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Top 5 Things to do in Lucerne, Switzerland

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Lucerne is one of the most scenic cities in all of Switzerland, located centrally on the shores of Lake Lucerne.The River Reuss divides this gorgeous city that is also nestled between the picturesque Mount Pilatus and Mount Rigi in the Swiss Alps.

1. The Old Quarter

 

Lucerne's Old Quarter is located to the north of the Reuss River. This part of the city is comprised of four main squares: Mühlenplatz, Weinmarkt, Hirschenplatz and Kornmarkt. These areas are full of beautiful old cobbled streets which lead you past cascading fountains and colorful medieval architecture.

2. The Picasso Gallery

 

The Picasso Gallery is located in Am Rhyn-Haus at Furrengasse 21. This is just a short stroll away from Kornmarkt and well worth a visit. The Gallery has four floors worth of Picasso paintings, sketches and photographs. Some of the highlights include La Coiffure (1954) and the very beautiful Femme et Chien Jouant (1953). The top floors are dedicated to an impressive collection of over 200 hundred intimate pictures of the artist that will give any Picasso fan a rare and personal insight into a brilliant life.

3. Richard Wagner Museum

 

The Richard Wagner Museum also happens to be the composer’s one time home, a charming country manor located just outside of Lucerne in Tribschen. The Museum is easily accessible by bus, train or even by boat as the home is located right on the shores of the lake. The Museum houses an exhibition that explores the life of the famous composer, as well as an impressive collection of historic musical instruments.

4. Mount Pilatus

If you are an outdoors person at heart and nature is your passion then Mount Pilatus is definitely for you. The mountain’s name may sound familiar to you; local legend has it that Pontius Pilate is buried here! If you want to make the most of this mountain adventure you must travel on the Pilatus Railway all the way to the summit, which also happens to be the highest rack railway in the world. The famous Golden Round Trip is another great way to see the mountain and should be added to your itinerary if you have the time to spare. The trip starts by boat, continues on the Pilatus Railway, back down the mountain on a cable car and back to Lucerne on a bus. But once you reach the top you might not want to leave! The mountain has loads of hiking trails to choose from and very good restaurants for the hungry walker to rest at and enjoy a hearty meal. The mountain also has the longest summer sledge run for all those kids at heart. All in all, it is a great family day out.

5. Carnival (Fasnacht)

 

The Carnival in Lucerne has a habit of taking over the town for much of the week leading up to Ash Wednesday and if you happen to be in town around this time then you should check it out. The Carnival is best known for its Guggemuusige which are famous for playing their instruments out of tune while heavily costumed, as well as playing jokes and mingling with the onlookers. The day’s merriment spills happily over into the evening’s masked balls where huge crowds gather to dance and drink the night away.

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