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9 Fun Things To Do and See Around Lake Lucerne In Switzerland

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Written by Quentin Hack

The small, closed Central European country is known for its investment in people. According to a report from the World Economic Forum, Switzerland invests more in the health, education, and talent of its people than any other country in the world.

We all have our reasons why we like or dislike Switzerland, the country with the lowest crime rate in the world and which produces the most chocolate. We have all heard of chocolate milk, a wristwatch, instant coffee, and a Swiss Army knife, which are credited to this innovative nation, but what Switzerland is best known for is its poetic nature.

Lucerne could best be described in three words, namely: romance, lake, and mountains. This place is really beautiful, the reason is that it lies on a beautiful lake, surrounded by mountains, and in the heart is a beautiful medieval town.

Lake Lucerne is definitely one of those places you should visit if you find yourself in this country. Lake Lucerne is one of the largest Swiss lakes. It is about 39 km long and about 3 km wide. Large capes on several sides penetrate the lake and form its irregular shape and fairytale appearance.

A visit to this region will relax and delight you. In addition to being enchanted by the nature of the lake and the city of Lucerne, you will also be able to enjoy various activities.

Lake cruise

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To get better acquainted with the beauty of Lake Lucerne, we advise you to enjoy the beautiful sailing on the lake. With a tourist guide, you will learn a lot about this area and get acquainted with various facts such as that Lucerne borders five provinces, and that it is one of the most beautiful natural beauties in the world.

Cable car ride

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Now that you’ve only met the lake, it’s time to see what the landscape looks like from a bird’s eye view, and you’ll experience this best if you take the cable car. From a height of 1798 meters, you will reach Mt Riga from the shores of Lake Lucerne.

Visit the city as well

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You can see the lake and the city on the other side on one of the excursions that various boats offer, which we recommend after a good walking tourist tour of the city where you will discover the main sights. Sailing a boat overlooking an urban area will tell you the story of the city more easily.

Given that the city of Lucerne lies in the northern part of the lake, where the Reuss River flows into it, it would be a real shame not to visit it. You will enjoy historic buildings, a warm atmosphere, and amazing natural beauty. Although many say that spring and summer are perfect for visiting this country, those who have done so in winter say that this is the most beautiful time to visit, especially when Advent is in progress.

Hiking is inevitable

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Mt Pilatus stretches above the city. If you are a fan of active holidays and nature exploration, this is something you should not miss. Although there are several peaks, the most persistent choose the Tomlishorn point, which is located at an altitude of 2132m. If you have a desire to reach the top, and you are not someone who loves hiking, then the cable car will take you there.

From Alpnachstad to the top of Mount Pilatus (2,132 m) there is the steepest mountain railway in the world, and at the very top, you will be greeted by an unforgettable view of 73 alpine peaks and numerous lakes.

Train ride

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Another interesting way to get to know this area is by train. An old legend says that on the shores of Lake Lucerne sleeps the giant Pilatus with a huge stomach. Shining winged dragons fly from it at night towards the Flue cave. Another says that Pontius Pilate’s last abode was there.

Cycling and picnicking

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By bike you will be able to enjoy all the natural beauties, stop whenever you want and breathe fresh mountain air as much as you want. Then when you get tired, take a break by the lake and enjoy a picnic. If you want to learn more about all attractions you should see, visit switzerlandbylocals.com.

Summer festival

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In the summer, more precisely in August is the traditional Summer Night Festival (Luzernfest) which is marked by music and stands lined up around the lake. Of course, with a rich fireworks display.

For blues lovers, there is the Blue Balls Festival which takes place in July.

The dying lion

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There is one tourist attraction that is unavoidable for all who visit this city, and that is the dying lion. Carved into the rock, it commemorates the heroism of Swiss soldiers who died in 1792 defending the Tuileries Palace during the French Revolution. Lava described Mark Twain as “the saddest and most touching piece of stone in the world.” This afternoon is very rich in history and architecture, and you will definitely need more time to visit all the sights.

Canoeing

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This is a classic when it comes to visiting the lakes. Rent a canoe and enjoy sailing. You do not need any special skills for this, because experts will come to your aid and show you how to manage. It’s a great team effort and a way to socialize, meet, engage, and overcome some fears.

Final thoughts

Switzerland is not a big country – it has only 41,285 square kilometers – but it is known to be beautiful thanks to its diverse geography.

As we can see, there are many touristic attractions in this area and it is quite certain that everyone will enjoy visiting this country full of greenery. Once you are there, visit one of the restaurants that offer traditional Swiss cuisine and specialties that all the senses will enjoy. Once you’re here, try some of their cheeses which have over 400 different types.

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Quentin Hack