24 Hours in Lucerne – Five things you’ve gotta see while you're there

There are so many things you can do and see in the beautiful city of Lucerne, from enjoying the medieval architecture, to simply taking in the gorgeous views all around you. It is an amazing place to explore and discover for yourself. But if you find yourself short on time while visiting the city of Lucerne below we’ve listed five must see attractions while in Lucerne.

Chapel Bridge and Spreucer Bridge:

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Your first stop should definitely be at the Chapel and Spreucer bridges spanning over the Reuss. You can’t say you’ve really visited Lucerne if you don’t check out these two iconic bridges. Chapel Bridge the face of Lucerne and the world’s oldest surviving covered wooden bridge in Europe and the oldest surviving truss bridge in the world. The bridge’s construction was completed 1365, its interior decorated with paintings dating as far back as the 17th century, although unfortunately many of them were destroyed along with a large portion of the bridge during a fire in 1993, it has since been restored. The Spreucer Bridge located a bit further down river from the Chapel Bridge near the western end of Old Town like the Chapel Bridge is a roofed truss bridge with 17th century paintings decorating the interior, depicting Danse Macabre. Be sure to walk through these bridges and admire them and the amazing view they provide of the surrounding city.

The Lion of Lucerne:

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Next you’ll want to head to the Lion Monument, craved into the rock face is the relief of a dying lion impaled by a broken spear, and lying alongside him is a halberd and two shield one broken baring the Fleur de Lis used in the French Royal coat of arms, the other a cross representing the Swiss army. The monument was made to commemorate the members of the Swiss Guard that were massacred at Tuileries Palace defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution. Take a moment to appreciate the symbolism of the work and admire the monument. If you’d like to avoid the crowds and really take it all in its best to head here early in the day to avoid them.

Hofkirche (Court Church):

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When Lucerne’s Romanesque Basilica was burnt down in the 17th century during the Thirty Years Warm this church was built in the 1630s. It’s built beautifully in a late Renaissance style, but it has also incorporated elements of the original church into its design. Both the interior and exterior of the church are a sight to behold. Be sure to check out this church during your visit in Lucerne.

Jesuit Church:

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This church’s construction began in 1667, it was consecrated in 1677 even though much of its interior was yet to be finished. In fact the onion topped church towers were not finished until 1893. It is built in a Baroque style and easily grabs the attention of any passerby. The church was built as a beacon of the Counter Reformation, in the fight against the spread of Protestantism by Protestant reformers. The second side chapel is dedicated to the saint Brother Klaus, where you can see his 15th century vestments.

Musegg Wall:

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If you still have some time to spare you should check out the Musegg Wall. A defensive wall that was built on the north end of the city in the 14th century. As part of the defensive wall there are nine towers of which four are accessible, the most noteworthy of them being the Zyttrum clock tower, which houses the oldest clock in the city dating back to 1535, in hour of its age the clock’s chimes ring one minute before the rest of the cities clocks. The views from atop the towers will give you an amazing overhead view of the city and lake, perfect of taking some amazing photos of the cityscape.