festival for classical music, which welcomes some of the finest musicians in the world.

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